A form of the modern battery analyzer has been in existence for about two decades and used for public safety applications, among others. Today, due to the rise of mobile technology and lithium-based batteries, battery analyzers are making an appearance commercially as well. These devices are used to prolong the life, restore and improve the reliability of batteries.
Basically, there are two types of battery analyzers, with one more sophisticated (and typically more expensive) than the other. The more affordable type is known as a fixed current analyzer. Though fixed current battery analyzers predate their programmable counterparts, they are most definitely not obsolete. These analyzers use a preset current of about 600 mA to charge and discharge a battery.
In the programmable type, the current used to charge and discharge a battery can be adjusted in accordance with the battery rating. These are more effective in restoring weak batteries. They also prolong battery life and improve system reliability.
These are also the same devices used by manufacturers and service centers to restore batteries when they are sent back as defective units. With the use of the right battery analyzer, the price of the investment can easily be paid back in operational costs.
Because of the diversity in size and shape of types of batteries for various mobile devices, battery adapters deserve mention as well. For the best testing and restorative results, it s best to find an analyzer that has a custom adapter for the particular type of battery that it will be used for. When this is not possible, universal adapters are also available.