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ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester

B&H # ZTMBT1Q Mfr # MBT-1Q
No Longer Available

The ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester provides a comprehensive means of testing the state of charge or state of power for more than 30 battery types.

This microprocessor-controlled instrument is designed for commercial or home use, and tests popular primary (non-rechargeable) and rechargeable batteries using a patented, high-accuracy pulse load test. After a fully automatic test cycle, percentage of remaining battery capacity is indicated on the LED bar display.

Battery types are clearly labeled next to appropriate contacts. Negative test lead/probe conveniently stores in seam at side. It's easy to use (no switches or settings), and test results are easy to understand.

Easy to use - no switches or settings
Quickly and easily identifies weak or failing batteries
Fully automatic—high accuracy Pulse Load test
Ideal for battery management and cell matching
Made in U.S.A.
Uses 4 "AA" batteries (not included)

MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester is best used for measuring

NiMH, Li-Ion, alkaline, lithium, coin cell, button type and more
3.6V Li-Ion rechargeable [RCR123A, 18500, 17650, 18650]
1.5V button cell [S76, A76, A625, A640]
1.2V NiMH/NiCd rechargeable [AA, AAA, C, D]
1.5V lithium [AA L91, AAA L92]
3V lithium coin [1616, 1620, 2016, 2025, 2320, 2032, 2430, 2450, 58L 1/3N]
6V '28' series [28A, S28, 28L]
3V photo lithium [CR123, CR2, CRV3]
1.5V alkaline [AA, AAA, C, D, N]
12V alkaline [A23]
9V alkaline, carbon zinc

Also Made by ZTS (sold separately)

Mini MBT Multi Battery Tester

1.2V NiMH
NiCd rechargeable (AAA, AA, C, D)
1.5V alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D, N)
3V photo lithium (CR123, CR2, CRV3)
9V alkaline, zinc-carbon
Applications Electronics, medical, safety, security, office, scientific, wireless devices, remotes, industrial, manufacturing, government, utilities, and more
Display Six LEDs - Green, yellow, and red
Test Duration 2-3 seconds, varies according to battery type
Contact Terminals Nickel-plated brass. Positive terminals fixed; built-in negative test lead
Dimensions
  • MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester - 8 x 4.5 x 1.25" (20.3cm x 11.4cm x 3.2cm)
  • Mini-MBT Mini MBT Multi Battery Tester - 4 x 2.5 x .75" (100 x 63.5 x 19 mm)
  • Weight 14.5 oz (400g) (without batteries)
    ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester
  • One-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ZTSMBT-1 Multi Battery Tester
     
    4.9

    (based on 48 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (43)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Reliable (33)
    • Easy to use (25)
    • Durable (16)
    • Good value (11)
    • Lightweight (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (11)
    • Pricey (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home (18)
    • Everyday (15)
    • Travel (10)
    • Having around the house (9)
    • Studio (8)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (8), Business (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (36)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (11), Professional (10), Semi-professional (9), Enthusiast (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The ONLY Accurate Battery Tester!

    The absolute best way to test batteries! Tests them under load, no need for any fancy oscilloscopes or calculations. Simply put the (+) end on the appropriate MBT-1 terminal, and touch...Read complete review

    The absolute best way to test batteries! Tests them under load, no need for any fancy oscilloscopes or calculations. Simply put the (+) end on the appropriate MBT-1 terminal, and touch the black probe to the (-) end. The LED display will tell you the remaining capacity of the battery! I have 250+ NiMH rechargeable AA & AAAs that I have used in my cameras, flashes and radios over the past 7-8 years. After charging them up, the MBT-1 told me that over half of my batteries could no longer hold a full charge. I never knew, I just thought that some had higher capacity than others. Tested alkaline batteries in our emergency flashlights, car flashlights, kid's toys, cameras, remotes, learned that a lot of them needed new cells. Lithium garage door remotes and smoke detector batts tested too. My wife loves using this gadget too!

    Terrific product and B&H has the best price on the internet. I bought one and then turned around and bought a 2nd one for my brother. If you have any electronic devices that require batteries, you absolutely need one of these!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    i would not buy this unit again

    unit not capable of testing saft 3.6v batteries ususally used in home alarm devices.
    works good if you don't have a need to test this type of battery

    unit not capable of testing saft 3.6v batteries ususally used in home alarm devices.
    works good if you don't have a need to test this type of battery

    Reviewed by 48 customers

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    5.0

    Works but not as accurate as i'd like

    By mysterbo

    from michigan

    Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

    I tested multiple batteries AAA, AA, D, & CR123. Some used, new, rechargeable. Each battery 5-6 times, accurate readings with occasional slightly off reading. I noticed that the tester is sensitive and will need sufficient contact with batteries to give consistent readings. It is not perfect but i'm very satisfied with the product. I like B&H. B&H had the lowest price on the internet.

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    5.0

    Impressive gadget.

    By Design Engineer

    from Atlanta,GA

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

      Solidly built, and performs exactly like it should. I have been looking for a "true" battery tester and this one is exactly what I wanted.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great battery tester

      By High Desert Flyer

      from Albuquerque NM

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home

        Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

        This is my second one. I needed another for a second location. A quality product.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Definitely worth the $$$

        By Mateos mate

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • A bit heavy
        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Home
        • Videography

        Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

        I use this test to check all my batteries before every video shoot. One of the best features is that it shows the amount of energy left: 10%, 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% or full. Takes the guesswork out the question, 'pitch or keep.'

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Pays For Itself!

        By 13

        from Toronto, Canada

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to use
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Having Around The House
          • Portable Electronics
          • Studio

          Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

          Super easy to use, tests just about all battery types you'd have around. Had a gallon jug of batteries headed for recycling. Gets filled quickly with a small child and all their toys and accessories around. Checked and found many batteries with lots of juice remaining. Saved a good part of the purchase price checking that very first bunch of batteries.

          Great that it tests under load to get a true idea of how good your batteries are and really useful for matching batteries based on remaining percentage.

          Well built piece I expect to have for a long time.

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          5.0

          it works!

          By Frank

          from Cranston, RI

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Value
          • Reliable Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Having Around The House

            Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

            best tester I have ever owned

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Does what it says - does it well

            By GP55

            from Montreal, QC

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Having Around The House
              • Portable Electronics

              Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

              No more guessing whether battery is depleted or still has a useful charge.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Love it

              By Doc

              from Red Oak, TX

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                  The only bad thing is that I thought that I had more good batteries than I really did.
                  After testing with this tester, it has been 100% accurate in determining batteries that are dead. What I mean is that an ordinary charger will go through the motions and say that a particular batter is charged, but the MBT-1 still says it is dead. When I place the same battery in a smart charger like the PowerEX Maha, it fails to charge after a few tries.
                  I've thrown away about a dozen batteries, but now I don't have to wonder about the ones that are left.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  The best battery tester!

                  By Photo Teacher

                  from Cincinnati, Ohio

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to use
                  • Good Value
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High Volume Battery Use

                    Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                    This battery tester works on almost every battery type. It gives a true reading of the remaining charge.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    excellent product

                    By RonRPh

                    from Hazlet, NJ

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Having Around The House

                      Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                      Just a quality product. Works the way it's supposed to and you seem to feel that it will keep doing so for a long time. Maybe 2 bad things- considering how cheap batteries are I may never get it's true value back out of it- but it's nice to know the true charge of your batteries; and 2) cannot test battery packs- just loose batteries ( not a major problem for me).

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Anyone can use this

                      By RC

                      from DFW, Tx

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Value
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                      • NONE

                      Best Uses

                      • Having Around The House
                      • Portable Electronics

                      Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                      The MBT is so easy to use. It is great to find out how strong a battery is and not rely on a standard tester that may give you a false reading. How many times have you tested a battery thinking that it was still good only to find out that it would not work any more. At first I thought it might be a little expensive compared to other testers that may only cost a few dollars. You get what you pay for! In no time this tester will pay for itself. If you use a lot of batteries this will give you an acurate reading and keep the cameras, clocks, toys, and endless gadgets working properly.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works Great, I would buy again.

                      By DFelkel

                      from Bamberg, SC

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Value
                      • Long Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Batteries - Over Heated
                        • Having Around The House
                        • Travel

                        Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                        This tester works great and I am considering buying the small version to have in with me in camera case.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Should have bought long ago.

                        By Bob the photographer

                        from Hill Country, Texas

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Value
                        • Long Lasting
                        • Reliable Performance
                        • Well Designed Engineered

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

                        • Emergency Equipment
                        • Having Around The House
                        • High-End Equipment
                        • Portable Electronics
                        • Test Odd Sizes
                        • Travel

                        Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                        This thing works great. Amazing! Made in America. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. It has already saved me throwing away many batteries too soon and kept me from bringing along on a trip batteries which probably would not have lasted. It is well made and reliable. I have used the cheapo battery testers for a long time and been very disappointed in their performance which usually consists of rating a battery either "good" or "bad", no in-between. And just try to find a cheapo that tests button batteries or 3 volt Lithiums. No can do. This tester can do. Highly recommended

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Excellent battery tester

                        By Tom K

                        from Seattle WA

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Value
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Emergency Equipment
                          • Having Around The House
                          • Portable Electronics

                          Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                          Great product overall.

                          Pros - Easy to use. Tests many battery types and gives accurate readings by properly loading the batteries for each battery type.

                          Only Con is that is does not accurately test AAA Lithium batteries. The accompanying directions states it will test both AA and AAA Lithium batteries, but the faceplate only shows AA Lithium next to the test terminal.

                          I contacted the manufacturer and they said the load they place on the AA Lithium terminal for testing is too much for AAA Lithium batteries, which is why I never got a !00% reading from a new AAA battery. Typically, it was 60 to 80% and decreased if you tested the same battery mulitple times.

                          Besides that one drawback, I am glad I purchased the tester. If they were to add a terminal optimized for AAA Lithium batteries that works as well as it does for the other battery types, I would gladly purchase the next version of the tester.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          3.0

                          i would not buy this unit again

                          By cardinalpuff

                          from pompano beach,fl

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                          • Pricey / Poor Value

                          Best Uses

                          • Having Around The House

                          Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                          unit not capable of testing saft 3.6v batteries ususally used in home alarm devices.
                          works good if you don't have a need to test this type of battery

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Finally a reliable battery tester

                          By Nikon Bob

                          from Rochester Hills, MI

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Good Value

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                              I have over 50 rechargeable AA batteries and this tester has been very helpful in determining which ones are strong and which ones are in need of charging.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Battery Tester

                              By BionicFarrier

                              from Mill Valley, CA

                              About Me Value Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Durable Simple Product
                              • Effective
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                              • Pricey but worth it

                              Best Uses

                              • Test Most Batteries

                              Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                              I've been using a volt-ohm meter for many years, but never had a battery tester that would tell me how much of a load or how much was actually left in a battery. I can now recharge batteries before they will die on me when I need them to work. And, I've been able to more accurately identify those that need to be thrown away. This tester seems larger than it needs to be, but it is well constructed. The black around the yellow is actually a thick rubber edge. The electric probe fits in a groove in the rubber and basically disappears into it for storage--a nice feature, considering that all of my volt/ohm meters usually have wires hanging from them. I also purchased the accessory pouch for this tester, but after receiving the two items together I think the pouch is overkill unless you are thowing the tester in with other tools. The MBT-1 Tester is made to last and is extremely simple to use, and I do use it often. I would highly recommend this battery tester.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Works great.

                              By georgea

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comprehensive
                              • Lightweight
                              • Rugged

                              Cons

                              • Pricey

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Professional Camera
                              • Rechargables
                              • Travel

                              Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                              Tests all battery types I use.

                              Seems to be accurate but no way to tell.

                              I bought the mini first and realized there are two mini types which test fewer types.

                              The mini has a power switch and the MBT-1 automatically turns on when a battery with at least some charge is tested.

                              I am happy with the tester although it seemed pricey at first.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              An excellent and reliable battery tester

                              By Martin

                              from Glendale

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Well Built

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Home

                              Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                              I like the fact you can rely upon the results of the battery tested and also have repeatablility.

                              This unit also is very versatile as it can test a wide variety of batteries under load.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              No more throwing away good batteries

                              By woody

                              from colorado

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Rugged

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Professional Camera

                                Comments about ZTS MBT-1 Multi Battery Tester:

                                This is one great battery tester its worth the money to keep all the good batteries where they belong......no more guessing...checks any kind of battery

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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