Handheld tester for starting/charging systems

  • US 6,570,385 B1
  • Filed: 03/19/2001
  • Issued: 05/27/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/19/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A hand-held, portable tester for testing a starter/charger system of an internal combustion engine, comprising:

  • (a) an electronic test circuit, said test circuit capable of performing at least one test on the starting/charging system;

    (b) a hand-held, portable enclosure housing said electronic test circuit;

    (c) a housing connector providing a first plurality of electrical connections, said housing connector being affixed to said housing and in circuit communication with said electronic test circuit, for placing said electronic test circuit in circuit communication with the starter/charger system via a test cable electrically connected to said housing connector via a removable cable connector providing a second plurality of electrical connections; and

    (d) detection circuitry, said detection circuitry being in circuit communication with said electronic test circuit and at least one connection of said first plurality of connections of said housing connector, said housing connector accepting a plurality of different types of test cables, and wherein said detection circuitry is characterized by automatic identification of the type of test cable connected to said housing connector as being one of the plurality of types of test cables.

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