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Hearing Aid Battery Testers

Hal-Hen A/B Battery Meter (Hearing Aid Battery Tester)

This dual-scale battery meter carries the Hal-Hen name. It was one type of battery tester used around 1948-1952 to test both A and B batteries.

There were a number of battery meters that looked similar except for the company name on them. It appears one battery meter company designed the original meter and then manufactured and branded it for the various hearing aid companies that wanted one.

This tester had 2 scales—the upper one ranging from 0 to 50 volts for testing "B" batteries (red), and the lower one ranging from 0 to 2 volts for testing "A" batteries (black). Notice that this was a 0-centered meter. Thus it didn't matter whether you put the probe to the positive or negative contact on the battery—the meter just read to the left or to the right depending on the polarity.


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Normally (by convention) you touched the one tip of the probe to the positive terminal of the battery, and touched the "foot" (7-o'clock position) or the "knob" (12 o'clock position) to the negative terminal of the battery.

With this meter there was also a fold-out aluminum disc so that you could simply set the base (negative terminal) of the battery on to make battery testing even easier. This worked for batteries such as AA, C and D cells.

Notice that the probe tips are labeled "A" and "B". When you were testing an "A" battery, you used the "A" tip which was connected to the 2 volt range. Similarly, to test a "B" battery you used the "B" tip which was connected to the 50-volt range.

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