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BVA-260; Professional Grade Intelligent Hand Held Electrical System Analyzer For 6V & 12 Applications

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One of the most technologically advanced handheld testers currently available, the BVA-260 sets the bar for accuracy, speed and ease of use. Using our patented Digital Pulse Load™ technology to deliver a BCI compliant true load test, the BVA-260 can precisely diagnose the battery, starting and charging system in under 82 seconds. This unit is AGM optimized for compatibility with nearly all battery types. This adds up to a tester that in many cases delivers a superior test result to even traditional Carbon Pile testers. A convenient USB output allows test data to be displayed as an Excel™ spreadsheet for nearly unlimited storage capacity and data analysis as well as easy software updates. Featuring a menu system revised to eliminate extra steps, nearly anyone can pick up the unit and use it right out of the box. Enhanced customer communications and “next step” messages aid in diagnosis and enhance credibility. The BVA-260 is also compatible via infrared with the AutoMeter PR-12 printer for easy communication with the customer.

  • Best of Both World - Accuracy via Patented Resistance & Load Test
  • Fully Automated Load
  • Tests most battery and electrical systems - Flooded, AGM, Marine, AGM Marine
  • Tests Battery, Starting System, Charging System in 82 seconds
  • CCA and AH battery tests
  • Easy Input via Menus
  • Temp Sensor for Accuracy
  • Export data to PC memory for unlimited test results storage
  • Optimized customer communication for faster/better interaction
  • Large and Mini USB Ports
  • Easy-Link communication to PC via USB to optional AMP Link software (AC-62)
  • Data Transfer via PC USB Cable (Included)
  • Easy Firmware Updates
  • Self Diagnostics for improved reliability
  • Reverse polarity protected
  • Ask us the about AMPnet Option
  • 64 Character backlit LCD screen
  • Customer Communication via infrared printer (Sold Separately)
  • Convenient clamp storage


Feature Points
  • Tests 6V and 12V flooded and AGM batteries rated between 100-1600 CCA or 10-265 AH. Tests starting/charging circuits, discharged batteries, and detects bad cells.
  • Automatically stores results of last 150 completed tests for easy review. Wirelessly communicates to optional test results printer via infrared or outputs to PC via AC-12 cable.
  • Unlike competitor models, AutoMeter testers only require a single technician to run a full electrical system test due to our on-board 120 amp True Load cell. This eliminates the need to apply inconsistent loads, such as headlights, fans, etc.
  • English and Spanish language menus and test results.
  • Charging system test results measure alternator current output, voltage regulation, and diode ripple delivering a pass or fail result.
  • Easily upgraded for future tech enhancements using AutoMeter's exclusive AMP Link software.
  • Advanced Digital Pulse Load (DPL) technology - patented test process and algorithm allowing operators of this product to rapidly measure a battery’s ability to provide adequate cranking power necessary to start the vehicle
  • True-Load – This AutoMeter equipment is unique compared with other products on the market in that this tester has the ability to apply a known significant load (True-Load) directly through the tester connections allowing for a more rapid and accurate test
  • 16 Gauge, 20" leads with professional grade Bite Rite clamps that are easily field serviceable.
  • Intuitive menu driven operation, transmitted via backlit LCD screen for ease of use.
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I have a 3 3/8 speedometer 0-120 . I need to replace the light socket. You show to of them which one do I need? Or will ether one work?

Asked by: jamesthe h
Thank you for contacting us. Across the same model number we’ve had various design changes over several years that often changed the light socket design. If you could please send us a picture of the front and back or your actual speedometer to [email protected], that will help us ensure we provide the correct part number.
Answered by: Sarah from AutoMeter
Date published: 2021-08-27

What is the difference between the BVA-260 and BVA-260BR?

Asked by: M!ke
Thank you for contacting us. Only difference is the leads; The BVA-260 features 30” 6 gauge leads with gator clamps with build in GM side terminal connection and the BR model features 42” 6 gauge leads with Bite Rite clamps.
Answered by: Sarah from AutoMeter
Date published: 2021-08-27

Dose it come with a case. 

Asked by: Firewrench
Thank you for your inquiry. This tester does not come with a carrying case. We do have a model AC24J carrying case available separately:
Answered by: Jim from AutoMeter
Date published: 2020-01-30

is this model suitable for solar battery? or deep cycle battery?

Asked by: mosha
Hi Mosha, thank you for the question. The BVA-260 is compatible as long as the batteries fall within the 10 to 265 Amp Hour range of the tester.
Answered by: Matt from AutoMeter
Date published: 2018-11-26


Asked by: MARLAND
Hi Marlan, thank you so much for contacting us. This unit communicates wireless with the available printer via infrared, not wifi. It does not include a printer, but we do have a package that includes the tester, a hard case and a printer which you can see here: Our printers use standard thermal paper rolls which can be purchased at any office supply store. Hope this helps!
Answered by: Joseph At AutoMeter
Date published: 2017-12-15

The stress relief fitting for the negative cable broke on our tester. Is that available as a part?

Asked by: MarkB
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