PDT HEARTBEAT 1001 for finding parasitic drains?
I saw an article about this tool in a trade publication. Has anyone used it? Is it as useful as they claim?
Hello Paul I don't know if it justifies the $1700.00 price tag. I would be curious if i could do the same thing on a scope also there are other tools out there like the Lisle 64970 Parasitic Drain Tester not has fancy as the PDT1001 but doable for the price. Iam with you Paul i would need more input before buying...
Product’s been out for a few years now, would be hard to justify the cost on that. For the guys that do drains by pulling every fuse 1 at a time, this is their friend. But I don’t work that way, would prefer a scope or graphing meter that I already have and a low amp probe to total the draw, and begin isolating with thermal and multimeter. Used that method for years and works well. The idea and
"Because if a PDT test is run, and a "Test Complete - Failed" is achieved, a parasitic drain or virus has been identified"... Just reading this makes my head ache.
Its pretty hard to beat a labscope, low amp current probe, thermal camera and a technician with a brain. I don't know that I would invest the cash in that tool, that is trying to remove the technician's brain from the equation. Over the years I have seen several tools that were supposed to simplify finding parasitic draws, but so far, nothing has replaced the tried and proven ways.
Hi Paul, The PDT Heartbeat was invented by a shop owner just down the street from you. He invented this tool to streamline using a GMM or DSO. It is currently manufactured in Colorado, USA, The tool is kind of ugly looking but it does much more than what a DMM placed inline would do. To use it, you connect it inline with their heavy duty switch. Start the vehicle then shut it down. Move the
I also have this tool in our shop. It DOES NOT remove the technicians BRAIN from the equation. This tool is simply an interface that leaves no chance of error in conclusion, yes or no and how much, how long. It is pricey, but it is also durable. We are a large shop with over 20 guys at all levels of experience. This tool offers a standard test method that can be trusted in every bay. Many of our
Does the interface (the $200 part) work with a regular scope??
I'm not sure why it is advertised as a separate or stand alone accy. It has the two battery leads to connect it in series with a switch, but the communication data line is needed as it connects to the device, and not something that would adapt to a scope channel.
The battery interface is proprietary to the PDT tool. It is used to isolate the battery once the vehicle has been started and shut down. I am pretty sure small cable is power in and power out. I don't think it would be much use for a scope. I can tell you if you exceed 10Amps of draw the PDT fuse will blow. It could be used with a DMM in Amps pass-through mode if you wanted to solder new
I though it was a BNC style connector on the end, wasn't sure.
You could make your own if you want to. The switch is just a marine battery disconnect switch. google.com/shopping/produ… Then you just add battery cables and battery terminals. To measure the current draw inline with a DMM you just hook up some smaller wires inside the switch so when it's turned off the current goes through your smaller wires. The switch assembly is disassembled