In Reply to: Re: battery education in need posted by Don B. on February 21, 2017 at 20:36:17:
Don, if you use this load tester, it will tell you the battery condition from the gauge on it. You need to fully charge your battery before using it. After you charge, connect the cables from the load tester, hold the rocker switch down for 10 seconds and watch the gauge. It's color coded (green, yellow, red) to let you know if you have the amperage to start your engine.
As Bruce (VA) has suggested, diagnosing no-start conditions requires a methodical approach, starting with the battery and moving forward from the starting system to the ignition system. Charge your battery and test it with the hydrometer and/or the load tester. If it tests good, then move on through the system, checking each potential point of failure. A useful tool in that process is a simple low-voltage tester like this one, where you ground the alligator clip and probe the electrical connection, or even pierce a suspect wire to see if you have voltage at that point. Come back and report results and ask questions and folks here will coach you through the process.
These tools can also be used on your cars, lawn tractors, etc., so for a small investment you'll have some handy diagnostic tools to help you going forward.
Good luck with it.......Ed