At it’s core the Otofix BT1 Lite is a battery tester, but it’s a highly advanced one that goes far beyond just checking how much life a car battery has left in it. With the BT1 Lite device, home mechanics or automotive professionals are able to test a car’s battery, starter and alternator and get a detailed report on their state of health. In seconds you can test a battery’s reserve capacity and its cold-cranking ability.
Via the BT1 Lite users can also register new batteries in a car and reset electric components once they are fixed or are showing error codes, so not only can you assess how much life is left in a car’s electrical components, but you can also fix issues with them.
The BT1 Lite can test batteries with the following ratings: CCA, CA, MCA, JIS, DIN, SAE, IEC, EN, EN2, BCI, GB. It can test the following battery types: Test Flooded, AGM, AGM_Spiral, EFB and GEL Batteries, Test 6- and 12-volt batteries: 100 - 2000 CCA. It can also analyse both 12v and 24v cranking and charging systems.
The more expensive BT1 smart battery tester, which we explain here, uses an Android-powered tablet to operate, but the BT1 Lite is app-based. This means you need to download the Ototfix BT1 Lite app to a smartphone or tablet to operate it. The app works on both Android and iOS devices.
Alternatively, you can use the BT1 Lite with the Otofix D1 device, a tablet-style diagnostics tool that detects faults in a car and can reset error codes once fixed. Using the BT1 Lite with the D1 tablet broadens the range of functions of the D1 itself, which doesn’t have the capability to test batteries as standard. Used together, the D1 and BT1 Lite offer one of the most powerful and comprehensive diagnostics tools on the market.
Unlike the BT1, which uses a dongle that plugs into a car’s OBD-2 port, the BT1 Lite connects to a car battery via clamps. Attached to the clamps is a Bluetooth-enabled device which wirelessly transmits data from the car’s battery to the app. This makes it incredibly easy to use and makes it easy to transport if the owner wishes to use the BT1 Lite away from the home or workshop.
You can read YesAuto's sponsored review of the Otofix BT1 Lite here.
The Otofix BT1 Lite is ultimately made by a company called Autel.
Even if you don’t know the name Autel, the chances are your car has at some point benefited from Autel’s technology. Autel specialises in the kind of automotive tech that keeps cars on the road, enabling engineers and mechanics to diagnose problems with a vehicle and get it fixed in the most efficient way.
Otofix is the name for Autel’s range of automotive tools aimed at professional workshops and home mechanics alike, including the BT1 Lite.
Autel’s products are sold in over 70 countries, including Great Britain, China, America and Australia. Its diagnostic tools are class-leading and found in more than 500,000 independent vehicle repair shops across the globe. Put simply, when there’s something wrong with your car, Autel has the tool that can identify the problem and get it back on the road ASAP.
But it’s much more than that. Over 60 per cent of Autel’s employees work in the research and development (R&D) arm of the company, working on everything from battery and charging technology for electric cars to autonomous driving solutions. Autel has R&D centres in Silicon Valley, Munich and Shenzen.
Since it was founded in 2004 Autel has received 1040 domestic and foreign patents and has won almost 100 awards and honours, including the VISION Best New Product in the United States award and no less than 13 Red Dot Awards, known as Oscars in the world of product design.
Right now the Otofix BT1 Lite can be bought for €129 here. Otofix offers free shipping and once ordered the device should arrive within two to six days. You can return the device for a full refund within seven days.
Alternatively you can buy it from the Otofix website here.
*This article is sponsored by Autel