Connect the BEAT®

This instruction manual presents detailed instructions for installing and operating the BEAT®50 on a (single) 12 volt battery.

(These instructions apply to both the BEAT®50 and the BEAT®100.)  The manuals can be downloaded in PDF format on our download page.

The full contents of the packaging is:

  • BEAT®50
  • Installation manual
  • Two folding ferrite clamps for cable (diameters of 4,5 – 6 mm)
  • One ferrite clamp unlocking key

Intended use

The BEAT®50 can be used with any lead-acid / Gel lead-acid / AGM battery but may be operated on 12V systems only. Those systems can be comprised of a single 12V battery, but may also be comprised of a set of 6V batteries set in series to produce 12V. Other types of batteries or battery systems, in particular with batteries that run with a higher voltage, may have unpredictable consequences and are therefore not permissible and may damage the product. The BEAT® is designed for a lifetime of at least 10 years; therefore, the BEAT® may be used to increase the lifespan of a series of multiple different batteries throughout its lifetime.

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Batteries or battery systems operating on a higher voltage than 12V can be treated with multiple BEAT®’s. Please see our web page ‘Connect multiple BEAT®‘s‘  for use of the BEAT® products with battery systems on a higher voltage than 12V. If you wish to put a battery into hibernation, please read our web page about ‘Battery care‘.
You can use the BEAT® on a new battery or install the BEAT® on a battery that has been used for a short or even prolonged period. (The BEAT® can even revive batteries that are considered dead – if sulphation is the problem).

Step-by-step Short Installation instructions

Read these instructions carefully. The manufacturer is not responsible for any damage, which results from neglect, misuse or non-compliance with these installation instructions. If you are not competent to carry out product installation on to a battery, we strongly advise having the installation performed by someone qualified to work on low voltage electrical systems.

  1. Charge the battery on to which you want to install the BEAT®. When the battery is charged, switch off and disconnect the battery charger.
  2. Disconnect any existing wiring on the negative electrode of the battery. The negative electrode is usually connected with black wires. (The positive electrode usually uses red wiring).
  3. Connect the RED (positive) lead of the BEAT®50 to the positive battery terminal.
    Observe polarity! The BEAT® is safeguarded against electrical short-circuits, reversing the polarity will fuse the BEAT® and repair is not possible.
  4. Reconnect the wiring on the negative electrode of the battery.
  5. Connect the BLACK (negative) lead of the BEAT®50 to the negative battery terminal.
  6. Check if the blue LED light flashes after waiting at least 20 seconds.
  7. Leave the BEAT®50 permanently installed on the battery. Check from time to time if the LED is flashing or constantly illuminated, indicating that the BEAT® is working properly. Please refer to the extended installation instructions if the short instructions are not sufficient.

Step-by-step Extended Installation instructions

The BEAT®50 can be used with any lead-acid / gel lead-acid / AGM battery but may be operated on 12V systems only (see diagrams above).
Battery systems to be used with the BEAT® can be comprised of a single 12V battery, but may also be comprised of a pair of 6V batteries set in series to produce 12V.

  1. Charge the battery that you want to equip with the BEAT®
  2. Turn off and disconnect the battery charger. (Battery chargers produce electrical currents and even small currents can cause harm or disease to the user or may even damage the battery or the BEAT®).
  3. Disconnect any existing wiring attached to the electrodes of the battery. If the battery is installed in a vehicle, first disconnect the black (mass) wiring. (This will prevent short circuit damage to the battery in case the tools that you are using make a connection to the mass when disconnecting the lugs on the positive electrode).
  4. The BEAT®50 is installed directly on the battery. The lugs of the BEAT® must be bolted onto the battery terminals inlets or directly to the battery pole clamps. For safe assembly please ensure the fixings are of sufficient length. Please make sure that there is a tight connection between BEAT®50 and the battery clamps. The equipment cannot work properly if there is a loose / poor connection.
  5. The existing wires on the BEAT® may not be shortened nor extended! (Any change to the provided connecting cables will cause the BEAT®50 to malfunction and will invalidate any warranties.)
  6. The bending radius of the connecting cables of the BEAT®50 should be kept to a minimum of 50 mm. Cuts, cable damage or breaks in the leads should be avoided as these may cause a short circuit. The BEAT® should preferably be fixed rattle-free on to the battery (or a part of the installation frame that contains the battery) by means of cable ties (Ty raps are not included). 
  7. Connect the red (positive) lead of the BEAT®50 to the positive battery terminal. Observe polarity! The BEAT® is safeguarded against electrical short-circuits, but reversing the polarity will fuse the BEAT® and repair of the BEAT® is not possible.
  8. Reconnect the wiring on the black (negative) electrode of the battery. Connect the black negative lead of the BEAT®50 to the negative battery terminal.
  9. Check if the blue LED light flashes. Correct installation is confirmed when the blue LED continues to flash some 8-20 seconds after installation.
  10. If the LED doesn’t start blinking after 20 seconds, please check the voltage of the battery. (The BEAT® depends on the battery for powering the LED).
  11. If the voltage is sufficient and the LED will not come on, replace the BEAT® with another one. If the LED light on the replacement BEAT® blinks, the first BEAT® is probably malfunctioning. Replace that BEAT®
  12. If the LED won’t blink at all, the most likely situation is that the battery is not working properly. Replace or charge the battery for at least eight hours.
    The other option is to keep the BEAT® connected to the battery while charging for a period of two to four weeks. The BEAT® is capable of reviving even near dead batteries (if the cause of failure is sulphation), but that takes time. If the battery shows no sign of improvement, the battery cannot be revived. Replace the battery.
    If, after going through these steps, the LED still won’t blink the BEAT® has to be replaced. Repair of the BEAT® is not possible. The BEAT® is made of recyclable material. Dispose of the BEAT® wisely and in accordance to local or national regulations. 
  13. Leave the BEAT®50 permanently installed on the battery. Check from time to time if the LED is flashing or constantly illuminated, indicating that the BEAT® is working properly. A flashing or illuminated LED light indicates that the BEAT® is keeping your battery in the best possible condition. Read our webpage on Battery Care with use of the BEAT® if you want to put a battery in hibernation.

The use of the Ferrite Clamp

Electromagnetic interference FROM the BEAT®

Despite having passed all international tests, electromagnetic interference cannot be excluded in all installations and in every situation. In order to minimize possible interference with electronics of the vehicle or the equipment, the assembly of 2 ferrites on the inlets of each battery is advised. The black, clamp shelled, ferrites that are enclosed in the packaging are designed to isolate the electrical pulses that the BEAT® generates from the connecting electrical or electronic equipment. In particularly sensitive environments additional measures may be necessary and are strongly recommended. In some cases the assembly of even more than two ferrite clamps may be necessary for each battery in a system, e.g. when several outgoing leads are connected to the battery poles.
WaveTech GmbH advises against the use or application of the BEAT® in close proximity to life-saving devices (cardiac pacemaker, oxygen devices, etc.).
Please contact your WaveTech dealer for information on electromagnetic compatibility for your specific user area.

Electronic interference TO the BEAT®

Conversely, the functionality of the BEAT®50 could be more or less inhibited by electronic interference from equipment attached to the battery. To prevent the possibility of any electromagnetic interference, please attach the ferrite clamps to the electrical wires connected to (the poles of) the battery.

Step-by-step ferrite installation instructions

The installation of the ferrites is very easy, but working on electrical equipment always implies a certain risk for dangerous or unexpected situations. It is therefore recommended to leave the installation to someone who is qualified to work on low voltage installations.

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  1. Fold the ferrites clamps around the terminals leads that go to the vehicle/equipment as near as possible to the battery poles. Squeeze the two halves of the ferrites clamp firmly together. The clips on the folding mechanism should snap shut and be secured. In some situations a tie wrap or some Velcro can provide additional support for firm closure.
  2. Do not install the ferrite clamps on the red and black wires that connect the BEAT®50 to the battery, since these clamps will significantly reduce the effectiveness of the BEAT®50.
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  3. If the cable diameter is smaller than 3.5 mm put a loop in order to prevent the ferrite clamp from slipping. This additionally increases the efficiency of the application (see illustration)
  4. If the cable diameter is larger than 6 mm, please contact our service department at sales@wavetech.de. We will supply you with replacement ferrite clamps as quickly as possible.
  5. Use the provided ferrite clamp unlocking key if necessary. Keep the key for possible use in the future.
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