WaveOn Technologies’ newest gadget rates high with techies. The Lubricheck is the first consumer model oil tester, giving owners the data needed to safely extend oil change intervals on trucks, cars, ATVs, motorcycles or RVs. Like automotive testers used by NASCAR pit crews, the Lubricheck can detect oil contamination before it can cause serious engine damage.
The common belief that oil must be changed every 3-5,000 miles is half a century old, and dates back to the 1960′s. Yes, the oil advice most of us adhere to is as old as the Beatles’ first visit to America. Music, cars and oil have changed dramatically since those days. Some new vehicles equipped with oil life monitoring systems are routinely going 10,000 to 20,000 miles or more before recommending an oil change. But in spite of dramatic technical advances in oil and engines, advice on oil changing remains the same old advice: Discard it, on the chance it is bad.
Oil life is determined by many factors, including synthetic versus standard oil, engine condition, engine oil capacity, weather conditions, and driving habits. Aside from sending oil samples to a testing lab, how can a driver know when their oil actually needs changing?
Enter Lubricheck, a reusable, credit-card sized tool for gadget lovers, easily kept in the car’s glove box along with the tire pressure gauge. With 4-5 drops of oil from the end of a dipstick, and the press of a button, Lubricheck instantly rates the oil on a scale of 1 to 10. A rating of 1-7 places it in the ‘OK’ green zone, an amber 8-9 in the ‘change soon’ zone, and a red 10 for ‘change now.’ Employing a combination of capacitive and resistive sensing, the Lubricheck will display a flashing red light if the oil sample is contaminated with antifreeze, water or metal. If acted upon, such an early warning can catch problems, like a leaky head gasket, before expensive repairs are needed. (A great tool to have in your pocket when shopping for a used car).
Owners of trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, mowers, etc. are empowered with Lubricheck feedback to decide for themselves if they want to extend their change intervals.
As an added service, oil data may be recorded on Lubritrack, an open source app for iPhone or Android phones, or available online at the Lubricheck website. Here, users can keep track of multiple vehicles. Customized reminders to check oil, change filters, rotate tires, etc. can be emailed to users. Data will also be available to compare their vehicles oil performance with that of others.
Lubricheck will sell for US$30. Production tooling is complete. Interested parties can reserve their own Lubricheck, and help fund production start-up by pledging their support on the Lubricheck page found on Kickstarter.com, or at Lubricheck.com
WaveOn Technologies, Inc. is a Minnesota corporation. Lubricheck technology is patent pending.