USB meter: USB Detector


Official specifications:
I found this unit on Ebay at a dealer called tool-edge.

How does it look


The usb input is on a short wire. This can make it easier to connect it in some cases, but will add some extra resistance.


The usb meter has two outputs, but the display is common.


It might be possible to find different versions of this usb meter.


It has two displays and shows both voltage and current simultaneously. The reason for the two different 9 is because there is a faulty segment in the display.


It is easy to open, only one screw.


The sense resistor is 10mOhm (0.01ohm), it is marked R010. That is the reason for the low resistance


The points marked J1, J2...J8 on the PCB is probably used to select the different models of this device.
It is also possible to mount parts for either DCP or Apple coding on Out2 (R9..R13).
The reason it is rated for up to 10 volt is because U1 is regulating the voltage for the microprocessor and display.


Another interesting detail is the IR and VR trimpots, they makes it possible to adjust/calibrate the readout (Mine is correct now).



Out 1 and Out 2
Out1          Out2

Some of the difference between out1 and out2 can be due to contact resistance.


M1: 39,0C, M2: 37,1C, M3: 36,2C, M4: 37,5C, HS1: 40,6C
The usb meter do get warm after 1 hour, but the display reading do not change significantly.
The cable has some resistance and do heat up.


I like that the usb meter has both voltage and current display simultaneously and also that the internal resistance is also very low.
But the precision is way to low making the device unuseable for voltage measurement and with the missing segment, it looks like this unit has not been tested/calibrated at all.

For people that can open it and do a calibration, it might be a good device.


How do I make the test