So, What’s New?
The Plugable USBC-VAMETER is still packed with the features that made it the must-have compact USB-C multimeter. At roughly the size of a USB flash drive, it’s still small enough to go everywhere you go. The VAMETER still quickly shows how fast a device is charging by indicating voltage, amperage, even the direction of power flow. But the upgrades really do shine.
And shine it does, an updated OLED screen means a brighter and easier-to-read display in bright light, low light, even no light. But you really shouldn’t be working in the dark, it isn’t good for your eyes. Is that a 6 or a 9? A new orientation button lets you easily flip the screen. We made the whole thing a little more rugged and strengthened the USB-C connections so you can toss it in your pocket. And finally, we added a TVS (transient voltage suppressor) circuit to prevent inrush current spikes.
So What Do I Do With This Thing?
The reasons to reach for a bidirectional VAMETER are as varied and unique as the hands reaching for them. Still, there are a few ideal use cases that everyone can agree on.
- Connecting between a USB-C host system like a laptop, tablet, or cell phone and a charger to monitor charge information
- Connecting between a USB-C host and docking station to monitor charge information
- Connecting between a USB-C host system and a USB-C bus-powered accessory like an external hard drive or flash drive to measure power draw
- Testing for USB-C port spec compliance such as a VBUS hot condition, voltage drop under load, etc
Dive deeper into the details on the USBC-VAMETER product page.