Cheap USB tester with 0.001 A resolution

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Cheap USB tester with 0.001 A resolution

All of my useful cheap USB meters are limited to 0.01A, and I want one more digit. What is good and cheap?

Still a bit dim

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You could try HKJ’s reviews here.

https://lygte-info.dk/info/indexUSB%20UK.html

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That is a deep well, been reading it for two days.

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Prices depend on when there might be a promo or coupon code.

Some USB Testers that aren't too expensive and offer pretty good precision might be:

1) Juwei J7-4T USB OLED Display Tester(there are various re-brands of this) ~$13.92 (with $2 AliExpress coupon)
  review here: https://lygte-info.dk/review/USBmeter%20USB%20OLED%20display%20tester%20...
  what I like: reversible male-USB so I can plug anyway for right-side up
  https://www.aliexpress.com/item/OLED-USB-current-voltage-power-capacity-...

2) RD AT34 (was $6.99 BG pre-order price about 2 weeks ago, but it's now around $10) ~$9.99
   https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/RD-AT34-USB-3-0-color-LCD-Voltm...
(also available from Banggood, check whose prices are better)

3) RD UM25C (UM25 w/o Bluetooth connectivity) ~ $17.50
   https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/RD-UM25-UM25C-for-APP-USB-2-0-T...

4) RD USB 3.0 Comprehensive USB Tester (this is the highest model in that series) ~ $12.50
  review here: https://lygte-info.dk/review/USBmeter%20RD%20Tech%20USB%203.0%20tester%2...
   https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/RD-USB-3-0-OLED-Comprehensive-T...
   other functions: USB mode can be changed to "no USB data mode, battery charging mode"


I think there may be others with more than 2 digits precision, but I'm not sure how are their accuracy and precision. The ones above are probably better than the generic ones..

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the biggest problem of those is that they reduce the max current flowing out of an USB hub
without the testers it is about 2A with between 1 and 1.5A

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Remember, resolution does not equal accuracy, a meter can display 0.001A changes but at the same time is 0.15A off. Cheap meter often are inaccurate.

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will34 wrote:
Remember, resolution does not equal accuracy, a meter can display 0.001A changes but at the same time is 0.15A off. Cheap meter often are inaccurate.

Ah, but at least you’ll be precicely inaccurate Cool

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My quick and dirty testing is to daisy chain 2 or 3 and look at the variation in current. Nothing we currently own charges at much over an amp max, so not too much of an issue for now.

Also more than precise measurements, I want to see trends and end of charge below 10 ma currents.

Taking a look at the ones linked, thanks.

Still a bit dim

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Lexel wrote:
the biggest problem of those is that they reduce the max current flowing out of an USB hub without the testers it is about 2A with between 1 and 1.5A

Really? Why and how do they reduce the current?

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wle wrote:
Lexel wrote:
the biggest problem of those is that they reduce the max current flowing out of an USB hub without the testers it is about 2A with between 1 and 1.5A

Really? Why and how do they reduce the current?

Based on my experience (since I’ve got several ones, my early models were the cheap ones which have poor precision and poor accuracy, and somewhat poor contact with the USB port — eg. my first USB meters were the KWS-V20 & V21), some USB Testers make poor contact and also introduce a fair amount of resistance, reducing the max current flow.

However, the better ones seem to reduce current only a little (I haven’t had time to make a study of those in a more controlled environment, so these are observations more based on my regular usage)

I’m trying to compare my other USB meters with the YZXStudio ZY1276 (I’m presuming this is the most accurate meter that I currently own), so I compare the voltage readings and the current readings using an Anker charger (which has a fairly stable power output). Unfortunately I don’t have a benchtop power supply for making more accurate testing though.

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wle wrote:
Lexel wrote:
the biggest problem of those is that they reduce the max current flowing out of an USB hub without the testers it is about 2A with between 1 and 1.5A
Really? Why and how do they reduce the current?

A meter doesn’t directly affect the USB power supply, but if there’s too big of a voltage drop on the device end it might drop the charging current automatically to bring the voltage back up closer to 5V.

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wle wrote:
Lexel wrote:
the biggest problem of those is that they reduce the max current flowing out of an USB hub without the testers it is about 2A with between 1 and 1.5A

Really? Why and how do they reduce the current?

Same as a cheap cable, higher resistance in the current path.

Still a bit dim

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If you want an accurate reading don’t use a USB meter. Buy a proper clamp later which doesn’t add resistance to the circuit because it reads using a hall effect sensor.

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Enderman wrote:
If you want an accurate reading don’t use a USB meter. Buy a proper clamp later which doesn’t add resistance to the circuit because it reads using a hall effect sensor.

Not that much of an issue when I am only looking for 1ma accuracy, and then only relatively accurate. Most reasonably priced DC clamps dance around 10ma.

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