Benson Leung was on a personal mission for awhile to validate and prove the performance (or lack thereof) for USB-C accessories. The #BensonApproved rallying cry became almost necessary for some people to trust a USB-C cable. The Satechi USB-C Power Meter wants to let you check your USB-C accessories yourself, letting you keep an eye out for any bad cables before they fry your devices.
The power meter sits in-line between your cable and your device, allowing you to see the current, voltage, and mAh being passed either to or from your device. If you are charging your device from a wall plug or external battery, the meter will show what is being passed through to your device. If anything looks too high or out of place you can quickly unplug the cable, potentially saving your device.
Similarly, if you are charging another device from your USB-C equipped laptop, you can see how much power your laptop is transferring to the charging device. You can see the meter in action in Satechi’s video below.
As you can see, the meter itself is quite small, and won’t take up a lot of room on your desk or in your laptop bag. Priced at $29.99 it won’t take too much of your money either. Retailers such as Amazon have taken a much tougher stance on shoddy cables, but it would just take that one bad cable slipping through to ruin your day.
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Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter Provides Peace of Mind and Ensures Type-C Accessories Work Safely & Effectively to Keep Devices Protected
SAN DIEGO – (Jan. 27, 2017) – Satechi, a solution-based brand known for its multi-faceted, convenient accessories and a leader in the Type-C accessories market, announces the availability of its USB-C Power Meter. The handy product allows users to measure the Volts, Amps, and mAh output from their accessories to ensure they are safe, effective and compatible with their new Type-C laptops, tablets and smartphones.
When choosing a charger or accessory for a device, users need to know the maximum voltage and amperage it can use to ensure they do not permanently damage their hardware. The USB-C Power Meter quickly and easily measures voltage in real time, Amps being input a device, and how much power has travelled into your device since it started charging.
With a sleek design and easy-to-read display, the USB-C Power Meter is the perfect solution for monitoring the Type-C port’s power and ensuring counterfeit or incompatible accessories do not destroy or fry laptops, tablets and smartphones. With more counterfeit accessories hitting the market, it is harder to keep tabs on what accessories are safe to use. With the USB-C Power Meter, users can upgrade their new MacBook and ensure that any existing accessories are still safe to use on their new laptop.
Satechi’s USB-C Power Meter features a slim and compact design to easily store with in any bag. Its bright display ensures easy reading of the Power Meter’s measurements, and it also has pass-through charging capabilities, so users can monitor power while simultaneously charging the compatible Type-C device.