Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter review: Monitor your USB-C device power draw

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The Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter gives you a pretty accurate idea of what power your USB Type-C devices are drawing.

TA-ratings-95With USB Type-C becoming the new standard, there are a number of companies getting product out in the form of chargers, cables, and more. Unfortunately, not all of these meet the new USB-IF standards and can damage your devices. Our Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter review takes a look at an easy to use power meter that allows you to monitor Volts, Amps, and mAh as you charge your USB-C devices.

Specifications

The Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter has the following features and specifications:

  • Accurate measurement of USB Type-C charging performance with a clear, intuitive OLED display
  • mAh (Milliamp Hours) – Measures the charge that your device has received
  • Amps – Measures the the current being received by your USB C Device (Or current going out)
  • Volts – Measures the volts being output from your power source
  • Plug and Play Easy Use – no setup required, functions without interrupting charging
  • Dimensions: 2.2 x 0.8 x 0.3″
  • Weight: 0.3 ounces

What’s in the box

  • Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter

Design

The Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter features a very simple, but effective, design. A small rectangular silver plastic case surrounds the 1 ¼” (diagonal) OLED screen on the top. On one end is a USB Type-C male end, while the other end features a USB Type-C female end. The back of the power meter has the Kurrent logo stamped on it.

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There’s not much to the Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter… a simple OLED screen inside a plastic shell.

Ease of Use

To use the power meter, simply plug one end into your laptop or power adapter, and your USB Type-C cable into the other with your device connected to the cable. Once your device is connected, the OLED display will power on and start displaying the current Volts, Amps, and mAh over time drawn through the power source. If you multiply the Volts by Amps you’ll get the Watts being drawn by your device. To be honest, it couldn’t get much simpler to use.

Performance

If you’ve been following Techaeris for any length of time, you might think this looks familiar, and you’re not wrong. We reviewed a very similar one awhile ago and after finding that that one was pretty accurate when tested against a Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor by P3, we tested this one against our previous review sample. As expected, the Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter reported almost identical readings, so as a result we can reasonably ascertain that it is accurate in reporting Volts, Amps, and mAh used.

Price/Value

With an MSRP of $29.99USD, the Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter is currently on sale for $22.99USD over at Amazon. This puts it pretty much in line with other USB Type-C Power Meters on the market, although I’d tend to favour around $15USD for one of these given the simplicity and materials used.

Wrap-up

If you’ve ever wondered if your USB Type-C device is drawing the proper current from your power adapter and/or USB Type-C cables, the Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter can give you a pretty accurate idea.

*We were sent a sample of the Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter for the purposes of this review.

Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter

$29.99 USD
Kurrent USB Type-C Power Meter
9.5

Design

9/10

    Ease of Use

    10/10

      Performance

      10/10

        Price/Value

        9/10

          Nailed it

          • Easy to use
          • Small size
          • Accurate readings

          Needs work

          • A bit on the pricey side
          • Plastic shell construction
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