Test & Measurement / Market / News / March 27, 2017 Hioki Launches the AC Clamp Power Meter CM3286 Series« Last post by Kiriakos GR on April 28, 2017, 02:26:22 AM »
Hioki is pleased to announce the launch of the AC Clamp Power Meter CM3286 and CM3286-01, the latter of which includes Bluetooth® wireless communications functionality. In addition to the ability to measure current, voltage, power, and other parameters ...... more https://www.hioki.com/en/information/detail/?id=387
I did dive in to products specifications and it seems clearly that CM3286-01 this is a product which is going to impress the most, as soon this is released later on ( Fall of 2017).
In to the past two years one Taiwanese made clamp meter (power meter) this circulates in the market, but pricing this is extremely high.
I have sensed that behind this solution it is APPA in Taiwan, but several versions of this product always circulated as OEM only (under other brands).
Clamp meter & power meter this is a interesting product, but accuracy and fast sampling speed this is what makes measuring data to have some real value, speaking of power analysis.
Today there is several ways to record power consumption starting from 12$, but such measurements are doubtful, not true RMS, tremendously slow sampling, power calculation requiring 10 seconds to stabilize, in summary these are toys for hobby use (light bulbs and coffee machines).
Power analysis speaking of harmonics analysis and power factor this is a challenge even for full size power analyzers.
HIOKI planing this is that CM3286-01 by the use of mobile phone App that harmonics analysis this will be reviewed by a phone or tabled.
For now I am going to assume that HIOKI product developers did a better job speaking of sampling speed in comparison with the made in Taiwan competitor.
Power measurement staring from 5W this is also an advantage.
Speaking of HIOKI power analysis suite for CM3286-01, I am also going to assume that this would be something simple for basic comparisons.
HIOKI is know having in their arsenal real power analyzers whom aren't cheap.
AC Clamp Power Meter CM3286 Series this is something that HIOKI did not have to offer as economical power meter tool in the past, and therefore this is another addition at HIOKI products portfolio, this product did not came to replace a full featured power analyzer.
From the other hand, if HIOKI choice this is pricing to be reasonable, then this product it would gain preference of professional electricians and also of consumers interested in power consumption measurements.
Our first impression from specifications and aesthetics this is positive.