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By finding this new USB gadget, after a quick research I did feel the need to get one.

While it main job is to operate as power recorder for those mobile power banks for mobile phones charging, and actually as verification of the actual battery capacity, my own application is different.

What it has happen to me is one USB stick an GSM data communication modem, to fail and burn the USB port which was powered from it.
And another time one USB stick for data storage it failed too, and cause damage at the USB port which caused failure at that south bridge chip of the motherboard which resulted a permanent damage to my ASUS 200 EUR worth motherboard, which thankfully was still on warranty and ASUS send me one refurbished instead which I am very grateful even up to date to them.

Today I need one USB power consumption testing platform (gadgets set) so to be able to predict such issues, especially when I am plugging several USB stick for data storage to my Oscilloscope or other sensitive test and measurement equipment.

While my own specific application is rather simple, I did proceed buying one additional 1A & 2A (by switch selection)  USB DC load, so to have the chance to take advantage of this power meter gadget in full even in the future.

Regarding pricing, in the sum of 7.5 EUR I got both.
If some one is interested to buy this too, I will advice him to get the DC load which is pictured in my two last pictures, which has ventilation holes below those resistors and a more reliable current selection switch,  beware that many other similar looking offerings has inferior switch and PCB.

I have actually just ordered both items due eBay, and in few weeks I will test them and add some comments of how successful this setup looks to me.


Specification :

Input : 3-7V/50mA~3500mA
Onput : 3-7V/50mA~3500mA
Capacity : 0~19999mAh
Communication function : Yes
Parameters adjusting fuction : Yes
Equipments for parameters adjustment : One electronic load- one constant current source.
Parameters that you can test : Voltage of battery- current of battery- value of discharging capacitor.(Total ten parameters)
The device has 10 memories / parameters set

Clean the data : Push the button until the parameters changed to next sets of  parameters (3-4 seconds) then release the button.
Then the next sets of parameters ( next memory number) will be activated and will start from zero.

Check the parameters : Quick double click (within 0.5s) you entering in checking mode.
The LED background will be flash.
Then you can see the next set of stored parameters in LCD screen by single time click.
Quick double click = exit of stored  parameters checking mode.
LED background  will stop flashing.

Over voltage or under voltage : An arrowhead will be shown in LCD screen and  LED background will flash.
Display starts flashing below 4.7V & above 5.3V
Push the button once and LED will stop flashing for 30s ( temporary snooze mode for easy viewing).

Turn on model : The LCD screen will show all parameters within 1s when you connect power supply  by MicroUSB or male plug of USB with wire (It is to check whether the LCD screen  is good or not).
Then you can see the parameters used last time (auto stored ones).
You also can see the current voltage- current and over voltage or under voltage.
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Re: First touch: USB gadget, LCD power monitor - Charger Tester
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2014, 04:36:58 PM »
Finally received my very one LCD power monitor after 52 days, it seems that the Chinese post messed up my order.
Because of this problem I did reorder from another seller and eventually I will end up with two of them.

I have to say that I am very impressed with this item, the display is tiny but extremely clear and easy to see.
My first test with it was to fully charge from a complete disharged contition my PDA and to monitor the results.
My PDA has a 1700 Li-PO and this battery is three years old at list.
The measurement of 1433mAh is an indication of 15% capacity loss over time.

Other than the LCD power monitor I also order and this 1A / 2A mini load, and I did that for more than one reasons.
a) I like to have a load so to stress such USB type power supply and to verify their over all condition.
b) I needed one easy way to test the actual LCD power monitor regarding accuracy.

I am very happy about having this LCD power monitor !  8)
Other than testing chargers and measuring battery capacity, it can do basic diagnosis over USB ports over a USB ports hub or even over PC motherboards, so to be able to evaluate USB communication problems. 
I do believe that this gadget is a more safer way for measuring USB port volts, than using regular test leads and a multimeter.
 

This 1A/2A resistor load it does run extremely hot, and smells a bit when powered up for first time.
I do not suggest and is not also necessary to use it for more than five minutes continuously.
Any faulty USB type power supply it will immediately collapse by this load even at 1A ( low setting).

   
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Re: First touch: USB gadget, LCD power monitor - Charger Tester KCX-017
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2016, 09:18:51 PM »
Now I am going to expand at performing USB micro B benchmarks too, at my fresh Galaxy S5 G900F.
Actually I have in my plans to verify quality of cell phone Fast... charging long cables, the ones marketed as 2.4A

Therefore any one interested he can follow this link.
http://www.ittsb.eu/forum/index.php?topic=1153.0

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all details of  New UNI-T UT658 USB capacity tester within 2017 Mini Review
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