Test & Measurement

Voltcraft release new electricity meter with built-in data logger Log

20th January 2023
Kristian McCann

Designed to tackle the electrical running costs of a business, Voltcraft announced their new SEM500 Electricity Meter. Safe and Future-proof Yes, digital transformation is necessary, assert the company. The SEM500 operates as a complete stand alone, meaning no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi coverage required which eliminates the risk of being hacked and of malware attacks. 

 "Usage data are stored on an SD card which keeps your company network secure," explains Susanne Storch, Product Manager at Conrad Electronic. "Moreover, the latest firmware is also rolled out using the SD card which makes keeping the device up-to-date as easy as pie

"Using the latest technology and quality components is the secret behind designing an accurate electricity meter with a built-in data logger," adds Storch. Voltcraft's SEM5000 is an in-line device to be placed between power outlets and appliances. The product logs voltage, amperage, electricity consumption, mains frequency and power factor. All readings are displayed on screen. The data are logged in CSV format and can be easily transferred to any PC for analysis, and visualisation in the form of charts etc. And if you provide your provider's energy tariffs, the SEM5000 also shows you the actual costs in the currency of your choice

The SEM 5000 doesn't just log power consumption. It is also designed to ensure appliance are in good working order. Any increase in electricity usage may indicate that appliances are not operating as they should. The product allows setting a user-defined consumption limit, and alerts you as soon as usage exceeds this limit. This enables spotting faulty equipment early, to be either repaired or replaced. EBTN High Readability Display The product features EBTN display for low light conditions. Also, the screen has been especially designed to be readable at angles between 90˚ (frontal) and 170˚ (looking down) as most mains outlets are installed below eye level. The meter is powered by a built-in supercapacitor instead of your usual rechargeables or disposable batteries. Charged fully, the supercap provides energy for about 10 minutes, claim Voltcraft. Moreover, the product comes with a LED ring light around the socket that aims to stays green at low power usage, but turns red if you operate an energy guzzler.

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