Digital Voltage Meter for Apple iOS Devices

This Digital Voltage Meter for iPhone from ThinkGeek doesn’t reduce the number of gadgets you carry, so it doesn’t lighten your load.  It does add to your feature set, though, because the free app from the iTunes store lets you capture data in a variety of ways and display it, email or post it to the web.   The meter connects wirelessly to your iPhone, and the app makes your iPhone look like a multimeter, so there’s no learning curve to use the app.  Features include: user definable data acquisition rate up to 20 Hz, user-definable audible measurement reading intervals up to once per two seconds, auto ranging and hold functions are built in,  and fully-customizable on-device graphing functions (like graph scales and colors).  The meter has a battery that’s rechargeable more than 300 times.  It works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad with the free app that’s available in the iTunes app store.   The Digital Voltage Meter is $219.99 at ThinkGeek.

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6 comments… add one
  • Mikey Pizano September 12, 2011, 8:44 am

    Seriously? While this is pretty neat, it is no way worth 220 bucks. I have a Craftsman multimeter and it has a digital display and was no where near 220 bucks!

  • RainyDayInterns September 12, 2011, 9:59 am

    Would expect it to be a full spectrum analyzer for that price…as a decent multimeter can be had from Radio Shack for less than $20.

  • robotech September 12, 2011, 2:28 pm

    Um – I would also think that an LCD display on the front would not be that hard – unless you want to ONLY use this as a remote viewer – kinda defeats the purpose dont ya think? Something like this would really only be useful if – say you wanted to leave it in an area and view voltage – or whatever your reading – from afar – if you are testing right there – then why not have an LCD right on the front and use it as a regular meter – ? I agree a $20 meter may be more worth it – and say a $20 wireless cam that you can connect your iphone / ipod touch to….


  • p51d007 September 12, 2011, 2:36 pm

    My FLUKE 175 DVM is more accurate 😉

  • Mikey Pizano September 12, 2011, 5:08 pm

    Robotech, people will buy it just because it gives them an excuse to play with their iPhone.

  • andix September 13, 2011, 9:42 am

    if there’s something that ticks me off, then that’s the way these apps try to “emulate” a real instrument.
    for crying out loud, why do I have to pretend I’m turning a clickable knob to change functions in this app? the whole point is NOT to have a clickable knob but an iPhone with an extra function. what was wrong with some labeled touch areas? you know, “buttons” of sorts.
    …and if that’s the GUI anyways, can we at least pretend the digits in the app are LCD and not the iPhoney font?
    I’m not even going to touch the impracticality of the whole concept. I’m still carrying an extra device along, why not carry a quality multimeter while I’m at it? cheaper, better and pretty much the same size.
    I don’t know. sounds to me like the $999 app that does nothing.

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