UM25C is a Better USB Power Meter with built-in Display, Bluetooth, and Android & Windows Apps

Products such as USB Charger Doctor are good way to test your USB chargers or cables, as well as checking the power consumption of USB powered development boards. You just plug them into a USB port, and connect the load, and you’ll see the real-time voltage and current shown on an LED display.

Those do the job, but I’ve just been made aware of UM25C USB meter tester that improves a lot on the concept with a dot matrix display capable of showing charts, and Bluetooth connectivity to send the data to Android or Windows devices.

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UM25C specifications:

  • Display
    • 1.44″ color LCD display
    • 0-5 brightness setting
    • Auto screen off time – 0 to 9 minutes
    • Refresh rate – 2Hz
  • Measurement Range & Accuracy
    • Voltage – 4-24.000V ±0.5‰ + 2digits
    • Current –  0-5.0000A ±1‰ + 4 digits
    • Capacity – 0-99999mAh
    • Energy accumulation – 0-99999mWh
    • Load impedance – 0.8Ω-9999.9Ω
    • Time range – 0-99h59min59s
    • Temperature range – -10℃ to 100℃ ±3℃
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth
  • USB – 1x USB male port, 1x USB female port, 1x micro USB port, 1x USB 2.0 type C port
  • Quick charge recognition mode – QC2.0, QC3.0, APPLE 2.4A/2.1A/ 1A/0.5A, Android DCP  for SAMSUNG
  • Misc – 4 buttons to navigate menus, Bluetooth switch
  • Dimensions – 71.2mmx30.5mmx12.4mm(UM25C)
  • Weight – 23.74g
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The Android app can export data to Excel

There’s also UM25 version (no “C”) that comes without Bluetooth. An Android app for Android 5.0 or greater, a program for Windows 7 or greater, and related documentation can be downloaded here.

The capabilities of the dongle are well showcased in the video below, which also includes demonstration of Android and Windows apps.

UM25C USB meter tester can be purchased for around $21 on various sites such as DealExtreme, Banggood, Aliexpress, etc… UM25 dongle, without Bluetooth, normally sells for $4 less, or around $17.

Thanks to Ian for the tip.

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Pretty cool, I’ve always complained about the other ones not showing volts and amps at the same time. Using a dot matrix display to have more room for metrics is a good idea. It’s not exactly cheap but it’s acceptable.

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I noticed many reviewers measuring power consumption using meters of either low resolution or unspecified accuracy giving rise to differing results between reviewers.

I searched the market 2 years ago and bought from ‘Franky’ a ‘YZX 1270’, another 5 significant digit USB meter with Bluetooth, with accuracy far surpassing the UM25C, as a result of ‘Franky’ individually calibrating each device off the production line before dispatch. The YZX 1270 is sold at many outlets with better accuracy than the UM25C, but only from Franky (HKong) with enhanced accuracy. Below is a link to review of the standard YZX 1270. I think it may be a bit dated as it states internal consumption with LCD on, is 11mA whereas current spec is 8mA (no spec given for UM25C consumption) – important when monitoring low-power battery driven devices.
The UM25C has a larger display and better Android/Windows App than the YZX 1270.
https://lygte-info.dk/review/usbMeter%20YZXStudio%20ZY1270%20UK.html

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So I just received mine, and I already like it. I do not regret it compared to the apparently cheaper ones. The display is large, very contrasted and quite readable. You have a large number of measures at once, it’s pretty cool. I didn’t read the manual but found my way through the interface via the 4 buttons, it’s more intuitive to use than a browser these days. Thanks Jean-Luc for this review 🙂

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I plan measurements that will last for several days. Is this possible with the Android App? If not i should not buy the UM34C because this one only supports the Android App not the Windows Software. Or is it even impossible with the Windows Software? Did anyone tried this? On every Screenshot it seems that the data collecting and export is limited to a few minutes. 🙁