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The Satechi Type-C Power Meter will keep you from frying your phone

The new Satechi Type-C Power Meter has been designed to test USB-C accessories to make sure they won't fry your smartphone.

Published onJanuary 27, 2017

As more and more devices like smartphones, tablets, and notebooks include USB Type-C ports, We have also seen a rise in USB Type-C cords and accessories to use with those ports. Unfortunately, we have also seen a rise in poorly made or counterfeit add-on devices that use this new port. Why is this a big deal? Simply put, they potentially cause your smartphone or other device to fry its electronics if they are not well designed.

A company called Satechi wants to help solve that problem with a new product. The Satechi Type-C Power Meter is supposed to check to see if that USB-C cord, external battery, hard drive or other accessory is safe to use with your smartphone.

The small and sleek looking Power Meter has been designed to measure both the input and output power of a device. It can show the voltage of your accessory’s power source in real time with its LED display. It can also show you the current, in amps, that are going to the device. Finally, you can figure out the wattage the accessory has by just multiplying the volts number with the amps figure. The Power Meter can be used while you charge your smartphone, tablet or laptop at the same time. You can also see how much power has traveled into that device, in mAh, since you first started charging.

The Satechi Type-C Power Meter looks like it will be a useful tool, especially if you are a road warrior and need to take a number of accessories along with your main device. The Satechi Type-C Power Meter is now on sale, and you can currently buy it at Amazon for the price of $24.99, a $5 discount from its normal $29.99 price tag. Will you be picking up this product to check to see if that new USB-C battery pack will work with your smartphone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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