New Graphical Multimeter Streams Readings to Android Devices for Remote Viewing

Extech Instruments announced the launch of the GX900 True RMS Graphical Multimeter for Android™. The new multimeter brings together advanced DMM functions, a sophisticated graphical display and Bluetooth connectivity that permits users to stream readings to a smartphone or tablet for safer remote viewing on the job.

“When we talk to our electrical contractor customers, they report that the ability to store readings can often prove helpful when performing a series of readings that must all be logged. Taking that a step further, the new GX900 uses Bluetooth to stream readings to view on our Extech app remotely. Remote monitoring can help improve safety and also makes it easier to operate switchgear that’s not immediately adjacent to the device or location under test,” says Mike Fox, General Manager at Extech Instruments.

About the Extech GX900

Bluetooth Connectivity: As a datalogger, the meter can internally store up to 2,500 readings with time and date stamp. Using the GX900, electrical professionals can also monitor voltage, current, and other readings at a safe distance from hazardous locations using the GX900 ExView™ app. Additionally, it is easier to perform remote tasks such as powering up equipment from a control panel that is not nearby. For electricians who must show readings to a customer or manager, the remote display on an Android smartphone or tablet makes it easy to leave the meter in place while showing and explaining findings from a safe location. Plus, in awkward or difficult to reach testing situations, it can be difficult to view a meter’s display. Firing up the GX900’s ExView app on a mobile device tackles these challenges.

Graphical Display: The rich, high quality color display dramatically improves the usability of the GX900. A higher contrast, dot-matrix LCD is easier to read and takes the multimeter display beyond numerical values and labels to also include more sophisticated graphical trending displays of readings for better testing insights. The GX900 offers users 50,000 display counts coupled a digital bargraph. Soft-button on-screen menus help manage more advanced data functions.

Essential Functions: The CAT-IV-rated GX900 offers electrical contractors, electricians and plant maintenance technicians essential measurement capabilities such as AC/DC voltage and current, resistance, capacitance, frequency (with two ranges for electrical and electronic testing), temperature, duty cycle, and diode test. Versatile data functions include Peak Hold (>1ms), Min/Max/Average, Relative (%), and Data Hold.

Expanded Capabilities: Additionally, the GX900 expands its versatility with dbm/dbV measurements and conductance. Using optional accessories, users can also measure RPM (with an inductive pickup) and a wider current range (with a clamp-on adapter). When signals are noisy while working on variable frequency drives (VFDs) for example, a low-pass filter ensures accurate readings.

Users demand no compromises in accuracy and the GX900 delivers with True RMS measurements. The new meter features accuracy that is a tough-to-beat 0.05% and it is backed by a Category IV overvoltage safety rating, protecting users even on outdoor wiring.

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