iP501-300 ANSI “PC RS232” Optical Probe


The NEW iP501-300 RS232 Optical Probes are designed for reading and programming ANSI electrical power meters. In addition, these new probes incorporate a new smaller housing design that make them even lighter weight but still rugged with their Polycarbonate Glass Fiber Reinforcement material.

These probes are configured for use with desktop and laptop computers with Serial RS232 Communication (DB9) Ports and derive power from either the PC’s PS/2 mouse, or USB ports. Their new optical circuitry supports ANSI C12.18-1996 or later and General Electric OPTOCOM communications protocols by switching automatically from one to the other depending on the meter type being read. This new design feature make them universally compatible to read virtually all ANSI utility meters, registers and recorders.

The NEW iP501-300 Optical Probes solve problems relating to mechanical wear-out due to the demanding environment under which probes are constantly subjected to. We address this problem using the most rugged mechanical and electrical design in the industry. These probes are designed with an almost indestructible Polycarbonate head that contains powerful magnets that ensure a good retention when attached to the meter’s optical port. They are also designed with a high-endurance polyurethane molded cable 18” long that withstands the outside rugged environment. This claim is backed with an aggressive warranty and service policy.

  • New ANSI compatible design
  • New Smaller Housing design made of Polycarbonate with Glass Fiber Reinforcement
  • Designed for Desktop and Laptop computers
  • Compatible with ANSI C12.18-1996 or later, and GE OPTOCOM
  • New Advanced Optical circuitry
  • 880 nm Bi-Directional IR Optical Communications
  • Serial RS232 & EIA232D communication
  • Powered by computer’s PS/2 mouse port or USB port
  • Rugged, High-Quality and long lasting Gray Polyurethane coiled cable (18” long Ext. to 10’)
  • Even lighter weight for reduced fatigue, wear and tear
  • Powerful magnets in probe head for attaching to meter’s optical port
Physical size: Length 2.14”; Width 1.38”; Height 1.14”
Cable Type: Coiled, Gray Polyurethane and Hytrel construction, Flexible and Rugged
Cable Length: 18” Coiled, extends to 10 Feet
Connector: DB9 9-pin connector w/housing (for Serial communication)
6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2 mouse), or USB Type A Male (for Power)
Weight: Complete assembly weighs a maximum of 5.6 ounces (0.35 lbs)
Finish: Probe Head Light Gray Polycarbonate
Reliability One-Year (1) warranty for parts and labor
Signal Specifications: Serial RS232, EIA232D, V28, V32
Power Requirements: Operating Supply Voltage: 4.5 to 6.0 VDC (from computer’s PS/2 or USB port)
Data Rate: Controlled by meter for OPTOCOM interface, 0 to 19,200 baud for Non-OPTOCOM meters.
Optical: 880 nm Bi-directional IR interface, ANSI C12.18-1996 or 2006, GE OPTOCOM
Temperature: Operating -30º to 60º C; Storage -40º to +85º C
Ruggedness: Meets the requirements of a numbers of tests including those for Thermal Shock, Humidity, Water Resistance, RF Susceptibility, ESD, Drop, Random Vibration, Solar Radiation, Salt, Fog and Low Pressure.
Serial RS232 (DB9)
ABB: 2550, 2650, All Alpha, Alpha T, A3, Alt, Alr-al, 2430, others
Aptech/Robinton: LPR1, LPR2, LPR3, SR500, TR403, TR804
General Electric: DR87, KM901, M90-AE, Phase 3, T80, T91, Tm80, TM81, TMR82, TM92, KC901, KTC-901, KV, KV2, KV2-C, others
IUSA Various
Siemens (Landis&Gyr): CTR101, CTR102, DC, DCR, DD, DG100, DT, DX, DXR, SD100, SM101, SM301, TMC101, LINC, DCRMA, DDMA, S4 family, AX series, RX series, MAXSYS 2410, MAXSYS 2510, Quad 4, others
Metricom: C
PSI: S100, S200, Quad 4
Power Measurement: ION 7000 series, 8000 series
Itron (Schlumbergẽr): Datastar, Fulcrum, MT100, MT200, Quantum, Q1000, Sentinel, Centron, Vectron
Synergistics: B40
Transdata: EMA, Mark V
Others To be added