iP500-300 Laptop RS232 Universal Optical Probe



The iP500-300 Laptop Optical Probes are designed for reading and programming electrical power meters employing the ANSI Type 2 optical port. These probes are specifically configured for use with desktop and laptop computers employing the Serial Communication Ports with DB9 connectors and derive power from their PS/2 mouse or keyboard ports. Its optical circuitry supports ANSI C12.18-1996 and General Electric OPTOCOM communications protocols by switching automatically from one to the other depending on the meter type being read. The probe obtains its power directly from the computer’s PS2 or USB ports, but the power is controlled by a switch in the head of the probe that automatically activates when the probe is attached to a meter.

The iP500-300 Optical Probes use advanced optical sensors to collect meter data and transmit it to the laptop computers. This allows metering data to be recorded more simply, accurately and efficiently. In addition, the iP500-300 probes incorporate a universal compatibility design to read virtually all utility meters, registers and recorders.

The iP500-300 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 aluminum 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.

Download datasheet iP500-300 Laptop RS232 Universal Optical Probe.

  • Designed for Desktop and Laptop computers
  • Compatible with virtually all utility meters, registers and recorders
  • Supports ANSI C12.18-1996, GE OPTOCOM
  • Serial RS232 & EIA232D communication
  • Powered by computer’s PS/2 mouse port, battery pack or AC adapter
  • Designed with rugged Aluminum housing (head)
  • Power switch in head to control power
  • Rugged and long lasting Polyurethane coiled cord (18” long Ext. to 10’)
  • Lightweight for reduced fatigue, wear and tear
  • Powerful magnets in probe head for attaching to meter’s optical port
Physical size: Height 2.44”; Length 1.68”; Width 1.38”
Cable Type: Coiled, Polyurethane and Hytrel construction, Flexible and Rugged
Cable Length: 18” Coiled, extends to 10’
Connector: DB9 9-pin connector w/housing; 6-pin mini-DIN (PS/2 mouse/keyboard)
Weight: Complete assembly weighs a maximum of 9 pounds
Finish: Probe Head has either a Clear Anodized Outer Coating per MIL-A 68625 Type 2 or a Hard Black Anodized Outer Coating per MIL-A 8625 Type
Signal Specifications: Serial RS232, EIA232D, V28, V32
Power Requirements: Operating Supply Voltage: 4.5 to 6.0 VDC (from computer’s host port) Power to probe controlled by switch in probe’s head
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, 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
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