iP501-330 “S” Dual ANSI/IEC “USB” Optical Probe


The NEW iP501-330″S” USB Optical Probes are designed for reading and programming ANSI and IEC electrical power meters. NOW, THERE IS NO NEED TO CARRY 2 OPTICAL PROBES FOR READING OR PROGRAMMING METERS THAT EMPLOY EITHER TYPE OF OPTICAL PORTS. In addition, they 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 employing USB 1.1 or 2.0 compatible interface ports. Their optical circuitry supports ANSI C12.18-1996, IEC 62056-21 (1107) as well as General Electric OPTOCOM communications protocols by switching automatically from one to the other depending on the meter type being read. This design feature make them universally compatible to read virtually all utility meters, registers, and recorders. They derive power form the USB ports so there is no need for external battery packs or AC adapters.

These probes come with Windows Device Drivers Software that create a Virtual Serial Port to communicate with the meter manufacturer’s Windows based software. Installation and configuration instructions are included with the probes.

For reading and programming ANSI meters, the optical probe is attached to the meter’s optical port in the standard position (cable facing downwards) and for IEC meters the probe is attached to the meter’s optical port inverted (cable facing upwards).

The NEW iP501-330 “S” 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 straight black PVC molded cable 6.5 feet long (2 meters) that withstand the outside rugged environment. This claim is backed with an aggressive warranty and service policy.

Download datasheet iP501-330″s” Dual ANSI/IEC “USB” Optical Probe.

**NOTE: Please follow the procedure “iP501 USB Probe Drivers Installation Instructions” to install the optical probe Windows driver software in PC prior to using the IP501 USB optical probes.**

  • 2 probes in 1: ANSI and IEC compatible design
  • New smaller housing design made of Polycarbonate with Glass Fiber Reinforcement
  • Compatible with either ANSI C12.18 or IEC 62056-21 (1107) meters as well as GE OPTOCOM
  • Designed for desktop and laptop computers
  • Compatible with virtually all utility meters, registers and recorders
  • USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 communication
  • Powered by computer’s USB port
  • Straight cord, 6.5 feet long (2 meters)
  • Even lighter weight for reduced fatigue, ware and tear
  • Powerful magnets in probe head for attaching to meter’s optical port
Physical size: Height 1.14”; Length 2.14”; Width 1.38”
Cable Type: Straight, Black PVC Jacket
Cable Length: 6.5 Feet (2 Meters) Long
Connector: USB standard “A” plug
Weight: Complete assembly weighs a maximum of 5.6 ounces (0.35lbs)
Finish: Probe Head Light Gray Polycarbonate
Reliability: Two-year (1) warranty for parts and labor
Signal Specifications: Acts as a device to a host PC USB port
Compatibility: ANSI C12.18-1996, IEC 62056-21(1107) and GE OPTOCOM
Power Requirements: +5V DC powered by USB port
Data Rate: Controlled by meter for OPTOCOM interface, USB 1,1 (250K bps), USB 2,0 (12M bps) for non-OPTOCOM meters
Optical: 880 nm bi-directional IR interface, ANSI C12-18, IEC 62056-21 (1107), GE OPTOCOM
Sofware: Drivers for multiple platforms; Windows 98/20000/XP/VISTA, MAC OS-9, Mac OS-X, Linux 2-40 and greater
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.
PC Interface: USB 1.1 or 2.0 Port
ABB (ELSTER): 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
Others: To be added