The Mooshimeter was born out of the frustrations a couple of electronic engineers were having with the limitations of standard meters.
Mooshimeter - Our Review and Quick Start Guide
Hey guys, Aidan here from Core Electronics and today we’re going to take a look at a digital multimeter, one of the newer versions of multimeters that we have in stock which is called the Mooshimeter. So the Mooshimeter is an evolution of the multimeter coming out of a company in the United States. Two engineers decided that the current version that everyone had as a multimeter was just not up to scratch with the future standards so they decided to improve it in two ways. They wanted to be able to control and access it remotely and they also wanted it to be able to measure two channels simultaneously which you don’t find in very many multimeters at all.
So they came up with the idea of the Mooshimeter which is the product that we have here and we’re going to take a look at how the Mooshimeter works and what you do when you get it out of the box and to get started using it.
So what we’re going to do, we’re going to make sure that we’ve got a smart device that has got Bluetooth enabled on it. We also need to download the Mooshimeter App and you can get that on the App Store or on the Google Play Store for both of those two devices.
The first thing we’ll do is take out Mooshimeter out of the box and wake it up, so this is the Mooshimeter here and as you can see we’ve got a Voltage, Amperage, Common and Resistance Terminal. On the back you can see there’s two screws there, its running on two AA batteries. On the side here we’ve got an SD Card slot for a MicroSD card which we’ll cover in later tutorials but essentially you can log data using your Mooshimeter. Down the front here we’ve just got a little LED that blinks once every 10 seconds. So when you first take your Mooshimeter out of the box it will actually be in a ‘shipping mode’ so what you have to do is wake up the Mooshimeter. So all you need to do is connect your resistance terminal and the common terminal (ground terminal) so we’ll go ahead and do that, essentially you just connect these together until your LED blinks and once you’ve done that you are out of shipping mode and it can be registered in the App. So, what we’re going to do is just hold those pins together until we see the LED blink, there we go, so the LED has blinked and we’re good to go. So we can undo those probes out of there and put it down. So you’ll notice that a digital multimeter usually has a screen and a bunch of knobs and little functions like that, this is pretty much just a terminal board you can plug in your probes and mount it where ever you want. It’s really good as a remote access multimeter because you can just connect it up and leave it there and it will just relay information to a bluetooth device.
This is what it looks like when we first load up the application, you can start scan and it will scan every Mooshimeter in range so we’ve obviously got one out in the warehouse and this one here and the higher signal strength is this one here. So we’ll just connect up to it, now if you haven’t got the first, or the most common or most recent (sorry!) firmware for your Mooshimeter you will be prompted at that step there where you connect to update your firmware and you can just do it through the application and forward it to your device. That’s a really good way to keep up to date with all your firmware, also with your Mooshimeter application make sure that you always keep it updated through your iPhone’s OS because it’s really important to keep on top of the new updates, they include a bunch of new functions every time they update the software so it’s very important.
Alright, so you can see the basic settings here, we’ve got pretty much an easy to understand UI here so you can just select on the different channels here and pick what you want to measure, you’ve also got the auto ranging or manual settings for the different ranges. You can also Min Max, you can zero out your different channels at different measurements, you can include sounds, power measurements, you’ve got a power or you can use thermocouple measurement for temperature. Down the bottom here we’ve got sample rate and depth, we’ve also got a log in/disable button which we’ll get into in a later video. Its a really cool function of the Multimeter as I’ve said before. We’ve also got this one, so this is the graph, this is what’s really cool, you can actually graph whilst measuring 2 separate channels. So you can have a Voltage and a Current Measurement going on at the same time and be measuring what’s happening on the screen there, which is really cool. Now you can also change that measurement to be in a different orientation, you can also set auto ranging and auto scrolling and have a max data point or what ever you like.
So that’s the basics or the run down of the Mooshimeter App. We’ve got some settings here so you can set your device name, instead of what it just comes as - Mooshimeter 1.1 or 1.2, you’ve also go the logging Interval that you can set so thats how often your Mooshimeter will log the data to the SD card but you can only do that if the SD card is present on the Mooshimeter. You’ve got a shipping mode so you can put that Mooshimeter back into Shipping Mode if you’re not going to use it for a while it might be handy to do that as it runs on just those Alkaline batteries so thats always something to bear in mind. You’ve got a Reboot mode where you can just start it, boot it afresh and obviously the autoconnect and skip update settings are there.
So thats pretty much a quick 5 minute rundown of the Mooshimeter, I hope this has really cleared up what it is and what its capabilities are, thanks for watching guys and have a great day :-)