WattsVIEW Power Monitoring System

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Published on July 2, 2016


The WattsVIEW USB power monitor package includes the WattsVIEW DC power monitor sensor which measures Volts, Amps, Watts, and Watt Hours. This data is sent once each second to your computer through a USB cable.

The free WattsVIEW software displays data for up to 10 sensors at one time and performs real time Watt Hour (KWH) and Amp Hour calculations. The software is free and can be downloaded from the website www.wattsview.com The advantage this model has over the WattsVIEW serial product is that it uses a USB plug which connects directly to your computer. With the WattsVIEW Serial product you have to purchase a separate Serial to USB adapter.

Customized LabVIEW power monitoring and control versions for your application for AC or DC monitoring and control. Contact support for price and delivery time. Customized versions can include temperature and pressure monitoring and PID loop control, solid state relay control, power factor calculations, power quality / glitch monitoring, robotics, power cycling, constant power applications.

AVERAGE INSTALLATION TIME: One Hour for hardware and software.


WattsVIEW USB sensor mounted
USB cable
Installation disk for FTDI drivers and WattsVIEW software, owner’s manual
DC 12V Power supply wall adapter.


  1. I have used Wattsview usb sensor with a solar panel. The problem is the log time interval I’ve set does not match the one that in the log file. How to fix this? Hope anyone could help.

  2. You have something to measure the power output of your RAM jet powered generator when you get it built.

  3. While the design requires a PC/MAC to run the software, it might be beneficial to connect this sensor to a low-power (5v @ ~700mA) low-cost (under $100) host (Arduino; RaspberryPI running Linux; etc.). This would permit the host to be left to monitor and log data in close proximity to the sensor without requiring an expensive computer to remain on-site in harsh environments (re: temperature, humidity, theft, etc.). Host could also be outfitted with WIFI connectivity back to the main house for remote connectivity (using VNC) to review and download data. Additionally, if one could establish threshold alerts on select parameters and have the host send alerts (email, tweet, etc.) when exceeded. The host could also support additional sensors (temperature; humidity; sun orientation tracking; tampering when cabinet opened) where required. Thanks for sharing the videos.

  4. Your camera microphone is screwed.  Of course you know this. ha ha 
    I like the software.

  5. Hey I just thought of something and had to come back !! This would be great for use by those people who have a partially or totally blocked view of the Southern Sky. Pointing true South Isn't always possible and for those people this would be a great tool if used over time it would find the best direction and angle for other than South directions. 

  6. I used to use the lab View hardware/software on a PS2 back in the late 80's…  Man how time fly's in the wold of computers…..  We used the software to trace temperature changes in plastic roofing panels.  There was a board in the computer, and an external interface with ports for the thermocouple wires to screw into. USB wasn't even a word back then….   😉 

  7. Pretty cool, hey  I just saw an ad for the show unplugged looks awesome. I hope this is a series and not a one time show. Take care Shawn

  8. Using more power to monitor the pv array than its putting out. Nice! lol

  9. I think these systems are the best to find which angle to hang your solar panels.   Adjust angle to the most watt hours.    Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Thanks for the tip… Does the WattsVIEW have the ability to "log" over an extended period of time or does that require the use of the LabVIEW software?

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