During the development of a new piece of equipment you will need to confirm that the predicted power consumption meets its design specifications.
In some cases it is not practically possible to determine this as so many factors come into play.
This is where a Power Analyser is very useful as it will monitor the power consumption of your equipment over time which will give you a chance to put it through its paces. This will be useful for
- Determining the maximum current drain under worse case conditions
- Assistance with specifying the size of power supply required to power the equipment. This may include automatic battery life calculations.
- When testing the equipment to help determining fault conditions. This may be essential for after-sales service.