The Yocto-Thermocouple device is a USB temperature sensor. It lets you perform via USB instant temperature measurements on two thermocouple inputs, as well as record the measures on its internal flash for later retrieval when connected again by USB. Thanks to the use of thermocouples, this tiny module can measure the temperature of liquids, small objects, food, mechanical pieces, ovens, and so on. It is very reactive to quick temperature changes (detection in 30 [ms], stable measure in 100 [ms]).
The use of thermocouples makes it easy to measure a temperature away from the module. However, if you need to measure something dozens of meters away, you can avoid to use an expensive long thermocouple by moving the thermocouple inputs further away from the USB connector: simply split the board into two parts and solder a 4-wire cable on the designated pads.
This device ships with two 50cm fine-wire twisted-pair thermocouple cables type K, which can be used to measure temperatures between -75°C and 260°C (PFA insulated, measure point non-insulated). To use a wider measuring range with the device, you can use any of the more sophisticated thermocouples that you can find on a specialized shop.
This device can be connected directly to an Ethernet network using a YoctoHub-Ethernet, to a WiFi network using a YoctoHub-Wireless-g, it can even be connected to a GSM network thanks to the YoctoHub-GSM.
USB cables and enclosures to be ordered separately.
The Valarm Pro Android app supports up to 4 Yocto-Thermocouple sensors at the same time so you can alert and upload data to the Valarm Tools Cloud with up to 8 channels of temperature! http://www.valarm.net/blog/new-valarm-pro-app-version-1-3-0/
Hi I'm wondering how long the thermocouple cables can be? I have a space that I have about 100 feet distance to travel. Also what gauge wire would you recommend?
@pam 20 AWG or thicker wire should be fine as long as you are free of electromagnetic interferences.
Hello. Can this thermacouple (or another) sensor be used to accurately measure soil temperature vs. ambient air temp? What precision would it have?
@petero : if you're interested in precision, you should choose a Yocto-PT100:
Im interested in displaying temperature probably not data logging or usb. Can I add a LCD to display current temperature?
@maturin You could use a mini-pc such as a Raspberry PI to drive a Yocto-Thermo-couple and a Yocto-Display such as described here: http://www.yoctopuce.com/EN/article/turn-your-raspberry-pi-into-a-network-multimeter but honnestly, if you are not interested in connectivity, you should find yourself a regular handheld thermometer.
You have provide great examples , why don't you provide an app like valarm.. it will be helpful . i want to save the data on smartphone and than later upload it to xively or in real time ... like i m able to do using pi or pc .
Please consider this . i tried valarm and i don't think it real worth money
@shelendra: we have no plan for any kind of turn-key software solution. Here at Yoctopuce, the plan is to focus on the hardware and make it easy to integrate. That way our customers only have to care about the software and can write their own solution suited to their need.
I want to use this device for cooking so: are these thermocouples water-resistant or should I start by looking for suitable thermocouples?
@eipa Thermocouple wires are water resistant, but personally I don't like to put use any type of plastics for cooking, so I rather use mineral insulated thermocouples for that type of application. Note that if you are cooking on an old electric stove (which is likely to be grounded), your measures might be incorrect due to ground currents. This is also solved by using a mineral insulated thermocouple.
Hi there. I have the thermocouples set up and am graphing data on my phone using your Yocto-graph Android app. Is there a way I can easily download the values that make up the graph so I can use the data elsewhere?
@astroboy: This demo application cannot export data. If you want to export measures of the datalogger the easiest way is to use our command line library. Plug your Yocto-Thermocouple to a computer and use the command line YTemperature to export all data in csv format:
YTemperature.exe --csv all get_recordedData 0 0
what is the communication protocol of this device?
@ el toro: same as all yocto-devices: HID vendor specific
It is possible to connect (RT) Standard Bayonet Type (PT-100 sensor, 3 wires) to yocto-thermocouple?
@gillio: No, thermoucouples and PT100 are two different technologies. But you can use a Yocto-PT100 to read your 3 wires PT100 :-)
Can someone recommend two probes that
- avoid possbile grounding problems (i.e. are mineral insulated thermocouples)
- work with Yocto-thermocouple
- measure air temp in an oven (like http://www.thermoworks.com/TX-1003X-AP)
- measure meat temp (like http://www.thermoworks.com/TX-1001X-OP)
and can be easily bought in EU?
I'd like to get an idea for the probes first before buying the Yocto-thermocouple ;-)
Have a look at www.labfacility.com and www.tcdirect.com
Thanks for the quick answer. Can I use the default probes and its connecting cables (PFA isolated) in water and hot air? Air temp < 250°C and water temp less than 100°C.
@swa72: yes, but since the thermocouple wires provided with the Yocto-Thermocouple are *not* mineraly insulated, you'll have to be extra-careful with water and make sure the container is properly isolated.
More details here: www.yoctopuce.com/EN/article/the-yocto-thermocouple-and-ground-loops
I bought this thermocouple and I want to use it with my Raspberry Pi Zero W using the latest ( April 2017 ) Raspbian Release. I understand that the newest Raspbian does not support these devices, but the older ( March 2016 ) Raspbian release does. I have everything configured on my newer Raspbian and do not want to go back to an older release. Is there a workaround so that I can use this thermocouple with my Raspberry Pi? Thanks.
@philbot999: Unfortunately, we have no workaround.
We have done lots of tests with an USB analyzer and we have found that time to time the Raspberry Pi send corrupted USB packets. This problem occur only with Pi Zero and latests Rasbpian. The same Image with the sames device work perfectly on a Raspberry Pi 2 or 3.
We will submit a bug report to the Raspbian team and try to help them to fix this issue.
Smart product! Does this device have cold junction compensation built-in?
@ferny: yes, see:
I have recently connected a yocto-thermocouple to temperature probes in a coffee roaster. I am using a program called artisan to track roasting.
The temperature values are way off and jump around alot. There is no groundloop. I dont know how to fix this. Link to reddit post : https://www.reddit.com/r/roasting/comments/8ij9k4/odd_artisan_issue/
@arsalan: what make you so sure that you don't have ground loops? temperature jumping around is typical of such problems. Temperature average being off can be caused be a wrong thermocouple wire settings (default setting is type K) This can be fixed with the VirtualHub.
Don't hesitate to contact Yoctopuce support directly for more help.