Assembling the CurrentCost interface

With a CurrentCost energy monitor of any form, there’s a variety of ways that you can track historical data; Option 1 involves simply looking at the stored summary on the unit itself. It’s interesting for about the first seventeen seconds, but you have no context to what you’re seeing and ultimately no ability to compare year-on-year data,…

There’s something wrong with my Stash

Since the weekend I’ve been trying to work out why the code to upload data to my Cosm feed was falling over after random periods of time. Sometimes it lasted for a few hours before dying, but others it lasted just minutes. There was no readily visible pattern, so it was time to get Googling…

Finally uploading some CurrentCost data

Having established how to power my CurrentCost monitor, the next step was to start using an Arduino to upload the data to one of the many Internet of Things (or IoT) data bucket sites out there and – for a first step – Cosm (what used to be called Pachube) seemed like as good a starting point…

Turning the power problem on its head

Regular readers will remember I’d previously had a problem trying to run an Arduino from the power line of a CurrentCost CC128 energy monitor using the CurrentCost’s own PSU for both devices, wherein as soon as you connected the additional load of an Arduino, the CurrentCost stopped getting readings from its remote sensor. The reason…

Do you want fries with that?

Here’s a little tip for you; if you’re experimenting with an Arduino and a CurrentCost, trying to see if you can power one from the other and you have the 3.3v pin on the Arduino connected to the unregulated power line on the CurrentCost’s interface port, don’t then have a brain fade and plug the…

Wondering how to get power

Hmm, my plan for powering an Arduino from the CurrentCost energy monitor has hit a little snag – the idea was to use the 3.8v unregulated supply on pin 1 from the CurrentCost. I could then run either a Xino at 3.3v or boost it up to 5v. However, as soon as I put any load on that…

CurrentCost energy monitor ramblings

So I don’t lose track of them, a few notes on getting data out of a CurrentCost CC128 energy monitor and into an Arduino. Think of it as a placeholder for a proper post… http://www.techtoniq.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=385 http://www.currentcost.com/cc128/xml.htm http://bozzograo.org/notepad/energy-metering-at-home-with-currentcost-128-arduino-and-pachube http://currentcost.wetpaint.com/ http://currentcost.posterous.com/envi-and-envir-history-output http://web.archive.org/web/20100724220142/http://e.inste.in/2008/06/16/interfacing-the-currentcost-meter-to-an-arduino/ http://web.archive.org/web/20100603083756/http://e.inste.in/2008/06/15/interfacing-the-currentcost-meter-to-your-pc/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelfrenzy/2499443217/ Some folks seem to be reporting different pinouts and baud rates, but that…