A bunch of goodies arrived. The IkaLogic guys sent me one of their IkaScopes to review, a bunch of Tindie goodies for the MickMake/Tindie competition and a few appliances that I really need to hack.
It would have been good to add some buttons to the side to change settings like; resolution or timebase.
You, of course, only have the one input, so no external triggering, which will limit the use-cases for this device a air bit.
It has excellent galvanic isolation, because of the battery and WiFi connectivity. So, you won’t see stray currents caused by ground loops.
Having no cables getting in the way is really nice. You just pick it up and use it.
The +/-40v input is limiting and not having a standard BNC type input means you’re stuck with the one impedance and can’t use a 10x probe.
It is a little primitive. With only one input there’s not a heck of a lot you can do really, but it does have everything you need.
A little pricey, but I can see a lot of R&D; went into it and it’s resulted in a pretty solid product.
IkaLogic don’t have the same name as other test gear companies, so naturally we question the asking price, but if they keep producing quality products like this, then they’ll go far.
Would I buy one? At that price, probably not, but for what you’re getting the asking price is right.
So what do I think?
Being able to just pick it up and scope out anything no matter where it is, changes the way you work.
Really, the only thing I can fault it on is the price. Anyone wanting to sell a product has the same issue. You have to be able to recoup all your R&D; costs, but if you price it too high you miss the market you’re aiming for. Price it too low and you don’t get enough margin to cover costs.
It’s one of those products that shines in remote testing. So, for example if you’re up a ladder, or stuck in a comms room trying to figure out what the heck is going on with a bit of equipment, being able to scope out there and then… well it’s the only product that does it. So, my advice to the company is look for ways you can partner with telco or mobile repair companies and provide this as part of their test kit. That way you can increase production and the cost per unit will go down for the average Maker.