Optical Power Meters
OptoTest Optical Power Meters are essential fiber optic test instruments for the manufacturing, testing, and lab environments. Companies worldwide use OptoTest power meters for testing fiber optic cables, optical transceivers, optical network components and other fiber optic products.
OptoTest’s industry-leading Optical Power Meters help you develop & manufacture the highest quality fiber optic cables & products. Our Optical Power Meters are made for your production, lab, R&D and benchtop testing environments. Our most popular benchtop/rackmount multi-channel Optical Power is used by some of the world’s largest fiber optic product manufacturers to help them make their products achieve the very best specifications that keep their customers coming back for more.
Our OPMs are trusted for use in highly critical defense, government, aerospace, oil & gas, subsea, and high production manufacturing environments.
What is an Optical Power Meter?
Optical Power Meters (OPM) measure the light output on fiber optic networks, fiber links, fiber optic cables or other fiber optic components. The OPM compares the light sent into the device(s) under test to the amount of light received at the end. The optical power meter then displays that measurement, usually stated in dB’s, on the instrument itself or through software.
Optical Power Meters measure Optical Insertion Loss
The Optical Power Meter’s main function is to provide you with an accurate amount of Optical Insertion Loss due to the device or devices you are testing. Knowing the amount of Insertion Loss helps you determine when losses are excessive, which could cause numerous problems with Bit Error Rates in your data communication.
Optical Power Meters and Fiber Optic Light Sources
Common fiber optic instruments used in conjunction with optical power meters are Fiber Optic Light Sources. This is an instrument that outputs a stabilized light into a device, such as a fiber optic cable, and the OPM measures the output against the light put into the component. This method allows for a manufacturer of a fiber component to have precise and highly accurate measurements for the components and cables they manufacture.