The latest version of our meter has been out for 3 years. Based on customer feedback I have compiled this list of ways to use it more effectively.
Battery Life/Master reset
The meter will continue to record data even when the display is turned off. Pushing the power button again reactivates the display.
The second biggest draw on the battery is long-term storage, even when the meter is not in use. The microcontroller is always on and using a small amount of power. We recommend removing the battery for storage longer than about 9 months to preserve battery life. The meter should normally be turned off before removing the battery. Removing the battery while the meter is on and reinserting it after a few seconds is the master reset, which will erase the data in storage. The master reset also helps to resolve other problems, such as a low battery warning even after putting in a new battery.
The AC-100 communication cable provided by Apogee has been uniquely designed to work with the meter and is necessary to download the data to a computer. The meter outputs data using the UART protocol and requires the AC-100 to convert from UART to USB. Other cables with the same connectors on the ends cannot make this conversion.
The Apogee AMS software is available here: http://www.apogeeinstruments.com/files/ApogeeAMS_1.0.zip
These are just a few suggestions that we have received from our customers. If you have more, be sure to comment on this blog so others can make better measurements.