TCM-5 Tilt Current Meter on sandy beach.

The TCM-5 is a current meter that is designed to operate in the Abyssopelagic and Hadalpelagic Zones of the ocean up to a maximum of 10,000 meters depth. The TCM-5 is constructed from toughened syntactic foam with a titanium pressure housing and is intended to be deployed on benthic landers or by an ROV.

Similar to the other Lowell Instrument's TCMs. The core of the TCM-5 is the MAT-1 Data Logger. The MAT-1 data logger was designed for NOAA and is ideally suited as the "brains" of a tilt current meter. The built-in data logger includes a USB communication interface, a microSD flash memory card, and a long-life lithium battery.


The TCM-5 Tilt Current Meter measures current using the drag-tilt principle. The logger is buoyant and is typically attached to the bottom via a short flexible tether to a small lead or concrete anchor. Moving water tilts the logger in the direction of flow. The TCM-5 contains a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer for measuring tilt and bearing. The resulting orientation data is converted to current by applying calibration coefficients with the included software.

More Information

pdf icon TCM-5 Product Data Sheet

pdf icon Universal User Guide


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Key Features & Benefits
  • 10,000 meter depth rating
  • Water velocity for a fraction of the cost of an acoustic meter
  • Tilt compensated compass for bearing measurements
  • Simple & rugged design is easy to deploy from a ROV
  • Internal temperature sensor is accurate to +/-0.1C
  • 4 GB memory card eliminates memory concerns
  • Lithium battery allows continuous 4Hz sampling for more than 1 year
  • USB 2.0 with standard cable and drag and drop data file offload
  • Easy meter configuration and data conversion with Windows® software (free download).
Replacement Batteries and Accessories

See "Accessories" for a list of replacement batteries, tools and spare parts.

TCM-5 Tilt Current Meter showing included accessories

Package Contents
  • TCM-5 Tilt Current Meter
  • Lithium battery (installed in logger)
  • 4 GB microSD card (installed in data logger)
  • 1 m (3 ft) USB A to micro-B Cable
  • 2 spare set of O-rings, backup rings and lubricant
  • 30 cm (12") lanyard
  • microSD-to-SD card adapter