HIOKI is pleased to announce the launch of the Current Probe CT6710 and CT6711. Both products provide three ranges (30 A, 5 A, and 0.5 A) to facilitate observation of waveforms representing currents as large as 30 A or as small as several hundred microamperes. This capability makes the probes ideal for observing current waveforms under a variety of operating conditions, including inrush currents*1, micro currents, and high-speed currents*2.
■ DEVELOPMENT BACKGROUND
Current probes convert the current flowing through a wire into a voltage signal. They are connected to data acquisition equipment such as oscilloscopes and Hioki Memory HiCorders so that those devices can display the current waveform, and are used principally in the development and design of products such as electrical and electronic devices, industrial equipment, and electronic components.
In recent years, manufacturers in every industrial sector have redoubled their efforts to save energy, for example by increasing energy efficiency and by lowering power consumption. This renewed focus has made it necessary for engineers involved in device and component R&D to observe abrupt changes in currents, rapid variations in operating currents, and micro currents, creating demand for probes with broader current and frequency coverage.
Since launching its first clamp-on tester in 1971, HIOKI has developed numerous current sensors for use in a variety of applications. In 2014, the company sought to meet customer demand for high sensitivity by introducing a pair of current probes (the CT6700/CT6701) with 10 times the sensitivity of the legacy models (the 3273/3276). However, the new devices’ current-measuring capabilities were limited by its single range (5 A) configuration even as demand for a single probe capable of measuring both micro and large currents grew. To meet this demand, HIOKI sought to develop a current probe with a wide frequency band (DC to 120 MHz) and a broad measurement range (0.5 A to 30 A).
1. Observe waveforms from 30 A to micro currents thanks to 3 ranges (30 A, 5 A, and 0.5 A)
Existing current probes such as the Hioki CT6700 and CT6701 offer a single, 5 A range. The new CT6710 and CT6711 provides three ranges (30 A, 5 A, and 0.5 A) so that users can observe a wide range of current waveforms with one device. The result is an instrument capable of accurately identifying currents under various operating conditions, for example by using the 0.5 A range to measure micro currents and the 30 A range to measure inrush currents. In addition, the range can be switched simply by pressing a button on the probe’s relay box.
2. Observe current waveforms across a wide frequency band
The CT6710 and CT6711 can observe current waveforms across a wide frequency band, from DC to megahertz bandwidths. With a band of either DC to 50 MHz (CT6710) or DC to 120 MHz (CT6711), the probes accommodate use in an array of settings.
3. Ten times the sensitivity of existing and comparable probes, enabling micro currents on the order of several hundred microamperes to be observed clearly
Because they offer higher sensitivity than existing devices, the CT6710 and CT6711 can observe micro currents with a high degree of clarity. The output rate of 1 V/A on the sister products, CT6701 and CT6700, as well as competitive devices means that they generate an output voltage of 1 V for a current value of 1 A. At this low output rate, users need to set the oscilloscope to a high-sensitivity range where noise is more pronounced, resulting in the inability to precisely identify micro currents that are hidden by the noise. By contrast, the CT6710 and CT6711 deliver an output rate of 10 V/A when using the 0.5 A range, giving them 10 times the sensitivity of prior Hioki probes. The higher output rate enables users to make measurements at the low-sensitivity range where noise is less noticeable. Additionally, overall improvements in the probes’ S/N ratio*3 allow use of oscilloscope functionality*4 to observe micro current waveforms with a high degree of clarity.
4. One-touch BNC connectors
Connect the CT6710 or CT6711 to an oscilloscope or Memory HiCorder simply by inserting its connector straight into the host instrument’s BNC connector, eliminating the need to rotate to tighten. Additionally, the connector is locked in place automatically so that there’s no need to worry about the sensor accidentally detaching. One-touch disengagement of the locking mechanism makes it easy to disconnect the probe.
■ PRINCIPAL MARKETS
- Development and design of electrical and electronic devices, industrial devices, electronic components, mobile devices, etc.
- Development and design of automobiles, transport equipment, and motors
- Fundamental research at universities, research institutes, etc.
CURRENT PROBE CT6710 (DC to 50 MHz)
CURRENT PROBE CT6711 (DC to 120 MHz)
Note: Use the optional Power Supply 3269 to drive the current probe when power from the Memory HiCorder or oscilloscope is not available.
POWER SUPPLY 3269 (designed to accommodate up to two probes)
Download the product catalog here: Current Probe CT6710 and CT6711
*1 Inrush current: A large current that flows momentarily when power is first supplied to an electrical device.
*2 High-speed current: A current that rises or falls abruptly. Some devices need to be able to cycle current on and off quickly in order to improve energy efficiency.
*3 S/N ratio: The ratio of a signal to the amount of noise. The higher the S/N ratio, the less the noise, allowing high-quality signal measurement.
*4: Oscilloscope averaging function or band-limiting function.