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Monitor voltage over a fast short or long slow period of time in addition to spot measurements. 

Lascells Circuit Set up
Teaching applications:
  • Introductory electricity
  • Ohms law
  • Simple series and parallel circuits
  • Startup of a filament lamp
 

Extension and advanced ideas:
  • Electrical characteristics of components
  • Heat and electrical power
  • Voltage and homemade sensors
  • Time constant, charge discharge of a capacitor
  • Dynamo effect
 

1 MegaOhm of resistance.

The sensor detects all voltages over the time selected, some power supplies are not fully rectified and smoothed. The sensor will reveal the varying d.c. voltage.

This high impedance Voltage sensor connects via 4 mm plugs or crocodile clips to most school based power supplies and electricity kits.

Contents/Details:

±12 V (Resolution 10 mV) 
Maximum Voltage ±27 V, Impedance 1 Meg ohm

Available Resources

Downloads Voltage Sensor Manual
Doc No.: DS021 | Issue: 4

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