PowerLab Data Acquisition Systems

PowerLab Data Acquisition Systems

High performance data acquisition hardware for life science research and teaching applications.. Suitable for research in the fields of human and animal physiology, pharmacology, neurophysiology, biology, zoology, biochemistry and biomedical engineering. Supplied with LabChart™ software, PowerLab® systems offer comprehensive data recording, display and analysis features for a wide variety of research applications. Harvard Apparatus provides a range of amplifiers, instruments and specialized analysis software to provide a complete research solution.






Item# Description U.S. List Price Quantity
77-0239 PowerLab 4/35 Data Acquisition System with 4-Channel Recorder and LabChart Software (PL3504)
77-0240 PowerLab 4/35P Data Acquisition System with 4-Channel Recorder, LabChart Software, and all LabChart Pro Modules (PL3504/P)
77-0241 PowerLab 8/35 Data Acquisition System with 8-Channel Recorder and LabChart Software (PL3508)
77-0242 PowerLab 8/35P Data Acquisition System with 8-Channel Recorder, LabChart Software, and all LabChart Pro Modules (PL3508/P)
77-0243 PowerLab 16/35 Data Acquisition System Data Acquisition System with 16-Channel Recorder and LabChart Software (PL3516)
77-0244 PowerLab 16/35 Data Acquisition System Data Acquisition System with 16-Channel Recorder and LabChart Software (PL3516/P)
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The PowerLab 16/35 is a data acquisition and analysis system for use in life science research. It is suitable for research in the fields of human and animal physiology, pharmacology, neurophysiology, biology, zoology, biochemistry and biomedical engineering. 

The system has 16-bit resolution (hardware and software supported), and is capable of recording at speeds of up to 200,000 samples per second (400 kHz aggregate). Communication is via High Speed USB (2.0). It incorporates sixteen input channels, 4 with both differential Pod and single ended BNC connectors and 12 single ended BNC inputs. It also features a built-in analog output for stimulation or pulse generation (software controlled) and a trigger input. The PowerLab 16/35 is compatible with instruments, signal conditioners, and transducers sold by ADInstruments, as well as other third party products.

  • Proven track record with installations in thousands of research institutes, universities, hospital and commercial laboratories around the world.
  • Power and flexibility to be used in a variety of life science applications. Start with a PowerLab system and simply add an appropriate amplifier, instrument or transducer.
  • Quality and reliability: all products are manufactured under a quality system certified by an accredited body as complying with ISO 9001:2000.
  • Data integrity is paramount. PowerLab data acquisition systems are calibrated and tested to deliver data you can trust.
  • GLP and 21 CFR Part 11 compliance is facilitated when a PowerLab system is used with the GLP Module and GLP Server software. Together they provide the required user interface, audit trail and signing components for non-repudiation of data.
  • Intuitive and powerful software allows researchers to concentrate on the science. With no programming required, the software is mastered quickly and provides comprehensive recording, display and analysis features.
  • Combine with Harvard Apparatus research systems to create complete solutions for virtually any bio-research application.
  • Available with 4, 8 or 16 channels
  • Available with LabChart Pro Software

Typical Applications:

Atrial and Ventricular Pressure, Biological Temperature, Biochemical Sensors, Blood Pressure-Invasive, Blood Pressure-Non Invasive, Blood Flow, Cardiac Output, Cardiac Function, CO₂ and NH₃, Conductivity, Cystometry, Dissolved O₂, Dose Response, ECG, EKG, EEG & ECoG, EMG, Evoked Potentials, Extracellular Recordings, Gas Analysis, Gastrointestinal Motility, Hemodynamics, Intracellular Recordings, Ionic Concentrations, Isometric Tension, Isotonic Contraction, Langendorff Heart, Membrane Potential, Microvascular Tension, Mouse Applications, Muscle Tissue Contraction, Neurophysiology, Nitric Oxide, Oocyte Voltage Clamping, Organ Bath Experiments, Patch and Voltage Clamping, Perfused Organs, pH and Ionic Concentrations, Phenotyping, Pulse Oximetry, Respiratory Air Flow, Sleep, Sympathetic Nerve Activity, Telemetry, Temperature, Ussing Chamber, Ventricular Pressure, Ventricular Pressure-Volume, Wire Myography, Working Heart


The PowerLab Advantage:

PowerLab Data Acquisition Systems are complete data acquisition and analysis solutions for academic institutions, government organizations and private industry. Supplied with LabChart™ and Scope™ software, PowerLab® systems offer comprehensive data recording, display and analysis features for a wide variety of research applications. Around the PowerLab system we provide a range of amplifiers, instruments and specialized analysis software to provide a complete research solution.

LabChart Software:

LabChart is suitable for research on any species from humans to mice to flies. The software provides the capability to continuously record and display up to 16 channels of data, perform online or offline calculations, display numerous analysis windows and automatically extract data. Quick and easy set up of experimental parameters, powerful computation and analysis features are just the beginning. Configuring recording parameters, such as range and filters, takes seconds, with all of the information, including settings, calibrations and computed values, saved in a single file. Parameters of interest are easily extracted to an internal spreadsheet and can be exported for further analysis or graphing.

LabChart Modules:

LabChart modules are software add-ons that provide comprehensive analysis feature sets for specific research applications. For the latest list of modules see the soft ware updates section of our website.

Hardware:

PowerLab systems combine software-controlled input of parameters, extensive signal conditioning options, variable sampling speeds and powerful real-time computations with the advantages of computer-based data display and analysis. They offer the functionality of a chart recorder, XYT plotter, digital voltmeter and storage oscilloscope in one compact unit. PowerLab systems connect to Windows and Macintosh computers using high-speed USB. Four, eight and sixteen-channel models are available with sampling and online computation speeds of up to 200 kHz per channel (400 kHz aggregate). They feature independently selectable input sensitivities, high-pass, low-pass and anti-aliasing filters, 16-bit resolution, analog outputs as well as digital input and output connections for triggering and controlling external devices.

Signal Conditioners:

A wide range of software-controlled preamplifiers is available for use with PowerLab data acquisition systems. Once connected, the signal conditioners are automatically identified and configured by the PowerLab system with all settings stored when the data file is saved on your computer.

Instruments, Transducers and Accessories:

An extensive selection of instruments, transducers and accessories is also available to cover numerous life science applications. Third-party products sourced from gold-standard manufacturers are fully compatible with PowerLab recorders and signal conditioners.

System Requirements:

PC Requirements:
• Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit editions) or later
• Microsoft .NET Framework 4 or later
• Internet Explorer 8.0 or later
• USB interface for operation with PowerLab
• Minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 768 to support common projector settings
To view files in LabChart Online the minimum browser requirements are:
• Google Chrome 24.0 or later
• Mozilla Firefox 18.0 or later
• Internet Explorer 9 or later
• Safari 6 or later
Macintosh Requirements:
OS X v10.8 Mountain Lion or later
To view files in LabChart Online the minimum browser requirements are:
• Google Chrome 24.0 or later
• Mozilla Firefox 18.0 or later
• Safari 6 or later
LabChart & LabChart Pro Compatibility: The following versions of LabChart and LabChart Pro software are required to operate a PowerLab 16/30:

WINDOWS or MACINTOSH

• LabChart v5.2.1 or later


• Scope v3.7.4 or later
All PowerLab Data Acquisition Systems are Supplied With:

• LabChart or LabChart Pro Software

• Cable Kit Including Power Cord, BNC to BNC Test Cable, USB Cable

• Getting Started With PowerLab Manual

• Finger Pulse Transducer

Specifications77-023977-024077-024177-024277-024377-0244
AC CouplingDC or 0.15 Hz (software-selectable)DC or 0.15 Hz (software-selectable)DC or 0.15 Hz (software-selectable)DC or 0.15 Hz (software-selectable)DC or 0.15 Hz (software-selectable)DC or 0.15 Hz (software-selectable)
Amplification Range±2 mV to ±10 V full scale in 12 steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±0.5 V, ±0.2 V, ±0.1 V, ±50 mV, ±20 mV, ±10 mV, ±5 mV, ±2 mV±2 mV to ±10 V full scale in 12 steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±0.5 V, ±0.2 V, ±0.1 V, ±50 mV, ±20 mV, ±10 mV, ±5 mV, ±2 mV±2 mV to ±10 V full scale in 12 steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±0.5 V, ±0.2 V, ±0.1 V, ±50 mV, ±20 mV, ±10 mV, ±5 mV, ±2 mV±2 mV to ±10 V full scale in 12 steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±0.5 V, ±0.2 V, ±0.1 V, ±50 mV, ±20 mV, ±10 mV, ±5 mV, ±2 mV±2 mV to ±10 V full scale in 12 steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±0.5 V, ±0.2 V, ±0.1 V, ±50 mV, ±20 mV, ±10 mV, ±5 mV, ±2 mV±2 mV to ±10 V full scale in 12 steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±0.5 V, ±0.2 V, ±0.1 V, ±50 mV, ±20 mV, ±10 mV, ±5 mV, ±2 mV
Analog Input Configuration4 Inputs: 4 single ended or 4 differential Pod and 4 single ended4 Inputs: 4 single ended or 4 differential Pod and 4 single ended8 Inputs: 4 dedicated single ended inputs, 4 input configurable as single-ended or differential (through Pod port)8 Inputs: 4 dedicated single ended inputs, 4 input configurable as single-ended or differential (through Pod port)16 Inputs: 12 dedicated single ended inputs; 4 inputs configurable as single ended or differential (through Pod port)16 Inputs: 12 dedicated single ended inputs; 4 inputs configurable as single ended or differential (through Pod port)
Analog Inputs4 Channels4 Channels8 Channels8 Channels16 Channels16 Channels
Analog Outputs2 outputs2 outputs2 outputs2 outputs2 outputs2 outputs
CMRR Differential80 dB80 dB80 dB80 dB80 dB80 dB
CertificationsCECECECECECE
DC DriftSoftware correctedSoftware correctedSoftware correctedSoftware correctedSoftware correctedSoftware corrected
Digital Input8 independent lines, TTL input level, threshold 1.2 V, 10 kΩ input impedance, 5V maximum8 independent lines, TTL input level, threshold 1.2 V, 10 kΩ input impedance, 5V maximum8 independent lines, TTL input level, threshold 1.2 V, 10 kΩ input impedance, 5V maximum8 independent lines, TTL input level, threshold 1.2 V, 10 kΩ input impedance, 5V maximum8 independent lines, TTL input level, threshold 1.2 V, 10 kΩ input impedance, 5V maximum8 independent lines, TTL input level, threshold 1.2 V, 10 kΩ input impedance, 5V maximum
Digital Output8 independent lines, TTL output level (8 mA maximum load per line)8 independent lines, TTL output level (8 mA maximum load per line)8 independent lines, TTL output level (8 mA maximum load per line)8 independent lines, TTL output level (8 mA maximum load per line)8 independent lines, TTL output level (8 mA maximum load per line)8 independent lines, TTL output level (8 mA maximum load per line)
Dimensions H x W x D Metric60 x 300 x 300 mm60 x 300 x 300 mm60 x 300 x 300 mm60 x 300 x 300 mm60 x 300 x 300 mm60 x 300 x 300 mm
External Trigger Hysteresis0.3 V0.3 V0.3 V0.3 V0.3 V0.3 V
External Trigger Input Impedance50 kΩ50 kΩ50 kΩ50 kΩ50 kΩ50 kΩ
External Trigger Maximum Input Voltage±12 V±12 V±12 V±12 V±12 V±12 V
External Trigger Minimum Pulse Width5 µs5 µs5 µs5 µs5 µs5 µs
External Trigger ModeTTL level (isolated) or contact closure (non-isolated)TTL level (isolated) or contact closure (non-isolated)TTL level (isolated) or contact closure (non-isolated)TTL level (isolated) or contact closure (non-isolated)TTL level (isolated) or contact closure (non-isolated)TTL level (isolated) or contact closure (non-isolated)
External Trigger Trigger Threshold1.3 V (rising edge), 1.1 V (falling edge)1.3 V (rising edge), 1.1 V (falling edge)1.3 V (rising edge), 1.1 V (falling edge)1.3 V (rising edge), 1.1 V (falling edge)1.3 V (rising edge), 1.1 V (falling edge)1.3 V (rising edge), 1.1 V (falling edge)
Filtering Low Pass Filter1 Hz to 1 kHz in 2:5:10 steps; 2 kHz, 25 kHz1 Hz to 1 kHz in 2:5:10 steps; 2 kHz, 25 kHz1 Hz to 1 kHz in 2:5:10 steps; 2 kHz, 25 kHz1 Hz to 1 kHz in 2:5:10 steps; 2 kHz, 25 kHz1 Hz to 1 kHz in 2:5:10 steps; 2 kHz, 25 kHz1 Hz to 1 kHz in 2:5:10 steps; 2 kHz, 25 kHz
Frequency Response25 kHz on 10 V range (?3 dB)25 kHz on 10 V range (?3 dB)25 kHz on 10 V range (?3 dB)25 kHz on 10 V range (?3 dB)25 kHz on 10 V range (?3 dB)25 kHz on 10 V range (?3 dB)
Input Crosstalk75 dB minimum75 dB minimum75 dB minimum75 dB minimum75 dB minimum75 dB minimum
Input Impedance~ 1 MΩ || 100pF~ 1 MΩ || 100pF~ 1 MΩ || 100pF~ 1 MΩ || 100pF~ 1 MΩ || 100pF~ 1 MΩ || 100pF
Input Noise<350 µVrms referred to input on 10 V range<350 µVrms referred to input on 10 V range<350 µVrms referred to input on 10 V range<350 µVrms referred to input on 10 V range<350 µVrms referred to input on 10 V range<350 µVrms referred to input on 10 V range
Linearity Error±4 LSB±4 LSB±4 LSB±4 LSB±4 LSB±4 LSB
Maximum Input Voltage±15 V±15 V±15 V±15 V±15 V±15 V
Maximum Output Current±50 mA±50 mA±50 mA±50 mA±50 mA±50 mA
Maximum Power Needs80 VA (full complement of Front-ends and Pods)80 VA (full complement of Front-ends and Pods)80 VA (full complement of Front-ends and Pods)80 VA (full complement of Front-ends and Pods)80 VA (full complement of Front-ends and Pods)80 VA (full complement of Front-ends and Pods)
Maximum Sampling Rate on 1 or 2 imputs200 kHz200 kHz200 kHz200 kHz200 kHz200 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate on 3 or 4 inputs100 kHz100 kHz100 kHz100 kHz100 kHz100 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate on 5 to 8 inputs40 kHz40 kHz40 kHz40 kHz40 kHz40 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate on 9 to 16 inputs20 kHz20 kHz20 kHz20 kHz20 kHz20 kHz
Microprocessor and Data Communication CPU240 MHz PowerPC 405GPr240 MHz PowerPC 405GPr240 MHz PowerPC 405GPr240 MHz PowerPC 405GPr240 MHz PowerPC 405GPr240 MHz PowerPC 405GPr
Microprocessor and Data Communication Data CommunicationUSB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0USB 2.0
Microprocessor and Data Communication Expansion PortsI²C Expansion Port Power and control bus for Front-end units. Supports up to 16 Front-end channels (for Model ML870 and Model ML880) and 8 Front-end Channels (for Model ML866), but limited to PowerLab?s free inputs. Interface communications rate ofI²C Expansion Port Power and control bus for Front-end units. Supports up to 16 Front-end channels (for Model ML870 and Model ML880) and 8 Front-end Channels (for Model ML866), but limited to PowerLab?s free inputs. Interface communications rate ofI²C Expansion Port Power and control bus for Front-end units. Supports up to 16 Front-end channels (for Model ML870 and Model ML880) and 8 Front-end Channels (for Model ML866), but limited to PowerLab?s free inputs. Interface communications rate ofI²C Expansion Port Power and control bus for Front-end units. Supports up to 16 Front-end channels (for Model ML870 and Model ML880) and 8 Front-end Channels (for Model ML866), but limited to PowerLab?s free inputs. Interface communications rate ofI²C Expansion Port Power and control bus for Front-end units. Supports up to 16 Front-end channels (for Model ML870 and Model ML880) and 8 Front-end Channels (for Model ML866), but limited to PowerLab?s free inputs. Interface communications rate ofI²C Expansion Port Power and control bus for Front-end units. Supports up to 16 Front-end channels (for Model ML870 and Model ML880) and 8 Front-end Channels (for Model ML866), but limited to PowerLab?s free inputs. Interface communications rate of
Microprocessor and Data Communication RAM16MB SDRAM16MB SDRAM16MB SDRAM16MB SDRAM16MB SDRAM16MB SDRAM
ModelML866ML866/PML870ML870/PML880ML880
Operating Conditions10 to 35 °C, 0 to 90% humidity (non-condensing)10 to 35 °C, 0 to 90% humidity (non-condensing)10 to 35 °C, 0 to 90% humidity (non-condensing)10 to 35 °C, 0 to 90% humidity (non-condensing)10 to 35 °C, 0 to 90% humidity (non-condensing)10 to 35 °C, 0 to 90% humidity (non-condensing)
Operating Voltage90-250 V (automatic)90-250 V (automatic)90-250 V (automatic)90-250 V (automatic)90-250 V (automatic)90-250 V (automatic)
Output ConfigurationSingle-ended (outputs can be used as one differential output)Single-ended (outputs can be used as one differential output)Single-ended (outputs can be used as one differential output)Single-ended (outputs can be used as one differential output)Single-ended (outputs can be used as one differential output)Single-ended (outputs can be used as one differential output)
Output Impedance0.5 Ω typical0.5 Ω typical0.5 Ω typical0.5 Ω typical0.5 Ω typical0.5 Ω typical
Output Range±200 mV to ±10 V full scale in six steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±500 mV, ±200 mV±200 mV to ±10 V full scale in six steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±500 mV, ±200 mV±200 mV to ±10 V full scale in six steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±500 mV, ±200 mV±200 mV to ±10 V full scale in six steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±500 mV, ±200 mV±200 mV to ±10 V full scale in six steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±500 mV, ±200 mV±200 mV to ±10 V full scale in six steps, ±10 V, ±5 V, ±2 V, ±1 V, ±500 mV, ±200 mV
Output Resolution16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)
Package111111
Pod Connectors Communications2-wire I²C2-wire I²C2-wire I²C2-wire I²C2-wire I²C2-wire I²C
Pod Connectors Connector Type8-pin DIN8-pin DIN8-pin DIN8-pin DIN8-pin DIN8-pin DIN
Pod Connectors General FeaturesCombined power, I²C and single-ended or differential analog input signals on one connector, supports PodsCombined power, I²C and single-ended or differential analog input signals on one connector, supports PodsCombined power, I²C and single-ended or differential analog input signals on one connector, supports PodsCombined power, I²C and single-ended or differential analog input signals on one connector, supports PodsCombined power, I²C and single-ended or differential analog input signals on one connector, supports PodsCombined power, I²C and single-ended or differential analog input signals on one connector, supports Pods
Pod Connectors Maximum Current50 mA per pod port50 mA per pod port50 mA per pod port50 mA per pod port50 mA per pod port50 mA per pod port
Pod Connectors Signal InputPositive and negative analog inputsPositive and negative analog inputsPositive and negative analog inputsPositive and negative analog inputsPositive and negative analog inputsPositive and negative analog inputs
Pod Connectors Supply Voltage±5 V regulated±5 V regulated±5 V regulated±5 V regulated±5 V regulated±5 V regulated
Product FamilyData AcquisitionData AcquisitionData AcquisitionData AcquisitionData AcquisitionData Acquisition
Sampling ADC Resolution16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)16 bit (313 µV resolution on 10 V range)
Sampling Linearity Error2.5 LSB (from 0 to 70°C)2.5 LSB (from 0 to 70°C)2.5 LSB (from 0 to 70°C)2.5 LSB (from 0 to 70°C)2.5 LSB (from 0 to 70°C)2.5 LSB (from 0 to 70°C)
Settling Time10 µs (to 1% of FSR)10 µs (to 1% of FSR)10 µs (to 1% of FSR)10 µs (to 1% of FSR)10 µs (to 1% of FSR)10 µs (to 1% of FSR)
Slew Rate6 V/µs6 V/µs6 V/µs6 V/µs6 V/µs6 V/µs
Weight Metric4.8 kg4.8 kg4.8 kg4.8 kg4.8 kg4.8 kg