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High-performance
data acquisition hardware

PowerLab

Data with Integrity

PowerLab is a data acquisition (DAQ) device engineered for precise, consistent, reliable data acquisition.

Developed in 1985, PowerLab has been a reliable product for an entire generation of scientists and educators, offering a simple and flexible solution for almost all types of physiological data acquisition.

PowerLabs are capable of recording at speeds of up to 400,000 samples per second continuously to disk (aggregate), and are compatible with instruments, signal conditioners, and transducers supplied by ADInstruments and many other leading brands.

PowerLab for Research

Built for precision, our research range of PowerLabs are engineered to give you high quality, reproducible data while meeting the strictest international safety standards.

Research PowerLabs provide 16-bit resolution on all gain ranges for high resolution on even the smallest of signals. Each channel has individual filters and noise reduction circuitry for minimal channel crosstalk and signal noise. All research PowerLabs have 2 analog outputs, a trigger input and offer a 5 year product warranty.

Highly functional and adaptable for even the most demanding of applications, there is a research PowerLab to suit your requirements.

PowerLab 16/35

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PowerLab 16/35

PowerLab 16/35

With 16 analog input channels (4 of which can be used in differential mode), 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs and a 400kS/s ADC giving a maximum per channel sampling rate of 200 kS/s - the 16/35 research PowerLab is our most powerful DAQ system.

PowerLab 8/35

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PowerLab 8/35

PowerLab 8/35

Our most popular model, the 8/35 PowerLab is for those researchers requiring an advanced feature set. 8 analog input channels (4 of which can be used in differential mode), 8 digital inputs, 8 digital outputs and a maximum sampling rate of 200 kS/s per channel.

PowerLab 4/26

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PowerLab 4/26

PowerLab 4/26

Our entry level research grade DAQ system, the 4/26 provides 4 analog input channels and has a maximum sampling rate of 100kHz per channel. Independent ADCs for each channel to keep data perfectly in sync.

PowerLab 2/26

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PowerLab 2/26

PowerLab 2/26

For those who require minimal channels the 2/26 is an ideal entry option. Maximum sampling rate of 100kHz per channel. Independent ADCs for each channel to keep data perfectly in sync.

“Other systems do not match PowerLab. It is a great product.”

Dr. Kengatharan, President & COO, Armetheon, Inc.

PowerLab for Education

The ideal DAQ solution for life science classroom experiments. PowerLab supports engaging, hands-on learning with simple set-up and good quality data. Will handle repeated and heavy use by students and maintain data accuracy and reliability.

The T Series PowerLab is an economically priced high quality DAQ unit with built-in, fully isolated, two-channel bio amplifier, isolated stimulator, separate non-isolated analog inputs and a differential-mode analog output.

PowerLab 26T

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PowerLab 26T

PowerLab 26T

Integrated data recording featuring a dual Bio Amp, an isolated stimulator, trigger input, 4 analog inputs, 8 digital inputs and 8 digital outputs. Independent ADCs for each channel to keep data perfectly in sync.

PowerLab 15T

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PowerLab 15T

PowerLab 15T

Entry level integrated data recording featuring a dual Bio Amp, an isolated stimulator and 2 analog inputs. Independent ADCs for each channel to keep data perfectly in sync.

“PowerLab simply WORKS. It never crashes or has to be rebooted, and is 100% reliable.”

Dr. Giovanni Casotti, Professor of Biology, West Chester University

Key Features

Simple to Use

PowerLabs are portable USB data acquisition devices (DAQ). Simply set the PowerLab on your bench space, plug it in, and start using it with LabChart software.

Reliable Performance

  • Built to last using high quality, durable materials with a hardware warranty of up to 5 years
  • High speed sampling of virtually any analog signal
  • Full resolution on all gain ranges for highly accurate recording on even the smallest of signals
  • Maximum sampling rate of 200kHz per channel (35 Series)
  • Superior external noise reduction, low internal noise, and high CMRR inputs

Flexible

  • Works with both Mac and PC platforms
  • Detects a broad range of signals simultaneously via multiple devices and transducers, at adjustable sampling frequencies
  • Analog outputs for external device control or stimulation protocols
  • DIN connectors for precalibrated transducers and low-cost amplifiers
  • Digital input and output connectors for signaling to/from external devices
  • Adaptable to meet differing research and curriculum applications
  • Different models to suit various research and education needs

Trusted

  • Trusted data acquisition in life science – for over 30 years
  • Certified to meet the strictest international safety standards for human and animal use, including ISO and the CE mark
  • Cited by more than 20 000 research papers in peer-reviewed journals
  • Manufactured in Australia from high quality and long-lasting materials

Testimonials

Dependable

“The ADInstruments gear performed superbly! In our previous experience, and that of others, the actual measurements of end tidal gases and ventilation have been near on impossible to make above 4000 m. We spent almost over 2 weeks at 5050 m and basically turned the ADInstruments equipment on when we arrived and it ran almost continuously for the duration of the experiments, which were done during sleep in day and night time.”

Dr. Ainslie
Canada Research Chair in Cerebrovascular Physiology.
Writing in regards to a research expedition to Mt Everest.

Cost-effective connectivity

“Once you have a PowerLab system, it is relatively inexpensive to add extra functionality. For example, when our educators wanted more ECG machines for 12 lead ECG experiments we reviewed our options. We could get new ECG machines at around $6000 each or ECG pods with switch boxes for use with PowerLab systems for well under $1000 each. Choosing the ECG Pods to supplement our existing machines saved the school many thousands of dollars”

Ms Kellie Ridges
Operations Manager at Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong.

Robust & Portable

“The size of the PowerLab was perfect as it fitted into my backpack! It was also one of the few pieces of equipment which worked well with the generator at basecamp. Many other pieces of equipment demanded too much power, short-circuiting the generators”

Dr. Ainslie
Canada Research Chair in Cerebrovascular Physiology.
Writing in regards to a research expedition to Mt Everest.

Details

Product Codes

  • PL3516 PowerLab 16/35
  • PL3508 PowerLab 8/35
  • PL2604 PowerLab 4/26
  • PL2602 PowerLab 2/26
  • PL26T04 PowerLab 26T (LTS)
  • PL15T02 PowerLab 15T (LTS)

System Requirements

A PowerLab requires a USB 2 or 3 interface to connect to your computer.

PowerLabs are designed to function with LabChart software for research or LabStation, Lt or LabChart for Education software in teaching. In most circumstances, any PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer with a recent Intel or AMD processor and 2 Gb or more of system memory will be sufficient. Please see the system requirements for LabChart for more specific details.

Specifications & Feature Comparison

  RESEARCH EDUCATION
  16/35 8/35 4/26 2/26 26T 15T
Included Software LabChart LabChart LabChart LabChart None, LabChart, LabStation or Lt purchased separately None, LabChart, LabStation or Lt purchased separately
Data communication USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Trigger Input Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Analog input channels 16 8 4 2 4 2
Single ended inputs 16 8 4 2 4 2
Differential inputs 4 4 4 2 4 2
Input voltage range ± 2 mV to ± 10 V ± 2 mV to ± 10 V ± 20 mV to ± 10 V ± 20 mV to ± 10 V ± 20 mV to ± 10 V ± 20 mV to ± 10 V
Data Resolution 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit
Min sampling rate 1 S/10 min 1 S/10 min 1 S/10 min 1 S/10 min 1 S/10 min 1 S/10 min
Max sampling rate per channel 200 kS/s (Max 400kS/s Aggregate) 200 kS/s (Max 400kS/s Aggregate) 100 kS/s 100 kS/s 100 kS/s 100 kS/s
Input crosstalk 75 dB (min) 75 dB (min) > 90 dB > 90 dB > 90 dB > 90 dB
Frequency response - 3 dB (25 kHz, 10 V) - 3 dB (25 kHz, 10 V) - 3 dB (37 kHz, 10 V) - 3 dB (37 kHz, 10 V) - 3 dB (37 kHz, 10 V) - 3 dB (37 kHz, 10 V)
CMRR >100 dB @ 100 Hz, 2-100 mV >100 dB @ 100 Hz, 2-100 mV >95 dB @100 Hz, 20-100 mV >95 dB @100 Hz, 20-100 mV >95 dB @100 Hz, 20-100 mV >95 dB @100 Hz, 20-100 mV
Input impedance 1 MΩ @ 100 pF 1 MΩ @ 100 pF 1 MΩ @ 150 pF 1 MΩ @ 150 pF 1 MΩ @ 150-200 pF 1 MΩ @ 150 pF
Output amplifier Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Output channels 2 2 1 1 1 1
Output resolution 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit 16 bit
Output voltage ranges ± 200 mV to ± 10 V ± 200 mV to ± 10 V ± 200 mV to ± 10 V ± 200 mV to ± 10 V ± 200 mV to ± 10 V ± 200 mV to ± 10 V
Digital output channels 8 8 0 0 8 0
Digital input channels 8 8 0 0 8 0
Built-in bio-amplifier No No No No Yes Yes
Safety rating IEC60601-1 IEC60601-1 IEC60601-1 IEC60601-1 IEC60601-1 IEC60601-1
Bio-amplifier channels - - - - 2 2
Amplification range - - - - ± 200 µV to ± 20 mV ± 200 µV to ± 20 mV
Bio-amplifier CMRR - - - - 110 dB 110 dB
Isolated stimulator No No No No Yes Yes
Isolated stimulator current range - - - - 0-20mA 0-20mA
Pulse duration - - - - 50 – 200 μs 50 – 200 μs
Pulse rate - - - - Software selectable Software selectable

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Configurations


PowerLab 16/35

PL3516

The most powerful ADInstruments DAQ system, with 16 analog input channels, 4 of which can be used in differential mode.

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PowerLab 16/35

PowerLab 16/35


PowerLab 8/35

PL3508

8 analog input channels – 4 of which can be used in differential mode.

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PowerLab 8/35

PowerLab 8/35


PowerLab 4/26

PL2604

Economically priced 4 channel data acquisition featuring 4 analog inputs.

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PowerLab 4/26

PowerLab 4/26


PowerLab 2/26

PL2602

Entry level 2 channel data acquisition featuring 2 analog inputs.

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PowerLab 2/26

PowerLab 2/26


PowerLab 26T

PL26T04

Integrated data recording featuring a dual Bio Amp, an isolated stimulator, trigger input, 4 analog inputs, 8 digital inputs and 8 digital outputs. The 26T includes LabChart software.

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PowerLab 26T

PowerLab 26T


PowerLab 15T

PL15T02

Entry level integrated data recording featuring a dual Bio Amp, an isolated stimulator and 2 analog inputs.

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PowerLab 15T

PowerLab 15T


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