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PowerXplorer PX5

PowerXplorer PX5

Automatic Setups for PQ, Demand & Energy

Transients to 1ux

IEEE 1159 Advanced Energy

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The Power Xplorer integrates the most advanced feature set available in a power monitoring instrument, with an easy-to-navigate, color graphical user interface. With high-speed sampling and data capture (1 microsecond/channel), this 8-channel workhorse simultaneously captures and characterizes thousands of parameters, using a range of standard and customizable operating modes. The unique measurement capabilities of the Power Xplorer include capture of low-medium-high frequency transients through peak, waveshape, rms duration and adaptive high-speed sampling, as well as power measurements to clearly characterize voltage harmonics, non-sinusoidal and unbalanced systems.

 PowerXplorer PX5 Features & Highlights

  • Eight channels, 4 voltage & 4 current
  • Intuitive color touch screen
  • Light weight — About 4 pounds, 2 kg — with rugged rubber boot
  • AC/DC applications
  • Samples at 256 samples/cycle
  • Independent voltage & current triggering, cross triggering
  • High-speed sampling and data capture (1 microsecond/channel)
  • Oscilloscope-like high speed transient detection (Dranetz 658-like and BMI-8800 like)
  • Detailed event characterization of RMS variations and transients
  • THD/harmonic spectrum and TID/interharmonics spectrum to the 63rd
  • Captures IEEE 1459 parameters for non-sinusoidal and advanced power systems
  • Remote communications—RS-232, Ethernet or USB
  • Battery or AC mode
  • Built in UPS battery with external charger
  • Available with up to 4GB Compact Flash Memory
  • Available languages — English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Thai, Korean, Finnish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified)
  • DRAN-VIEW enabled (Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7)
  • Complies with IEEE 1159, IEEE 519, IEEE 1453
  • Complies with IEC 61000-4-30 Class A and EN50160
  • Measures flicker according to IEC 61000-4-15; measures electrical harmonics according to IEC 61000-4-7
  • Instrument available in 400 Hz measurement version (PX5-400)

Specifications for the PowerXplorer PX5

Measured Parameters

  • (4) differential inputs, 1-600 Vrms, AC/DC, 0.1% rdg + 0.05% FS, 256 samples/cycle, 16 bit ADC
  • (4) inputs with CTs 0.1-6000 Arms CT-dependent, AC/DC, 0.1%rdg + CTs, 256 samples/cycle, 16 bit ADC
  • 1 MHz High Speed Sampling, 14 bit ADC, 1% FS
  • Frequency Range, 10m Hz resolution, 15-20 Hz, 45-65 Hz, or 350-450 Hz
  • Phase Lock Loop – Generator tracking
  • Phase Lock Loop – Standard PQ mode
  • Monitoring/Compliance
  • IEEE 1159
  • IEC 61000-4-30 Class A
  • EN50160 Quality of Supply
  • Current Inrush / Energization
  • Voltage Fault recording
  • Long Term Monitoring
  • Continuous Data Logging w/min/max/avg

Power Quality Triggers

  • Cycle-by-cycle analysis
  • 256 samples/cycle; 1/2 cycle RMS steps (1)
  • L-L, L-N, N-G RMS Variations: Sags/swells/interruptions)
  • RMS Recordings V&I (32 pre-fault, 10K post-fault cycles)
  • Waveshape Recordings (2/6/2 cycles)
  • Low and Medium Frequent Transients – V&I
  • High Frequency Transients – V&I, 3% FS trigger (1)
  • Harmonics Summary Parameters
  • Cross trigger V & I channels
  • RMS Event Characterization (IEEE or IEC)
  • Transient Event Characterization (1)


  • W, VA, VAR, TPF, DPF, Demand, Energy, etc.
  • IEEE 1459 Parameters of distorted and unbalanced
  • Harmonics/Interharmonics per IEC 1000-4-7
  • THD/Harmonic Spectrum (V,I,W) to 63rd
  • TID /Interharmonic Spectrum (V,I) to 63rd
  • Flicker per IEC 1000-4-15 (Pst,Plt,Sliding Plt)
  • Crest Factor, K Factor, Transformer Derating Factor, Telephone Interference Factor
  • Unbalance (max. rms deviation) & sequencing components
  • 5 User Spec Harmonics or Signaling Frequency
  • Vector/Arithmetic/Coincident Parameters

Available Languages

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Swedish

General Specifications

  • Size (HxWxD): 12″ x 2.5″ x 8″ (30cm x 6.4cm x 20.3 cm)
  • Weight: 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg)
  • Operating Temperature: 0 -50 (32 to 122 )
  • Storage Temperature: -20 to 55 (4 to 131 F)
  • Humidity: 10 to 90% non-condensing
  • System Time Clock-Crystal controlled-1 second resolution
  • Charger /Battery Eliminator: 90-264 VAC 47-63 Hz
  • Display: LCD color touch screen
  • Memory options (must have one): 256M removable compact flashcardContent for Tab 2 goes here…

Applications for the Power Xplorer PX5

Fast Transient Capture

Fast Transient Capture           The Power Xplorer uses digitized high-speed sampling to capture and analyze microsecond-wide transients (Dranetz 658-like and BMI 8800-like). The Power Xplorer delivers a full profile, with events time stamped to the millisecond of the entire transient, to pinpoint the exact source and cause of the event.

Power Quality Surveys and Diagnostics

Power Quality Diagnostics           The Power Xplorer has a built-in event characterizer that directly supports troubleshooting and the gathering of survey data—for improving power quality and equipment reliability.

Capacitor Switching Events

powerxplorerpx5-capacitor           A drawback of capacitors is that they yield oscillatory transients when switched. These transients can propagate through the local power system, causing damage to equipment and processes. The Power Xplorer captures and identifies these fast transients.

Load Distortion and Imbalance

Load Distortion and Imbalance           The Power Xplorer measures the full range of arithmetic, vector and sequencing parameters contained in IEEE 1459, to evaluate distortion and restore balanced loads.


Flicker           The Power Xplorer captures flicker data per IEC 6100-4-15, which can be further evaluated using Dran-View visualization, analysis and reporting software.

Compliance Monitoring

Compliance Monitoring           The Power Xplorer has been designed to meet the most advanced power quality standards, including IEEE 1159, IEC 61000-4-30 Class A and EN50160. A statistical output is produced to quickly verify compliance with international quality-of-supply standards and benchmark power quality.


Harmonics           The Power Xplorer captures detailed harmonics, interharmonics and subharmonics to effectively troubleshoot the complex problems caused by these events.

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