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PPA5500 – Precision Power Analyzer

Power Analyzer delivering the Highest Precision and Speed

In September 2006, the launch of our PPA2500 Power Analyzer introduced leading power measurement performance in a compact, cost effective instrument that quickly developed a reputation for exceptional accuracy and stability in the most demanding of power applications. Now, the PPA5500 series extends our power analysis range still further for those who need the ultimate power analysis product, this is the top of the range model offered by N4L and rightly deserves its place. While maintaining the wide frequency range and exceptional noise rejection for which the PPA2500 has become renowned, the PPA5500 series add increased voltage and current measurement ranges, greater processing power, increased memory, real time clock, high contrast colour display, 1GB non-volatile internal memory and external USB memory port. A 2MS/s sample rate, alongside “True Real Time” no gap analysis are a formidable combination for the analysis of power, this – along with innovative analogue front end design provide truly exceptional measurement stability and accuracy. The phase angle accuracy of the PPA5500 is 0.005 degrees, this is perfect for transformer loss analysis testing at very low power factors. Please take a look at our Power Analyzer Tutorial Series which demonstrated the speed and versatility of the PPA5500.

All PPA5500 units are supplied with UKAS ISO17025 certification as standard, this is performed at N4L in the UK in our accredited ISO17025 Laboratory.

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ISO17025 Calibration and Verification

Every PPA5500 Power Analyzer supplied by N4L is provided with both a UKAS Accredited calibration certificate up to 850Hz, as well as a UKAS Traceable calibration certificate up to 2MHz. N4L have developed a number of bespoke power calibrators in order to verify the accuracy of every power analyzer supplied over its entire frequency range, this is surprisingly uncommon within the instrumentation industry. Furthermore, development of an ISO17025 (UKAS) accredited Closed Loop Calorimeter in partnership with Oxford University (UK) has verified the performance of the N4L custom designed power calibration rigs with a very low uncertainty level, providing absolute confidence that the wide band performance of all N4L power analyzers is market leading.

PPA5500-HF ISO17025 UKAS Calorimetry Certificate available upon request. For more information please contact us at support@newtons4th.com

Features & Benefits

0.01% Basic accuracy Frequency range DC and 10mHz to 2MHz
High precision internal shunts Superior accuracy to any external shunt 5 millidegree phase accuracy necessary for low power factor applications
Up to 50 Arms (1000 Apk) & 1000 Vrms (3000 Vpk) direct input Low current (10Arms), Standard (30Arms) and High current (50Arms) options
High speed sampling on all channels True real time analysis with no measurement gap
1, 2 or 3 phase versions master – slave mode for 4, 5 or 6 phase Real time Digital, Tabular, Graphic and Oscilloscope displays
Simple BNC connection of N4L shunts for high current applications RS232, IEEE 488, USB, LAN, Torque, Speed and Extension ports

Brochure                                                      

PPA45_5500 Brochure July 2017 low res PDF, 6Mb
PPA55xx-Dimensions PDF, 85kb
PPA55xx-Rack-Dimensions PDF, 225kb

Documentation                                          

 

PPA55xx_ v2_169_user-manual PDF, 1.45Mb
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PPA55xx Comms Manual v2_159 PDF, 840kb
PPA55 Start up Manual v2.169 PDF, 3.58Mb
Power_Analyzer_Product_Selector PDF, 236kb

PPA5500 Options, Software and Accessories

COMMS_ICON Communications Interfaces:
  • Standard: LAN, USB, RS232 and GPIB Communication Ports
PROBE_ICON Probes and Probe Accessory Options:
  • ULCP Ultra Low Capacitance Probes (Active, For use with DUT’s susceptible to capacitive loading) – 1.5pF, 1000Vrms, dc to 2MHz, 1000:1
  • TT-HV 250 High Voltage Probe (Passive) – 2.5kVpk, 100:1
  • TT-HVP 15HF High Voltage Probe – 15kVpk, 1000:1
  • ATT20 – 20:1 Attenuator (For use when voltage probe output does not meet PPA ext. input 3Vpk max rating) – For connection to PPA ext input and external attenuating probes.
EXTENSION_ICON Extension Port and Accessory Options:
  • ADI40 40 Channel Analogue <> Digital IO Interface
  • PCIS – Phase controlled inrush for (Use when control of DUT source with respect to phase angle is required
CONNECTOR_ICON Leads, Connection and Interface Options:
  • 20A Connection lead set for one phase (supplied as standard) – 20Arated, 1.5m long + Alligator Clips
  • 36A Connection lead set for one phase – 36A rated, 1.5m long + Alligator Clips
  • Voltage Breakout Lead set – 3 x 2m BNC to BNC with 4mm Banana Voltage break out leads + 2 x voltage low shorting leads (For use when distance between analyser and DUT is large and HF series external shunt is being used, facilitates short voltage connections.
  • Universal Breakout Box – Single Phase 10Arms Universal Breakout box
  • RS232 Cable (Supplied as Standard) – 9 Pin null modem cable
  • USB Cable (Supplied as standard) – 2m long A Male to B Male USB Cable
CASES_ICON Carry Cases:
  • PPA45/55xx Soft Carry Case – Black Nylon Padded Case with accessory space, handle and strap
  • PPA45/55xx Hard Carry Case – PPA45/55xx Hard Aluminium Flight Case with accessory space, handle and lock (Ideal for Aircraft Hold)
RACK_ICON Rack Mounting Kit Options:
CALIBRATION_ICON Calibration and Documentation (Unit supplied with UKAS ISO17025 certificate as standard when new):
  • Standard Recalibration (ISO17025 Traceable) – Single Phase PPA (PPA5510)
  • Standard Recalibration (ISO17025 Traceable) – Two and Three Phase PPA (PPA5520 & PPA5530)
  • ISO17025 UKAS Calibration + Standard Calibration – Single Phase PPA (PPA5510)
  • ISO17025 UKAS Calibration + Standard Calibration – Single Phase PPA (PPA5520 & PPA5530)
  • PPA55xx Loan Instrument available upon request during Calibration or Repair (Available in Europe only)
  • Spare set of user manuals – Hard copy of user and communications manual
CLAMP_ICON Current Measurement Options:
PC_ICON PC Software (Free of charge):
    For all Software Downloads please visit the “SUPPORT” section of our website.
  • PPALoG – Power Analysis Data Logging Software (Up to 64 Parameter simultaneous measurement, up to 12 Phases)
  • PPA Standby Power Software – IEC62301 & EN50564 Compliant
  • IECSoft Harmonics and Flicker (IEC61000-3-2/3-3/3-11/3-12) Software

Application Notes and Related Articles

Video Tutorials

Tutorial 1 : Power Analyzer Turn on and External Shunt Configuration

Tutorial 2 : PWM Motor Drive Efficiency Measurements

Tutorial 2a : PWM Motor Driver Efficiency Measurements (Extended version)

Tutorial 3 : Standby Power Measurement of a USB Mains Adaptor

Tutorial 4 : AC/DC Converter Efficiency Measurements

Application Notes

APP012 – N4L’s Unique Current Shunt Design Topology Explained

APP013 – AC-DC Switch Mode Power Supply Efficiency Measurements

APP014 – 3 Phase 2 Wattmeter Power Analysis Explained

APP015 – IEC62301/EN50564 Standby Power Testing the N4L Power Analyzers

APP017 – PWM Inverter Drives – Pulse Wide Modulation Theory

APP018 – Transformer Loss and Efficiency testing with N4L Power Analyzers

APP019 – RMS and Peak range consideration in Precision Power Analyzers

APP021 – Master/ Slave Efficiency testing with N4L Power Analyzers

APP023 – Harmonic analysis in Power Applications

APP025 – High Speed PWM Motor Drive Analysis

APP035 – Low Power Factor Measurement & Calibration

PPA5500 Full Instrument Specification

Parameter 
Frequency Range
BandwidthPPA5500(30Arms), PPA5500-LC(10Arms) DC, 10mHz ~ 2MHz

PPA5500-HC(50Arms) : DC, 10mHz ~ 1MHz
Voltage Input
Internal RangesNormal : 300mVpk ~ 3000Vpk (9 ranges = 300mV, 1V, 3V, 10V, 30V, 100V, 300V, 1KV, 3KV)

(240Vrms within 300Vpk range, using 20% over range)
Internal AccuracyNormal : 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + (0.004% x kHz) + 5mV
Internal Voltage Input Impedance1Mohm in parallel with 5pF, 90pF common mode to chassis
External Voltage BNC Input Ranges300uVpk ~ 3Vpk [BNC Connector 3Vpk Max Input] 9 Ranges = 300uV, 1mV, 3mV, 10mV, 30mV, 100mV, 300mV, 1V, 3V
External Voltage Input Accuracy0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + (0.004%xkHz) + 3uV
External Voltage Input Impedance1Mohm in parallel with 40pF, 90pF common mode to chassis
Current Input
PPA5500-LC 10Arms Shunt, 4mm Safety Connectors 3mApk ~ 30Apk (10Arms) (9 ranges = 3mA, 10mA, 30mA, 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A)
PPA5500 30Arms Shunt, 4mm Safety Connectors30mApk ~ 300Apk (30Arms) (9 ranges = 30mA, 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A, 100A, 300A)
PPA5500-HC 50Arms Shunt, 50A Screw Type Safety Terminals100mApk ~ 1000Apk (50Arms) (9 ranges = 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A, 100A, 300A, 1KA)
Internal Shunt Accuracy PPA5500-LC : 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + 0.004%xkHz + 30uA

PPA5500 : 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + 0.004%xkHz + 300uA

PPA5500-HC : 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + 0.004%xkHz + 900uA
External Current BNC Input Ranges300uVpk ~ 3Vpk [BNC Connector 3Vpk Max Input] 9 Ranges = 300uV, 1mV, 3mV, 10mV, 30mV, 100mV, 300mV, 1V, 3V
External Current Input Accuracy0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + (0.004%/kHz) + 3uV
Phase Accuracy
DegreesPPA5500-LC(10Arms) / PPA5500(30Arms) : 0.005deg + (0.01deg/kHz)

PPA5500-HC(50Arms) : 0.01deg + (0.02deg/kHz)
Power Accuracy
10mHz ~ 2MHz[0.03%+0.03%/pf+(0.005%×kHz)/pf] Rdg+0.03%VA Rng
40Hz ~ 850Hz[0.02%+0.03%/pf+(0.005%×kHz)/pf] Rdg+0.01%VA Rng
16Hz ~ 450Hz Low PFSee PPA5500-TE Brochure
General
Crest Factor20 (Voltage and Current)
Sample Rate1Ms/s on all channels, real time No-Gap
IEC Compliant ModesPre Compliant : IEC61000-3-2, IEC61000-3-3, IEC61000-3-11, IEC61000-3-12

Fully Compliant : IEC62301/EN50564 Standby Power Mode
Application ModesPWM Motor Drive, Harmonics and Flicker, Transformer, TTV105 (Airbus ADB0100 Inter harmonics), Ballast, Inrush, Standby Power
CMRR – Common Mode Rejection Ratio250V @ 50Hz – ≥ 1mA (150dB) 100V @ 100kHz – ≥ 3mA (130dB)
Measurement ParametersW, VA, Var, pf, V & A – rms, rectified mean, AC, DC, peak, surge, crest factor, form factor, star to delta conversion, delta to star conversion
Frequency (Hz), Phase (deg), Fundamentals, Impedance
Harmonics, THD, TIF, THF, TRD, TDD
Integrated Values, Datalog, Sum and Neutral Values
Datalog (Up to 4 user selectable measurement functions (60 with PC software)
Datalog windowNo-Gap analysis, Minimum Window 2ms
MemoryRAM up to 10M records into flash RAM (Non Volatile)
Communication PortsRS232, LAN, USB, GPIB, Extension (Aux)
Standard Accessories
LeadsPower, RS232, USB
Connection Cables36A 1.5m long 4mm stackable terminals. 1x red, 1x yellow, 2x black per phase (1x red, 1x black per phase with HC version)
Connection Clips4mm terminated alligator clips – 1x red, 1x yellow and 2x black per phase (1x red, 1x black per phase with HC version)
Instruction manualUser manual, Communications manual
Other documentsCalibration certificate, Quick start guide
Mechanical and Environmental
Display320×240 dot full colour TFT, White LED backlit
Dimensions130H x 400W x 315D mm excluding feet
Weight5.4kg (1 Phase), 6kg (3 Phase)
Safety Isolation1000Vrms or DC (CATII), 600Vrms or DC (CATIII)
Power Supply90 ~ 265Vrms, 50 ~ 60Hz, 40VA Max
Operating Conditions5 deg to 40 deg ambient temperature (or air intake temperature when rack mounted), 20-90% Non-condensing relative humidity.

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