4300C Programmable Micro-Ohmmeter

$4,995

The 4300C Digital Micro-Ohmmeter measures a variety of low-resistance devices ranging in value from 100nΩ to 20kΩ. The flexible measurement format of the 4300C provides six ranges of user selectable test current (from .1mA to 10A) and three voltage sensitivity settings (20mV, 200mV and 2V). The unit’s 4½ digit resistance readings are displayed on a high contrast LCD display and are optionally available via optional BCD, RS-232 or GPIB interface.

  • Test Current to 10 Amps
  • High Compliance Voltage
  • Temperature Compensation Mode (TCM)
  • On/Off Control of Test Current
  • 4-Wire Kelvin
  • Measurement Ranges from 2mΩ to 30kΩ
  • 3 Selectable Pre-Amp Ranges
  • 6 Selectable Test Current Ranges
  • VFD Display w/Adjustable Intensity
  • Hi-LO Resistance Limit Comparator
  • Printout/Log Function
  • Run/Hold w/Peak Detector
  • GPIB-USB-BCD

Performance That Conquers Any Resistance

4300C Programmable Digital Micro-Ohmmeter

Features of the 4300C include four terminal compensation, a very low 2mΩ range, selectable test current levels (up to 10 amps), a fast-settling charge inductor mode, safety disconnect status indicators, automatic temperature compensation, a basic accuracy of ±0.03% and a push button or GPIB controlled current on/off selector.

Extraordinary Features

  • User-selectable test-current up to 10A
  • Boosted compliance voltage mode for rapid charging of motors and transformers
  • “Safe to Disconnect” status indicators
  • Test-current “On/Off” switch
  • Selectable voltage sensitivity – 1μV, 10μV, 100μV
  • 18 voltage sense/current combination provide optimal measurement conditions
  • Selectable display refresh (100ms-to-500ms) with variable intensity
  • RS-232 serial interface
  • Programmable-automatic temperature compensation
  • Built-in limit comparator with visual-acoustic indications and rear panel relay terminals
  • Run/Hold w/Peak Detector
  • Print/Log Function

Transformers, Motors, Cables, and More

The 4300C is the perfect instrument for tackling ultra-low resistance testing requirements associated with motors, transformers, fuses, connectors, breakers, bonding/weld resistance, and many other applications. For rapid testing of inductive loads the 4300C’s charge inductor mode provides in excess of 20V compliance. This model reduces the settling time by a factor of 5:1 on inductive loads. The result is valid readings in minutes instead of hours when testing 400MW utility transformers. A solid-state “Crowbar” design provides front-end protection for up to 500 amps of induced current.

Automatic Temperature Compensation

Copper and aluminum will exhibit approximately a 0.4% change in resistance for a 1°C change in ambient temperature. When in Automatic Temperature Compensation mode (TCM), the Valhalla 4300C temperature sensor automatically senses the ambient temperature and references the resistance value of the test item equivalent to being in a 20° C controlled environment. A 10° C change in ambient (i.e. open air, shop floor) provides a 4% change in the resistance of a copper item. Without this “TCM” feature, a micro-ohmmeter which may be 0.02% accurate may be making a 5-10% resistance measurement error when measuring copper or aluminum (i.e., transformer wire) material.

Virtually all competitive micro-ohmmeters lack copper or aluminum (TCM) ambient temperature coefficient of resistivity compensation. Ambient temperature can have drastic effect on the resistivity of a conductor. Without temperature compensation, materials can easily be erroneously classified during the resistance testing process. Correcting the resistance measurement on copper conductors, while ambient temperature varies makes “TCM” a very useful feature.

Large Inductor Resistance Measurement

The 4300C’s 10A current source is ideal for low resistance inductors such as utility transformers. Combining the current output with boosted compliance voltage (>20 VDC) enables rapid stable resistance readings in seconds, not hours. Having unique features like Automatic Temperature Compensation, High Level Current Sourcing (10A) with High Compliance Drive circuitry and 18 combinations of Voltage / Current Range Selectivity, the 4300C Digital Micro-ohmmeter is second to none.

Charging Inductor Mode Indicator

The Valhalla 4300C charging inductor mode LED, indicates when the unit’s current source compliance voltage is exceeded. The 4300C “Boost Mode” then increases the compliance voltage to exceed 20V output to reduce the settling time (charges the inductance) when inductive loads (i.e. large transformers) are being measured.

#
Range
Test Voltage
Full Scale
Resolution
Test Current
Accuracy
(± % reading ± Ω)
Temperature Coefficient
TCM Mode Accuracy
(± % reading ± % ΔT)
1 2mΩ 20mV 2.0000mΩ 100nΩ 10A ± .06 ± .0006m ±50ppm/°C ± .11 ± .0006m
2 20mΩ 20mV 20.000mΩ 1µΩ 1A ± .04 ± .006m ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .006m
3 200mΩ 20mV 200.00mΩ 10µΩ 0.1A ± .04 ± .06m ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .06m
4 20mV 2.0000Ω 100µΩ 10mA ± .04 ± .0006 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .0006
5 20Ω 20mV 20.000Ω 1mΩ 1mA ± .04 ± .006 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .006
6 200Ω 20mV 200.00Ω 10mΩ 0.1mA ± .04 ± .06 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .06
7 20mΩ 200mV 20.000mΩ 1µΩ 10A ± .06 ± .003m ±50ppm/°C ± .11 ± .003m
8 200mΩ 200mV 200.00mΩ 10µΩ 1A ± .04 ± .03m ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .03m
9 200mV 2.0000Ω 100µΩ 0.1A ± .04 ± .0003 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .0003
10 20Ω 200mV 20.000Ω 1mΩ 10mA ± .04 ± .003 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .003
11 200Ω 200mV 200.00Ω 10mΩ 1mA ± .04 ± .03 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .03
12 2kΩ 200mV 2.0000kΩ 100mΩ 0.1mA ± .04 ± .0003k ±50ppm/°C  ± .09 ± .0003k
13 200mΩ 2V 200.00mΩ 10µΩ 10A ± .06 ± .03m ±50ppm/°C ± .11 ± .03m
14 2V 2.0000Ω 100µΩ 1A ± .04 ± .0003 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .0003
15 20Ω 2V 20.000Ω 1mΩ 0.1A ± .04 ± .003 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .003
16 200Ω 2V 200.00Ω 10mΩ 10mA ± .04 ± .03 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .03
17 2kΩ 2V 2.0000kΩ 100mΩ 1mA ± .04 ± .0003k ±50ppm/°C  ± .09 ± .0003k
18 20kΩ 2V 20.000kΩ 0.1mA ± .04 ± .003k ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .003k

Other Features

The Model 4300C can also be programmed for Hi-Lo limit comparison. Three front panel LEDs allow a visual of the result and a rear panel relay closure screw terminal block can be used to implement an automated batch sorting system for components or products, operate counters, sound alarms or shut off a process. A Run/Hold function is also a standard feature of the 4300C. The user can program this function as a peak hi or peak low detector. Measurements may be printed or logged and viewed in a spread sheet by using the Print/Log feature also standard with the Model 4300C.

Range Specifications

#
Range
Test Voltage
Full Scale
Resolution
Test Current1
Accuracy2
(± % reading ± Ω)
Temperature Coefficient3
TCM Mode Accuracy4
(± % reading ± % ΔT)
1 2mΩ 20mV 2.0000mΩ 100nΩ 10A ± .06 ± .0006m ±50ppm/°C ± .11 ± .0006m
2 20mΩ 20mV 20.000mΩ 1µΩ 1A ± .04 ± .006m ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .006m
3 200mΩ 20mV 200.00mΩ 10µΩ 0.1A ± .04 ± .06m ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .06m
4 20mV 2.0000Ω 100µΩ 10mA ± .04 ± .0006 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .0006
5 20Ω 20mV 20.000Ω 1mΩ 1mA ± .04 ± .006 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .006
6 200Ω 20mV 200.00Ω 10mΩ 0.1mA ± .04 ± .06 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .06
7 20mΩ 200mV 20.000mΩ 1µΩ 10A ± .06 ± .003m ±50ppm/°C ± .11 ± .003m
8 200mΩ 200mV 200.00mΩ 10µΩ 1A ± .04 ± .03m ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .03m
9 200mV 2.0000Ω 100µΩ 0.1A ± .04 ± .0003 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .0003
10 20Ω 200mV 20.000Ω 1mΩ 10mA ± .04 ± .003 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .003
11 200Ω 200mV 200.00Ω 10mΩ 1mA ± .04 ± .03 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .03
12 2kΩ 200mV 2.0000kΩ 100mΩ 0.1mA ± .04 ± .0003k ±50ppm/°C  ± .09 ± .0003k
13 200mΩ 2V 200.00mΩ 10µΩ 10A ± .06 ± .03m ±50ppm/°C ± .11 ± .03m
14 2V 2.0000Ω 100µΩ 1A ± .04 ± .0003 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .0003
15 20Ω 2V 20.000Ω 1mΩ 0.1A ± .04 ± .003 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .003
16 200Ω 2V 200.00Ω 10mΩ 10mA ± .04 ± .03 ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .03
17 2kΩ 2V 2.0000kΩ 100mΩ 1mA ± .04 ± .0003k ±50ppm/°C  ± .09 ± .0003k
18 20kΩ 2V 20.000kΩ 0.1mA ± .04 ± .003k ±50ppm/°C ± .09 ± .003k

 
1Current source is ±1% absolute accuracy
2Accuracy specs are valid following a 30 minute warm-up at an ambient temperature between 22°C and 28°C, and include the effects of line voltage variations within the allowed range.
3Temp. Coefficient specified for temp. ranges from 5°C to 21°C and 29°C to 50°C.
4Accuracy specifications valid following a 30 minute warm-up at an ambient temperature between 21°C and 29°C.

Product Specifications

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 17 × 11.5 × 4 in
Operating Temperature Range

0°C to 50°C

Storage Temperature Range

-40°C to 85°C

Humidity

80% RH max @ 40°C (non-condensing)

Power Requirements

115VAC or 230VAC ±10%

Display Type

Overload Indication

Display flashes

Terminal Configuration

4-Wire Kelvin

Conversion Rate

45 Readings/Second

Max Kickback Protection

500A Peak Induced Current

Compl. Voltage (Charging Inductor Mode)

20 VDC (Indicator On)

Compl. Voltage (Normal Mode)

7.5 VDC Nominal @ 10A Resistive

Test-Current Polarity

Positive

Open Circuit Voltage (Test Current Off)

< 20mV

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