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6430 support

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6430 support

Post by erton24 » October 12th, 2012, 11:54 am

I want to use the 6430 to test a battery like system. I started with the labtracer 2 program. I could get it to loop either a charging or discharging phase, but not both in the same test. So I tried to write a script in test script builder, but when I try to connect the program to the instrument it throws errors of -420 and -111. I realize the program does not support this model, but I tried anyways. Is there some program to tell the instrument to charge and then discharge then loop this over and over?

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Re: 6430 support

Post by Dale C » October 12th, 2012, 12:05 pm

No specific program that configures the Model 6430 to charge and discharge over and over in a loop.
Labtracer is good but will eventually stop. it is not designed for this application.
You are correct this unit does not respond to "scripts" like in the 2600A series.

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Re: 6430 support

Post by erton24 » October 12th, 2012, 12:12 pm

Any suggestions on how I can get this unit to complete a charge and discharge cycle in a loop in one test?

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Re: 6430 support

Post by Dale C » October 15th, 2012, 7:41 am

My thought is to run a SOURCE MEMORY sweep. This is the predecessor to the scripting capability of the 2600As.
With a SOURCE MEMORY sweep each step can have it's own configuration.
By this I mean one location/step in the sweep can be set to sourcing current and reading voltage.
The next location/step could be sourcing voltage and reading current.
Each step can be completely different.
For your application you could set up the first location to have the configuration to "charge" the battery.
The next location can be configured to discharge the battery.

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