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Solartron Power Boosters

Solartron Power Boosters

Maximum applied polarization and compliance 100 V / 100 A
  • Frequency range 10 µHz to 100 kHz
  • Compatible with Solartron potentiostats including: ModuLab XM ECS, EnergyLab XM, EchemLab XM, SolarLab XM, 1280Z, 1285A, 1287A, 1470E, 1480A and 1470A
  • Compatible with Solartron FRAs including: ModuLab XM ECS, EnergyLab XM, EchemLab XM, SolarLab XM, 1250E, 1252A, 1253A, 1255, 1260A, 1455A, 1451A (with appropriate potentiostat)
  • Compatible with the following software packages: XM-studio, CellTest®, MultiStat, ZPlot/CorrWare, ZPlot.Lab
Applications include:
  • Development of energy sources for laptop PCs, mobile phones and power tools.
  • Fuel cell and supercapacitor research for electric vehicle or standby power.
  • Battery research including the new generation 42 V lead acid automotive batteries.
  • Electrochemical etching and electroplating.
For DC test work, an extensive range of techniques are available for use with these boosters.
  • potentiostatic/galvanostatic
  • cyclic voltammetry
  • ohmic drop
  • high-speed voltage/current pulse techniques (e.g. for testing GMS mobile phone and satellite communication energy storage devices)
When used for measuring AC impedance, the following analysis techniques are available depending on the chosen configuration of potentiostat and FRA:
  • Swept sine analysis - for ultimate accuracy and repeatibility
  • Multi-sine / Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) - for fast impedance analysis
  • Harmonic analysis - for optimization of stimulus levels and detection of noise and interference
The frequency range of the power booster is 10 µHz to 100 kHz allowing a wide range of energy storage devices to be characterized over their full frequency range.

These power boosters are fully integrated with the full range of Solartron single and multi-channel software packages. All scaling factors and control issues are taken care of by the software.

High Performance . . .
These power boosters are designed to operate with Solartron single and multi-channel potentiostats.
  • Floating design - enables tests on grounded cells
  • Simultaneous DC and impedance tests on short stack fuel cells and individual cells within the stack (depending on potentiostat capability)
  • Choice of models with up to 100 V / 100 A range
  • 100 kHz impedance measurement bandwidth for SOFC and other high frequency applications
  • Automatically controlled by the potentiostat
Choice of Models
The following models are available:
Model Number
Boost 6V100A**
Boost 8V50A**
Boost 10V60A**
Boost 12V20A   
Boost 24V10A
Boost 50V5A
Boost 100V3A
Boost 50V25A*
    Output Range
+6 V / -2 V,      ±100 A
+8 V / -2 V,      ±50 A
+10 V / -2 V,    ±60 A
+12 V / -3 V,    ±20 A
+24 V / -3 V,    ±10 A
+50 V / -3 V,    ±5 A
+100 V / -3 V,  ±3 A
+50 V / -3 V,    0 to -25A
** High power charge / discharge models
*   Discharge mode only, for fuel cell tests, maximum power 125 W
     Others are medium power charge / discharge models
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    Voltage Drive
    Maximum Voltage Depends on booster model up to 100 V
    Voltage Scaling 100 V model x13.5
    6V, 8V models x1
    Other models x10
    Voltage Ranges Selected by potentiostat
    Voltage Accuracy ±0.1% of full scale 
    Voltage Monitor
    Scaling 100 V model 1/13.5
    6V, 8V models 1/1
    Other models 1/10
    Ranges 100 V model 3.7 V
    6 V, 8 V models direct cell connections
    Other models 0 to 5 V
    Current Drive
    Maximum Current Depends on booster model up to 100 A
    Current Scaling 6 V, 8 V models x10,000
    Other models x1,000
    Current Ranges Selected by potentiostat
    Current Accuracy ±0.1% of full scale
    Current Monitor
    Scaling 6 V, 8 V models 1/10,000 of Cell Current 
    Other models 1/1000 of Cell Current
    6 V, 8 V models 0 to ±10 mA corresponds to 0 to ±100 A
    Other models 0 to ±25 mA corresponds to 0 to ±25 A
    Cell Connections
    Drive 2 x 4 mm banana plug (high power models screw terminals)
    Sense 2 x 4 mm banana plug
    Potentiostat Connections (included) 
    Potentiostat Cables
    Cable Set for - ModuLab XM ECS, EnergyLab XM, EchemLab XM, SolarLab XM
    - 1287A, 1285A, 1280Z
    - Cell Test System 1470E 
    Front Panel Controls
    Stop Button Mechanical latching
    Power Consumption Medium power models 500 VA
    High power models 1500 VA
    Supply (single phase) 47-63 Hz, 90 V to 264 V
    Dimensions (w x h x d) Medium power models:
    8.25 in (210 mm),
    10 in (254 mm),
    17.75 in (451 mm)

    High power models:
    19 in (483 mm),
    15.4 in (390 mm),
    24.8 in (630 mm)
    Weight Medium power models 13.5 kg (30 lbs)
    High power models 35 kg (77 lbs)

    0 to +5 V
    0 to +5 V