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CellTest Multichannel Potentiostat

CellTest System is a 8-channel high current system with options for Solartron Analytical EIS performance 

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 CellTest Software
  • Highlights +

    • ± 4 A per channel, able to be in parallel to 32 A
    • Solartron Analytical EIS performance in simultaneous (1400, 1451/1455) mode or sequential (stand-alone FRA)
    • Auxiliary measurement channels for multiple anode/cathode electrode investigations (AC/DC)
    • Wide range of external boosters
    • CellTest impedance accuracy contour plot highlights Solartron's best in class measurement performance.
  • Overview +

    CellTest 1470E

    The Solartron Analytical CellTest System is a multi-channel test system designed for the complete DC and impedance characterization of a wide range of energy storage devices such as batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors. The speed, range and resolution of the CellTest system also make it suited to other research applications including the analysis of sensors, coatings, corrosion and general electrochemical applications.

    The CellTest system consists of one or more 1470E multi-channel potentiostats and multiple 1455A/1451A series frequency response analyzers (FRAs) connected to a computer providing simultaneous DC and impedance tests on multiple cells. Each 1470E unit provides eight fully independent floating potentiostats, allowing up to eight separate cells to be tested simultaneously. Each channel is completely independent allowing the same or quite different experiments to be run on each cell.

    Simultaneous Impedance

    Simultaneous Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) tests can be run on multiple cells by connecting Solartron 1455A/1451A series frequency response analyzer (FRA) modules to the 1470E. These FRAs can operate in single sine correlation or multi-sine / Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis mode, providing the ultimate in speed, precision and accuracy. The 1455A FRA provides high performance impedance measurements over the frequency range 10 μHz to 1 MHz, while the 1451A FRA operates from 10 μHz to 100 kHz.

    Temperature controlled ovens and furnaces can be added to the system and automatically controlled from the PC over a serial communications link, providing the facility to test cells at different temperatures (for example for testing solid oxide fuel cells at up to 1000 °C).

    Ethernet control

    The 1470E and 1455A/1451A FRA units are Ethernet controlled providing either local or remote control of the instrumentation from a PC connected anywhere on the same Ethernet network. This allows experiments to be set-up and run from a quiet office environment while the test equipment and cells are located quite separately in another room or building. The Solartron CellTest system is the most advanced multi-channel battery, fuel cell, supercapacitor test system available, giving the ultimate in DC and impedance test performance.

    Multiplexed Impedance

    As a lower price option 1470E can operate with 1260A Impdance Analyzer or any Solartron Analytical Frequency Response Analyzer (FRA) to provide impedance measurements using 1470E's built-in multiplexer.  This provides the same EIS accuracy and is applicable where occasional EIS measurements are needed while channels are cycling DC.   This requires the system to operate in GPIB control mode (not Ethernet).

  • Applications and Software +

    The CellTest system provides a wide range of experimental techniques, including charge / discharge, potentiostatic, potentiodynamic, galvanostatic, galvanodynamic, fast cyclic voltammetry, open circuit, fast pulse and step techniques, ohmic-drop analysis and impedance.

    CellTest can operate in two different software options:  CellTest and MultiStat.  CellTest is designed for characterization of energy devices.  MultiStat has a similar layout to the popular CorrWare and ZPLOT packages.

  • Brochure and Manual +

  • Differentiated Specifications +

     Specifications  PARSTAT MC
    Max Current Output  ± 1 A, per channel  ± 2 A ± 1 A   ± 4 A 
    Compliance Voltage  ± 10 V  ± 12 V ± 30 V    ± 10 V
    Min Current Range ± 2 µA
    (238 fA resolution)
     ± 4 nA to ± 4 pA
    (122 fA, 122 aA)
    ± 4 nA
    (122 fA resolution)
       ± 50 µA 
    Communication Protocol  USB    Ethernet or GPIB
    Software VersaStudio - EIS +
    Core DC
    VersaStudio -
    Fully Enabled,  
    VersaStudio -
    Fully Enabled,  
    Advanced Features 2-Channels per Module
    24-bits ADCs
    Low Current Interface 
    6-WIRE Standard
    EIS to 7 MHz
      MultiSine EIS
    Temperature Monitor
    Booster to 100 A
  • External Power Booster Options +

    External Power Booster Options

     Power Booster PART NUMBER Voltage, Current, Power
    BOOST6V100A Power Booster 6V, 100A 
    BOOST8V50A Power Booster 8V, 50A
    BOOST10V60A Power Booster 10V, 60A
    BOOST12V20A Power Booster  12V, 20A
    BOOST24V10A Power Booster 24V, 10A
    BOOST50V5A Power Booster 50V, 5A 
    BOOST50V25A Power Booster 50V, 25A , 125 W
    BOOST100V3A Power Booster 100V, 3A 
  • CellTest Options for Configuration +

    The following are Part Numbers, Description and Notes for configuring the CellTest 

    1470E 8 channel potentiostat / galvanostat
    (includes CellTest software and 147001A cables) 
    147001A Set of 8 cables for 1470A, 1480A & 1470E (1m) -
    included with 1470E 
    147002A Set of 8 cables for 1470A, 1480A & 1470E (2m)
    147009A Rack Mounting for 1470A, 1480A & 1470E 
    CellTest 1470E Options
    14703A 8 channel temperature & control option for 1470E 
    14702A 8 channel auxiliary voltage option for 1470A/1480A/1470E
    [available only with 14701A or 14703A] 
    147021A 8 channel auxiliary voltage cable set (1m).
    For use with 14702A 
    147022A   8 channel auxiliary voltage cable set (2m).
    For use with 14702A  
    CellTest 14xx Series Multi-Channel Parallel FRAs  
     1400A 8-slot chassis for up to 8 model 1455A/1451A FRA modules  
     1455A  FRA (1MHz) module  
     1451A  FRA (100kHz) module  

    1470E may be controlled via Ethernet or GPIB as preferred (GPIB requires internal card or USB-GPIB adapter fitted to
    the PC). For longer cables, contact your local Solartron office.

    When connected via Ethernet, 1455A/1451A parallel FRAs may be used (one per channel)
    When connected via GPIB, 12xx series FRAs can be used via 1470E's built-in multiplexer
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  • Video +

    Watch video demonstrations of the CellTest Multichannel Potentiostat

  • Optional Software +

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      MultiStat Software

      Full support of potentiostatic and galvanostatic electrochemical techniques for the Solartron Analytical CellTest Systems.

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    • ZView Software
      ZView Software

      Companion EIS data analysis software for ZPlot and other related packages, offering best-in-class equivalent circuit modeling

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