1280Z Electrochemical Test System

The Solartron Analytical 1280Z Electrochemical Test System offers a high accuracy, wide bandwidth potentiostat / galvanostat and a Frequency Response Analyzer (FRA) in a single compact unit.

Measurement Integrity
Central to the measurement capability of 1280Z are two high resolution digital voltmeters which provide simultaneous voltage and current measurements. Using Solartron’s patented pulse width conversion technique, they have high accuracy, stability and linearity throughout the entire range of the instrument.

The 1280Z has excellent measurement resolution and accuracy down to 1 μV for the reference electrodes and 1 pA for the working electrode, which makes it an ideal choice for measurements where signal levels are extremely low.

The 1280Z uses floating measurements on all connections: it is equally at home measuring corrosion rates on grounded oil pipelines as it is in the laboratory. For safety reasons, it is often necessary to ground laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, a major problem if your instrumentation is not capable of floating measurements.

The 1280Z offers complete flexibility for cell connection: 2-, 3- or 4- terminal measurements can be made with equal ease.
  • 2-terminal techniques for general materials / electrochemical testing
  • 3-terminal techniques for corrosion / coating applications
  • 4-terminal techniques for accurate characterization of batteries and fuel cells, enabling lead resistance and impedance effects to be minimized
  • Specifications +

    Measurement Configuration
    Cell connectors 2-, 3- or 4-terminal, all floating
    Working electrode
      Current measurement resistor (Rs) range:
      Full scale current ranges:
      Limit of error:

    0.1 Ω to 1 MΩ
    2 A to 200 nA, maximum resolution 1 pA
    0.1% ± 0.05% of range
    Counter electrode
      Output voltage, wrt LO:
      Current, subject to thermal protection limits:   
      Slew rate, potentiostatic control: 

    >±20 V
    2 A
    10 V/µs
    Reference Electrodes
      Input impedance: 10 GΩ
      Input capacitance: 50 pF
      Max. resolution 1 µV
      Limit of error: 0.1% ±100 µV
    DC Polarization
      Voltage Range ±14.5 V
      Limits of error: V < 3.2 V: 0.2% ±200 µV
    V > 3.2 V: 0.2% ±1.6 mV
      Max resolution: 100 µV
      Current range: ±2 A
      Limit of error: 0.2% ±0.1% of range
      Max resolution: 100 pA
    DC Sweep: (continuous and stepped ramp)
    Type Analog ramp ramp rate (voltage): 10 µV/s to 100 V/s
    Segment duration: 10 ms to 105 s
    Stepped ramp step height: 5 µV/5 pA to 29 V/4 A
    Step duration: 10 ms to 105 s
    AC Polarization
      Waveform Sine
      Frequency range: 1 mHz to 20 kHz

    resolution: 1 part in 4,000
      Amplitude ranges 0 to 10 V peak: 10 mV resolution
    0 to 100 mV peak: 100 µV resolution
      Distortion 1%
      Integration time 0.1 to 10s
      Power supply 90 to 110 VAC, 108 to 132 VAC, 198 to 242 VAC, 216 to 264 VAC 
    48 Hz to 65 Hz
      Power consumption 240 VA
      Dimensions (w x h x d) 437 mm x 198 mm x 457 mm (17.2 in x 7.8 in x 18 in)
      Weight 18.5 kg (41 lb)
      Operating temp. range 0 to 50 ºC (32 to 122 ºF)
  • Accessories +

    • Solartron Power Boosters

      • Up to 100 Volts
      • Up to 100 Amps
      • Wide frequency bandwidth for impedance measurements
      • Operates in boosted or non-boosted mode

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    • 636A Rotating Ring-Disk Electrode (RRDE)

      Rotating Ring-Disk Electrode (RRDE)

      • Disk or Ring-Disk configuration
      • Protective enclosure
      • Remote analog speed control (input is summed with front-panel settings)
      • A variety of disk and ring-disk electrode selections
      • Interchangeable electrode assemblies in either disk or cylinder configurations for corrosion studies
      • On/off and Rotational Rate Control

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    • 616A Rotating Disk Electrode

      Rotating Disk Electrode

      • Front-panel speed controls
      • Protective enclosure
      • Remote analog speed control (input is summed with front-panel settings)
      • Front-panel and remote (TTL) on/off switching
      • Remote analog output for speed verification
      • Integral ring-stand for convenient cell mounting

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    • K0235 Flat Cell Kit

      • Optimal construction for corrosion/coatings studies of flat specimens having a range of sizes and geometry

      • Specially designed gasket to minimize crevice corrosion

      • Platinum mesh counter electrode and Ag/AgCl reference electrode included

      • Exposed sample area is 1 cm2 with an option for a larger exposed area of 12.6 cm2

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    • K0047 Corrosion Cell Kit

      • Ideal for corrosion analysis of cylindrical metal specimens with an optional sample holder to accommodate flat specimens

      • Cell configuration is modeled after a design commonly found in many ASTM standards

      • Supplied with graphite counter electrodes and saturated calomel reference electrode (SCE) 

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    • RDE0018 Analytical Cell Kit

      • Designed with two cell top configurations, one for general use and the other for accommodating a rotating electrode (RDE, RRDE, RCE) connected to the 616 or 636 A/B rotator

      • Supplied with a platinum wire counter electrode and Ag/AgCl reference electrode

      • Standard 14/20 tapper joints can accommodate a variety of working electrodes and reference electrode chemistries

      • Operates with solution volumes from 5 – 50 mL

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    • K0264 Micro-Cell Kit

      • Intended to be used for any application where solution volume is limited, requiring volumes ranging from 3 to 15 mL

      • Purge tube assembly provided for bubbling or blanketing the solution with inert gas

      • Platinum wire counter electrode and Ag/AgCl reference electrode included

      • Compatible with a range of working electrode materials available in two sizes: 2 mm or 10 µm diameter

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    • K0307 Tait Cell Kit

      • Designed specifically for corrosion studies on flat specimens under conditions where typical reference electrodes are incompatible

      • Hastelloy C-276 reference and counter electrodes included

      • Exposed sample area of 32 cm2

      • Holds volumes as low as 80 mL

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    • Faraday Cage

      • Designed to shield anything housed in the cage from the effects of external electric fields, thereby reducing noise from interfering with the experiment
      • Standard faraday cage is 27 x 30 x 41 cm and is large enough to accommodate the VersaSTAT LC
      • An oversized faraday cage designed for use with the VersaSCAN is also available

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  • Options +

    560 001 160 National Instruments USB-GPIB Adapter
    31203B Shielded GPIB cable 6' (2 meter)
  • Software +

    • CorrWare/CorrView Software

      • Wide range of DC electrochemistry techniques including cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic, potentiostatic, galvanodynamic, potentiodynamic, E&I noise, etc.
      • Full support of 12xx series potentiostats including 1287A, 1285A and 1280Z
      • Integration with ZPlot software and Solartron 12xx FRAs for impedance
      • Full support of Power Boosters up to 100 V and 100 A for testing high power batteries/ fuel cells and for anodization and electroplating.

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    • ZPlot Software

      • Wide range of potentiostatic and galvanostatic electrochemical techniques, including cyclic voltammetry, galvanic pulse, impedance, AC voltammetry and Mott-Schottky
      • Full support of 12xx series Impedance and Frequency Response Analyzers including 1260A, 1255B, 1252A, 1250E, 1253A
      • Full support of Power Boosters up to 100 V and 100 A for DC and EIS testing of high power batteries/ fuel cells and for anodization and electroplating

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    • ZView Software

      • ZView is the companion EIS data analysis software for ZPlot
      • Multiple display formats (impedance, admittance, capacitance, permittivity and electrical modulus)
      • Comprehensive data analysis capabilities include an extensive library of equivalent circuit data fit models – R, C, L, Warburg, Distributed Elements

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