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Vernier Energy Sensor

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The Vernier Energy Sensor offers an easy way to quantify voltage, current, power, and energy output of small wind turbines and solar panels such as those used in our KidWind Experiment Kits.

Description

Setting up a circuit to study renewable energy systems such as wind turbines or solar panels is easy with the Vernier Energy Sensor. Simply connect a source such as a small wind turbine or solar panel to one side and a load such as the Variable Load or a resistor on Vernier Resistor Board to the other side.

The Energy Sensor measures the current and voltage of the system. Data-collection and analysis software, such as Logger Pro or LabQuest App can then calculate the power and energy output.

Sample Data

Videos

Specifications

  • Source Input Potential Range: ± 30 V
  • Source Input Current Range: ± 1000 mA
Download the user manual for full specifications

Experiments and Lab Ideas

Select a lab book to see a list of experiments and more information.

Lab Ideas and Innovative Uses

Do you have an innovative use for Vernier technology? What about a favorite lab or demo? We love to hear what creative uses people have for our products. Please email them to innovativeuses@vernier.com

Compatibility Requirements

The Vernier Energy Sensor may require a compatible interface and software. Choose a platform below to see compatible interface and software options.

  • LabQuest 2
    LabQuest 2

    Full Support

    The Vernier Energy Sensor is fully supported with LabQuest 2 (version 2.7.1), a standalone data logger with built-in graphing and analysis software.

    Learn more about LabQuest 2 »

  • Computers
    Computers

    Software
    InterfaceGraphical Analysis for ComputersVersion 4.0Logger ProVersion 3.13Logger LiteVersion 1.9
    LabQuest MiniPartial support 1Full supportFull support
    LabQuest 2Full support 1 2Full supportFull support
    LabQuest StreamPartial support 1 3Full supportFull support 4
    Go!LinkPartial support 5Partial support 5Partial support 5
    Original LabQuest(discontinued)Partial support 1Full supportFull support
    LabPro(discontinued)IncompatibleFull supportFull support

    Compatibility Notes

    1. Software cannot calculate resistance or power data.
    2. Full support of this sensor is only available when LabQuest 2 is connected to a computer or Chromebook via Wireless Data Sharing. Future software updates will support the use of this sensor with LabQuest connected via USB to computers or Chromebooks.
    3. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
    4. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Wireless connection is not supported.
    5. This interface can collect voltage data or current data but not both simultaneously. Software cannot calculate resistance and power data.
  • Chromebook
    Chromebook

    Software
    InterfaceGraphical Analysis for ChromeVersion 2.7.3
    LabQuest MiniPartial support 1
    LabQuest 2Full support 1 2
    LabQuest StreamPartial support 1 3
    Go!LinkPartial support 4
    Original LabQuest(discontinued)Partial support 1

    Compatibility Notes

    1. Software cannot calculate resistance or power data.
    2. Full support of this sensor is only available when LabQuest 2 is connected to a computer or Chromebook via Wireless Data Sharing. Future software updates will support the use of this sensor with LabQuest connected via USB to computers or Chromebooks.
    3. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
    4. This interface can collect voltage data or current data but not both simultaneously. Software cannot calculate resistance and power data.
  • Mobile Devices
    Mobile Devices

    Software
    InterfaceGraphical Analysis for iOSVersion 3.2Graphical Analysis for AndroidVersion 3.1.1Google Science JournalVersion 1.2.220
    LabQuest StreamPartial support 1Partial support 1Incompatible
    LabQuest 2Full support 2Full support 2Incompatible
    Go Wireless® LinkPartial support 3Partial support 3Partial support 3

    Compatibility Notes

    1. Software cannot calculate resistance or power data.
    2. Mobile devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 via Wireless Data Sharing.
    3. This interface can collect voltage data or current data but not both simultaneously. Software cannot calculate resistance and power data.
  • Additional Platforms
    Additional Platforms

    You can also use the Vernier Energy Sensor with these platforms:

What’s Included

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