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Go Direct® Electrode Amplifier User Manual

Go Direct® Electrode Amplifier

Use our Go Direct Electrode Amplifier to collect data with almost any electrode that has a BNC connector. This includes electrodes from Vernier, such as our pH electrodes, ion-selective electrodes (ISE), or oxidation-reduction potential (ORP) electrode. The Go Direct Electrode Amplifier can produce an output in mV, pH (when using a pH electrode).

Note: Vernier products are designed for educational use. Our products are not designed nor are they recommended for any industrial, medical, or commercial process such as life support, patient diagnosis, control of a manufacturing process, or industrial testing of any kind.

What's Included

  • Go Direct Electrode Amplifier
  • Micro USB Cable

Compatible Software

The Go Direct® Electrode Amplifier may require a compatible interface and software. Choose a platform below to see compatible interface and software options.

Getting Started

Please see the following link for platform-specific connection information:

www.vernier.com/start/gdx-ea

Bluetooth Connection

USB Connection

  1. Connect a BNC electrode to the amplifier.
  2. Install Graphical Analysis 4 on your computer, Chromebook™, or mobile device. See www.vernier.com/ga4 for software availability.
  3. Charge your sensor for at least 2 hours before first use.
  4. Turn on your sensor by pressing the power button once. The Bluetooth® LED will blink red.
  5. Launch Graphical Analysis 4.
  6. Click or tap Sensor Data Collection.
  7. Click or tap your Go Direct sensor from the list of Discovered Wireless Devices. Your sensor's ID is located near the barcode on the sensor. The Bluetooth LED will blink green when it is successfully connected.
  8. This is a multi-channel sensor. The active channel is listed in the Connected Devices Sensor Channels list. To change channels, select the check box next to the Sensor Channel(s) you would like to activate.
  9. Click or tap Done to enter data‑collection mode.
  1. Connect a BNC electrode to the amplifier.
  2. If using a computer or Chromebook, install Graphical Analysis 4. If using LabQuest 2, make sure LabQuest App is up to date. See www.vernier.com/ga4 for Graphical Analysis 4 availability or www.vernier.com/downloads to update LabQuest App.
  3. Connect the sensor to the USB port.
  4. Launch Graphical Analysis 4 or turn on LabQuest 2. You are now ready to collect data.
  5. This is a multi-channel sensor. To change the default channel selections, see www.vernier.com/start/gdx-ea

Charging the Sensor

Connect the Go Direct Electrode Amplifier to the included USB micro cable and any USB device for two hours.

You can also charge up to eight Go Direct Electrode Amplifiers using our Go Direct Charge Station, sold separately (order code: GDX-CRG).

Charging

Blue LED is on steady while sensor is connected to the Charging Cable or Charge Station.

Fully charged

Blue LED is off when charging is complete.

Powering the Sensor

Turning on the sensor

Press button once. Red LED indicator flashes when unit is on.

Putting the sensor in sleep mode

Press and hold button for more than three seconds to put into sleep mode. Red LED indicator stops flashing when sleeping.

Connecting the Sensor

See the following link for up-to-date connection information:

www.vernier.com/start/gdx-ea

Connecting via Bluetooth

Ready to connect Red LED flashes when sensor is awake and ready to connect.
Connected Green LED flashes when sensor is connected via Bluetooth.

Connecting via USB

Connected and charging Blue and Green LEDs are solid when sensor is connected to Graphical Analysis via USB and unit is charging. (Green LED is obscured by the blue one.)
Connected, fully charged Green LED is solid when sensor is connected to Graphical Analysis via USB and the unit is fully charged.
Charging via USB,
connected via Bluetooth
Blue LED is solid and green LED is flashing, but the green flashing LED looks white because it is overwhelmed by the blue.

Using the Product

Connect the sensor following the steps in the Getting Started section of this user manual.

Channels

Go Direct Electrode Amplifier has two measurement channels:

  • Potential
  • pH

Calibration

If a pH electrode is attached, a two-point calibration is recommended for the most accurate results. It is a simple process that takes only a few minutes. For additional calibration information, see www.vernier.com/til/4011

In order to calibrate a pH electrode/electrode amplifier combination, or to confirm that a saved pH calibration is accurate, you should have a supply of pH buffer solutions that cover the range of the pH values you will be measuring. For more information about pH buffer solutions, including recipes for preparation, see www.vernier.com/til/3625

Once you have calibrated a Go Direct sensor, the calibration is automatically stored to the sensor and will be used each time you connect to your device. You can always choose to restore factory defaults if you feel the custom calibration is invalid.

If an ORP or ion-selective electrode is connected and you are measuring potential, calibration is not required. Calibration is disabled in this mode to ensure the best results.

Specifications

Range

–1000 mV to +1000 mV

Resolution

0.01 mV

USB specification

2.0

Wireless specification

Bluetooth 4.2

Maximum wireless range

30 m

Dimensions

8.5 cm × 3.5 cm × 1.75 cm

Battery

300 mA Li-Poly

Battery life (single full charge)

~24 hours

Battery life (long term)

~500 full charge cycles (several years depending on usage)

Care and Maintenance

Battery Information

Go Direct Electrode Amplifier contains a small lithium-ion battery in the handle. The system is designed to consume very little power and not put heavy demands on the battery. Although the battery is warranted for one year, the expected battery life should be several years. Replacement batteries are available from Vernier (order code: GDX-BAT-300).

Storage and Maintenance

To store Go Direct Electrode Amplifier for extended periods of time, put the device in sleep mode by holding the power button down for at least three seconds. The red LED will stop flashing to show that the unit is in sleep mode. Over several months, the battery will discharge but will not be damaged. After such storage, charge the device for a few hours, and the unit will be ready to go.

Exposing the battery to temperatures over 35°C (95°F) will reduce its lifespan. If possible, store the device in an area that is not exposed to temperature extremes.

Water Resistance

Go Direct Electrode Amplifier is not water resistant and should never be immersed in water.

If water gets into the device, immediately power the unit down (press and hold the power button for more than three seconds). Disconnect the sensor and charging cable, and remove the battery. Allow the device to dry thoroughly before attempting to use the device again. Do not attempt to dry using an external heat source.

How the Sensor Works

Go Direct Electrode Amplifier is a circuit that allows the voltage output of the electrode to be monitored. The electrode is connected to the BNC connector on one end of the amplifier.

Go Direct Electrode Amplifier will default to report values in units of pH. If an ORP or ISE electrode is attached, however, you can choose to read in units of mV. For additional information, see www.vernier.com/til/3984

Troubleshooting

For troubleshooting and FAQs, see www.vernier.com/til/3858

Repair Information

If you have followed the troubleshooting steps and are still having trouble with your Go Direct Electrode Amplifier, contact Vernier Technical Support at support@vernier.com or call 888-837-6437. Support specialists will work with you to determine if the unit needs to be sent in for repair. At that time, a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number will be issued and instructions will be communicated on how to return the unit for repair.

Accessories/Replacements

Warranty

Vernier warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of five years from the date of shipment to the customer. This warranty does not cover damage to the product caused by abuse or improper use. This warranty covers educational institutions only.

Disposal

When disposing of this electronic product, do not treat it as household waste. Its disposal is subject to regulations that vary by country and region. This item should be given to an applicable collection point for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment. By ensuring that this product is disposed of correctly, you help prevent potential negative consequences on human health or on the environment. The recycling of materials will help to conserve natural resources. For more detailed information about recycling this product, contact your local city office or your disposal service.

Battery recycling information is available at www.call2recycle.org

Do not puncture or expose the battery to excessive heat or flame.

The symbol, shown here, indicates that this product must not be disposed of in a standard waste container.

Contact Support

Fill out our online support form or call us toll-free at 1-888-837-6437.

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