Digital Control Unit

Digital Control Unit

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Digital Control Unit

$61.00

The Digital Control Unit (DCU) makes it easy to use the digital output lines of an interface to control DC electrical devices.

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Including a DCU with your standard Vernier sensors provides a perfect way to implement Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the classroom. The engaging quality of DCU projects will appeal to students who may not necessarily be drawn to engineering or computer programming. In addition, DCU projects can be simple and fast enough to easily integrate into your sensor-based science curriculum. For those students wanting more, the DCU can be used to create fun, sensor-based projects such as a motion-controlled drinking fountain or an automated blood pressure cuff.

Controlling an electrical device is easy with the DCU and Logger Pro software or using your LabQuest 2 (version 2.7 or newer). The DCU connects to a Vernier interface the same way a digital sensor does; just connect it to a digital port (an LED on the DCU will provide feedback that it is properly connected). There are two easy ways to connect your electrical device to the DCU; connect your electrical device to the DCU header pins or screw the electrical device’s wires into the DCU’s screw terminal. Once the electrical device is attached to the DCU, an external power supply, such as the LabQuest or LabPro power supply (not included), is required to power the device. Start Logger Pro and start using your DCU to run a low-cost STEM activity from simple DC electronic components.

The DCU can also be connected to a Vernier SensorDAQ, National Instruments’ myDAQ, or Arduino.

Specifications

  • Output lines: 6 (a total of 3 lines with independent control)
  • Max output current per line: 600 mA
  • Input supply voltage: 4 -12 V
  • Output voltage: Set by input supply voltage

Experiments

High School (10 experiments)
College (10 experiments)

Requirements

Choose a platform below to see its compatibility requirements.

LabQuest 2

Full Support

The Digital Control Unit is fully supported with LabQuest 2 (version 2.8.5), a standalone data logger with built-in graphing and analysis software.

Learn more about LabQuest 2 »

Computers
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Computers
Version 4.10
Logger Pro
Version 3.16
LabQuest 2Full support 1Full support
LabQuest MiniIncompatibleFull support
LabQuest StreamIncompatibleFull support

Compatibility Notes

  1. Full support of this sensor is only available when LabQuest 2 is connected to a computer or Chromebook via Wireless Data Sharing. This sensor is not supported when used with a LabQuest 2 connected via USB to a computer or Chromebook.
Chromebook
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Chrome
Version 4.10
LabQuest 2Full support 1

Compatibility Notes

  1. Full support of this sensor is only available when LabQuest 2 is connected to a computer or Chromebook via Wireless Data Sharing. This sensor is not supported when used with a LabQuest 2 connected via USB to a computer or Chromebook.
iOS
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for iOS
Version 4.10
Graphical Analysis GW for iOS
Version 4.0.6
LabQuest 2Full support 1Full support 1

Compatibility Notes

  1. iOS and Android devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 via Wireless Data Sharing.
Android
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Android
Version 4.10
Graphical Analysis GW for Android
Version 3.2
LabQuest 2Full support 1Full support 1

Compatibility Notes

  1. iOS and Android devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 via Wireless Data Sharing.
Arduino
Software
InterfaceArduino
Vernier Arduino® Interface ShieldFull support
LabVIEW
Software
InterfaceNI LabVIEW
SensorDAQFull support
Vernier myDAQ AdapterFull support
LabQuest MiniFull support
LabQuest StreamFull support
LabQuest 2Full support
Texas Instruments
Software
InterfaceEasyData
Version 2.4/4.0/5.2
DataMate
Version 1.15
CBL 2Full support 1 2Full support 1 2 3

Compatibility Notes

  1. CBL 2 and LabPro interfaces cannot be used with TI-84 Plus CE calculators.
  2. Requires user-defined programs
  3. DataMate cannot be used with color screen TI-84 Plus calculators; use EasyData with these calculators.

What's Included

  • Vernier Digital Control Unit

Accessories

AccessoryOrder CodePriceQuantity
Digital Control Unit Power Output KitDCU-POP$35.00
DCU Terminal Plug KitDCU-PLUG$39.00
LabQuest Power SupplyLQ-PS$11.00
Vernier AC AdapterIPS$12.00

Support

Warranty

5-year limited warranty

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Educational use only: Vernier products are designed for educational use. They are not appropriate for industrial, medical, or commercial applications.

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** The IB Diploma Program is an official program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which authorizes schools to offer it. The material available here has been developed independently of the IBO and is not endorsed by it.

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