Power Amplifier

Power Amplifier

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Power Amplifier

$225.00

Use the Power Amplifier as a power supply for DC and AC circuit investigations or to drive devices such as speakers, lamps, and small DC motors.

ORDER CODE: PAMP Category

The Power Amplifier takes small input signal – from a LabQuest 2, original LabQuest, or computer – and amplifies it to produce voltages from -10 to 10 V and currents up to 1 A.

  • Can provide a steady, linearly-controlled DC output for driving loads like DC motors or DC circuits, and precise AC waveforms for driving things like RLC circuits and speakers.
  • Utilizes internal feedback for accurate AC waveforms (sine, square, triangle, and sawtooth) and DC levels.
  • Current-limited to protect against overload and shorting.
  • Current monitor function allows you to log real-time load current with any Vernier interface.
  • Class A-B Push-Pull Amplifier provides low distortion with good efficiency.
  • Supports input signals from the LabQuest 2 or original LabQuest’s Power Amplifier app, our free PC software Power Amplifier Function Generator (Windows or Mac), or Logger Pro 3.8 or newer (LabPro only).
  • Also supports an input signal from LabVIEW via the SensorDAQ interface.

Specifications

Technical Details of Power Amplifier Operation

  • Input connection: 3.5 mm audio cable (from LabQuest or computer) or BTA cable (from LabPro CH4)
  • Input Frequency range: DC to 15 kHz.
  • Overall gain: 10X (LabQuest/computer), 2X (LabPro)
  • Input impedance: 10 kΩ. (LabQuest/computer), 50 kΩ (LabPro)
  • Maximum input ±12 V without damage.
  • Pulse Width Modulation input used for producing DC offset or pure DC output

Current Sensor

  • Connect to Vernier interface to monitor load current
  • There is a 0.1 Ω resistor between the black terminal and ground. Current measurements are based on the voltage drop across this resistor.

Important Note: The Power Amplifier creates no signal on its own. It depends on a signal source, such as the LabQuest 2 or original LabQuest’s Power Amplifier App, our free Power Amplifier Frequency Generator software for PC/Mac, or Logger Pro 3.8 or newer (LabPro only)

A LabQuest Mini or LabQuest Stream does not provide a signal source. Use the Power Amplifier Function Generator software as the signal source.

Experiments

High School (11 experiments)
College (11 experiments)

Requirements

Choose a platform below to see its compatibility requirements.

LabQuest 2

Full Support

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

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Computers
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Computers
Version 4.10
Logger Pro
Version 3.16
Logger Lite
Version 1.9.4
LabQuest StreamFull support 1 2Full support 1Full support 1 3
EasyLinkIncompatibleFull support 1 4Full support 1 4
Go!LinkFull support 1Full support 1Full support 1
LabQuest 2Full support 1Full support 1Full support 1
LabQuest MiniFull support 1Full support 1Full support 1

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
  2. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
  3. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Wireless connection is not supported.
  4. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
Chromebook
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Chrome
Version 4.10
EasyLinkFull support 1 2
Go!LinkFull support 2
LabQuest 2Full support 2
LabQuest MiniFull support 2
LabQuest StreamFull support 2 3

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
  2. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
  3. Connect LabQuest Stream via USB. Future software updates will support connection via Bluetooth® technology
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
LabQuest StreamFull support 2Full support 2

Compatibility Notes

  1. iOS and Android devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 via Wireless Data Sharing.
  2. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
Android
Software
InterfaceGraphical Analysis 4 for Android
Version 4.10
Graphical Analysis GW for Android
Version 3.2
Google Science Journal
Version 1.2.259
LabQuest 2Full support 1Full support 1Incompatible
LabQuest StreamFull support 2Full support 2Incompatible

Compatibility Notes

  1. iOS and Android devices can only connect to LabQuest 2 via Wireless Data Sharing.
  2. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
LabVIEW
Software
InterfaceNI LabVIEW
SensorDAQFull support 1
LabQuest MiniFull support 1
LabQuest StreamFull support 1
LabQuest 2Full support 1

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
Original LabQuest
Software
InterfaceLabQuest App for Original LabQuest
Version 1.7.6
EasyLinkFull support 1
Go!LinkFull support

Compatibility Notes

  1. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
Texas Instruments
Software
InterfaceEasyData
Version 2.4/4.0/5.2
DataMate
Version 1.15
TI-84 SmartViewDataQuest
Version 4.2
TI-Nspire Software
EasyLinkFull support 1 2IncompatibleFull support 2 3Full support 2Full support 2 3
Go!LinkFull support 1 2 4IncompatibleFull support 2Full support 2 4Full support 2
TI-Nspire Lab CradleIncompatibleIncompatibleIncompatibleFull support 2Full support 2
CBL 2Full support 2 5Full support 2 5 6IncompatibleIncompatibleIncompatible

Compatibility Notes

  1. Use with TI-84 Plus calculators only.
  2. Requires an additional signal source, such as LabQuest 2 running the Power Amplifier app or a computer running the Power Amplifier Function Generator Software, to control the Power Amplifier output
  3. Requires an Easy to Go! adapter
  4. Requires a Go! to Easy adapter
  5. CBL 2 and LabPro interfaces cannot be used with TI-84 Plus CE calculators.
  6. DataMate cannot be used with color screen TI-84 Plus calculators; use EasyData with these calculators.

What's Included

  • Vernier Power Amplifier
  • (1) Power supply
  • (1) 3.5 mm audio cable for LabQuest control
  • (1) BTA cable for LabPro input and current sensing

Accessories

AccessoryOrder CodePriceQuantity
Power Amplifier Accessory SpeakerPAAS-PAMP$125.00

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Warranty

5-year limited warranty

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