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O2 Gas Sensor Troubleshooting and FAQs

O2 Gas Sensor, order code O2-BTA, $199
Specifications and User Guide

Primary Test: Blow on the sensor. Do you see a decrease in the Oxygen Gas reading? This tells you that the sensor is responding.

Things to Consider:
1. Has the sensor been stored upright? The O2 Gas Sensor must be stored upright when not being used. This is necessary to maintain the sensor. Failure to store upright will reduce the life of the sensor.

2. Is your data-collection period too short? Diffusion of gases is a fairly slow process; there can be some delay in readings.

3. Are you collecting data in a controlled environment? To collect data in a controlled environment, use the 250 mL Nalgene collection bottle that is included with the sensor.

TIL 4308: How to calibrate the O2 Gas Sensor (O2-BTA)
TIL 1108: What Vernier equipment is used with the Holt Spectrum Science manuals?
TIL 1060: Do any of your sensors require special storage?
TIL 1605: Can my O2 Gas Sensor (O2-BTA) be repaired?
TIL 3041: Do I have an old or current O2 sensor?
TIL 2318: Can I use a dishwasher to wash the Nalgene bottle that shipped with my O2 or CO2 Gas Sensor?
TIL 2386: How can I insert a CO2 Gas Sensor or O2 Gas Sensor into my own container?
TIL 3846: Can O2 gas concentration be expressed in units of mg/m^3?
TIL 4006: What is the volume of gas displaced by the shaft of the CO2 and O2 Gas Sensor? What is the total volume of the Large and Small BioChambers?

-Measurement Range of O2 Gas Sensor: 0%-27%
-Accuracy (@ Standard Pressure 760 mmHg): +/- 1% volume O2
-Resolution, 12-bit (ULI, Serial Box, LabPro): 0.01%
-Resolution, 10-bit (CBL, CBL 2): 0.04%
-Response Time: ~12 seconds to 90% of final value
-Warm-Up Time: Less than 5 seconds to 90% of final value
-Pressure Effect: Directly proportional
-Vout = Vout (standard) x (P/1013)
-Pressure range: 0.5 atm to 1.5 atm
Output Signal Range: 0 to 4.8 VDC, 2.7 to 3.8 VDC @ 21% O2
Output Impedance: 1 K
Input Voltage: 5 VDC +/-0.25 VDC
Gas Sampling Mode: Diffusion
Operating Temperature Range: 5 to 40°C
Operating Humidity Range: 0 to 95% RH
Storage Temperature Range: –20 to +60°C
Dimensions: Sensor Tube: 76 mm length (32 mm largest OD)

-Will not calibrate initially, but the sensor will drift over time.
-If you wish to calibrate the sensor, follow the normal 2-point calibration procedure. For the first point, push and hold the calibrate button on the sensor using a paper clip. Enter a value of 0 for this reading. Release the button and take a second reading in air. Enter a value of 20.9% oxygen or a corrected value from the table in the sensor booklet.

Using your LabQuest 2 stylus or a paper clip, you can easily calibrate your O₂ Gas Sensor. #VernierTechTips

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250 mL Nalgene Bottle w/Lid, order code CO2-BTL, $5
BioChamber 250, order code BC-250, $8
BioChamber 2000, order code BC-2000, $22

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