Tip #1: Test the equipment prior to advancing into the field with a group of students. Nothing is more disappointing than discovering issues while in the field or realizing data was not saved when returning from the field.
Tip #2: Charge the LabQuest or LabQuest 2 fully overnight before a day’s use in the field. Consider bringing extra, charged batteries into the field. LabQuest or LabQuest 2 can be used to charge multiple batteries. Information regarding tools for charging the battery in the field can be found at:
Can I use solar power or an external battery pack to power LabQuest?
Tip #3: If you are doing water quality, consider using the Data Matrix mode, which is perfect for collecting data at multiples sites over multiple days.
What is the Data Matrix and how is it used?
Tip #4: Keep the interface you are using dry during use and during transport. One of the simplest ways to keep your interface dry is to use a neck strap. If a student drops a LabQuest near the stream, it only goes as far as the end of the strap. We sell these as Vernier Lanyard (LQ-LAN). Recommendations for additional waterproof and water-resistant tools are available at:
Are there options to protect my LabQuest from getting wet?
Tip #5: If using LabQuest 2, students can use the high-contrast mode when viewing LabQuest 2 in bright light. If using an original LabQuest, students can adjust the screen brightness to one hundred percent. Instructions to use these features can be found at:
Is the LabQuest screen bright enough for outdoor use?
Tip #6: Make a file prior to going in the field with the correct data entry mode, experiment length and other parameters already set up. Can I make a template for data collection on LabQuest?
More related TILs:
How can I provide power for my interface when used in the field for long-term data collection?
What should I purchase for doing Amusement Park Physics?
How do I set up LabPro and Logger Pro for remote data collection?
How do I map data collected on a LabQuest or LabQuest 2?
Vernier GPS Troubleshooting and FAQs
A detailed guide for data collection with GPS and GIS is also available in Appendix E from Investigating Environmental Science through Inquiry.
Vernier Lanyard (LQ-LAN)
LabQuest Battery Boost 2 (LQ-BOOST2)
LabQuest 2 Lab Armor (LQ2-ARMOR)
Water Quality with Vernier (WQV)
Investigating Environmental Science through Inquiry (ESI)
Extra Long Temperature Probe Tips
Flow Rate Sensor Tips