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PPA1500 – Compact Power Analyzer

PPA1500 – Compact Power Analyzer

PPA1500 – Compact Power Analyzer
the PPA5500 series extends our power analysis range still further for those who need the ultimate power analysis product, this is the top of the range model offered by N4L and rightly deserves its place.

Newton's 4th Ltd's incredible multi-channel Power Analyzer is an ultra-accurate poly-phase AC & DC measurement system for up to 1 to 30 Amps per phase internally. 1,2,3,4,5,6 inputs and fast math processing make it great for Solar / Photo-voltaic (PV) /Alternative Energy (including Buy/Sell/Regenerative) & Automotive & VFD testing. This is THE must-see power meter in the marketplace. N4L is trusted Performance & value pricing for over 75 years.
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High-Performance Compact Power Analyzer

The PPA1500 Power Analyzer offers higher performance than its sibling – the  PPA500 unit, the PPA1500 series ensures that N4L power analyzers provide the optimum solution in almost any power measurement application and budget. The main differences between the PPA500 and PPA1500 Power Analyzers are that the PPA1500 features a 1Mhz Bandwidth and full graphical display, this includes harmonic bar graphs and graphical data logging. The PPA1500 Power Analyzers now feature sophisticated parallel digital filtering algorithms enabling the PPA1500 to be used in various Pulse Width Modulated applications. While being only half-rack width and 2U high, the PPA1500 is available in 1, 2 or 3 phase configurations and offers a level of performance normally found only in larger and more costly instruments. With modes such as "Inrush Current and "Standby Power”, the PPA1500 provides fast, accurate and easy measurements in challenging environments. The PPA1500 series analyzers now have a 6 Phase 2U Rack option in which two PPA1530 units are installed on the same rack side by side, see our accessories page for more details. For a practical insight into the versatility and speed of the PPA1500, please take a look at our Power Analyzer Tutorials.

All PPA1500 units are supplied with UKAS ISO17025 certification as standard, this is performed at N4L in the UK in our accredited ISO17025 Laboratory.



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ISO17025 Calibration and Verification

Every PPA1500 Power Analyzer supplied by N4L is provided with both a UKAS Accredited calibration certificate up to 850Hz, as well as a UKAS Traceable calibration certificate up to 1MHz. N4L has developed a number of bespoke power calibrators in order to verify the accuracy of every power analyzer supplied over its entire frequency range, this is surprisingly uncommon within the instrumentation industry. Furthermore, the development of an ISO17025 (UKAS) accredited Closed Loop Calorimeter in partnership with Oxford University (UK) has verified the performance of the N4L custom designed power calibration rigs with a very low uncertainty level, providing absolute confidence that the wideband performance of all N4L power analyzers is market-leading.


Calibration Options

1. Standard Re-calibration - Included with new instruments – Included with RMA Calibration
Wideband calibration (DC-2MHz) with optimization of measurements on all ranges over the complete instrument bandwidth. Traceable to UKAS but not ‘accredited’.
2. UKAS (ISO17025) Calibration – Included with new instruments – Optional with RMA Calibration
UKAS Accredited calibration of Voltage, Current, Phase (PF) and Power on all ranges from 55-850Hz.
This option includes the option 1 calibration.
In addition to the calibration certificates, the PPA will be fitted with a UKAS calibration label.
3. System Calibration – Standard - Optional with new instruments or RMA calibration
UKAS accredited calibration of a PPA together with an external sensor.
This option is separate to option 1 which must also be ordered when system calibrating.
Note: This is an end-to-end calibration of the PPA+sensor ‘system’ at an N4L defined test point or points and does not include UKAS calibration of the PPA alone (option 2).

4. System Calibration – Non-Standard - Optional with new instruments or RMA calibration
The same as Option 3 but applied at customer requested test points. This will be UKAS only for frequencies between 16-850Hz.

5. UKAS IEC61000 H+F Calibration - Optional with new instruments or RMA calibration
UKAS accredited calibration of PPA55x1 series units that includes all prevailing type test protocols for fully compliant Harmonic and Flicker testing.
This option includes option 1 and option 2 calibration.
6. PPA55xx-TE Calibration – Included with PPA-TE order – Optional with RMA Calibration
Custom UKAS calibration that includes a series of low power factor tests down to 0.01 PF over the frequency range of 16-450Hz.
This option includes the option 1 calibration.
7. UKAS calorimeter power calibration – Optional with new instruments or RMA calibration
UKAS accredited power calibration via calorimetry. Available at customer requested frequency(s) and with sinusoidal or harmonically distorted wave shapes within a frequency range of 45Hz to 2MHz.
This option includes options 1 and 2.

Features & Benefits

0.05% Basic accuracy
Frequency range DC and 10mHz to 500kHz
High precision internal shunts Superior accuracy to any external shunt
 10 millidegree phase accuracy – Necessary for low power factor applications
20 Arms (300 Apk) & 1000 Vrms (2500 Vpk) direct input
Unique x10 gain mode for Standby Power measurement
High-speed sampling on all channels True real-time analysis with no measurement gap
1, 2 or 3 phase versions High contrast full-color graphic display
Simple BNC connection of N4L shunts for high current applications RS232, USB, LAN, Extension and Auxiliary ports
Frequency Range
DC, 10mHz ~ 1MHz

x10 DC, 10mHz ~ 100kHz

Voltage Input
Internal Ranges
Normal : 1Vpk ~ 2500Vpk (8 ranges = 1V, 3V, 10V, 30V, 100V, 300V, 1KV, 3KV)

x10 100mVpk ~ 300Vpk (8 ranges = 100mV, 300mV, 1V, 3V, 10V, 30V, 100V, 300V)

Internal Accuracy
Normal : 0.05% Rdg + 0.1% Rng + (0.005%xkHz) + 5mV

x10 : 0.05% Rdg + 0.1% Rng + (0.01%xkHz) + 1mV

External Voltage BNC Input Ranges 1mVpk ~ 3Vpk [BNC Connector 3Vpk Max Input] 8 Ranges = 1mV, 3mV, 10mV, 30mV, 100mV, 300mV, 1V, 3V
External Voltage Input Accuracy 0.05% Rdg + 0.1% Rng + (0.005%xkHz) + 5uV
Current Input
PPA1500 20Arms Shunt, 4mm Safety Connectors
Normal : 100mApk ~ 300Apk (20Arms) (8 ranges = 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A, 100A, 300A)

x10 : 10mApk ~ 300Apk (8 ranges = 10mA, 30mA, 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A)
PPA1500-HC 30Arms Shunt, 4mm Safety Connectors
Normal : 300mApk ~ 1000Apk (30Arms) (8 ranges = 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A, 100A, 300A, 1KA)

x10 : 30mApk ~ 100Apk (8 ranges = 30mA, 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A, 100A)
Internal Shunt Accuracy 20Arms
Normal : 0.05% Rdg + 0.1% Rng + 0.005%xkHz) + 500uA

x10 : 0.05% Rdg + 0.1% Rng + 0.01%xkHz) + 100uA

Internal Shunt Accuracy HC 30Arms Normal : 0.05% Rdg + 0.1% Rng + 0.005%xkHz) + 1mA

x10 : 0.05% Rdg + 0.1% Rng + 0.01%xkHz) + 300uA
External Current BNC Input Ranges 1mVpk ~ 3Vpk 8 Ranges = 1mV, 3mV, 10mV, 30mV, 100mV, 300mV, 1V, 3V
External Current Input Accuracy 0.05% Rdg + 0.1% Rng + (0.005%/kHz) + 5uV
Phase Accuracy
Normal 0.01deg + (0.01deg/kHz)
x10 0.01deg + (0.02deg/kHz)
Power Accuracy
Normal [0.1% + 0.1%/pf + (0.01%/kHz)/pf] Rdg + 0.1% VA Rng
x10 [0.1% + 0.1%/pf + (0.02%/kHz)/pf] Rdg + 0.1% VA Rng
40Hz ~ 850Hz As above with range error reduced from +0.1% V,A,VA Rng to +0.05% V,A, VA Rng
Crest Factor
20 (Voltage and Current)
Sample Rate
1Ms/s on all channels, real time No-Gap
IEC Compliant Modes
IEC62301/EN50564 Standby Power Mode
Application Modes
Ballast, Inrush, Standby Power
CMRR - Common Mode Rejection Ratio 250V @ 50Hz – = 1mA (150dB) 100V @ 100kHz – = 3mA (130dB)
Measurement Parameters W, VA, Var, pf, V & A – rms, rectified mean, AC, DC, peak, surge, crest factor, form factor, star to delta conversion, delta to star conversion
Frequency (Hz), Phase (deg), Fundamentals, Impedance
Harmonics, THD, TIF, THF, TRD, TDD
Integrated Values, Datalog, Sum and Neutral Values
Datalog (Up to 4 user selectable measurement functions (60 with PC software)
Datalog window No-Gap analysis, Minimum Window 10ms
Memory RAM up to 16,000 records
Communication Ports RS232, LAN, (Option L), USB, Extension (Aux)
Standard Accessories
Power, RS232, USB
Connection Cables
20A (Std Version) or 30A (HC version) 1.5m long 4mm stackable terminals. 1x red, 1x yellow, 2x black per phase
Connection Clips
4mm terminated alligator clips – 1x red, 1x yellow and 2x black per phase
Instruction manual
User manual, Communications manual
Other documents
Calibration certificate, Quick start guide
Mechanical and Environmental
480×272 dot full colour TFT, White LED backlit
92H x 215W x 312D mm excluding feet
3.3kg (1 Phase), 4kg (3 Phase)
Safety Isolation
1000Vrms or DC (CATII), 600Vrms or DC (CATIII)
Power Supply
90 ~ 265Vrms, 50 ~ 60Hz, 40VA Max
Operating Conditions
5 deg to 40 deg ambient temperature (or air intake temperature when rack mounted), 20-90% Non-condensing relative humidity.

PPA3500 Accessories and Options

COMMS_ICON Communications Interfaces:
  • Standard: LAN, USB and RS232 Communication Ports
  • Optional: GPIB Communication Port
PROBE_ICON Probes and Probe Accessory Options:
  • ULCP Ultra Low Capacitance Probes (Active, For use with DUT’s susceptible to capacitive loading) – 1.5pF, 1000Vrms, dc to 2MHz, 1000:1
  • TT-HV 250 High Voltage Probe (Passive) – 2.5kVpk, 100:1
  • TT-HVP 15HF High Voltage Probe – 15kVpk, 1000:1
  • ATT20 – 20:1 Attenuator (For use when voltage probe output does not meet PPA ext. input 3Vpk max rating) – For connection to PPA ext input and external attenuating probes.
EXTENSION_ICON Extension Port and Accessory Options:
  • PCIS – Phase controlled inrush for (Use when control of DUT source with respect to phase angle is required)
CONNECTOR_ICON Leads, Connection and Interface Options:
  • 20A Connection lead set for one phase (supplied as standard) – 20Arated, 1.5m long + Alligator Clips
  • 36A Connection lead set for one phase – 36A rated, 1.5m long + Alligator Clips
  • Voltage Breakout Lead set – 3 x 2m BNC to BNC with 4mm Banana Voltage break out leads + 2 x voltage low shorting leads (For use when the distance between analyzer and DUT is large and HF series external shunt is being used, facilitates short voltage connections.
  • Universal Breakout Box – Single Phase 10Arms Universal Breakout box
  • RS232 Cable (Supplied as Standard) – 9 Pin null-modem cable
  • USB Cable (Supplied as standard) – 2m long A Male to B Male USB Cable
CASES_ICON Carry Cases:
  • PPA5/15xx Soft Carry Case – Black Nylon Padded Case with accessory space, handle and strap
  • PPA5/15xx Hard Carry Case – PPA5/15xx Hard Aluminium Flight Case with accessory space, handle and lock (Ideal for Aircraft Hold)
RACK_ICON Rack Mounting Kit Options:
CALIBRATION_ICON Calibration and Documentation (Unit supplied with UKAS ISO17025 certificate as standard when new):
  • Standard Recalibration  (ISO17025 Traceable) – Single Phase PPA (PPA1510)
  • Standard Recalibration (ISO17025 Traceable) – Two and Three Phase PPA (PPA1520 & PPA1530)
  • ISO17025 UKAS Calibration  + Standard Calibration – Single Phase PPA (PPA1510))
  • ISO17025 UKAS Calibration + Standard Calibration – Single Phase PPA (PPA1520 & PPA1530)
  • PPA15xx Loan Instrument available upon request during Calibration or Repair (Available in Europe only)
  • Spare set of user manuals – Hard copy of user and communications manual
CLAMP_ICON Current Measurement Options:
PC_ICON PC Software (Free of charge):
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