Precision Power Analyzer | PPA5500

Precision Power Analyzer | PPA5500

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Precision Power Analyzer PPA5500 Overview

The PPA5500 Power Analyzer introduced leading power measurement performance in a compact, cost-effective instrument that quickly developed a reputation for exceptional accuracy and stability in the most demanding of power applications. The series extends the power analysis range 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. While maintaining the wide frequency range and exceptional noise rejection, the PPA5500 series adds increased voltage and current measurement ranges, greater processing power, increased memory, real-time clock, high contrast color display, 1GB non-volatile internal memory, and external USB memory port. A 2MS/s sample rate, alongside “True Real-Time” no gap analysis is a formidable combination for the analysis of power, this – along with innovative analog front end design which includes our proprietary “Planar shunt technology “, the PPA5500 provides truly exceptional measurement stability and accuracy. The phase angle accuracy of the PPA5500 is 0.005 degrees, this is perfect for transformer loss analysis testing at very low power factors. Have a look at the Power Analyzer Tutorial Series which demonstrated the speed and versatility of the PPA5500.

Precision Power Analyzer PPA5500 Features and Benefits

  • 0.01% Basic accuracy
  • Frequency range DC and 10mHz to 2MHz
  • High precision internal shunts Superior accuracy to any external shunt
  • 5 millidegree phase accuracy necessary for low power factor applications
  • Up to 50 Arms (1000 Apk) & 1000 Vrms (3000 Vpk) direct input
  • Low current (10Arms), Standard (30Arms), and High current (50Arms) options
  • High-speed sampling on all channels
  • True real-time analysis with no measurement gap
  • 1, 2, or 3 phase versions master-slave mode for 4, 5, or 6 phase
  • Real-time Digital, Tabular, Graphic, and Oscilloscope displays
  • Simple BNC connection of N4L shunts for high current applications
  • RS232, IEEE 488, USB, LAN, Torque, Speed and Extension ports

PPA5500 Brochure


Precision Power Analyzer PPA5500 Technical Specifications

Frequency Range

PPA5500(30Arms) | PPA5500-LC(10Arms) DC : 10mHz ~ 2MHz
PPA5500-HC(50Arms) : DC, 10mHz ~ 1MHz

Voltage Input
Internal Ranges

Normal : 300mVpk ~ 3000Vpk
(9 ranges = 300mV, 1V, 3V, 10V, 30V, 100V, 300V, 1KV, 3KV)
(240Vrms within 300Vpk range, using 20% over range)

Internal Accuracy Normal : 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + (0.004% x kHz) + 5mV

Internal Voltage Input Impedance 3Mohm in parallel with 5pF | 90pF common mode to chassis

External Voltage BNC Input Ranges 300uVpk ~ 3Vpk [BNC Connector 3Vpk Max Input]
9 Ranges = 300uV | 1mV | 3mV | 10mV | 30mV | 100mV | 300mV | 1V | 3V

External Voltage Input Accuracy 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + (0.004%xkHz) + 3uV

External Voltage Input Impedance 1Mohm in parallel with 40pF | 90pF common mode to chassis

Current Input
PPA5500-LC 10Arms Shunt, 4mm Safety Connectors

3mApk ~ 30Apk (10Arms)
(9 ranges = 3mA, 10mA, 30mA, 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A)

PPA5500 30Arms Shunt, 4mm Safety Connectors 30mApk ~ 300Apk (30Arms)
(9 ranges = 30mA, 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A, 100A, 300A)

PPA5500-HC 50Arms Shunt, 50A Screw Type Safety Terminals 100mApk ~ 1000Apk (50Arms)
(9 ranges = 100mA, 300mA, 1A, 3A, 10A, 30A, 100A, 300A, 1KA)

Internal Shunt Accuracy PPA5500-LC : 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + 0.004%xkHz + 30uA
PPA5500 : 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + 0.004%xkHz + 300uA
PPA5500-HC : 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + 0.004%xkHz + 900uA

External Current BNC Input Ranges 300uVpk ~ 3Vpk [BNC Connector 3Vpk Max Input]
9 Ranges = 300uV | 1mV | 3mV | 10mV | 30mV | 100mV | 300mV | 1V | 3V

External Current Input Accuracy 0.01% Rdg + 0.038% Rng + (0.004%/kHz) + 3uV

Phase Accuracy

PPA5500-LC(10Arms) / PPA5500(30Arms) : 0.005deg + (0.01deg/kHz)
PPA5500-HC(50Arms) : 0.01deg + (0.02deg/kHz)

Power Accuracy
10mHz ~ 2MHz

[0.03%+0.03%/pf+(0.005%×kHz)/pf] Rdg+0.03%VA Rng

40Hz ~ 850Hz [0.02%+0.03%/pf+(0.005%×kHz)/pf] Rdg+0.01%VA Rng

16Hz ~ 450Hz Low PF See PPA5500-TE Brochure

Crest Factor

20 (Voltage and Current)

Sample Rate 2.2Ms/s on all channels | Real time No-Gap

IEC Compliant Modes Pre Compliant: IEC61000-3-2 | IEC61000-3-3 |IEC61000-3-11 |
Fully Compliant: IEC62301/EN50564 Standby Power Mode

Application Modes PWM Motor Drive | Harmonics and Flicker | Transformer |
TTV105 (Airbus ADB0100 Inter harmonics) | 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

(Up to 4 user-selectable measurement functions (60 with PC software)

Datalog window No-Gap analysis |  Minimum Window 2ms

Memory RAM up to 10M records into flash RAM (Non-Volatile)

Communication Ports RS232 | LAN | USB | GPIB | Extension (Aux)

Standard Accessories

Power | RS232 | USB

Connection Cables 36A 1.5m long 4mm stackable terminals.
1x red | 1x yellow | 2x black per phase
(1x red, 1x black per phase with HC version)

Connection Clips 4mm terminated alligator clips – 1x red | 1x yellow, and 2x black per phase
(1x red | 1x black per phase with HC version)

Instruction manual User manual | Communications manual

Other documents Calibration certificate | Quick start guide

Mechanical and Environmental

320×240 dot full-color TFT|  White LED-backlit

Dimensions 130H x 400W x 315D mm excluding feet

Weight 5.4kg (1 Phase) | 6kg (3 Phase)

Safety Isolation 1000Vrms or DC (CATII) | 600Vrms or DC (CATIII)

Power Supply 90 ~ 265Vrms
50 ~ 60Hz
40VA Max

Operating Conditions 5 deg – 40 deg ambient temperature (or air intake temperature when rack-mounted)|
20-90% Non-condensing relative humidity.



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Additional information


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