quick-start guide
table of contents
Before you use your LabQuest 2:
1 Remove the battery and
remove the protective sticker
covering the contacts.
2 Install the battery.
3 Connect the power adapter.
4 Charge for at least 12 hours.
5 Read the safety information
and operating instructions
found in this guide.
Get the complete user guide at
Safety Information................................... 2–4
Warranty....................................................... 5
Hardware Overview..................................6–7
LabQuest App.............................................. 8
Quick Data Collection.............................. 9
Meter Screen.....................................10–11
Graph Screen.....................................12–13
Data Analysis.....................................14–15
Table Screen......................................16–17
Other Screens....................................18–19
Use with Computers and Tablets..........22–23
Other Applications................................24–25
Care of LabQuest...................................26–27
Accessories.................................................. 28
feDeral Communication Commission interference statement
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause
undesired operation of the device.
Industry Canada - Class B This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus
as set out in the interference-causing equipment standard entitled “Digital Apparatus,” ICES-003 of Industry Canada.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept
any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
To reduce potential radio interference to other users, the antenna type and its gain should be so chosen that the equivalent
isotropically radiated power (e.i.r.p.) is not more than that permitted for successful communication.
RF exposure warning: The equipment complies with RF exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. The antenna(s)
used for this transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
FCC Caution
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation
Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d’Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de licence. L’exploitation est
autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes : (1) l’appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et (2) l’appareil doit accepter tout
interférence radioélectrique, même si cela résulte à un brouillage susceptible d’en compromettre le fonctionnement.
Cet appareil numérique respecte les limites de bruits radioélectriques applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dans
la norme sur le matériel interférant-brouilleur: “Appareils Numériques,” NMB-003 édictée par industrie Canada.
L’utilisation est soumise aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) cet appareil ne peut causer d’interférences, et (2) cet appareil doit accepter
toutes interférences, y comprises celles susceptibles de provoquer un disfonctionnement du dispositif.
Afin de réduire les interférences radio potentielles pour les autres utilisateurs, le type d’antenne et son gain doivent être choisie de
telle façon que l’équivalent de puissance isotrope émis (e.i.r.p) n’est pas plus grand que celui permis pour une communication établie.
Avertissement d’exposition RF: L’équipement est conforme aux limites d’exposition aux RF établies pour un environnement non
supervisé. L’antenne (s) utilisée pour ce transmetteur ne doit pas être jumelés ou fonctionner en conjonction avec toute autre
antenne ou transmetteur.
RF Exposure Warning
The equipment complies with RF exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. The antenna(s) used for this
transmitter must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
You are cautioned that changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void your
authority to operate the equipment.
safety information
Read all safety information and operating instructions included in this Quick-Start Guide
prior to using LabQuest 2.
LabQuest is designed to be splash resistant, however, avoid water immersion and
standing liquid on the display. If water gets in the device, immediately shut down the
device (tap System on the Home screen, then tap Shut Down, or hold down the power
button until the shutdown sequence begins). Remove battery, connected cables, SD card,
and any other accessories. Allow to dry thoroughly before restarting. Do not attempt to
dry using an external heat source.
Safe operating temperatures are from 0°C to 45°C. Storage temperatures are -30°C to
60°C. Exposures to low or high extreme temperatures will temporarily reduce battery
life. Avoid rapid temperature changes as condensation may form inside the device. Do
not leave in a car, as temperatures can exceed the maximum storage range.
LabQuest contains a Lithium-Ion battery. Use only the supplied battery for this device.
Do not puncture or expose to excessive heat or flame.
What is included with your
LabQuest 2:
• LabQuest 2 interface
• Rechargeable battery
• Power adapter
• USB cable
• Quick-Start Guide
• Stylus (in unit)
• Stylus tether
• Logger Lite software
free download at
Warranty Information
LabQuest 2 – Vernier warrants this product
to be free from defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of five years from the
date of shipment.
LabQuest 2 Battery – Vernier warrants this
product to be free from defects in materials and
workmanship for a period of one year from the
date of shipment.
This warranty does not cover damage to the
product caused by abuse or improper use.
Do not store LabQuest in a chemical closet or in areas of concentrated chemical gases.
Hardware Overview
hardware overview
Power Button
Power Button
Light Sensor
USB 2.0 for
USB sensors
and flash drives
Audio In
Docking Port
SD/MMC for external
for LabQuest
Charging Station Card Slot microphone
Collect – Control
data collection
Home – Access
Escape – Exit
Resistive Touch
Screen for touch
or stylus
Stylus Storage
Wi-Fi Status
Battery Level/
Charge Indicator
Digital Sensor
Ports for Motion
Detectors and
other digital
Analog Sensor
Ports for
pH, CO2, and
other analog
AC Power
to transfer
data or to use
as a computer
Audio Out
for speakers,
and Power
Labquest app – navigation
LabQuest App – Quick Data collection
Tap the tabs to access different
screens of the LabQuest App:
A– Meter
B – Graph
C – Table
D– Lab Instructions
E – Notes
Tap the buttons to collect data:
F – Start/Stop
G– Keep (shown during
event-based data
collection only)
Three steps to collect data:
1 Turn on LabQuest.
LabQuest App launches
2 Connect a sensor.
The sensor will auto-ID. The
default collection rate for the
sensor is set up.
3 Tap Collect
You are now collecting data.
LabQuest App switches to the Graph screen
when data collection begins. Tap
to end
collection early.
labquest app – meter screen
Labquest app – meter screen
A. Digital Meter – The Meter screen displays a digital meter for each connected sensor.
Tap on a meter to change units, calibrate, zero, or reverse the sensor.
B. Data-Collection Details – A summary of the data-collection setup is shown. Tap
anywhere on the details box to modify the settings.
C. Sensors Menu – You can access all of the setup options using the Sensors menu.
Use the Sensor Setup option to activate internal sensors or to set up sensors that do
not auto-ID.
D. File Menu – This menu is available from every screen. Use this menu to save files for
analysis at a later time, print, or open an existing file.
Use the Meter screen to set up your experiment.
Labquest app – graph screen
Labquest app – graph screen
A. Axis Label – The Graph is set to display your sensor data. When you have more than one
sensor or run, you can change what is plotted on the axis by tapping on the label and
selecting the desired data column.
B. Examine Point – Tap any point to activate the examine cursor. Tap a different point or
use the Examine buttons to move to a new point.
C. Current Reading – The coordinates of your examine point are displayed to the right of
the graph. During collection, the live sensor reading is shown.
D. Store Run – To collect multiple trials of an experiment, store the run before collecting
more data.
Graph Menu – Use the Graph menu for even more graph options.
When data collection is complete, the graph autoscales to the data.
Labquest app – analyze data
Labquest app – analyze data
A. Analyze Menu – Tap this menu to access the analysis tools. Your options include tangent
lines, statistics, integrals, curve fits, models, and more. Choose your analysis tool, then
select the desired data column for analysis.
B. Select a Region – You can analyze all the displayed data or just a portion of it. To analyze
only a portion of the data, tap and drag across the desired region before choosing your
analysis tool. If no region is selected, the analysis will apply to all displayed data.
C. Analysis Details – The results of your analysis are displayed next to the graph. To view
a full-screen display of the results, tap on this box. To remove an analysis, choose the
analysis tool again, and clear the check box.
Statistical analysis of your data is done on the Graph screen.
labquest app – table screen
labquest app – table screen
A. Scroll Bar – Use the scroll bar to view your data. Tap and drag the slider or tap the arrow
keys to scroll the table.
B. Table Menu – Use the Table menu to manage your data. You can also create new manual
or calculated columns to enhance your data analysis.
C. Run Name – Individual data sets can be renamed. Tap on the name and enter the desired
name. A keyboard will automatically launch.
D. Struck Data – You can non-destructively remove data points from your graphs and
statistical calculations using the Strike Through Data option. First, select a region on the
graph or in the table, then choose Strike Through Data from the Table (or Graph) menu.
You can also manually enter data into the data table.
labquest app – other screens
labquest app – other views
Rotate LabQuest
to a portrait
orientation to
better view
two graphs,
tables, and lab
High Contrast
Use high
contrast mode
when viewing a
LabQuest in bright
light. To access
this option, tap
Preferences on
the Home Screen,
then tap Light &
Lab Instructions: Over 100 labs are preloaded.
Even more are available online at
Notes: Enter notes about your experiment.
printing – directly from a labquest
printing – from logger lite or logger pro
USB Printers
Computer Printing
Connect a compatible HP printer (www.vernier.com/labqprinters) to LabQuest using the
standard USB port (printer USB cable not included with LabQuest).
You can print LabQuest files using your computer and our Logger Lite or Logger Pro
software. See the software documentation for more information.
Network/Wi-Fi Printers
Print a saved file – Connect a USB flash drive to your LabQuest. Choose Save As from the
file menu and tap on the USB icon. Name the file as desired and select OK. The file will
be saved on your flash drive and can be opened using Logger Lite or Logger Pro on your
Launch the Connections App from the Home Screen. Verify that Wi-Fi is on. Tap on the
network settings gear and connect to the network that your desired printer is connected.
Tap Preferences on the Home Screen, then tap Printers. Tap Add a Printer and select your
desired printer.
To print from LabQuest, choose Print from the File menu. You can choose to print a
graph, table, lab instructions, notes, or the LabQuest screen as it is currently displayed.
Import your data – Start the Logger Lite or Logger Pro software on your computer. With
your data displayed on LabQuest, connect LabQuest to your computer using the USB
cable that came with LabQuest. Follow the computer software prompts to import the
data into the software.
using labquest with a computer
using labquest with tablets and other mobile devices
Connect LabQuest to a
computer running Logger Pro
or Logger Lite to:
You can collect, view, analyze, and annotate data
from a LabQuest 2 on an iPad®, Android™ tablet, or
other mobile device that has a supported browser.
•Import data from LabQuest for
further analysis.
•Use LabQuest as a computer
sensor interface.
•Manage user data (Open, Save,
Delete, or Import) stored in the
LabQuest’s internal memory.
A double arrow indicates the computer is in
control of LabQuest.
Software Requirements:
Logger Pro 3.8.5 or newer
Logger Lite 1.6 or newer
other applications
other applications
Stopwatch, Calculator, and Sound
Recorder (not shown) are accessed by
tapping Accessories on the Home screen.
Periodic Table, Audio Function Generator,
and Power Amplifier (not shown) are
accessed via the Home screen.
Periodic Table
Audio Function Generator
care of labquest
Software Updates – Software updates for LabQuest, as they are released, will be available
at www.vernier.com/labquest/updates. To determine what version of the software you
are using, tap System on the Home screen, then tap System Information and select the
Software tab.
Screen Calibration – The screen may need to be recalibrated periodically. To access the
calibration tool, tap System on the Home screen, then tap Calibrate Screen. If you are unable
to access the Calibration tool, press and hold the Home key to display the Calibration tool.
Tap the calibration target in the five locations indicated to calibrate the screen.
System Reset – To reset the system, tap System on the Home screen, then tap Reboot. If you
are unable to access the Reboot tool, press and hold the power button. When the LabQuest
shutdown message is displayed, release the power button. Wait until the system shuts down,
then turn the unit back on.
care of labquest
Battery Life – Battery life will depend on the sensors and features used. To access
power-saving options, tap Preferences on the Home Screen, then tap Light & Power.
Battery Maintenance – Use only the supplied AC adapter or optional Charging Station to
charge the LabQuest battery. A full charge can take twelve hours. The battery cannot be
overcharged, and it can be safely recharged after a partial discharge.
Screen Maintenance – The LabQuest screen is splash resistant. Wipe the screen clean with
a cotton cloth that is slightly dampened with water or ethanol. Do not use any other
solvents. Do not submerge LabQuest in liquids.
Summer Storage – For long-term storage of LabQuest, fully shut down the unit by pressing
and holding the power button until the shutdown message is displayed. Store the LabQuest
in a climate-controlled environment. Excessive heat can significantly reduce battery life.
A. LabQuest Charging Station
Charge four LabQuest units at a
time. www.vernier.com/lq2-crg
B. LabQuest 2 Lab Armor
Molded rubber material protects
LabQuest from spills and falls.
C. LabQuest Viewer Software
Remotely monitor student
progress or project the
LabQuest screen from your
teacher computer.
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