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Table of Contents
Introduction - System Overview .................................................................................... 7
Warranty ............................................................................................................... 9
Acronyms .............................................................................................................. 10
Product Selection Guide ............................................................................................ 13
Preparation - Safety Precautions ..................................................................................... 17
What You'll Need ..................................................................................................... 19
Unpacking Components & Accessories ............................................................................ 20
The G4500 BLACKBOX Portable PQ Analyzer ..................................................................... 26
The G3500 BLACKBOX Portable PQ Analyzer ..................................................................... 29
Installation ............................................................................................................... 32
Unit Powering ........................................................................................................ 33
G4500 & G3500 Unit Wiring ................................................................................ 36
Grounding ..................................................................................................... 41
Plug & Play - Voltage & Current Probes .................................................................. 42
Establish 1st Time Connection ..................................................................................... 46
G4500 / G3500 Unit Access......................................................................................... 49
About Quick Unit Configuration ................................................................................... 53
Quick Unit Configuration ................................................................................... 54
Voltage & Frequency Configurations ...................................................................... 56
Currents ....................................................................................................... 59
About Verifying Measurement Readings .......................................................................... 64
Access the Measurement Summary ........................................................................ 64
Verify Voltage & Current Readings ........................................................................ 66
Verify Power Readings ...................................................................................... 68
Enabling PQZIP Recording .......................................................................................... 69
About Monitoring Real Time Data .................................................................................... 71
Voltage & Current Measurements ................................................................................. 74
Average ............................................................................................................... 79
Power .................................................................................................................. 84
Temperature ......................................................................................................... 87
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Phasors ................................................................................................................ 89
Waveforms ............................................................................................................ 94
Voltage Flickering ..................................................................................................100
Pinst Waveform .....................................................................................................103
Minimum / Maximum Flickering ..................................................................................105
Voltage & Current Harmonics .....................................................................................108
PQ Harmonics .......................................................................................................114
Spectrum .............................................................................................................119
Harmonics Table ....................................................................................................124
Voltage & Current, Min & Max Harmonics Table ...............................................................128
PQ Min & Maximum Harmonics....................................................................................131
About Monitoring Power Quality .....................................................................................134
PQ Compliance Summary ..........................................................................................135
Compliance Information ...........................................................................................139
Compliance Chart ...................................................................................................142
Events ................................................................................................................144
PQZIP Recording - Principle ..........................................................................................146
Default Settings .....................................................................................................148
PQZIP Configuration - About PQZIP Recording..................................................................149
Enabling / Disabling PQZIP ............................................................................... 154
FIFO .......................................................................................................... 156
Fixed Quality vs. Fixed Ratio ............................................................................. 157
File Capacity................................................................................................ 160
FFT Mode .................................................................................................... 162
Capture DC Measurements................................................................................ 164
Erase All PQZIP Data....................................................................................... 165
Energy - About .........................................................................................................167
Consumption & Demand ...........................................................................................167
Detailed Information ...............................................................................................169
Measurement Status ................................................................................................171
Instrument Settings - About ..........................................................................................173
Device Configurations – Overview Device Setup ................................................................173
Device Info - Unit Configuration ......................................................................... 175
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Product Info .............................................................................................. 178
Power Status ............................................................................................. 179
PoE Output ............................................................................................... 180
Alarms & Other Indications............................................................................. 181
Time Settings - Time Synchronization .................................................................. 184
Time Setup ............................................................................................... 186
Network Time ............................................................................................ 187
Daylight Saving ........................................................................................... 189
Voltage & Frequency ...................................................................................... 190
Power Configuration .................................................................................... 191
Potential Transformer .................................................................................. 193
Smooth Filtering ......................................................................................... 194
Voltage Polarity .......................................................................................... 195
Define Nominal Values .................................................................................. 196
Current ...................................................................................................... 198
Current Probes Info...................................................................................... 201
Custom DC Probes Info .................................................................................. 204
Non-Measured Currents ................................................................................. 207
Communication - Configuration ..................................................................................207
Security ..................................................................................................... 210
Network - About Network Setup ......................................................................... 212
Wi-Fi Connectivity (G4500 Only) ...................................................................... 214
WAN Internet Accessibility (G4500 Only) ............................................................. 222
LAN 1 (G4500 Only) ...................................................................................... 224
LAN 2 ...................................................................................................... 225
Outer Access ............................................................................................. 228
Port Setup ................................................................................................ 229
Status Summaries ........................................................................................ 231
Serial Ports.................................................................................................. 233
RS-485 / RS-422 .......................................................................................... 235
PPP Configuration ....................................................................................... 236
PPP Status ................................................................................................ 237
Modem Configuration ................................................................................... 238
About Power Quality Compliance ................................................................................239
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Power Quality Compliance Configuration .............................................................. 240
User Custom Compliance - User Defined Pages........................................................ 242
User Defined Page 1 ..................................................................................... 244
User Defined Page 2 ..................................................................................... 249
User Defined Page 3 ..................................................................................... 253
About Advanced Settings .............................................................................................256
System Log ...........................................................................................................258
GPS Configuration ..................................................................................................261
Custom Events - Creating Custom Events .......................................................................263
Events List .................................................................................................. 267
Create Event Conditions .................................................................................. 269
Single Type Conditions .................................................................................. 271
Multiple Type Conditions ............................................................................... 275
E-Mail Alerts ................................................................................................ 277
Reports - About Reports ...........................................................................................281
Energy Mode ................................................................................................ 283
Parameter Mode ........................................................................................... 284
Energy Meter ........................................................................................................285
Display Setup ........................................................................................................288
Upgrade BLACKBOX Software - About Firmware Upgrade ....................................................291
Upgrade the FW Using FTP ............................................................................... 294
Local FW Upgrade.......................................................................................... 296
Other Connections & Settings - About ..............................................................................298
The I/O Ports of the Portable BLACKBOX - Overview..........................................................298
IO Port Connections - About Connecting the IO Ports ................................................ 299
Connect the Digital Input ............................................................................... 300
Connect the Relay ....................................................................................... 302
IO Port Setup - About Monitoring & Setting Up Your IO Ports ....................................... 304
Digital Input - Setup ..................................................................................... 305
Digital In Status ....................................................................................... 309
Relay - Setup ............................................................................................. 311
Event Signal ............................................................................................ 313
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Energy Signal .......................................................................................... 316
Alarm Signal ........................................................................................... 319
Relay Status............................................................................................ 321
Communication Ports - About Connecting The Ports ..........................................................322
Connect The LAN Ports .................................................................................... 323
Serial Port Connections ................................................................................... 327
Battery Replacement ...............................................................................................331
Remove The Malfunctioned Battery ..................................................................... 332
Replace The New Battery ................................................................................. 334
Attach The PT100 Temperature Connection (Optional) .......................................................335
Reset Your Portable BLACKBOX ...................................................................................336
Elspec Search Utility - About .........................................................................................337
Obtain Elspec's Search Utility .....................................................................................338
Use the Elspec's Search Utility ....................................................................................339
G4500/G3500 Unit Access .........................................................................................341
New Device Indication .............................................................................................345
Limitations of Elspec's Search Utility ............................................................................346
Specifications ..........................................................................................................347
Physical Specifications & Dimensions of the Portable BLACKBOX ...........................................355
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Introduction - System Overview
Tailored for PQ Analysis at any location, the Portable BLACKBOX has been especially designed to
address the needs of Site Engineers, Electrical Consultants & Utilities:

No Missed Events

Quick & Simple Setup

Remote Connectivity

Plug & Play
Empowered by the patented PQZIP compression technology, the G4500/G3500 can store up to a
thousand times more than other typical file formats. The PQZIP allows the Portable BLACKBOX to
continuously record & store all electrical waveforms, all the time, for extended periods, with no
gaps in the data. Capture everything, Trends, Volts/Amps/Hz, Events, Harmonics, THD, Flicker,
Power & Energy to get down to the root cause of all your Power Quality issues. The Portable
BLACKBOX fully complies with IEC 61000-4-30 Class A standards for: aggregations, time clock
uncertainty, flagging & transient influence quantities.
The advanced PQSCADA & Investigator Enterprise Analysis software enables the operator to
detect, view, control, analyze & isolate the minutest PQ anomaly for the diagnosis & effective
maintenance of equipment. It simplifies troubleshooting & time-synchronized data recorded by any
number of BLACKBOX devices, can be compared within a particular site &/or across many sites.
The embedded Website serves as the main user-interface with the unit, providing enhanced
management, unit configuration & real-time monitoring of all parameters.
The figure below provides a graphical outline of the BLACKBOX Portable System:
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EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN A PORTABLE POWER QUALITY SOLUTION & MORE

1 X Custom Clamp 3-Flexible Current
Probes

5 X Voltage Leads (Automatically
Detected)

2 X DC Voltage Cords (G4500)

Durable Carrying Case

Rechargeable Power Supply (2 Hours
Standby)

Wireless Network (G4500)

PQSCADA / Investigator Software CD

Mobile Analysis Lab
SEE ALSO:

Warranty

Acronyms

Product Selection Guide
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Warranty
Each Elspec product is under warranty to be free from defects in material and workmanship under
normal use and service. The warranty period is for one year and commences on the date of
shipment. Parts, product repairs, and services are under warranty for 90 days. This warranty
extends only to the original buyer or end-user customer and it does not apply to fuses, disposable
batteries, or to any product which, in Elspec's opinion, has been misused, altered, neglected,
contaminated, or damaged by accident or abnormal conditions in the operation or handling of the
product. Elspec guarantees that the software will operate substantially in accordance with its
functional specifications for 90 days and that it has been properly recorded on non-defective media.
Elspec does not guarantee that the software will be error free and operate without interruption.
Elspec authorized re-sellers shall extend this warranty on new and unused products to end-user
customers only, but do not have authority to extend a greater or different warranty on behalf of
Elspec. Warranty support is available only if the product is purchased through an Elspec authorized
sales outlet or Buyer has paid the applicable international price. Elspec reserves the right to invoice
the Buyer for any importation costs for the repair/replacement of parts when the product purchased
in one country is submitted for repair in another country.
Elspec’s warranty obligation is limited, at Elspec's option, to refund of the purchase price, free of
charge repair, or replacement of a defective product which is returned to Elspec within the
warranty period. For warranty service, contact Elspec directly to obtain a return-authorization. On
receipt of the authorization, return the product to Elspec with a description of the problem,
including prepaid postage and insurance (FOB destination). Elspec assumes no risk for damage in
transit. Following warranty repair, the product will be returned to the Buyer, transportation prepaid
(FOB destination). If Elspec determines that the failure was caused by neglect, misuse,
contamination, alteration, accident, or abnormal condition of operation of handling, including
overvoltage failures caused by use outside the product's specified rating, or normal wear and tear of
mechanical components, Elspec will provide an estimate of repair costs and obtain authorization
before commencing work. Following repair, the product will be returned to the Buyer,
transportation prepaid, and the Buyer will be billed for the repair and return postage transportation
charges (FOB Shipping Point).
This warranty is the Buyer's sole and exclusive remedy and is in lieu of all other warranties, express
or implied, including but not limited to any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a
particular purpose. Elspec shall not be liable for any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential
damages or losses, including loss of data arising from any cause or theory.
Since some countries or states do not allow limitation of the term of an implied warranty, or
exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, the limitations and exclusions of this
warranty may not apply to every buyer. If any provision of this Warranty is held invalid or
unenforceable by a court or other decision-maker of competent jurisdiction, such holding will not
affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.
NOTICE REGARDING PROPRIETARY RIGHTS
This publication contains information proprietary to Elspec. By accepting & using this manual, you
agree that the information contained herein will be used solely for the purpose of operating
equipment developed & manufactured by Elspec.

System Overview

Acronyms

Product Selection Guide
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Acronyms
The following acronyms are being used within this document:
ACRONYM
DEFINITION
PQ
Power Quality
V
Voltage
I
Current
AC
Alternating Current
DC
Direct Current
F
Frequency
VN
Voltage Neutral
IN
Current Neutral
A
Ampere
CT
Current Transformer
PF
Power Factor
PT100
Platinum Resistance Thermometers
PU
Per Unit
PT
Potential Transformer (transformation ratio in both magnitude and phase)
CT
Current Transformer
HV
High Voltage
MV
Medium Voltage
LV
Low Voltage
THD
Total Harmonic Distortion
ADC
Analog to Digital Converter
SSL
Secure Sockets Layer
GPS
Global Positioning System
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ACRONYM
DEFINITION
UTC
Coordinated Universal Time
LAN
Local Area Network
WAN
Wide Area Network
ADSL
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
CF
Compact Flash
OLP
OLE for Process Control (set of connectivity standards for industrial automation)
OPC
Open Connectivity (formerly OLE for Process Control)
TCP
Transport Control Protocol
FTP
File Transfer Protocol
DHCP
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
DNP3
Distributed Network Protocol
PPP
Point to Point Protocol
PAP
Password Authentication Protocol
CHAP
Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol
UART
Universal Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter
ISP
Internet Service Provider
INIT
Initialization (INIT String used in Modem)
AT
A command string should start with "AT" or "at", except for the commands "A/"
and "+++". At or aT are invalid
PST
Value measured over x period that characterizes the likelihood that the
voltage fluctuations would result in perceptible light flicker
THD
Total Harmonic Distortion
TDD
Total Demand Distortion
Ampl
FIFO
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Amplitude
First In First Out
ACRONYM
DEFINITION
FFT
Fast Fourier Transform
csv
Comma Separated Values
ACRONYM
DEFINITION
ELSPEC G4500/G3500 BLACKBOX DEVICE & ACCESSORIES
BB
BLACKBOX
G4500 / G3500
BLACKBOX Portable Power Quality Analyzers
G4150
Mobile Analysis Lab
PQA
Power Quality Analyzer
R/O
Perform Read Only Functions Within the BLACKBOX Interface
R/W
Perform Read & Write Functions Within the BLACKBOX Interface
RTC
BLACKBOX Internal Real Time Clock
DSP
Digital Signal Processing Module (Located Internally)
PQZIP
Power Quality Data Compression & Archive File Format
PQSCADA
Power Quality Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition
S/N
Serial Number
HW
Hardware
SW
Software
FW
Firmware - BLACKBOX Software
See also:

System Overview

Warranty

Product Selection Guide
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Product Selection Guide
The product selection guide will assist you in choosing the optimal Portable PQ Analyzer that will
suit your needs & requirements. The BLACKBOX device series includes 2 products, namely the G4500
& G3500. They are mainly differentiated by their measurement capabilities, storage capacity, PQ
analysis & communication ports.
CAPABILITIES
PRODUCT SERIES
G4500
G3500
1024
512
511TH
255TH
16/201 Bit
16/201 Bit
x10
x10
REAL-TIME MEASUREMENTS
Voltage Sampling Rate, Maximum Samples/Cycle
Voltage/Current - Per Phase, Average, Unbalanced
Power: Real, Reactive, Apparent, Power Factor, Frequency
Energy: Bidirectional, Total, Import, Export, Net
Demand: Block
Voltage Harmonics (Individual, Even, Odd, Total) Up toType of Analog to Digital Converter
Measurement During Overloading (From Nominal)
DATA & WAVEFORMS LOGS
Cycle-By-Cycle PQZIP Recording
Event Logs
Continuous Waveform Recording
Min/Max Logs For Any Parameter
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CAPABILITIES
PRODUCT SERIES
G4500
G3500
With Ethernet Synchronization
50
50
With GPS Synchronization
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1
32 GB
32TB2
256 MB
256 GB2
19.5/16.3µs
39/32.5µs
TIME STAMPS, RESOLUTION (MICROSECONDS)
STORAGE CAPACITY
Internal Memory
POWER QUALITY ANALYSIS
Transient Detection, Microseconds (50Hz/60Hz)
Sag/Swell Monitoring
Unbalance Components: Zero, Negative, Positive
Flicker (IEC 61000-4-15)
Fast Flickering
Compliance Testing To EN50160
EN50160 Timestamps
Configurable for IEEE519-1992, IEEE159 (SEMI)
Time Stamps Of Above
Inter-Harmonics
POWER SUPPLY
Power Over Ethernet (PoE- In)3
Operating Range
According to 802.3af
100-260VAC: 50/60Hz 100-300VDC
Auxiliary AC Supply
48VDC
Battery Backup
2 Hours
E-MAIL NOTIFICATIONS
SMTP Client
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CAPABILITIES
PRODUCT SERIES
G4500
G3500
COMMUNICATION
CONTROL
Web Server
Comprehensive web server for local & remote realtime monitoring & control
FTP Server
Standard protocol for main storage memory
Channels
1 x Change Over
Max Voltage
277 VAC
Max Current
5A / 250VAC 10A / 110VAC 5A / 30VDC
Max Reaction time
10ms
Max Drop-out time
4ms
Output Resistance
50MΩ
1
Effective Bits
Equivalent Memory Needed Without Pqzip Compression
3
G4500 Unit Only
DISCLAIMER: OUTLINED CAPABILITIES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
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PORTS
Ethernet Ports
RS-232, RS-485 Ports
Wi-Fi Communications (802.11g)
2 LAN & 1 WAN (Integrated
Router, NAT & Firewall)
1 LAN
1
1
1 (With Integrated Antenna)
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LAN 1
Communication Protocols
Power Over Ethernet (PoE- In)3
TELNET, OPC, SMTP Client
According to 802.3af
LAN 2
Communication Protocols
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Modbus TCP, Modbus RTU, OPC, DNP3 & SMTP
Client
MULTI IO
DIGITAL INPUTS
Channels
4
Sampling
800 Hz @ 50Hz (16 spc)
960 Hz @ 60Hz (16 spc)
Range
Pulse Type
Functionality
Isolation Connector
0 – 220 VDC
0->1->0, 1->0->1, KYZ
Triggers based on events / Energy pulse counting
125V
RELAY OUTPUT
Power Over Ethernet (PoE- Out)
See also:

System Overview

Warranty

Acronyms
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1 (Available as Output – 48V / 13 Watt)
WARNINGS
REVIEW THE ENTIRE MANUAL BEFORE USING THE INSTRUMENT AND ITS ACCESSORIES
OBSERVE ALL WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS
DO NOT OPERATE THE INSTRUMENT AROUND EXPLOSIVE GAS OR VAPOR
AVOID WORKING ALONE
BEFORE USE, INSPECT THE INSTRUMENT, LEADS AND ACCESSORIES FOR MECHANICAL DAMAGE, AND REPLACE
WHEN DAMAGED
PAY SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE INSULATION SURROUNDING THE CONNECTORS AND PLUGS
REMOVE ALL ACCESSORIES THAT ARE NOT IN USE
MAKE SURE THE INSTRUMENT IS PROPERLY GROUNDED TO A PROTECTIVE EARTH GROUND
DO NOT APPLY INPUT VOLTAGES ABOVE THE RATING OF THE INSTRUMENT AS SHOWN ON THE NAME PLATE
DO NOT INSERT METAL OBJECTS INTO CONNECTORS AND OPENINGS
NEVER OPEN THE INSTRUMENT’S ENCLOSURE DURING OPERATION; DANGEROUS VOLTAGES ARE PRESENT
USE THE INSTRUMENT ONLY AS SPECIFIED IN THIS MANUAL, OR THE PROTECTION PROVIDED BY THE INSTRUMENT
MAY BE IMPAIRED
DO NOT EXPOSE THE INSTRUMENT TO EXTREME MOISTURE AND OR RAIN
TO AVOID SHOCK OR FIRE
VERIFY THAT THE UNIT IS DISCONNECTED FROM THE MAIN POWER SUPPLY
INSPECT ALL ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL CONNECTIONS VISUALLY FOR MECHANICAL DAMAGE AND INTEGRITY
OF COMPONENTS AND ACCESSORIES
INSPECT CURRENT TRANSFORMER WIRING FOR PROPER DIRECTION THROUGH THE CYLINDRICAL APERTURE OF
THE CURRENT SAMPLING MODULE
TEST ALL CONTROL WIRING TO ENSURE SECURE SEATING IN TERMINALS
BEFORE USE, INSPECT THE INSTRUMENT, LEADS AND ACCESSORIES FOR MECHANICAL DAMAGE, AND REPLACE
WHEN DAMAGED
DO NOT OPERATE THE INSTRUMENT OR ITS ACCESSORIES IF IT BECAME WET FOR ANY REASON
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See also:

What You'll Need

Unpacking Components & Accessories

G4500 BLACKBOX Unit

G3500 BLACKBOX Unit
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What You'll Need
Familiarize yourself with the G4500 & G3500 BLACKBOX Unit, Components & Accessories. In
addition, ensure that you follow the outlined Safety Precautions. You will need the following tools
& additional items for the initial installation:

Wire Strippers

Phillips Screwdriver

Flat Head Screwdriver

Portable BLACKBOX Unit, Components & Accessories

This User Guide
See also:

Safety Precautions

Unpacking Components & Accessories

G4500 BLACKBOX Unit

G3500 BLACKBOX Unit
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QUANTITY
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION & PART NUMBER
DEVICE, COMPONENTS & ACCESSORIES
1
Portable BLACKBOX Device

G4500 BLACKBOX: SPG-4500-0090

G3500 BLACKBOX: SPG-3500-0090
SEE ALSO

1
G4150 Mobile Analysis Lab

1
Product Selection Guide
SNT-4420-00001
Elspec BLACKBOX Installation & Demonstration Disc [SMX0408-0103] Containing:

INVESTIGATOR Software V4 SOF-4001-0000

PQSCADA Software V4 SOF-4000-0000

Generic Configuration Utility V1 SOF-4003-0000

Elspec Search Utility V1 SOF-4004-0000

Software Support Utilities

G4500/G3500 Quick Reference Guide V1 SMR-30110110

G4500 User Guide V1 SMX-0603-0100

PQSCADA User Manual V4 SMX-0619-0100

INVESTIGATOR User Manual SMM-5011-0809

G4500/G3500 Brochure V1 SMX-0218-0100

Tutorials V3 SMX-1608-0100
Unpacking Components & Accessories
The Portable BLACKBOX is shipped from Elspec's factory in a sealed case to protect it from damage
during transportation. The small parts are shipped in a sealed bag with the unit.
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TO UNPACK THE UNIT & ITS ACCESSORIES
Remove the unit & all of the following components from the casing:
QUANTITY
1
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION & PART NUMBER
Carrying Trolley Case (For Mobility)

1
1
1
5 AC VOLTAGE TEST LEADS & CLIPS:

Black Voltage Cord with Crocodile Clip + Fuse (3M) EAH4303-5100

Red Voltage Cord with Crocodile Clip + Fuse (3M) EAH4303-5200

Blue Voltage Cord with Crocodile Clip + Fuse(3M) EAH4303-5300

Yellow Voltage Cord with Crocodile Clip + Fuse(3M) EAH4303-5400

Green Voltage Cord with Crocodile Clip(3M) EAH-43039500
2 DC VOLTAGE TEST LEADS & CLIPS2:

Black Voltage Cord with Crocodile Clip + Fuse (3M) EAH4303-5100

Red Voltage Cord with Crocodile Clip + Fuse (3M) EAH4303-5200
Custom Clamp 3-Flexible Current Probes (Adjustable
30/300/3000A)

1
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SOA-3003-0270
Custom Clamp 1-Flexible Current Probe (Adjustable
30/300/3000A)

1
MEB-2999-0000
SOA-3000-0270
Power Cable for Cont. 10A/125V, Straight, 1.8M, Black:

Europe: EPC-2012-2190

North America: EPC-7012-2190
QUANTITY
1
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION & PART NUMBER
48VDC Terminal Block Connector (RoHS Compliant):

1
Temperature Sensor Terminal Block Connector PT100
Type (RoHS Compliant)

1
TOE-0010-0013
Relay Terminal Block Connector (RoHS Compliant)

1
ENT-1003-0190
LAN Communication Cord Length: 2M

1
ENT-2008-0190
Relay Terminal Block Connector (RoHS Compliant)

1
ENT-1004-0190
Multi IO Terminal Block Connector (RoHS Compliant)

1
ENT-1002-0191
RS485/422 Communication Terminal Block Connector
(RoHS Compliant)

1
ENT-1002-0190
ENT-1002-0190
The mobile analysis lab may be excluded from your Order, if so preferred. The default keyboard
for the lab is English. Please ensure that your order has indicated your choice of preference
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G4500 unit only
Orders for optional accessories will be delivered as well in a sealed casing. Unpack these parts from
their sealed bags:
OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
QUANTITY
As Ordered
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION & PART NUMBER
GPS (Global Position System) (For Mobile Time
Synchronization)

As Ordered
Multi-Frequency 3.5G Wireless Modem (For Fast Mobile
Communication Access)

As Ordered
SPG-4501-0090
DWL-P50 Standard POE to Remote Devices (8 – 12 Volts
Adapter)

As Ordered
SCM-0001-0000
Protective Weatherproof Pelican Case (IP64)

As Ordered
SOA-0232-0400
EBO-5050-0000
Custom Clamp 3-Flexible Current Probes

SOA-3003-0270
Current Range 30A / 300A / 3000A AC RMS
Operating Temperature -20ºC to + 65ºC
Probe Cable Length 610mm (24”)
Probe Cable Diameter 194mm (7.5”)
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QUANTITY
As Ordered
ILLUSTRATION
DESCRIPTION & PART NUMBER
Custom Clamp 3-Flexible Current Probes

SOA-3000-0270
Current Range 30A / 300A / 3000A AC RMS
Operating Temperature -20ºC to + 65ºC
Probe Cable Length 610mm (24”)
Probe Cable Diameter 194mm (7.5”)
As Ordered
DC Current Custom Clamp

SOA-0270-1400
Current Measurement 1,500A DC / 1,000A AC
Output Signal 1m V/A, 10m V/A
Operating Temperature - 20°C to + 60°C
Cable Length 1.4M
As Ordered
1-6 A Mini Clamp

SOA-0010-0500
Measurement Range Up to 6A AC (1A Nominal)
Output Signal 100 mV/A
Operating Temperature - 20°C to + 60°C
Cable Length 1.2M
As Ordered
100 A Mini Clamp

SOA-0180-5000
Measurement Range Up to 100A
PK
AC
“Hole” Dimensions 10mm Max
Operating Temperature - 20°C to + 60°C
Cable Length 1.2M
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QUANTITY
ILLUSTRATION
As Ordered
DESCRIPTION & PART NUMBER
300 A Flexible Current Clamp

SOA-9091-3000
Measurement Range 9A ÷ 1050A
Output Signal AC: 46mV/1KA
Operating Temperature -20ºC to + 60ºC
Cable Length 2m
As Ordered
3000 A Flexible Current Clamp

SOA-9045-3001
Measurement Range 10Hz ÷ 20kHz
Output Signal AC: 46mV/1KA
Operating Temperature -20ºC to + 60ºC
Cable Length 2m
As Ordered
Adaptor - Elspec Clamps to BNC (160cm)

As Ordered
Adaptor - Elspec Clamps to Fixed Banana (60cm)

As Ordered

Safety Precautions

What You'll Need

G4500 BLACKBOX Unit

G3500 BLACKBOX Unit
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SOA-0270-0002
Extension Cable for Elspec Clamps (600cm)

See also:
SOA-0270-0001
Adaptor – Elspec Clamps to Separated Banana (160cm)

As Ordered
SOA-0270-0000
SOA-4500-0000
The G4500 BLACKBOX Portable PQ Analyzer
The innovative design of the G4500 BLACKBOX has been uniquely adapted for PQ Analysis at any
location. It continuously records all waveform data at a sampling rate for Voltage 1,024 samples
per cycle & Current 256 samples per cycle. With an onboard memory of 32GB you can capture
everything for more than a year depending on the selected resolution & the individual network
condition. It is important to remember that with the built-in PQZIP compression this onboard
memory is equivalent to 32TB, enabling you to get to the root cause of all your PQ Anomalies. It
features an ultra capacitors' ride-through for up to 25 seconds, an AC/DC power supply, DC/DC
converter, can be powered by Power of the Ethernet (PoE In) or by an onboard battery for up to 2
Hours.
The front panel of the unit mainly facilitates the communication interfaces, the auxiliary power
supply & I/O module. It also facilitates one of the important features of the device, namely the
remote Wifi antenna & activity indicator.
The rear panel houses another important feature of the G4500, namely the sensor sockets for all the
probes. You may use any custom / Elspec probes supplied with the device. Simply plug it in & all
the probes will be automatically recognized. The rear panel also houses the On/Off Switch of the
Main Power & Inlet Socket.
The illustrations & tables below will serve as a navigational map of all the unit's controls &
indicators.
Physical layout of the controls & indicators of the G4500's Front Panel:
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Physical layout of the controls & indicators of the G4500's Rear Panel:
INDICATOR / CONTROL
DETAILED USAGE REFERENCE
FRONT PANEL
Wi-Fi Activity & Antenna
Wireless Single PC Connection
Auxiliary Power Supply
Unit Powering
Digital Inputs
IO Ports
Serial Ports
Establish 1ST Time Connection
USB Network Communication Port
Establish 1ST Time Connection
Battery Indicator
Battery Replacements
Power Indicator
Unit Powering
Main Power Supply On/Off Switch
Unit Powering
LAN Ports
Establish 1ST Time Connection
WAN Port
Establish 1ST Time Connection
External Temperature Port
IO Ports
Reset Button
Instrument Settings
Relay Port
IO Ports
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REAR PANEL
Voltage Clamp Inputs
Connect Voltage Probes
Current Clamp Inputs
Connect Current Clamps
DC Current Input
Connect Current Clamp
DC Voltage Inputs
Connect Voltage Probes
Main Power On/Off Switch
Unit Powering
Main Power Inlet Socket
Unit Powering
See also:

Safety Precautions

What You'll Need

Unpacking Components & Accessories

G3500 BLACKBOX Unit
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The G3500 BLACKBOX Portable PQ Analyzer
The innovative design of the G3500 BLACKBOX has been uniquely adapted for PQ Analysis at any
location. It continuously records all waveform data at a sampling rate for Voltage 512 samples per
cycle & Current 512 samples per cycle. With an onboard memory of 256MB you can capture
everything for more than a year depending on the selected resolution & the individual network
condition. It is important to remember that with the built-in PQZIP compression this onboard
memory is equivalent to 256GBG, enabling you to get to the root cause of all your PQ Anomalies. It
features an ultra capacitors' ride-through for up to 25 seconds, an AC/DC power supply, DC/DC
converter, can be powered by Power of the Ethernet (PoE In) or by an onboard battery for up to 2
Hours.
The front panel of the unit mainly facilitates the communication interfaces, the auxiliary power
supply & I/O module.
The rear panel houses another important feature of the G3500, namely the sensor sockets for all the
probes. You may use any custom / Elspec probes supplied with the device. Simply plug it in & all
the probes will be automatically recognized. The rear panel also houses the On/Off Switch of the
Main Power & Inlet Socket.
The illustrations & tables below will serve as a navigational map of all the unit's controls &
indicators.
Physical layout of the controls & indicators of the G3500's Front Panel:
Physical layout of the controls & indicators of the G3500's Rear Panel:
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INDICATOR / CONTROL
DETAILED USAGE REFERENCE
FRONT PANEL
Auxiliary Power Supply
Unit Powering
Digital Input
IO Ports
Serial Ports
Establish 1ST Time Connection
Battery Supply
Battery Replacements
Power Indicator
Unit Powering
LAN Ethernet Port
Establish 1ST Time Connection
Reset Button
Instrument Settings
Relay Port
IO Ports
REAR PANEL
Voltage Clamp Inputs
Connect Voltage Probes
Current Clamp Inputs
Connect Current Clamps
Main Power On/Off Switch
Unit Powering
Main Power Inlet Socket
Unit Powering
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See also:

Safety Precautions

What You'll Need

Unpacking Components & Accessories

G4500 BLACKBOX Unit
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Installation
This section contains the installation & setup procedure for the Portable BLACKBOX that is quick &
simple to follow. After you have installed your BLACKBOX device, you can:

Monitor the Quality of your Electrical Power,

Monitor PQ Parameters according to EN50160, IEC61000-4-30 & Customized Standards

Store a 1000 Times More than other typical file formats with PQZIP
QUICK & SIMPLE INSTALLATION
The simple Step-x-Step procedure includes:
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
Unit Powering

Establish 1st Time Connection

Plug in & Play the Voltage & Current Probes

Unit Access

Quick Unit Configuration

Verify Measurement Readings

Enable PQZIP Recording
WARNING
Before you start ensure that the panel is de-energized & that you take the necessary
Safety Precautions!
Unit Powering
You may either power up either G4500 / G3500 Portable BLACKBOX by using the main AC Power
Supply / the Auxiliary Power Supply / Battery Power Supply:
connect by using the AC POWER SUPPLY:
WARNING

85-260V AC ± 10%, 50/60Hz
 2A/250V Fuse Holder
OR
 Use only suitable fuse replacement!
120-370V DC
 Make sure the Instrument is properly
35-55V DC Watt Maximum

On the Rear Panel connect the female end of
the Power Cable to the Main Power Supply
inlet socket of the unit:

Connect the male plug end of the Power
Cable to the electrical supply outlet

On the Front Panel turn on the Main
Power Supply Switch to the ON position:

On the Rear Panel turn on the Main
Power Switch to the ON position:

Verify that the unit is running on AC Power by using the status indicator lights:
Flashing Blue
Main Power Applied, Battery
Charging
Solid Blue
Main Power Applied, Battery
Fully Charged
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grounded through the power cord to
protective earth ground
connect by using the Auxiliary Power Supply:
WARNING
48V DC
(35- 55V)
35 Watt Maximum

No replaceable fuse
protection!

Do not allow significant
overvoltage!

The 48VDC power supply
should be isolated from
the mains by double or
reinforced insulation
On the Front Panel connect the female end of the
Auxiliary Cable to the Auxiliary Port of the unit to the

corresponding +/- connection:
On the Front Panel turn on the Main Power Supply

Switch to the ON position:

Verify that the unit is running on Auxiliary Power by using the status indicator lights:
Flashing Blue
Main Auxiliary Power Applied,
Battery Charging
Solid Blue
Main Auxiliary Power Applied,
Battery Fully Charged
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Power the unit by using the Battery Supply:
The BLACKBOX Portable contains an internal, uninterrupted power supply module providing a short
period of self-powered measurements sessions &/or power supply interruptions ride-through. The
Internal UPS system contains a lithium battery for a up to 2 hours of fully- functioning operation & a
super capacitors module allowing an additional 25 seconds of short interruptions ride-through even
in the case of the main battery being fully discharged. The battery & super capacitors modules
require no maintenance and are designed for a long service life. However, if the battery shows a
significant decrease in performance, it should be replaced with a factory original. Consult with your
local Elspec agency for replacement battery ordering information & see Battery Replacement, in
order to change your Battery.
Procedure for using the Battery Supply:
On the Front Panel turn on the Main Power Supply

Switch to the ON position:

Verify that the unit is running on Battery Power by using the status indicator
lights:
Red

Powered by the Internal Battery
Go to the next step - Unit Wiring
see also:
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
About Quick Installation

About Portable Wiring

Plug and Play Voltage & Current Probes

Grounding

Establish 1st Time Connection

Unit Access

About Quick Configuration

Verify Measurement Readings

Enable PQZIP Recording
G4500 & G3500 Unit Wiring
An essential part of the Wiring Procedure is the Power Configuration, which is configured in the Web
Interface. Prior to proceeding with Plugging in & Playing your Voltage & Current Probes,
familiarize yourself with the types of Power Topology the BLACKBOX Portable supports & Grounding
of the unit.
BLACKBOX PORTABLE POWER TOPOLOGY SUPPORTS
The BLACKBOX is designed to serve in virtually any power topology configuration. The diagrams
below outline the types of topologies with their applicable Configuration in Elspec's Web Interface.
It includes the Portable BLACKBOX configurations followed by the actual power configuration in
brackets:
Single LN [SINGLE PHASE WITH NEUTRAL]:
Single LL [SINGLE PHASE WITHOUT NEUTRAL]:
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2Phase TR [SINGLE SPLIT PHASE]:
delta 3 wires [THREE WIRE DELTA]:
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delta 3 wires [Grounded Delta]:
wye 4 wires [four wire wye]:
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wye 4 wires [three wire wye]:
Delta 3 wires [delta high leg]:
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Delta 3 wires [delta Open Leg]:
see also:
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
About Quick Installation

Unit Powering

Plug and Play Voltage & Current Probes

Grounding

Establish 1st Time Connection

Unit Access

About Quick Configuration

Verify Measurement Readings

Enable PQZIP Recording
Grounding
The Portable BLACKBOX contains two independent ground systems, one for measurements & one for
safety. Internally the ground systems are isolated in order to avoid ground loops. Externally they
may be safely connected to the same or different ground systems.

Point 1 - Measurement Ground: The reference point for measured electrical system,

Point 2 - Safety Ground: The reference for the line cord ground. Enclosure for connectors
related metal parts:
NOTE NOTE NOTE


Maximum permitted voltage between Measurement & Safety Grounds is 2kV DC or 1.5kV AC.
The Ground input is the reference for all channels therefore it is essential to connect it
properly.

Proceed to the next step - Plug and Play Voltage & Current Probes
see also:
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
About Quick Installation

Unit Powering

About Portable Wiring

Plug and Play Voltage & Current Probes

Establish 1st Time Connection

Unit Access

About Quick Configuration

Verify Measurement Readings

Enable PQZIP Recording
Plug & Play - Voltage & Current Probes
The Portable BLACKBOX houses 5 x AC Voltage, 4 x AC Current & 1 x AC/DC Current Sockets. In
addition the G4500 houses 2 x VDC Sockets. It is a simple matter of plugging in the Voltage &
Current Probes into the device & it will be automatically recognized.
The BLACKBOX is designed to serve in virtually any power topology configuration, see Circuit
Topologies in order to interface your device with your circuit topology.
NOTE NOTE NOTE

Current Clamps: The Portable BLACKBOX is certified to measure currents only when using
Certified 61010-2-032 Third Edition Current Clamps.

Voltage Clamps: The Portable BLACKBOX is certified to measure voltage only when using
Certified to 61010-031 Third Edition Voltage Clamps.
plug in the ac voltage probes:


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Plug in the Voltage Probes into the applicable sockets located on the Rear Panel. Plug the
phase & ground cables in as:

L1 to L1 (Red to Red)

L2 to L2 (Yellow to Yellow)

L3 to L3 (Blue to Blue)

Ground to Ground (Green to Green)

Earth to Earth (Black to Black)
Attached Crocodile Ends of the Probes to the Measured Power Source:

The LED light will illuminate confirming a solid connection & the Voltage Levels are above
10% of the nominal value:
SPECIFICATION
G4500
G3500
Maximum Voltage Input
1KV
1KV
Nominal Voltage Range
110 to 690V
110 to 690V
Maximum Peak Measurement Voltage
8KV
8KV
Input Impedance
3MΩ
3MΩ
Bandwidth
25kHz
12.5kHz
Nominal Frequency
42.5Hz to 69Hz
42.5Hz to 69Hz
plug in the current probes:
You may use any clamp (either Elspec / Custom clamps). The clamps convert current to low voltage.
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
Plug in the Current Probes into the applicable sockets located on the Rear Panel (Pay
attention to the phase connections, as the channels are calibrated according to the clamps I1 for I1; I2 for I2; I3 for I3; I4 for I4 & IDC for the DC Clamp):

Connect the measurement end to the measured power source:

The LED light will illuminate confirming a solid connection:
SPECIFICATION
G4500
G3500
Number of Inputs
4 (3 Phases & Neutral) +
DC/Ground
4 (3 Phases & Neutral)
Maximum Peak
Measurement
I1 to I4: 10 VPk I5: 3 VPk
From Clamp
I1 to I4: 10 VPk
From Clamp
Type
Clamp On Current Transformer
With mV Output
Clamp On Current Transformer
With mV Output
Range
I1 to I4: 0 to 10 VPk
I5: 0 to 3 VPk
From Clamp
I1 to I4: 0 to 10 VPk
From Clamp
Burden
0.05VA (Typical) @ 5 IRMS
0.05VA (Typical) @ 5 IRMS
Bandwidth
25kHz (Typical) @ 5 IRMS
12.5kHz
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plug in the G4500'S VDC probes:
The G4500 facilitates Auxiliary DC(+) & DC(-) voltage & current inputs & provides an independent
input to the main AC/DC channel DC voltage readings. The measurement range ranges from 1000VDC to +1000VDC at a rate of once every second. This is mainly suitable for a voltage converter
DC link side reading while the main voltage channels are on the grid side.

Plug in the DC Probes into the applicable sockets located on the Rear Panel - Red(+) &
Black(-):

Connect the measurement end to the measured power source

No configuration is necessary for the automatically recognized DC V/I Probes, you may
however choose to Enable / Disable the recording at your own choosing. See Capture DC.
SPECIFICATION
Maximum Voltage Input
1KV
Galvanic Insulation from Main AC / DC Channels
3KV
Recording Resolution
200 μs

Go to the next step - Establishing a 1st Time Connection
see also:
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
About Quick Installation

Unit Powering

About Portable Wiring

Grounding

Establish 1st Time Connection

Unit Access

About Quick Configuration

Verify Measurement Readings

Enable PQZIP Recording
Establish 1st Time Connection
A quick & simple connection can be established to your Network or G4150 or your local PC by using
the Portable BLACKBOX's fast Ethernet ports (10/100 MB) / Wireless Link.
G4500 Portable BLACKBOX:

Wi-Fi: Convenient Wireless Connection

WAN: Broadband router (ADSL/ Cable / Cellular) for Internet accessibility - See
Communication

LAN1: G4150/ DHCP/ PC / Laptop Connection - See Communication

LAN2/LCD: Direct connection to LAN Network of Computers - See Communication

Serial Interface Ports: See Communication
G3500 Portable BLACKBOX:

LAN/LCD: Main connection port (G4150/ DHCP / PC/ Laptop/ LAN Network of
Computers)

Serial Interface Ports: See Communication
G4500 WI-FI CONNECTION
Equipped with a built-in IEEE 802.11 g/b router configured as an industry standard access point, the
G4500 provides convenient & instant connectivity to your G4150, including to a PC/Laptop that is
Wi-Fi enabled.

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After you have switched on your G4500 Portable PQ Analyzer, search for the device by its
unique S/N:
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
The S/N is located on the
G4500's name plate:

The Wi-Fi Activity
Indicator will confirm
connection (Flashing / Solid
Blue):
G3500 LAN/LCD CONNECTION

After you have switched on your G3500 Portable PQ Analyzer, connect the LAN
Communication Cord to the port marked LAN/LCD on the units' Front Panel:

The green link-LED of the LAN1 connector begins to flash as Windows begins communicating
with the unit

Wait for about 2 minutes as the Windows operating system reverts to the default "No Server"
IP configuration

When this is completed, the "Local Area Connection Status" icon in the "Quick Start" tray will
change to "Limited or no connectivity":
see also:
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
About Quick Installation

Unit Powering

About Portable Wiring

Grounding

Plug and Play Voltage & Current Probes

Unit Access

About Quick Configuration

Verify Measurement Readings

Enable PQZIP Recording
G4500 / G3500 Unit Access
Once you have Connected the Device for the 1st Time, you may access your Portable BLACKBOX
Unit by simply clicking the WEB Hyperlink button in your Elspec's Search Utility. Alternatively you
can simply access the device directly via the Internet Explorer by inserting the Device's IP address
directly (address is also indicated in Elspec's Search Utility).
Access Elspec's search utility:
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
After you have Copied the Utility on your Desktop, access it by clicking on the Elspec's Search
Icon:

Initially, the program may trigger a verification warning similar to the one below. You may
proceed by clicking Run:

A scan procedure is initiated; the Elspec Search utility appears as a grid displaying all
BLACKBOX devices found on the intranet network:
Access instrument via the web hyperlink (Recommended):

Select the Web link for your device, Elspec's Web Interface will now open:

In order to view the different languages in the Web Interface, you will need to upload the
language feature from Elspec's Website when installing your new Firmware. Once
uploaded, simply select the applicable interface language from the drop-down list:

The supported languages are:

English (Default)

Chinese

Czech

German

French

Russian

Spanish
(For other languages – please contact your local Elspec distributor)
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
The Password field defines user level/privileges. The user levels are Viewer / Administrator
(See Security Settings). The default password including privileges for each level are:

Viewer is 123 (Read only, can choose interface language only, no operations related
changes are allowed)

Administrator is 12345 (Administration, setup & full control)
NOTE NOTE NOTE

The Website is optimized to work with Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9 in “Compatibility View”.
Ensure that the Internet Explorer is running in Compatibility View:
Other web browser applications can limit some functionality and/or show an incorrect layout.

For local networking the browser should be configured as working without a proxy server. Refer
to Disable Proxy Server in Internet Explorer.

Should you be running Skype simultaneously with Elspec’s Search, you will not be able to access
the device via the Web Link. Close Skype & access Elspec’s Search again to follow the Web Link.

The passwords above are factory default values. You are advised to modify Admin password if
extended security measures are required (See Security Settings).
direct instrument access via internet explorer:
Access the device by typing the BLACKBOX's IP address in the address field in Internet Explorer:

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Choose the language & enter the password as outlined above
see also:
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
About Quick Installation

Unit Powering

About Portable Wiring

Plug and Play Voltage & Current Probes

Grounding

Establish 1st Time Connection

About Quick Configuration

Verify Measurement Readings

Enable PQZIP Recording
About Quick Unit Configuration
This section focuses only on the major configurations needed for initial installation of your Portable
BLACKBOX device. Configurations are done via Elspec's Web Interface. For a more detailed &
comprehensive procedure see Instrument Settings. This procedure includes a quick & simple
configuration procedure for your:

Portable BLACKBOX Unit

Voltage & Frequency

Currents
see also:
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
About Quick Installation

Unit Powering

About Portable Wiring

Plug and Play Voltage & Current Probes

Grounding

Establish 1st Time Connection

Unit Access

Verify Measurement Readings

Enable PQZIP Recording
Quick Unit Configuration

After you have Plugged in your Device, you will need to configure the unit itself. Access
your Portable Device via Elspec's Web Interface
Configuration

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log on as the Administrator
under
Device Setup select the Device Info Tab:
In the G4 Unit Configuration Section complete:

Site Name: Enables the user to define a description of the site where the device is
installed. This site description also appears in the Elspec's Search utility under Unit
Description when searching for devices

Description: An additional text field for you to use optionally as you see fit

Operator: A text field typically for inputting operator/technician name

Company: A text field typically for inputting company name

To apply your changes select

To review your changes select
. A success message will confirm your changes:

Go to the next step Configuring Voltage & Frequency
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
affect your changes.
see also:

About Quick Configuration

Voltage & Frequency

Currents
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to actually
Voltage & Frequency Configurations
As mentioned previously, after you have Plugged in the Voltage Probes it will be automatically
recognized. Therefore, only minor configuration adjustments will need to be made in the Voltage &
Frequency Configuration Window.

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator
Tab:

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under Configuration
log on as the
Device Setup select the Voltage & Frequency
In the Voltage & Frequency Window:

Select the applicable Network Type Settings according to your Network Type from
the drop-down selection:

If you wish to measure the Potential Transformer (MV/HV Networks - Voltage
Measurements by PT's) select Enable:


For MV/HV Networks (Voltage Measurements by PT's) set the correct Primary &
Secondary Ratio (with /) – according to the PT Manufacturer's Specifications & not
just the Ratio:

Define the Nominal Values for Frequency (F) and Voltages (V) (with / ):
The ratio for LV Networks (<1kV) is based on the same concept & specifications:
Set the Primary & Secondary Ratio (with
/) –(according to the PT Manufacturer's
Specifications & not just the Ratio):

To apply your changes select

Go to the next step Current Configuration
Define the Nominal Values for Frequency (F)
and Voltages (V) (with /):
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
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Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
affect your changes.
to actually
Leakage Voltage
A designated PQZIP channel for calculated leakage voltage
Note:
i. The default nominal value of V5 equals 2.3V i.e., 1% of 230V.
ii. Changing the Nominal value of V5 can only be made through editing the unit's
configuration file.
see also:

About Quick Configuration

Unit Configuration

Currents
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Currents
As mentioned previously, after you have Plugged in your Current Probes it will be automatically
recognized. Therefore, only minor configuration adjustments will need to be made in the Current
Configuration Window. Elspec supplies a complete range of Clamps with the Portable BLACKBOX
that are divided into two categories: Custom Clamps & all other Clamps - See Optional
Accessories.
The Custom clamps are capable of measuring currents up to 3000 Amps at very high frequencies of
10 kHz. The probes provide a linear voltage output replicating input current waveform ranges of
either 30, 300, or 3000 Amperes. The Ampere setting is controlled & set by the user via a RotarySwitch. Due to the nature of this setting, the Hardware range needs to be configured accordingly in
the unit's Web Interface. As such, the configurations differ for the two different groups of Clamps -
Currents Configuration - Elspec Custom Clamps:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator

under Configuration
Device Setup select the Currents Tab:
As mentioned all the connected clamps will be automatically recognized. Adjust the Currents
Probe Info in the applicable sections:

Primary & Secondary Transformation Ratios for all the Current channels;

Nominal Ampere Values for all the Current Channels (Nominal is set for the current
measurements that will define PQZIP threshold / tolerance value & it is also used for event
settings);

Either Reverse the Polarity / maintain it at Normal from the drop-down selection (Polarity
toggling is used to correct incorrect wiring);

Clamp’s Current / Voltage Ratio as per the Clamp's Rotary Current Setting - use the table
below as your guide:
CLAMP ROTARY CURRENT SETTING
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log on as the
I/V Ratio
30A
100 mVA
300A
10 mVA
3000A
1 mVA

The Hardware Range as per the Clamp's Rotary Current Setting - use the table below as your
guide:
CLAMP ROTARY CURRENT SETTING
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HARDWARE RANGE
30A
70.710678A
300A
707.10678A
3000A
7071.0678A
Leakage Current
A designated channel is used for leakage current in one of the following manners
i. Calculated channel
ii. Physical channel measured via IDC channel of a portable unit
Note: I5 nominal value should be configured to suit the expected leakage current value
which is usually a fraction of the nominal phase current.
I5 should be configured according to the mode of work i.e., physical leakage measurement or
calculated leakage as illustrated below.

To apply your changes select
to review your changes;
For more on the Custom Clamp’s Specifications, See Optional Accessories.
Currents Configuration - Other Elspec Clamps:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator
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under Configuration
log on as the
Device Setup select the Currents Tab:

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As mentioned all the connected clamps will be automatically recognized. Adjust the Currents
Probe Info in the applicable sections:

Primary & Secondary Transformation Ratios for all the Current channels (As per Clamp's
individual Specifications);

Nominal Ampere Values for all the Current Channels (Nominal is set for the current
measurements that will define PQZIP threshold / tolerance value & it is also used for event
settings);

Either Reverse the Polarity / maintain it at Normal from the drop-down selection (Polarity
toggling is used to correct incorrect wiring)

The Behavior Simulation may be reversed 300/3000A Flexible Clamp. Ensure that you adjust
the CT Ratio accordingly;

The Hardware Range is only applicable for the DC & Custom Clamps. This is adjust according to
the Clamp's individual Specifications - See Optional Accessories:
Leakage Current
A designated channel is used for leakage current in one of the following manners
i. Calculated channel
ii. Physical channel measured via IDC channel of a portable unit
Note: I5 nominal value should be configured to suit the expected leakage current value
which is usually a fraction of the nominal phase current.
I5 should be configured according to the mode of work i.e., physical leakage measurement or
calculated leakage as illustrated below.
To apply your changes select

to review your changes;
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings
& you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
affect your changes.
see also:

About Quick Configuration

Unit Configuration

Voltage & Frequency
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to actually
About Verifying Measurement Readings
The final step after you have Configured your Device, is to verify the voltage & current
measurements of your Portable BLACKBOX. This verification step covers only a partial section of the
BLACKBOX's Full PQ Monitoring Capabilities. It includes:

Accessing & Reviewing the Measurement Summary

Accessing & Reviewing Voltage & Current Measurements

Accessing & Reviewing the Power
see also:

Quick Installation

Unit Powering

Establish 1st Time Connection

Plug & Play - Voltage & Current Probes

Unit Access

Quick Unit Configuration

Enable PQZIP Recording
Access the Measurement Summary
The Measurement Summary summarizes all your measurement readings. The most important
parameters you will need to focus on in this window are Phase Order (for 3 phase systems) & DSP
Synchronization:
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
Phase Order: Confirms the order of the voltage phases starts from V1 & are moving in a
clockwise direction

DSP Synchronization: Confirms that the unit is synchronized with the network

For a full description on all the definitions & subsequent parameter calculations see PQ
Monitoring
ACCESS THE SUMMARY WINDOW

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Summary:

The Summary Window will now open:
see also:

About Measurement Readings

Verify Voltage & Current

Verify Power
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Open Monitoring
Verify Voltage & Current Readings
This page displays specific values as per the parameters configured for Voltage & Current for your
G4500/G3500 Unit. For a full description on all the definitions & subsequent parameter calculations
see Voltage & Current.

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Open Monitoring
Voltage & Current:

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Verify that the RMS values are as expected for both Voltage & Current are as per your
Configurations:

Should the values be incorrect, recheck the PT/CT Ratios as well as the power source, Voltage
& Current Probe Connections.

Go to the next step - Verifying your Power in order to verify that the Active Power readings
are based on your Current Configurations
see also:

About Measurement Readings

Access Measurement Summary

Verify Power
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Verify Power Readings
Although Power Configurations is comprehensively dealt with in the Power Section, this section is
necessary to verify that all the Active Power readings reflect Positive Values. Corrections can be
made by toggling the polarity in the Current Configurations.
For a full description on all the configurations, definitions & subsequent parameter calculations see
Power.
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
Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface

Verify that the Active Power readings reflect Positive Values:

Should any of the Phase Integers display a negative value (as per the highlighted section above)
you will need to Reverse the Polarity for the Phase in the Current Configurations.
Alternatively you may also physically reverse the current clamp at the power source, by
changing the direction. Generators commonly display a negative Active Power value.
Open Monitoring
Power:
see also:

About Measurement Readings

Access Measurement Summary

Verify Voltage & Current
Enabling PQZIP Recording
In order to record actual data for further analysis by PQSCADA & Investigator, you must first enable the
PQZIP Recording.
HOW TO ENABLE PQZIP RECORDING

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Configuration
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Open
PQZIP Recording

In the State drop-down selection select Enable:

To apply your changes select

The following warning may appear if some parameter readings are inconsistent with the
configuration. In this case make sure all parameters are correct before enabling the PQZIP:

Confirm by selecting

To view your changes (refresh your current view) select
& the following success message will appear:
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.

Once you have enabled the PQZIP recording, the PQZIP OFF Icon will no longer appear on the
right-hand side on this & any other screen:
see also:
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
About Quick Installation

Unit Powering

About Portable Wiring

Plug and Play Voltage & Current Probes

Grounding

Establish 1st Time Connection

Unit Access

About Quick Configuration

Verify Measurement Readings
to
About Monitoring Real Time Data
The Monitoring section displays real time readings and graphs of the grid’s parameters. The graph
display requires an ActiveX plug-in from Gigasoft that is downloadable either from Elspec's Website's
Support Section or alternatively can be installed directly from your BLACKBOX CD. The ActiveX plugin allows different view options needed for your PQ Monitoring. In the PQ Monitoring Section you will
be able to monitor the following PQ measurements of your Portable BLACKBOX:
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
Total measurements in the Summary Window

Voltage & Current Measurements

Average Measurements

Power Measurements

Internal & External Temperature Readings

Voltage & Current Phase Diagrams

Voltage & Current Waveforms

Short & Long Term Voltage Flickering

Flickering Waveforms

Minimum & Maximum Flickering Values

Voltage & Current Harmonics Spectrum

Active & Reactive Harmonic Powers

Voltage & Current Sub & Inter-Harmonics

Voltage & Current Harmonics in Values, %'s & Angles

Minimum, Maximum Values & Angles of Voltage & Current Harmonics

Minimum & Maximum Values of Active & Reactive Power Harmonics
Access the PQ monitoring summary:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Summary:

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The Summary & Synchronization Status Window will now open:
Open Monitoring
TABLE - PQ calculation method:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including definitions:
Parameter
Definition
SUMMARY WINDOW
Frequency
The number of cycles per second
IAVG
The current in a single phase system or the current averaged over all three
phases in a three phase system
V(LL)AVG
Line to line voltage averaged over all three phases in a three phase system
V(LN)AVG
Line to neutral voltage averaged over the three phases
Power FactorTOTAL
Total True Power Factor over three phases, averaged by default over 1 minute
Phase Order
The order of the voltage phases starting from V1 moving in a clockwise direction
SYNCHRONIZATION STATUS
Time
Synchronization
Indicates the connection quality to the time source. This connection supplies
the instrument with world time (UTC) from a time source. The Time Sync
quality is essential to PQZIP coherent file generation
DSP
Synchronization
The unit is synchronized with the signals of the device
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Voltage & Current Measurements
This page displays specific values for Voltage & Current Measurements. The viewed parameters depend
on how your Portable BLACKBOX Unit has been Configured.

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
select Monitoring
Voltage & Current:

The Voltage & Current PQ Monitoring Window will now open
Voltage & Current section (rms, min/max value, thd, crest factor, k factor):
table - Voltage & Current section (rms, min/max value, thd, crest factor, k
factor) calculation method:
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Parameter
PU
Definition
By selecting PU (Per Unit) will present the values as part of nominal (for
example: 230V
100.0%)
VRMS
= Number of Samples
= Specific Channel
10/12 Continuous Non-Overlapping Cycles
Accordance with IEC61000-4-30
In
ARMS
= Number of Samples
= Specific Channel
10/12 Continuous Non-Overlapping Cycles
Accordance with IEC61000-4-30
In
Min Value
Minimum RMS value since the initial power up or the most recent selection of:
Max Value
Maximum RMS value since the initial power up or the most recent selection of:
THD
C = Harmonic RMS Value
n = Harmonic Order
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Parameter
Definition
V Crest Factor
Measures Ratio Between the VPEAK and VRMS
A Crest Factor
Measures Ratio Between the IPEAK and IRMS
K Factor
Where n is the Harmonic #, and in is the RMS value of the nTH Harmonic
Voltage & Current section (tdd, thd eVEN, thd ODD, OVER-DEVIATION, UNDER
DEVIATION):
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table voltage & Current section (tdd, thd eVEN, thd ODD, OVER-DEVIATION,
UNDER DEVIATION) calculation method:
Parameter
Definition
Total Demand Distortion – TDD – is the current distortion (harmonics above the 1st)
as a percent of maximum demand load. TDD is defined using the following
relationship:
TDD
THD Even
C = Harmonic RMS Value
n = Harmonic Order
THD Odd
C = Harmonic RMS Value
n = Harmonic Order
OverDeviation
UnderDeviation
The Over-Deviation indicates how much higher the RMS Voltage is than the
Reference Voltage
The Under-Deviation indicates how much lower the RMS Voltage is than the
Reference Voltage
unbalance section (avg, min, max):
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table - unbalance section (Avg, Min, Max) parameters calculation method:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including Calculation:
Parameter
Definition
Unbalance
The Supply Voltage Unbalance is Evaluated Using the Method of
Symmetrical Components in Accordance with IEC61000-4-30
Unbalance Avg.
The Average Supply Voltage Unbalance is Evaluated Using the Method of
Symmetrical Components in Accordance with IEC61000-4-30
Unbalance Min.
The Minimum Supply Voltage Unbalance is Evaluated Using the Method of
Symmetrical Components in Accordance with IEC61000-4-30
Unbalance Max.
The Maximum Supply Voltage Unbalance is Evaluated Using the Method of
Symmetrical Components in Accordance with IEC61000-4-30
Zero Sequence
Unbalance
Negative Sequence
Unbalance
Positive Sequence
Defined as the symmetrical vector system derived by application of the
Fortescue’s transformation matrix, and that rotates in the same direction
as the power frequency voltage (or current):
U1 =
(U a +
Ub +
Uc) where
and Ua, Ub, Uc
and are line to neutral voltages (fundamental component)
In Accordance With IEC61000-3-13, ed. 1.0 (2008-02) Ref: 3.26.3
Negative Sequence
Defined as the symmetrical vector system derived by application of the
Fortescue’s transformation matrix, and that rotates in the opposite
direction to the power frequency voltage (or current):
U1 =
(U a +
Ub +
Uc) where
and Ua, Ub, Uc
and are line to neutral voltages (fundamental component)
Zero Sequence
In Accordance With IEC61000-3-13, ed. 1.0 (2008-02) Ref: 3.26.4
Defined as the in-phase symmetrical vector system derived by application
of the Fortescue’s transformation matrix:
U0 =
(U a +
Ub + Uc) where Ua, Ub, Uc and are line to neutral voltages
(fundamental component)
In Accordance With IEC61000-3-13, ed. 1.0 (2008-02) Ref: 3.26.5
DC VOLTAGE & CURRENT SECTION (rms, Min, Max):
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table - DC VOLTAGE & CURRENT SECTION (rms, Min, Max) parameters
calculation method:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including Calculation:
Parameter
Definition
DC Voltage & Current
RMS
RMS-DC is the Root Mean Square of the DC component of the signal
DC Voltage & Current
Min.
Minimum RMS value since the initial power up or the most recent selection
DC Voltage & Current
Max.
Maximum RMS value since the initial power up or the most recent selection
of:
of:
see also:

About PQ Monitoring

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

Voltage & Current Harmonics

PQ Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
Average
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In accordance to the IEC-61000-4-30 measurement standards, the Portable BLACKBOX displays the
following Average Measurements: Aggregation of 150/180 cycles (3seconds); 10 minutes & 2 hours
based at a Frequency of 10 minutes.
open the average window:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Average:
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select Monitoring

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The Average Window will now open:
table - average calculation method:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including Definition:
Parameter
Definition
Frequency
Frequency – 10 seconds averaging
Average 150/180
Cycles
Average Measurements at an aggregation of 150/180 cycles (~3seconds)
Average 10 Min.
Average Measurements at an aggregation of 10 minutes
Average 2 Hours
Average Measurements at an aggregation of 2 hours
Under Deviation
150/180 Cycles
Displays how much lower the Average RMS Voltage is than the Reference
Voltage at an aggregation of 150/180 cycles (~3seconds)
Under Deviation 10
Min.
Displays how much lower the Average RMS Voltage is than the Reference
Voltage at an aggregation of 10 minutes
Under Deviation 2
Hours
Displays how much lower the Average RMS Voltage is than the Reference
Voltage at an aggregation of 2 hours
Over Deviation
150/180 Cycles
Displays how much higher the Average RMS Voltage is than the Reference
Voltage at an aggregation of 150/180 cycles (~3seconds)
Over Deviation 10
Min.
Displays how much higher the Average RMS Voltage is than the Reference
Voltage at an aggregation of 10 minutes
Over Deviation 2
Hours
Displays how much higher the Average RMS Voltage is than the Reference
Voltage at an aggregation of 2 hours
Unbalance 150/180
Cycles
The Supply Voltage Unbalance is Evaluated Using the Method of
Symmetrical Components in Accordance with IEC61000-4-30:
This entry displays the Average Maximum/Minimum Unbalanced Values at
an aggregation of 150/180 cycles (~3seconds)
Unbalance 10 Min.
This entry displays the Average Maximum/Minimum Unbalanced Values at
an aggregation of 10 minutes
Unbalance 2 Hours
This entry displays the Average Maximum/Minimum Unbalanced Values at
an aggregation of 2 hours
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see also:
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
About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
Power
This page displays different electrical power parameters relevant to the Specific G4500/G3500
BLACKBOX Unit Configuration.
open the Power summary window:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
select Monitoring
Power:

The Power Summary Window will now open:
Should any of the Phase Integers display a negative value, you will need to Reverse the
Polarity for the Phase in the Current Configurations. Alternatively you may also physically
reverse the current clamp at the power source, by changing the direction. Generators
commonly display a negative Active Power value.
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table - power calculation method:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including Definition:
Parameter
Active Power
Definition
The amount of Active Power consumed as usable energy. Sometimes referred
to as Real Power. The portion of power flow that, averaged over a complete
cycle of the AC waveform, results in the net transfer of energy in one
direction expressed as kWh.
Elspec calculates the Active Power accurately by taking all Harmonics up to
the 40th into account using the following formula:
i = Harmonic
j = Phase
Reactive Power
The amount of Reactive Power consumed as unusable energy. Energy that
flows back and forth with no actual power flow. Reactive Power flow
transfers no net energy to the load and is sometimes referred to as Wattless
power. Elspec calculates reactive power using the following formula:
Elspec calculates the sign of Q using the following formula:
Sign of Q = sign of:
Apparent Power
The amount of Apparent Power; a vector addition of the Active and Reactive
Power. The combination of active and reactive energy (kVAh)
Elspec uses formula:
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PARAMETER
DEFINITION
True Power Factor
(PF)
The ratio between Real Power & Apparent Power (a value between 0 and 1).
The most accurate measure of efficiency is the True Power Factor. It is
defined as the sum of the P/S ratio over all the Harmonics:
QUADRAT
Displacement
Power Factor (PF)
About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering
V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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I
+
+
+
IND
II
-
+
-
CAP
III
-
-
+
IND
IV
+
-
-
CAP
Same as True PF, But Only With Fundamental Components:


PF UNIT
Temperature
Ambient temperature is an important parameter for both the immediate external environment and
within your Portable BLACKBOX Unit. Temperature extremes do affect measuring accuracy.
Therefore, monitoring the internal temperature of the instrument is important when monitoring all
measured electrical parameters to ensure that the values can be assumed to be of maximum
accuracy. A rise in power supply temperature could be a sign of incorrect probe connections or
some other malfunction.
open the temperature window:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Temperature:

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The Temperature Window will now open:
select Monitoring
table - temperature Options:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including Definition:
Parameter
Definition
Internal
Temperature
The average, minimum, and maximum internal temperature of the DSP
External
Temperature
Utilizing a PT100 Thermometer, average, minimum, and maximum
outside temperatures are monitored. The temperatures measured every
network cycle and averaged over 10 cycles. The data is stored in the
PQZIP files every 10 minutes.
PSU Temperature
The average minimum and maximum temperature of the General Power
Supply of your Portable BLACKBOX Unit
Module
Reset all Min/Max measurements of your G4K Unit

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
About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
Phasors
A Phasor is a vector representation of the Voltages & Currents in the system. The Phasor Window of
the BLACKBOX Web Interface represents both Wye and Delta Voltage Configurations in a Phasor
format. Therefore, the Phasors are a vector representation of the First Harmonic.
NOTE NOTE NOTE

In order to display the Phasor graph, ensure that you install the ActiveX plug-in from Gigasoft
(downloadable either from Elspec's Website's Support Section or alternatively can be installed
directly from your BLACKBOX CD). You will receive the following error message if the program
is not installed:

For Internet Explorer 8/9 Users: Once you have installed Gigasoft, ensure that the Internet
Explorer is running in Compatibility View:
open the phasors window:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Phasors:
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select Monitoring

The Phasor Window will now open:
table - phasors options:
The table outlines the sections' Parameter options (for your selection) including their Definition:
Parameter
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Definition
Voltage
Displays Voltage Phase to Neutral Phasor (only present with WYE 4 Wire
configuration)
Current
Displays Phase Current
Diff Voltage
Displays the Phase to Neutral Voltages Phasor
Diff
Current
Displays the Phase to Phase Current (only present with Delta 3 Wire
configuration)
Normalize
Displays the all vector as part of the largest vector
Ampl
The Amplitude of each Phasor
Angle
V1 /V12 is at 00, all other vectors are in relation to V1 /V12
chart options:

Right-click on the chart to access various options & capabilities for the chart:
You may use the following chart options & capabilities:
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
Viewing Style: Different styling options Color / Monochrome (B&W) with/without Symbols /
Bitmap etc. By selecting the option you can view on screen the different styles available to
you

Border Style: No Border, Thin Line, Shadow / Inset

Font Size: Large / Medium / Small

Show Legend: Display / Not display Legend

Plotting Method: From Line / Point / Point & Line

Data Shadows: Off / Shadow / 3D

Include Data Labels: Include / Exclude Numeric Data Labels

Mark Data Points: Mark/Unmark Data Points
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
Grid Options: Extend Radius Tick Marks, Both Degrees & Radius, Degrees, Radius, Hid Grid
Lines, Thin Grid Lines, Thick Grid Lines, Dotted Grid Lines, Dashed Grid Lines & One Pixel
Grid Lines

Maximize: Min / Max the Phasor Graph Only

Customization Dialog: Various General Graph Customization Options (all options):

Export Dialog - Various Export Options:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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Waveforms
The Waveform page displays the actual Voltage & Current waveforms monitored by your Portable
BLACKBOX Unit.
NOTE NOTE NOTE

In order to display the Phasor graph, ensure that you install the ActiveX plug-in from Gigasoft
(downloadable either from Elspec's Website's Support Section or alternatively can be installed
directly from your BLACKBOX CD). You will receive the following error message if the program
is not installed:

For Internet Explorer 8/9 Users: Once you have installed Gigasoft, ensure that the Internet
Explorer is running in Compatibility View:
OPEN the waveforms window:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Waveforms:
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select Monitoring

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The Waveforms Window will now open:
table - waveform options:
The table outlines the sections' Parameter options (for your selection) including their Definition:
Parameter
Definition
Cycle
Cycle Selection (1-4 Cycles)
All
Checking the "All graphs" box will automatically select all the boxes below
Voltage &
Current
Depending on your power configuration, you can view all combinations of
phase to phase and phase to line voltage and current combinations by making
selections in the appropriate check boxes
chart options:

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By right-clicking on the chart you have various chart options & capabilities available to you:

Viewing Style: Different styling options Color / Monochrome (B&W) with/without Symbols /
Bitmap etc. By selecting the option you can view on screen the different styles available to
you

Border Style: No Border, Thin Line, Shadow / Inset

Font Size: Large / Medium / Small

Display / Not display Legend

Numeric Precision:

Plotting Method: From Line / Bar / Point / Area / Spline / Combinations

Data Shadows: Off / Shadow / 3D

Grid Options: Various grid options ranging from dots / lines / different axis etc.

Graph & Table: Display either the graph / table / both:

Point Label Orientation: Auto / Vertical / Horizontal / Slanted

Mark Data Points: Displays data points on graph

Show Annotations: Displays annotations data descriptions

Zoom / Undo Zoom - Zoom in /out on your graph:

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No up to 3 Decimals

From the main Waveform window, select an area to zoom in. Left-click and
drag the mouse to define the area:

The enlarged area will now appear in the window

Zoom out by right/click
& select Zoom out
Maximize: Maximize / Minimize graph
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
Customization Dialog - Various General Graph Customization Options (all options
apart from zooming above):

Export Dialog - Various Export Options:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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Voltage Flickering
Displays the short & long term Voltage Flickering to a very close approximation of the EN50160
values.
OPEN THE VOLTAGE FLICKERING WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Voltage Flickering:

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The Voltage Flickering Window will now open:
select Monitoring
TABLE - VOLTAGE FLICKERING CALCULATIONS & WINDOW OPTIONS:
The table outlines the sections' Parameter options (for your selection) including their Definition:
Parameter
PST INST
Definition
Instantaneous flicker evaluation. Output of Block 5 of the Flickermeter in
Accordance with IEC61000-4-15 Edition 2
An Elspec measurement designed to get quicker results regarding Flicker
evaluation. This measurement reaches a very close approximation of the
EN50160 values, but in a fraction of the time.
PSST 10 Sec.
The PSST is calculated the same as PST but averaged over 10 seconds. This
Elspec defined value is valuable in that it enables faster assessment of the
flicker. Elspec PSST converges to a real value within 3 min from a drastic flicker
change, or immediately for periodic steady state flicker
Where the Percentiles P0.1, P1, P3, P10 & P50 are the Flicker Levels Exceeded for
0.1, 1, 3, 10 & 50% of the Time During The Observation Period. The Suffix “s” in
the Formula Indicates that the Smoothed Value Should be Used. The Smoothed
Values are Obtained Using the Following Formulas:
PST
P(1s) = (P(.7) + P(1) + P(1.5))/3
P(3s) = (P(2.2) + P(3) + P(4))/3
P(10s) = (P(6) + P(8) + P(10) + P(13) + P(17))/5
P(50s) = (P(30) + P(50) + P(80))/3
Short term flicker evaluation.
PST 10 Min
PST is a value measured over 10 minutes that characterizes the likelihood that
the voltage fluctuations would result in perceptible light flicker. A value of 1.0
is designed to represent that 50% of people would perceive flicker in a 60 watt
incandescent bulb.
PLT
SPLT 1 Hour
An Elspec measurement designed to get quicker results regarding Flicker
evaluation. This measurement reaches a very close approximation of the
EN50160 values, but in a fraction of the time.
The SPLT is calculated the same as PLT but averaged over 1 hour. This Elspec
defined value is valuable in that it enables faster assessment of the flicker
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Parameter
Definition
PLT 2 Hour
The Long-Term PLT is Derived From the Short-Term Values Over 12 ShortTerm Values of 10 Minutes Each Over a Period of 2 hours
LPLT 10 Hour
An Elspec measurement designed to give better results regarding Flicker
evaluation by using a longer averaging time. The LPLT is calculated the
same as PLT but averaged over 10 hours to allow a quicker "long term"
average
LPLT 7 Day
An Elspec measurement designed to give better results regarding Flicker
evaluation by using a longer averaging time.
The LPLT is calculated the same as PLT but averaged over 7 days, as per
EN50160 parts 4-15
Reset all Flickering measurements of your G4K Unit
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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Pinst Waveform
Pinst is instantaneous flicker sensation that the G4500/G3500 Portable BLACKBOX calculates for
every selected channel.
OPEN PINST WAVEFORM WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Pinst Waveforms:
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The Pinst Waveforms Window will now open:
select Monitoring
TABLE - PINST WAVEFORM WINDOW OPTIONS:
The table outlines the sections' Parameter options (for your selection) including their Definition:
Parameter
Definition
All
Checking the "All graphs" box will automatically select all the boxes
below
Voltage
Channels
Select the applicable channel for Flickering Waveform display.
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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Minimum / Maximum Flickering
Displays the minimum & maximum short & long term Voltage Flickering vales to a very close
approximation of the EN50160 values.
OPEN MIN/MAX FLICKERING WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Min/Max Flickering:
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The Min/Max Flickering Window will now open:
select Monitoring
TABLE - MIN/MAX FLICKERING CALCULATION METHOD:
The table outlines the sections' Parameter options (for your selection) including their Definition:
Parameter
PST INST
Definition
Instantaneous flicker evaluation. Output of Block 5 of the Flickermeter in
Accordance with IEC61000-4-15 Edition 2
An Elspec measurement designed to get quicker results regarding Flicker
evaluation. This measurement reaches a very close approximation of the
EN50160 values, but in a fraction of the time.
PSST 10 Sec.
The PSST is calculated the same as PST but averaged over 10 seconds. This
Elspec defined value is valuable in that it enables faster assessment of the
flicker. Elspec PSST converges to a real value within 3 min from a drastic
flicker change, or immediately for periodic steady state flicker
Where the Percentiles P0.1, P1, P3, P10 & P50 are the Flicker Levels Exceeded
for 0.1, 1, 3, 10 & 50% of the Time During The Observation Period. The
Suffix “s” in the Formula Indicates that the Smoothed Value Should be
Used. The Smoothed Values are Obtained Using the Following Formulas:
PST
P(1s) = (P(.7) + P(1) + P(1.5))/3
P(3s) = (P(2.2) + P(3) + P(4))/3
P(10s) = (P(6) + P(8) + P(10) + P(13) + P(17))/5
P(50s) = (P(30) + P(50) + P(80))/3
Short term flicker evaluation.
PST 10 Min
PST is a value measured over 10 minutes that characterizes the likelihood
that the voltage fluctuations would result in perceptible light flicker. A
value of 1.0 is designed to represent that 50% of people would perceive
flicker in a 60 watt incandescent bulb.
PLT
Where Psti (i = 1, 2, 3, ...) are Consecutive Readings of the Short-Term
Severity PST
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Parameter
SPLT 1 Hour
Definition
An Elspec measurement designed to get quicker results regarding Flicker
evaluation. This measurement reaches a very close approximation of the
EN50160 values, but in a fraction of the time.
The SPLT is calculated the same as PLT but averaged over 1 hour. This
Elspec defined value is valuable in that it enables faster assessment of the
flicker
PLT 2 Hour
The Long-Term PLT is Derived From the Short-Term Values Over 12 ShortTerm Values of 10 Minutes Each Over a Period of 2 hours
LPLT 10 Hour
An Elspec measurement designed to give better results regarding Flicker
evaluation by using a longer averaging time. The LPLT is calculated the
same as PLT but averaged over 10 hours to allow a quicker "long term"
average
LPLT 7 Day
An Elspec measurement designed to give better results regarding Flicker
evaluation by using a longer averaging time.
The LPLT is calculated the same as PLT but averaged over 7 days, as per
EN50160 parts 4-15
Reset all Flickering measurements of your G4K Unit
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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Voltage & Current Harmonics
This window opens the Spectrum of Voltage & Current Harmonics measured by your Portable
BLACKBOX Unit. The graph in the web interface displays up to 50 Harmonics. In order to view the
full Harmonic spectrum, kindly access PQSCADA.
OPEN V&I HARMONICS WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Harmonics:

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The V&I Harmonics Window will now open:
select Monitoring
V&I
TABLE - V&I HARMONICS CALCULATION METHOD & WINDOW OPTIONS:
The table outlines the sections' Parameter options (for your selection) including their Definition:
Parameter
Definition
Timestamp
Indicates the timestamps of the last averaging intervals
Flag
Indicates whether or not the last interval is valid according to the set
standard
MEASUREMENT TYPE
Harmonics
Real time (10/12 cycles) calculation of sub group harmonics, in
accordance with IEC61000-4-7:
Interharmonics
Real time (10/12 cycles) calculation of inter sub group harmonics, in
accordance with IEC61000-4-7
150/180 Cycles
Harmonic
150/180 Cycle averaging of the sub group harmonics
150/180 Cycles
Interharmonic
150/180 Cycle averaging of the inter sub group harmonics
10 Min Harmonic
10 Minutes averaging of the sub group harmonics
10 Min
Interharmonic
10 Minutes averaging of the inter sub group harmonics
2 Hour Harmonic
2 Hours averaging of the 10 minutes averaging of the sub group
harmonics
2 Hour
Interharmonic
2 Hours averaging of the 10 minutes averaging of the inter sub group
harmonics
Harmonic's Angle
The angle of each harmonic based on the real time value
RANGE
1-8
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-8
1-16
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-16
1-32
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-32
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1-50
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-50
OPTIONS
First
Check/Uncheck the checkbox in order to display/not display the first
harmonic
Relative
Check/Uncheck the checkbox in order to display/not display the
harmonics relative to the first harmonic (Whereas the first harmonic is
100, and the other harmonic values as part of the harmonic 100)
All
Checking the "All" will display all the channels
Voltage & Current
Select the applicable Voltage / Current channel to be displayed
CHART OPTIONS:

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By right-clicking on the chart you have various chart options & capabilities available to you:

Viewing Style: Different styling options Color / Monochrome (B&W) with/without
Symbols / Bitmap etc. By selecting the option you can view on screen the different
styles available to you

Border Style: No Border, Thin Line, Shadow / Inset

Font Size: Large / Medium / Small

Display / Not display Legend

Numeric Precision:

Plotting Method: From Line / Bar / Point / Area / Spline / Combinations

Data Shadows: Off / Shadow / 3D
No up to 3 Decimals
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
Grid Options: Various grid options ranging from dots / lines / different axis etc.

Graph & Table: Display either the graph / table / both:

Point Label Orientation: Auto / Vertical / Horizontal / Slanted

Mark Data Points: Displays data points on graph

Show Annotations: Displays annotations data descriptions

Zoom / Undo Zoom - Zoom in /out on your graph:

From the main Waveform window, select an area to zoom in. Left-click and
drag the mouse to define the area:

The enlarged area will now appear in the window

Zoom out by right/click
& select Zoom out

Maximize: Maximize / Minimize graph

Customization Dialog - Various General Graph Customization Options (all options
apart from zooming above):
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Export Dialog - Various Export Options:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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PQ Harmonics
This window opens the Active & Reactive Harmonic Powers measured by your Portable BLACKBOX
Unit.
OPEN THE P&Q HARMONICS WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
P&Q Harmonics:

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The P&Q Harmonics Window will now open:
select Monitoring
TABLE - P&Q HARMONICS RANGE & WINDOW OPTIONS:
The table outlines the sections' Parameter options (for your selection) including their Definition:
Parameter
Definition
RANGE
1-8
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-8
1-16
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-16
1-32
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-32
1-50
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-50
OPTIONS
First
Select either Yes/No in order to display or not display the first harmonic
All
Checking the "All" will display all the channels
P1
Checking the "P1" box will display the Active Power (P) of the first line
P2
Checking the "P2" box will display the Active Power (P) of the second line
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P3
Checking the "P3" box will display the Active Power (P) of the third line
Q1
Checking the "Q1" box will display the Reactive Power (Q) of the first line
Q2
Checking the "Q2" box will display the Reactive Power (Q) of the second line
Q3
Checking the "Q3" box will display the Reactive Power (Q) of the third line
CHART OPTIONS:

By right-clicking on the chart you have various chart options & capabilities available to you:

Viewing Style: Different styling options Color / Monochrome (B&W) with/without
Symbols / Bitmap etc. By selecting the option you can view on screen the different
styles available to you

Border Style: No Border, Thin Line, Shadow / Inset

Font Size: Large / Medium / Small

Display / Not display Legend

Numeric Precision:

Plotting Method: From Line / Bar / Point / Area / Spline / Combinations

Data Shadows: Off / Shadow / 3D

Grid Options: Various grid options ranging from dots / lines / different axis etc.

Graph & Table: Display either the graph / table / both:

Point Label Orientation: Auto / Vertical / Horizontal / Slanted

Mark Data Points: Displays data points on graph

Show Annotations: Displays annotations data descriptions

Zoom / Undo Zoom - Zoom in /out on your graph:

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No up to 3 Decimals
From the main Waveform window, select an area to zoom in. Left-click and
drag the mouse to define the area:
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
The enlarged area will now appear in the window

Zoom out by right/click
& select Zoom out

Maximize: Maximize / Minimize graph

Customization Dialog - Various General Graph Customization Options (all options
apart from zooming above):

Export Dialog - Various Export Options:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics
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Spectrum
This window opens the Voltage & Current Sub & Inter-Harmonics measured by your Portable Power
Quality Analyzer.
OPEN THE SPECTRUM WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Spectrum:

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The Spectrum Window will now open:
select Monitoring
TABLE - SPECTRUM WINDOW OPTIONS:
The table outlines the sections' Parameter options (for your selection) including their Definition:
Parameter
Definition
DC
Check/Uncheck the checkbox in order to display/not display the DC Harmonics
First
Check/Uncheck the checkbox in order to display/not display the First
Harmonic
Relative
Check/Uncheck the checkbox in order to display/not display the harmonics
relative to the first harmonic (Whereas the first harmonic is 100, and the
other harmonic values as part of the harmonic 100)
All
Checking the "All" will display all the channels
Voltage &
Current
Select the applicable Voltage / Current channel to be displayed
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CHART OPTIONS:

By right-clicking on the chart you have various chart options & capabilities available to you:

Viewing Style: Different styling options Color / Monochrome (B&W) with/without
Symbols / Bitmap etc. By selecting the option you can view on screen the different
styles available to you

Border Style: No Border, Thin Line, Shadow / Inset

Font Size: Large / Medium / Small

Display / Not display Legend

Numeric Precision:

Plotting Method: From Line / Bar / Point / Area / Spline / Combinations

Data Shadows: Off / Shadow / 3D

Grid Options: Various grid options ranging from dots / lines / different axis etc.

Graph & Table: Display either the graph / table / both:

Point Label Orientation: Auto / Vertical / Horizontal / Slanted

Mark Data Points: Displays data points on graph

Show Annotations: Displays annotations data descriptions

Zoom / Undo Zoom - Zoom in /out on your graph:

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No up to 3 Decimals
From the main Waveform window, select an area to zoom in. Left-click and
drag the mouse to define the area:

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
The enlarged area will now appear in the window

Zoom out by right/click
& select Zoom out

Maximize: Maximize / Minimize graph

Customization Dialog - Various General Graph Customization Options (all options
apart from zooming above):
Export Dialog - Various Export Options:
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Harmonics Table

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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Harmonics Table
This page summarizes all the Voltage & Current Harmonics in either Values, % or Angles - up to the
50th Harmonic.
OPEN THE HARMONICS TABLE WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Harmonics Table:

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The Harmonics Table Window will now open:
select Monitoring
TABLE - HARMONICS MEASUREMENT TYPE, RANGE & WINDOW OPTIONS:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including Definition:
Parameter
Definition
Timestamp
Indicates the timestamps of the last averaging intervals
Flag
Indicates whether or not the last interval is valid according to the
set standard
MEASUREMENT TYPE
Harmonics
Real time (10/12 cycles) calculation of sub group harmonics, in
accordance with IEC61000-4-7:
Interharmonics
Real time (10/12 cycles) calculation of inter sub group harmonics, in
accordance with IEC61000-4-7
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150/180 Cycles
Harmonic
150/180 Cycle averaging of the sub group harmonics
150/180 Cycles
Interharmonic
150/180 Cycle averaging of the inter sub group harmonics
10 Min Harmonic
10 Minutes averaging of the sub group harmonics
10 Min Interharmonic
10 Minutes averaging of the inter sub group harmonics
2 Hour Harmonic
2 Hours averaging of the 10 minutes averaging of the sub group
harmonics
2 Hour Interharmonic
2 Hours averaging of the 10 minutes averaging of the inter sub group
harmonics
Harmonic's Angle
The angle of each harmonic based on the real time value
RANGE
1-128
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 1-128
129-256
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 129-256
257-384
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 257-384
1-50
Select the number of harmonics to be displayed 285-511
OPTIONS
First
Check/Uncheck the checkbox in order to display/not display the First
Harmonic
Relative
Check/Uncheck the checkbox in order to display/not display the
harmonics relative to the first harmonic (Whereas the first harmonic
is 100, and the other harmonic values as part of the harmonic 100)
All
Checking the "All" will display all the channels
Voltage & Current
Select the applicable Voltage / Current channel to be displayed
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
About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

V/I Min/Max Harmonics

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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Voltage & Current, Min & Max Harmonics Table
For each Harmonic, there is a Minimum & Maximum value for Voltage & Current. Voltage values are
seen as phase to phase, while currents are displayed in both phase to neutral and phase to phase
combinations. This page summarizes all the minimum Voltage & Current Harmonics Values.
OPEN THE V/I MIN/MAX HARMONICS WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
Min/Max Harmonics:
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select Monitoring
V/I

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The window containing the table for V/I Min/Max Harmonics values will now open:
TABLE - V/I MIN/MAX HARMONICS WINDOW OPTIONS:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including Definition:
Parameter
Definition
Harmonics Angle
Check in order to display the Min/Max value of the Harmonics Angle
Harmonics Value
Check in order to display the Min/Max value of the Harmonics Value
(amplitude)
Reset all Min/Max measurements of your G4K Unit
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

P/Q Min/Max Harmonics
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PQ Min & Maximum Harmonics
This page summarizes all the minimum & maximum Active & Reactive Power Harmonic Values per
phase, up to the 50th Harmonic.

(P) = Active Power Harmonic Values

(Q) = Reactive Power Harmonic Values
OPEN THE P/Q MIN/MAX HARMONICS WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit via the Web Interface
select Monitoring
Min/Max Harmonics:

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The window containing the table for P/Q Min/Max Harmonics values will now open:
P/Q
TABLE - P/Q MIN/MAX HARMONICS WINDOW OPTIONS:
The table outlines the sections' Parameters including Definition:
Parameter
Definition
P1
Displays the Active Power (P) of the first line
P2
Displays the Active Power (P) of the second line
P3
Displays the Active Power (P) of the third line
Q1
Displays the Reactive Power (Q) of the first line
Q2
Displays the Reactive Power (Q) of the second line
Q3
Displays the Reactive Power (Q) of the third line
Reset all Min/Max measurements of your Portable PQ Analyzer
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
About PQ Monitoring

Voltage & Current

Averaging

Power

Temperature

Phasors

Waveforms

Voltage Flickering

Pinst Waveforms

Min/Max Flickering

V&I Harmonics

P&Q Harmonics

Spectrum

Harmonics Table

Voltage & Current, Min & Max Harmonics Table
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About Monitoring Power Quality
The BLACKBOX contains a power quality compliance engine that enables real-time evaluation of
power quality according to standards such as EN50160. Power Quality (PQ) Compliance is a set of
electrically measured parameters which are typically calculated based on some pre-defined
intervals or event triggers and are evaluated over a large observation window. For most of the PQ
parameters, the observation window is one week, which means the displayed online information
refers to the previous week. However, using ELSPEC's PQSCADA and Investigator applications, all
time intervals are able to be observed.
A PQ parameter is typically based on a power quality event. For example, the DIP PQ parameter is
based on counting DIP events over some observation period.
Different national standards vary in the way a specific PQ parameter is being measured or observed.
The PQ Engine also supports a mode that can be customized by the user, in which all compliance
parameters can be self-edited and modified by a user in order to meet new conditions, rules,
measuring intervals, and even different observation periods.
The Power Quality section in Elspec's Web Interface is used to control and view power quality
measurement and compliance information computed by the PQ Engine that includes:

View & Evaluate Summary of the Compliance Engine

View Detailed Compliance Information

View Graphical Bars of Compliance Levels

Set & View Log of Events
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PQ Compliance Summary
In this window you are able to review the specific Compliance Standard & Status that is being
evaluated by your G4500/G3500 Portable BLACKBOX's Internal Compliance Engine.
Open the compliance SUMMARY WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit
Power Quality

log on as the Viewer/Administrator
under
open the Summary Tab:
The Summary window will now open:
EVENTS STATUS SCREEN:
The Events Status Table shows a high level PASS or FAIL indication of each PQ parameter. Any PQ
parameter that has an incomplete observation period will be presented as N/A (Not Available). The
definitions defined below are PQ Parameters configured as per EN50160 compliance (as per the
example used for the Compliance Information Window). You may choose any other PQ Compliance or
set your own unique PQ Compliance:
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
Voltage Frequency OK/FAIL: Frequency compliance is based on statistics: N, N1 & N2.
Frequency measurement interval is 10 sec. in an entire observation window of 1 week. N amount of intervals. N1 - intervals frequency exceeded [+1.00%,-1.00%] from Nominal
Frequency. N2 - intervals frequency exceeded [+4.00%,-6.00%] from Nominal Frequency. N1 &
N2 increment only if valid voltage inside nominal boundary of [+15.0%,-15.0%]. Compliance if
both N1/N < 5.0% of time and N2 = 0 of time. Intervals with voltage interruption are
discarded. Intervals with DIPS or Over voltage are discarded.
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Supply Voltage Variations OK/FAIL: Variations are evaluated by collecting statistics: N, N1
& N2. Statistics are collected as average voltage within intervals of 10 min. in observation
window of 1 week. N - amount of intervals. N1 - intervals voltage exceeded [+10.0%,-10.0%]
boundary of nominal. N2 - intervals voltage exceeded [+15.0%,-15.0%] boundary of nominal.
Compliance if N1/N <=5% & N2=0 during the entire observation window. Intervals with
voltage interruption are discarded. Intervals with DIPS or OVER Voltage are discarded.

Rapid Voltage Changes OK/FAIL: Rapid voltage change is based on a 3 sec. window in which
RMS voltage minimum & maximum values are obtained (minimum/maximum values should be
within +-10.0% from nominal). The rapid change is the percent of delta between minimum &
maximum divided by average RMS of 9 sec. The Rapid percent results are evaluated during
observation window of 1 week. Rapid changes are limited to specific count (N): Rapids of
more 5.00% allowed: N <= 65536 occurrences.

Supply Voltage Dips OK/FAIL: DIP is a voltage drop of more than 10.0% from Nominal (but
no more than 100.0%, & deactivate on 8.0%) DIP minimum time is 10 ms. & maximum time of
1 min. DIP events are counted per all phases combined within observation window of 1
week. Total events (N) allowed is: 20.

Short Interruptions OK/FAIL: Short interruption is a voltage drop of less than 97.0% from
nominal (event deactivate on 77.6%). Min duration 10 ms., Max duration 3 min. events are
counted in the entire observation window of 1 week. Total events (N) allowed is: 2.

Long Interruptions OK/FAIL: Long interruptions are the same as short ones but with a longer
duration (longer than short interruption maximum time). Long interruptions events are
counted within observation window of 1 week. Total events (N) allowed is: 1.

Temporary Overvoltage OK/FAIL: Over-voltage events are characterized with RMS voltage
higher than 10.0% above Nominal (event deactivate on 8.0%). Minimum over-voltage event
duration is 10 ms., events are counted per all phases combined within observation window of
1 week. No specific events count limitation is defined.

Flicker Severity OK/FAIL: Flicker severity is evaluated within observation window of 1
week. During interruption Flicker interval is discarded. During DIPS or Over voltage Flicker
Interval is discarded. Plt (2 hours) must be equal or under 1.0 during 95.0% of observation
time.

Harmonic Voltage OK/FAIL: Harmonics evaluated at intervals of 10 min. within observation
window of 1 week. Evaluation at intervals in which voltage is inside nominal boundary of
[+15.0%,-15.0%]. Discarding Intervals with VOLT-INT. Discarding Intervals with DIPS or OVERVOLT. Individual Harmonics are limited according to the following table: H2<=2.0%,
H3<=5.0%, H4<=1.0%, H5<=6.0%, H6<=0.5%, H7<=5.0%, H8<=0.5%, H9<=1.5%, H10<=0.5%,
H11<=3.5%, H12<=0.5%, H13<=3.0%, ... THD limit is set 8.0% (N2). THD and Harmonics limits
shall be kept at least 95.0% of time.
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Supply Voltage Unbalance OK/FAIL: Voltage unbalance is evaluated at intervals of 10 min.
within observation window of 1 week. Evaluation is only at intervals in which voltage is inside
nominal boundary of [+15.0%,-15.0%]. Unbalance limit N1 is set to 2.00% and must be kept
95.0% of observation time. Intervals with voltage interruption are discarded. Intervals with
DIPS or Over voltage are discarded.
COMPLIANCE SUMMARY SECTION:

The Compliance Type is configured when Setting your Instrument in PQ Compliance
Configuration.

Running Status means whether or not the BLACKBOX’s Power Quality engine is evaluating the
power quality according to the Configured PQ Compliance.

The Embedded Report field further indicates a type of report that is auto-generated
internally in the device's file system. Most compliance types do not generate any specific
report, & therefore, the report type will be None. However, CREG type of compliance (used
in Colombia) also auto-generates a specific format of Report Files as defined by the local
regulator.

The Evaluation Status field provides an overall status of PASS or FAIL of the entire
compliance. Anytime the evaluation period is not complete (typically required is a 1 week
observation), the status will be N/A (Not Available), otherwise PASS will be indicated as OK.

The Start Time field shows the last time the compliance engine was restarted. The entire
state & observation window history is stored on the internal non-volatile memory, so even
after powering down; the Engine will continue its evaluation & maintain all indications.
(Start time remains unchanged after device powered up.)

The Window Time On/Off fields specify how much aggregated time is already in the
observation window. ON refers to the aggregated window time the device was powered on &
OFF refers to the amount of window time the device power was off. The format presented
is [Days: Hours: Minutes: Seconds]. Ideally the OFF time is all zeroes & the ON time is 7 days
(which is the typical full observation period in most of the compliance types). Once the
observation window reaches 7 days, it will start to slide in steps of 2 hours. Sliding means
the information from the oldest 2 hours is being dropped, where a new up-to-date 2-hour
interval is being used for calculations.

The Measurement Flag field indicates whether there is a power quality event such as a
DIP/SWELL or INTERRUPTION at the moment.
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NOTE NOTE NOTE
All underlined parameters are accompanied by a Tool Tip, Right-click on the ? to open the Tool Tip
& x to close the Pop-up:

About PQ Monitoring

Compliance Info

Compliance Chart

Events

PQ Compliance Configuration
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Compliance Information
This window contains detailed compliance information.
access the Compliance information window:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit
Summary

log on as the Administrator
under
open the Information Tab:
The Information window will now open:
DEFINITIONS:

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Status/Partial: Contains two status indicators. The upper indicator refers to the entire
observation window’s PASS/FAIL result (same status as presented in the Summary page),
while the lower indicator is a PASS/FAIL indicator of the most recent period. This recent
indicator serves as real-time indicator & typically reflects to only minutes to a few hours of
history (this is dependent on the specific PQ parameter measurement' intervals & method).


Observation: Indicates whether the observation window of a specific PQ parameter is
complete.
Window/Interval: Upper Area - Provides the observation window time (contains historical data
used for the calculations). You may uniquely set the observation period in User Defined Pages
(Options - 1 or 2 Hours, or 1 Day, or 1 Week, or 1 Year). Lower Area – Provides the measurement
interval time or parameter resolution that falls within the observation window (the measured
time length for the PQ parameter). The interval may also be set in User Defined Pages (Options
- 1, 3, 10 or 20 seconds, or 1, 3, 10 or 30 minutes, or 1, or 2 Hours, or 1 Day). If you Configure
your PQ Compliance to a set standard (i.e. EN50160), the Observation Window & Interval Time
will be calculated according to the standard.

Time OK/Time FAIL: provides the percentage of time the PQ parameter was OK (as green
text on the upper area) & percentage of time the PQ parameter was outside the defined
limits or FAILED (as red text in the lower area) for the entire observation period (Observation
Window). Example as per the Information Window: if Flicker Severity was observed for a
period of 1 week at a resolution of 10 min (interval), the PQ parameter was OK for 97.143% &
FAILED for 2.8571% of the time (observation week). It should not be confused to the lower
area on the previous column.

Time N/A: Provides the percentage of time the unit was not measuring due to lack of power.

Total Events: Provides the overall number of PQ events influenced by the PQ parameter in
the observation window.
Note Note Note
All underlined parameters are accompanied by a Tool Tip, Right-click on the ? to open the Tool Tip
& x to close the Pop-up:
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
About PQ Monitoring

Compliance Summary

Compliance Chart

Events

PQ Compliance Configuration
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Compliance Chart
This page displays graphical bars of compliance levels (equals to percentage of time OK). This
screen is most helpful as you can immediately ascertain the status of compliance to PQ Standards.
access the Compliance CHART window:
Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit

Power Quality
under
open the Chart Tab:
The Information window will now open:


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log on as the Viewer/Administrator
The minimum and maximum values in the chart may be configured by deselecting Auto for
each value (Default = 90% Min / 100% Max)
chart options:
As the Compliance Chart is intended to be used only as a chart & regardless that all the options are
displayed, only certain options & capabilities are available for the Compliance Chart.

Right-click on the chart to access the options:

Viewing Style: Different styling options Color / Monochrome (B&W) with/without
Symbols / Bitmap etc. By selecting the option you can view on screen the different
styles available to you

Border Style: No Border, Thin Line, Shadow / Inset

Font Size: Large / Medium / Small

Data Shadows: Off / Shadow / 3D

Export Dialog: Various Export Options -

About PQ Monitoring

Compliance Summary

Compliance Info

Events

PQ Compliance Configuration
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Events
The Events window supplies a Log that displays Configured PQ Events. Within in the Log you can
decide what data you would like to display & produce a report.
OPEN THE EVENTS WINDOW TO PRODUCE A PQ EVENT LOG:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit
Power Quality

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open the Event Tab:
The Event Log window will now open:
log on as the Viewer/Administrator
under
OPTIONS & FUNCTIONS:

Start at: Specify the event range

Page Size: Number of entries per page

Time: Log entries will be displayed at specific time zone (UTC or Local time)

: Will copy the Event Log over to common Windows applications
(Notepad, MS Outlook, Excel & Word). Simply select the command & Paste it in one of these
applications.
: Will clear all the log entries & restart the System log from the time you select

this option

: Go to previous page
: Refresh your view


: Go to the next page
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Monitoring

Compliance Summary

Compliance Info

Compliance Chart

PQ Compliance Configuration

System Log
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PQZIP Recording - Principle
The Portable BLACKBOX is able to continuously record & store all the electrical waveforms, all the
time, in the case of the G4500 for more than a year, with no gaps in the data. The innovation
behind this capability is the PQZIP compression technology. The patented PQZIP enables you to
store up to a 1000 times more information than typical formats, allowing for storage of complete &
precise data over extended periods of time.
FLOW DIAGRAM:
DEFINITIONS:

Recording & Measurement: The waveforms are being sampled at 1024 samples per cycle
resolution for voltages and 256 samples per cycle resolution for currents.

ADC: Voltages and currents are being converted & scaled to achieve a maximum resolution
using the following Analog to Digital Conversion process.

Data Buffer: The digital waveform data is buffered resulting in 512 spectral components
(harmonics) per cycle for voltages and 128 for currents.

Compression Algorithm: Every harmonic component is being analyzed and compressed
individually. Zero value components are skipped. No-zero harmonic components are
evaluated over time & only changes in a value or angle are processed. Resulting in storage of
complete & precise data over extended periods of time.

Compressed Data Files: The compressed harmonic data is being organized in blocks of 5
minutes or more, consisting of concurrent cycles and being stored along with the measured
frequency of every cycle and reference time stamps into a PQZIP file residing on the onboard
flash memory. The typical compression ratio expected as a ratio between incoming data
volume on block 3 and the data being stored is 1000:1.
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Compressed PQZIP Data File Transferral: The PQZIP files can be downloaded automatically
or manually over a number of communication gateways for further storage and analysis.

SQL Database Server: The resulting data is stored in the SQL database for long term
storage. The compressed data is then reorganized and optimized for fast access while in a
compressed state.

Parameterization: When required, the data is decompressed, recovering a full spectrum of
all the electrical parameters for each cycle, at the associated time stamps.

Waveform Reconstruction RMS Calculation: The spectral data can further be used to
reconstruct waveforms for any individual cycle at an extremely high resolution with accurate
time and cycle duration. Any possible electrical parameters can be calculated based on the
data by retrieving precise accuracy and wave shape.

Investigator: The waveform displayed by the Investigator application is reconstructed based
on compressed spectral data of every concurrent network cycle. In addition, virtually any
electrical parameter can be calculated based on that data and displayed at any resolution or
time span.
SEE ALSO:

Default Settings

PQZIP Recording

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

FIFO

Fixed Quality vs Fixed Ratio

File Capacity

FFT Mode

Capture DC

Erasing All PQZIP Data
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Default Settings
All Portable BLACKBOX Units leave the factory with PQZIP recording being Disabled (Off). The
instrument does not start recording until PQZIP is Enabled. When you will Access your unit for the
first time, the Summary in Elspec's Web Interface will display the default settings:
SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

PQZIP Recording

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

FIFO

Fixed Quality vs Fixed Ratio

File Capacity

FFT Mode

Capture DC

Erasing All PQZIP Data
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PQZIP Configuration - About PQZIP Recording
The window for PQZIP Configuration & Status is located on the same page namely the PQZIP
Recording Window. In this window you will be able to:

Enable / Disable the PQZIP

Understand how the disc space is managed with the FIFO concept

Configure either Fixed Quality / Fixed Ratio

Configure the Time for Compression with File Capacity

Set FFT Mode Calculation

How to Erase All PQZIP Data
OPEN THE PQZIP RECORDING WINDOW:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit's PQZIP Configuration via Elspec's Web Interface
log on as the Administrator

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select the Configuration Tab
Under Advanced select the PQZIP Recording Tab:

The PQZIP Status & Configuration Window will now open:
THE STATUS SECTION:
The Status Section of the PQZIP Recording Window is divided into three sections:

PQZIP Information:

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Compression %: % Of data compressed for configured period on successful
completion of previous compression



Start Time: Time when data compression started (according to configuration)

File Name: Name under which the file for this session will be saved - this is
important for future reference
Compact Flash Information:

Free CF Space: Free internal memory space of your BLACKBOX unit

Total CF Space: Total memory capacity of your BLACKBOX unit
Tolerance %:
The tolerance value is calculated in % to the Nominal Configuration for the specific channel.
THE CONFIGURATION SECTION:
In this section you will be able to configure the PQZIP Recording:
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
Leakage Voltage & Current Recording Configuration
Both voltage & current PQZIP channels recording must be enabled in order to support
leakage current channels as illustrated below.
In case the PQZIP recording is enabled while change is applied, it is advised to disable it
and then enable it again.
Enable/Disable leakage voltage PQZIP recording
Enable/Disable leakage current PQZIP recording
NOTE NOTE NOTE
PQSCADA supports leakage PQZIP channels from version 4.3.0.25 and above. Therefore the
PQSCADA server must be upgraded as well if this feature is required.
A PQSCADA server running a prior version (not supporting the leakage voltage & current
PQZIP channels) that downloads leakage enabled PQZIP files will mark them as 'bad files'
and won't process them.

To apply your changes select
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NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

Default Settings

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

FIFO

Fixed Quality vs. Fixed Ratio

File Capacity

FFT Mode

Capture DC

Erasing All PQZIP Data
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Enabling / Disabling PQZIP
As mentioned previously, your Portable BLACKBOX arrives from the factory with PQZIP recording
Disabled. By initiating Enable will prompt your Portable BLACKBOX to commence recording &
Disable simply means that your device cease recording.
HOW TO ENABLE & DISABLE PQZIP RECORDING

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit's PQZIP Configuration via the PQZIP Recording Tab

In the State drop-down selection select Enable:

To apply your changes select

The following warning may appear if some parameter readings are inconsistent with the
configuration. In this case make sure all parameters are correct before enabling the PQZIP:

Confirm by selecting

To view your changes (refresh your current view) select
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& the following success message will appear:
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.

Once you have enabled the PQZIP recording, the PQZIP OFF Icon will no longer appear on the
right-hand side on this & any other screen:
SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

Default Settings

PQZIP Recording

FIFO

Fixed Quality vs Fixed Ratio

File Capacity

FFT Mode

Capture DC

Erasing All PQZIP Data
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FIFO
PQZIP files are maintained on the BLACKBOX'S local Flash Memory based on the FIFO (First In First
Out) concept. As the BLACKBOX continuously records & measures all electrical information, &
therefore the file storage operation never stops. As such, when the on-board memory becomes full,
the oldest files are deleted automatically to free required space for the newest data. However, the
PQZIP compression itself allows for the storage of a 1000 times more information than typical
formats & in addition the Portable BLACKBOX Device series is equipped with substantial memory
capacity (G4500 32GB; G3500 256MB). This dramatically increases storage capacity & the G4500 is
capable to record & store all electrical waveforms, all the time, for more than a year.
In addition by simply downloading the files from the Incoming Folder by using PQSCADA / FTP, data
can be stored outside the BLACKBOX's on-board memory as much as your Network Server's can
capacitate the files.
SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

Default Settings

PQZIP Recording

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

Fixed Quality vs Fixed Ratio

File Capacity

FFT Mode

Capture DC

Erasing All PQZIP Data
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Fixed Quality vs. Fixed Ratio
The most important parameter defining the actual compression ratio, (which determines the amount
of storage required and maximum time continuous data can be stored) is a PQZIP Threshold value or
Tolerance as it referred on the WEB page. The Tolerance defines what change in an individual
harmonic would be defined as significant enough to be stored and reproduced afterwards.
The tolerance value is calculated in percentage to the full scale or nominal reading for the specific
channel. It is assumed that changes within 0.1% of nominal would have no importance in further
power quality investigation, and the values within that range are averaged to store the
representative value only. The basic and factory default tolerance value is normally defined as
0.1%. However, on some sites/networks that value can still be considered too low, for example, a
highly fluctuating load or voltage lines. It is most likely that a user would prefer increasing a
tolerance value for currents or voltages or even both in order to achieve better compression ratios
on highly polluted network locations.
Configuring fixed ratio:
The Portable BLACKBOX provides the possibility of automatic adjustment of the actual tolerance
value presuming a compression ratio defined as amount of data being stored per month. This option
is called Fixed Ratio. When selected, the user is requested to define the amount of data to be
stored per month (Monthly Ratio) in MB. Usually, slight voltage spectral changes have higher
importance than current changes. Therefore, the amount of data which could be stored for voltages
may be determined as greater than for currents. The V/I Relation parameter defines the
relationship between the data (a part of the Monthly Ratio) reserved for voltage. If the voltage
portion is larger than currents, the system will define a tighter tolerance for voltages than for
currents.

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit's PQZIP Configuration via the PQZIP Recording Tab

In the PQZIP Configuration section, go to the PQZIP Mode & from the drop-down selection
select Fixed Ratio followed by
open:
. The PQZIP Configuration window will now

Define the amount of data stored per month, by entering the MB Value in the Monthly Ratio
text box

Set the appropriate V/I Relation value with the

To apply your changes select
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
You will receive the following success message:

To view your changes (refresh your current view) select
CONFIGURING FIXED QUALITY:
With the Fixed Quality option you are able to define & fix the tolerance values for both voltages
and currents as per your preferred value. This means that data will be stored at the same
tolerance/quality at all times.

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit's PQZIP Configuration via the PQZIP Recording Tab

In the PQZIP Configuration section, go to the PQZIP Mode & from the drop-down selection
select Fixed Quality:

Define the fixed tolerance values for both Voltage & Current by entering the Threshold % in
the respective Quality Threshold % text box

To apply your changes select

You will receive the following success message:

To view your changes (refresh your current view) select
NOTE NOTE NOTE

Setting thresholds to 0 creates large amounts of data that can fill up all available disk space.
This should only be done when investigating localized faults for brief periods of time.

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
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SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

Default Settings

PQZIP Recording

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

FIFO

File Capacity

FFT Mode

Capture DC

Erasing All PQZIP Data
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File Capacity
The File Capacity parameter is used to define the maximum time each PQZIP file will take to
compress. The file can be downloaded and data can be analyzed only when the file is closed, so if
you expect to monitor the data in the Investigator application shortly after the data is being
collected, you should choose low time durations. For all other cases, longer durations are
recommended so compression ratios can be slightly improved.
CONFIGURING THE FILE CAPACITY PARAMETER:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit's PQZIP Configuration via the PQZIP Recording Tab

In the PQZIP Configuration section, go to the File Capacity & from the drop-down selection
select the applicable Time Period:

To apply your changes select

You will receive the following success message:

To view your changes (refresh your current view) select
Note Note Note

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
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SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

Default Settings

PQZIP Recording

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

FIFO

Fixed Quality vs Fixed Ratio

FFT Mode

Capture DC

Erasing All PQZIP Data
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FFT Mode
The FFT Mode is a built-in capability applicable only to the G4500 BLACKBOX. The sampling rate for
the G4500 is 1,024 samples per cycle for Voltage & 256 samples per cycle for Current. Or
alternatively, the sampling rate may be switched to 512 samples per cycle for Voltage & 512
samples per cycle for Current.
CONFIGURING THE FILE CAPACITY PARAMETER:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit's PQZIP Configuration via the PQZIP Recording Tab

In the PQZIP Configuration section, go to the FFT Mode & from the drop-down selection
select the applicable Ratio:
Select:

File Capacity: Used for setting compression at every: 5min; 30min; 60min; 90min; 120min &
150min (Increased frequency will produce more files - therefore set the frequency according
to your network capacity)

FFT Mode: The sampling rate setting reflected from the drop down selection is half of the
actual sampling rate - V:512 I:128 & V:256 I:256. To set your sampling rate select:

V:512 I:128 for actual 1,024 (Voltage) & 256 (Current) samples per cycle

V:256 I:256 for actual 512 (Voltage) & 512 (Current) samples per cycle

To apply your changes select

You will receive the following success message:

To view your changes (refresh your current view) select
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NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

Default Settings

PQZIP Recording

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

FIFO

Fixed Quality vs Fixed Ratio

File Capacity

Capture DC

Erasing All PQZIP Data
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Capture DC Measurements
This feature enables you to record / stop the recording for Direct Current at will, without having to
disconnect your DC Voltage & Current Probes. The factory settings is automatically Disabled &
you will need to Enable the recording as per the procedure below:
ENABLING DC RECORDINGS:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit's PQZIP Configuration via the PQZIP Recording Tab

In the PQZIP Configuration section, go to the Capture V/IDC & from the drop-down selection
select either Enable / Disable:

To apply your changes select

You will receive the following success message:

To view your changes (refresh your current view) select
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
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SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

Default Settings

PQZIP Recording

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

FIFO

Fixed Quality vs Fixed Ratio

File Capacity

FFT Mode

Erasing All PQZIP Data
Erase All PQZIP Data
This function will allow you to delete all the PQZIP files from your Portable BLACKBOX's internal
Compact Flash Memory. Prior to proceeding ensure that you've downloaded all the PQZIP files
you needed from your G4500/G3500 unit, as the procedure cannot be reversed.
ERASE PQZIP DATA:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit's PQZIP Configuration via the PQZIP Recording Tab

Select
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& you will receive the following message:

To apply your changes select

You will receive the following success message:

To view your changes (refresh your current view) select
Note Note Note

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

Principle of Operation

Default Settings

PQZIP Recording

Enabling / Disabling PQZIP

FIFO

Fixed Quality vs Fixed Ratio

File Capacity

FFT Mode

Capture DC
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Energy - About
Energy is defined as power consumed over time. In electrical distribution systems, the unit of time is
one hour for all energy measurements and the kWh is the basis for payment for buying and selling
energy.
The Energy section focuses on the flow of energy or power both within a system (active, reactive) as
well as the flow of power to and from the system to the grid (delivered or received). In this section
you will be able to:

Review the overall Consumption & Demand of your Electrical System

View a Detailed Breakdown of Energy Flow Components

Review Statistical Information Regarding Measurement Status

Consumption & Demand
Energy is produced and consumed within an electrical distribution system. Some sites produce
energy for the grid (Received Energy), others consume energy from the grid (Delivered Energy), and
still others both consume and produce energy for/from the grid. The Net Consumption is the
difference between energy that is used and produced. Therefore, a negative value for Net
Consumption indicates that the site is producing more than it is consuming, or a received net
consumption.
The Consumption & Demand window is a quick look at some of the key components of the Detailed
Information window. Here you find a cross-sectional summary view of the amount and makeup
(Active or Reactive) of the Net Energy (Received – Delivered) produced/consumed by a site.
A Demand is an arbitrary measurement of average power usage per configurated unit time. A
demand is measured in units of power even though a time element does exist, while Peak Demand is
the highest demand calculated since the last demand reset. Refer to Energy Meter in the Advanced
Settings section to reset the demand of your energy meter.
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
Access general information regarding consumption & demand:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit
Energy

log on as the Viewer/Administrator
under
open the Consumption & Demand Tab:
The Consumption & Demand window will now open:
Included in this window are commonly used terms in describing energy flow within a system:

Active Energy (Real Energy): The portion of power flow that, averaged over a
complete cycle of the AC waveform, results in the net transfer of energy in one
direction expressed as kWh

Reactive /Volt Amperes Reactive Energy (kVArh): Energy that flows back and forth
with no actual power flow. Reactive power flow transfers no net energy to the load
and is sometimes referred to as Wattless power

Apparent: The combination of active and reactive energy (kVAh)
The corresponding Blue & Pink sections will be displayed in more detail in the Detailed
Information window.
SEE ALSO:

About Energy

Measurement Status
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Detailed Information
For a detailed breakdown of energy flow components, the Detailed Information window presents all
the Active & Reactive values individually for both produced and consumed (Received or Delivered)
energy. In addition the Net Difference Received - Delivered (Net Energy Received) as well as the
Net Difference Delivered - Received (Net Energy Generated) computations are included within
this window. The Total Energy Computation Section contains the combined figure for Received &
Delivered Energy.
As previously stated, the Consumption & Demand (Summary) window is extracted from the Details
window. The corresponding values are indicated in Blue & Green in the Detailed Information Window
below.
Access general information regarding consumption & demand:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit
Energy

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log on as the Viewer/Administrator
open the Detailed Information Tab:
The Detailed Information window on energy flow components will now open:
under
SEE ALSO:

About Energy

Measurement Status
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Measurement Status
The Measurement Status window provides additional statistical information & necessary context on
energy. The parameters & counters on this window are in actual fact configured in Energy Meter
in the Advanced Settings Section, which is directly accessible by selecting the
button.
Access the measurement status window:

Access your Portable BLACKBOX Unit
Energy

log on as the Viewer/Administrator
under
open the Measurement Status Tab:
The Measurement Status window will now open:
Included in this window are the following terms:
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
Started: This is the date and time stamp from the last energy reset

Last Start: This is the date and time stamp for the last metering reset - Total
Consumption is Reset

Up Time: The total cumulative time the mechanism has been operational during the
current period (since last start)

Down Time: The total cumulative time the mechanism has not been operational during
the current period

Availability: The percentage of time the system has been operational - this is important
because if this time exceeds a certain threshold, the data may not be considered reliable

Energy (Metering) Interval: The energy interval is the size of the window used in
computing demand (e.g. 1 minute)

External Sync: This function is currently fixed in disable mode

Sliding Window (Accessed by selecting
Information regarding the demand averaging system in use:
in Energy Meter:
SLIDING WINDOW ENABLED:
The energy is calculated using a sliding window. The figure below illustrates the time
increment as 1 second:
SLIDING WINDOW DISABLED:
The energy is calculated using fixed interval for each meter - illustration:
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SEE ALSO:

About Energy

Consumption & Demand

Detailed Info
Instrument Settings - About
After you successfully Installed your device, you will need to configure your Portable Power Quality
Analyzer itself in the BLACKBOX's Web Interface. The procedure will demonstrate how to:

Setup the Device

Establish Communication

Configure the PQ Settings
Device Configurations – Overview Device Setup
Configuration of your G4500/G3500 device itself occurs in BLACKBOX's Web Interface on successful
Connection to the Device.

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Access your device via Elspec's Search Utility through the Web (Identifiable either by the
Serial Number / indicated in green as a New Device):

Select the Web link for your device, Elspec's Web Interface will now open:

In order to view the different languages in the Web Interface, you will need to upload the
language feature from Elspec's Website when installing your new Firmware. Once
uploaded, simply select the applicable interface language from the drop-down list:

The supported languages are:

English (Default)

Chinese

Czech

German

French

Russian

Spanish
(For other languages – please contact your local Elspec distributor)


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The Password field defines user level/privileges. The user levels are Viewer / Administrator
(See Security Settings). The default password including privileges for each level are:

Viewer is 123 (Read only, can choose interface language only, no operations related
changes are allowed)

Administrator is 12345 (Administration, setup & full control)
By selecting the Configuration Tab & within the Device Setup section you'll be able to:

Complete the Device Info

Set the Time Settings

Configure the Voltage & Frequency

Configure the Current Probes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

The Website is optimized to work with Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9 in “Compatibility View”.
Ensure that the Internet Explorer is running in Compatibility View:
Other web browser applications can limit some functionality and/or show an incorrect layout.

For local networking the browser should be configured as working without a proxy server. Refer
to Disable Proxy Server in Internet Explorer.

The passwords above are factory default values. You are advised to modify Admin password if
extended security measures are required (See Security Settings).

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
Device Info - Unit Configuration
The purpose of this section is view, understand & configure additional functions for your device
itself, after you have completed the initial Unit Configuration.
ACCESS THE DEVICE INFO PAGE:

Access your BLACKBOX Portable via Elspec's Web Interface
select the Configuration Tab

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Under Device Setup select the Device Info Tab:
log on as the Administrator

Within this window you will be able to:

Access/Change your original Unit Configurations

View Hardware & Software Information for your G4500/G3500

View all the Details Regarding Power System

Enable/Disable the PoE Output

View/Configure Alarms other System Indications
CONFIGURE YOUR Portable Blackbox UNIT:

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After you have opened the Device Info Page, in the G4 Unit Configuration Section complete:

Site Name: Enables the user to include a description of the site where the device is
installed. This site description also appears in the Elspec's Search utility under Unit
Description when searching for devices

Description: An additional text field for you to use optionally as you see fit

Operator: A text field for inputting the operator/technician's name

Company: A text field for inputting company's name

To apply your changes select

To view your changes & ensure your changes took into affect (refresh your current view)
select

To enforce your changes to your G4K unit select
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:


Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.

Go on to the next step View Product Settings
SEE ALSO:

About Instrument Configurations

Unit Configuration

Product Info

Power Status

PoE Output

Alarms & Other Indications
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Product Info
The Product section specifies information regarding the BLACKBOX System Attributes (Software,
Hardware):
Product Inf o
The fields specify the following internal HW and SW Versions:

Boot: Displays the Boot Loader application version. The Boot Loader application is a small
separated part of the BLACKBOX Firmware. The Boot is stored on a secured sector in the
internal flash memory chip & is used for the HW initialization for loading Firmware upgrades
and for further execution of the G4500/G3500's Firmware. The Boot executes either Bank A
or Bank B Firmware. See Firmware Upgrade

Software: Displays the BLACKBOX Firmware Version is in use. See Firmware Upgrade

Hardware: Displays the BLACKBOX Hardware Version of the BLACKBOX Modules

DSP: Displays the BLACKBOX DSP Version in use. The G4500/G3500 is equipped with a
dedicated DSP (Digital Signal Processing) Module for high speed calculations. This field
defines the Firmware Version of the code being executed on this DSP.
SEE ALSO:

About Instrument Configurations

Unit Configuration

Power Status

PoE Output

Alarms & Other Indications
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Power Status
In this section you can view all the Power Status:

Powered by: Informs the user as to the type of power currently supplying the instrument

AC: AC status (On/Off)

PoE Input: Status of the PoE on the LAN1 port; an alternate power input for the instrument

DC (48v): Status of the DC Power Supply Input

Down: Should this flag indicate "On" it means that your Portable BLACKBOX has no power
supply & is on ride through power supplied by the internal battery

Capacitors: Indicates the size of the Super Capacitor supplying the ride through power
SEE ALSO:

About Instrument Configurations

Unit Configuration

Product Info

PoE Output

Alarms & Other Indications
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PoE Output
Options & Indicators:

State: Allows you to Enable/Disable the POE Out for LAN2 (See Also Establish
Communication)

PSE Status: Indicates the status of the LAN2/LCD port (Ok/ Fail)

PSE Error Code: Off signifies that this port is not in use. On signifies that an LCD screen is
currently attached to this port.

To apply your changes select

To enforce your changes to your G4500/G3500 unit select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About Instrument Configurations

Unit Configuration

Product Info

Alarms & Other Indications
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Alarms & Other Indications
The Alarms that are selected in the Device Info Window below will set off a red led light on your
Portable BLACKBOX alerting you on the failure accordingly. In addition, some
Alarm/System/Misconfigurations may be displayed on the Menu Path Bar of the BLACKBOX's Web
Interface. For your convenience the R/O (Read Only) & Bandwidth indications may be changed
directly by clicking on the indication itself, without having to sign out / configure other settings.
For Power Indicators see Unit Powering.

Select the applicable Alarm Configuration that you want to be displayed in the Alarms
Configuration Section:
BLACKBOX RED ALARM INDICATORS:
The table below outlines types of alarms that will set off the red alarm indicator light on your
Portable BLACKBOX:
Alarm Type
(Flashing/Solid) & to be displayed in the System Log:
Indication
General
Solid Red: General unit startup & system initiation. See Unit Powering
FTP
Flashing Red: Availability of the Network connection to the SNTP server. See BLACKBOX
Unit & FTP Access
Drop Data
Flashing Red: Temporary loss of PQZIP data. About PQZIP Recording
DSP Sync
Solid Red: Verification unit synchronization with the network power. See Time
Flash
Solid Red: Successful transfer of data to the BLACKBOX's internal Flash memory. See Internal
Memory Specifications
Misconfigured
Flashing Red: Verification of configured nominal value compared with the CT/PT value. See
Quick Configuration
Time Sync
Flashing Red: Verification of the quality of the time synchronization (POOR or less). See
Time
Logger
Flashing Red: Verification of a corrupted Logger. See System Log
PQZIP
Solid Red: Verification whether or not the PQZIP is enabled. See Enabling / Disabling PQZIP
DSP
Flashing Red: Communication verification between CPU with DSP module.
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BLACKBOX BLUE ALARM INDICATORS
The alarm may also display a blue indicator light -
Indicator
(Flashing/Solid):
Indication
Flashing Blue

System Initiation. See Unit Powering
Solid Blue

Normal Operation

If PQZIP Enabled – PQZIP Recording Active
BLACKBOX WEB INTERFACE ALARM INDICATORS:
The table below outlines types of alarms that will set off the red alarm indicator light on the
BLACKBOX's Web Interface:
As above the indicators will also be displayed in the System Log:
Alarm Type
Indication
Read Only privileges. You are signed on as a System User & cannot configure
the unit. To log on as Admin see Unit Access or double click on the
in the Password Text box enter the Admin password followed by Login:
&
Read & Write privileges. You are signed on as a System Administrator & you
may configure the unit.
The nominal CT/PT values have been misconfigured. See Quick Configuration
You unit is not synchronized with the network power. See Time
PQZIP Recording is disabled. See Enabling / Disabling PQZIP
(Located Next
to Menu Path)
Portable Unit has been successfully Accessed
(Located Next
to Menu Path)
Web session has been disconnected - See Accessed to re-access.
(Located
Next to Alarm)
Unit is working on either AC / Auxiliary Power Supply & the Battery is
charging. Full green indicates the battery has been fully recharged.
(Located
Next to Alarm)
Your unit is mainly working on Battery Supply only, with time left on your
Battery. See Unit Powering

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To apply your changes select
to review your changes
To enforce your changes to your G4500/G3500 unit select

NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:


Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About Instrument Configurations

Unit Configuration

Product Info

PoE Output
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Time Settings - Time Synchronization
The Portable BLACKBOX contains a Time Synchronization module. This module maintains & tracks
time that is being used by the entire BLACKBOX system and specifically by the PQZIP engine for
storing continuous waveform recordings at an accurate time stamp. This allows you to compare &
analyze time-synchronized data recorded by any number of BLACKBOX devices within a particular
site or across many sites. The time sources are supported by:

Primary or Alternative SNTP Network Server: The Server is an external server machine
that provides SNTP Clients (such as a BLACKBOX or a PC) a time over IP network using SNTP
standard protocol. Time Sync supports two SNTP Servers. The first is acting as primary, and
the second is an alternative in case the primary is not available. SNTP server is identified by
an Internet (IP) address. The BLACKBOX is basically acting as an SNTP Client that initiates
time requests towards SNTP servers. However the BLACKBOX also acts as an SNTP time
server, and therefore, it can respond and provide time for other BLACKBOX units that are
configured to its SNTP server.

GPS Receiver: The unit receives satellite signals & therefore requires special installation
with a sky view or transponder from a GPS receiver with a sky view. A GPS unit provides
location & time information via a serial port (typically RS232/RS485 communication port to
the BLACKBOX). The GPS option is for remote sites where internet/intranet communication is
not an option or, alternatively, network communication is poor.

RTC (Internal Real-Time Clock): Is an internal unit of the Portable BLACKBOX unit that
serves as a default time source when no other external source available. The RTC is powered
by a battery to maintain clock progress even when the BLACKBOX device power is off.
The Time Sync module provides the BLACKBOX system with a global time format called GMT or UTC.
Using a global time approach enables the BLACKBOX to synchronize measurements with other
BLACKBOXs located somewhere else around the globe. While the time being recorded with PQZIP
files is always GMT, the time shown on the BLACKBOX'S Web Interface on the bottom:
. The Local time is internally computed by the BLACKBOX from
the UTC obtained from the Time SYNC module plus the Time Zone (which is the number of hours
offset per specific country/area).
ACCESS TIME CONFIGURATION:

Access your Portable Device via Elspec's Web Interface
under Configuration

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Device Setup select the Time Tab:
The Time Window will now open:
log on as the Administrator

Within this window you'll be able to set and control the time:

Control the time synchronization of external time sources with Network Time

Set & control the internal clock of the Portable BLACKBOX PQA with Setup the Time

Automatically adjust the Portable BLACKBOX PQA with Daylight Saving Time
SEE ALSO:

Device Configuration Overview

Device Info - Unit Configuration

Voltage & Frequency

Currents
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Time Setup
This section is used to set and control the internal clock of the Portable BLACKBOX Unit. Set:

The RTC Counter: Is used for setting the counting of the internal real time clock. The RTC
starts its counting from the date of manufacture. RTC Counter format reads as: Days, Hours,
Minutes, and Seconds

Time Zone: Specifies the date and time to be presented on the BLACKBOX WEB interface
(
bottom of the page). The presented time is the local time
derived from the GMT time and the configured Time Zone which shifts the GMT time backward or
forward in accordance. (Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) means time at Greenwich, London (Also
referred to as UTC)

Unit Date & Time: Utilized for setting the current time & date manually. Once you click on
the configuration box, the date or time will instantly appear and you can set it. Click on the Set
Date & Time button and the time is changed. However, if the unit's Time Synchronization
module is synchronizing with an external source (like NTP or GPS), the time will be overridden as
soon as the updates are received. To prevent automatic updates, set the Time Sync module on
Self synchronization.

To apply your changes select

To review your changes, select
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
to actually affect your changes.
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SEE ALSO:

About Time Settings

Network Time

Daylight Saving
Network Time
This section controls Time Synchronization with a variety external time sources. Make your changes
according to your selection:

Transport: Utilize this option to for the Time Sync Module to select the source Automatically,
or to force the source Manually to SNTP or GPS source. To configure the GPS Source itself - see
GPS Configuration.

Main SNTP: Use this option in order to configure the IP address of the Primary SNTP server to be
used

Alternate SNTP: Use this option to configure the IP address of the secondary SNTP server to be
used (A contingency should the Primary Server become unavailable)

Slew Mode: Set the type of Time Slewing/Adjustment to be used by the Time Sync module.
This will compensate for time deviations and network communication jitters.

The default & preferred mode is Automatic, as the Slewing Factor is according to time
source communication quality.

If you set the mode to Master, other units read the time from this unit & this units obtains
the time either from an external SNTP/GPS.

Slave obtains the time settings from a Master Unit via SNTP

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To apply your changes select
to review your changes
Note Note Note

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About Time Settings

Time Setup

Daylight Saving
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Daylight Saving
You can Enable the daylight saving time (Winter / Summer Clock) feature and set the period in
this section. This will cause the time to automatically adjust to daylight savings time during
the pre-defined period. This information is passed to the PQSCADA together with all other
information via PQZIP where it is displayed to the user. To set the daylight saving time:

Select Enable

Enter Start / End Date & Time (UTC)

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About Time Settings

Time Setup

Network Time
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Voltage & Frequency
The purpose of this section is view, understand, or change configurations you made in your Initial
Quick Configuration for your Voltage & Frequency values. The configurations are made for the
Portable BLACKBOX after you have Connected your Voltage Probes.
OPEN THE VOLTAGE & FREQUENCY WINDOW:

Access your Portable Device via Elspec's Web Interface
under Configuration

log on as the Administrator
Device Setup select the Voltage & Frequency Tab:
The Voltage & Frequency window will now open:
In this window you will be able to:

View / Change your Power Configurations

View / Change your Potential Transformation Ratios

Smooth the curve in significant change of PQ Parameter (IEC61000-4-7 Compliance)

Toggle the polarity without rewiring

Define nominal values for Voltage & Frequency
SEE ALSO:

Device Configuration Overview

Device Info - Unit Configuration

Time Settings

Currents
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Power Configuration
The network type settings are represented by five different configurations, although the actual
number of supported networks could be extended to virtually any existing configuration. Refer to
Other Connections in order to view the types of Power Topology the Portable BLACKBOX supports.

The following table outlines the recommended configurations for several supported power
types:
Power Type
BLACKBOX Web Interface Power
Configuration
Single Phase with Neutral
Single LN
Single Phase without Neutral
Single LL
Single Split Phase
2Phase TR
Three Wire Delta
Delta 3 Wires
Grounded Delta
Delta 3 Wires
Four Wire WYE
WYE 4 Wires
Three Wire WYE
WYE 4 Wires
Delta High Leg
Delta 3 Wires
Delta Open Leg
Delta 3 Wires

Select the applicable Network Type Settings according to your network type from the dropdown selection:

To apply your changes select

You will receive the following warning message as changing the network configuration will
result in all the energy calculations to be averaged & will clear all your Custom Event
configurations. Click
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in order to proceed:

You will receive a "Configuration Successful" message & will be prompted to initiate a restart
of the energy calculations.
Click

in order to proceed:
Review your changes by selecting
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About the Voltage & Frequency Window

Potential Transformer

Smooth Filtering

Voltage Polarity

Nominal
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Potential Transformer
Potential Transformer configuration is required only for MV/HV networks where the voltage is
measured using PT's. This option allows you to accurately configure the known transformation ratio
in both magnitude and phase, over a range of measuring circuit impedances. The voltage
transformer is intended to present a negligible load to the supply being measured. The low
secondary voltage allows protective relay equipment and measuring instruments to be operated at
lower voltages.

If you wish to measure the Potential Transformer (MV/HV Networks - Voltage Measurements
by PT's) select Enable:

Set the correct Primary & Secondary Ratio (with / ):
If the PT Ratio is inapplicable, then set your values to read:
Primary = Secondary = Nominal

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About the Voltage & Frequency Window

Power Configuration

Smooth Filtering

Voltage Polarity

Nominal
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Smooth Filtering
This filter is introduced according to IEC standard 61000-4-7. It allows (enabled) smoothing of the
curve when there are fluctuations in a power quality parameter such as in Harmonics / RMS.

Mark the Applicable Parameter for filtering (Harmonics & / RMS):

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About the Voltage & Frequency Window

Power Configuration

Potential Transformer

Voltage Polarity

Nominal
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to
Voltage Polarity
Wiring errors usually result into an incorrect polarity. The Voltage Polarity settings allow you to
toggle the polarity without the necessity of rewiring.

Either Reverse the polarity / maintain it at Normal from the drop-down selection:

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About the Voltage & Frequency Window

Power Configuration

Potential Transformer

Smooth Filtering

Nominal
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Define Nominal Values
The Nominal section defines the nominal values for Frequency (F) and Voltages (V). The Frequency
nominal effects compliance. For example, when 50Hz nominal is set, the window is 10 cycles, and
for 60Hz the window is 12 cycles.

For HV & MV Networks, define the Nominal Values for Frequency (F) and Voltages (V) (with
/ ):

The ratio for LV Networks is based on the same concept & specifications - Define the
Nominal Values for Frequency (F) and Voltages (V) (with / ):
If the PT Ratio is inapplicable, then set your values to read:
Primary = Secondary = Nominal

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

Should you enter incorrect nominal values, the device may not record anything.

For maximum logging resolution and efficiency it is recommended keeping NOMINAL values as
close to the expected normal condition values and NOT to maximum values!

FOR NOMINAL V VALUES: If you are using a Potential Transformer (PT) Configuration for
MV/HV networks, the Nominal V values needs to be set to the PT values.

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
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to
SEE ALSO:

About the Voltage & Frequency Window

Power Configuration

Potential Transformer

Smooth Filtering

Voltage Polarity
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Current
The purpose of this section is view, understand, or change configurations you made in your Initial
Quick Configuration for your Current values. The configurations are made for the Portable
BLACKBOX after you have Connected your Current Probes.
ACCESS / CHANGE YOUR VOLTAGE & FREQUENCY CONFIGURATIONS:

Access your Portable Device via Elspec's Web Interface
under Configuration
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log on as the Administrator
Device Setup select the Currents Tab:
The Currents window will now open:

As mentioned previously, once you have Connected your Current Probes it will be
automatically recognized. If you have already Configured your Current Inputs you may
also in this window:

View / Change the CT Ratios, Nominal Values, Polarity & Behavior Simulation in the
Current Probes Info Section,

View / Change the I/V Ratios & Hardware Range in the Custom/DC Probes Info
Section, & / or

View / Change calculated current channels in the Non-measured Currents Section
NOTE NOTE NOTE

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If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

Device Configuration Overview

Device Info - Unit Configuration

Time Settings

Voltage & Frequency
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to
Current Probes Info
On the successful Current Probe(s) Connection the probes will be automatically recognized & the
status for the probes will appear in this section. Apart from Elspec Custom / any other Custom
Clamp the Behavior Simulation will automatically displayed for the clamp. You may choose to
change the simulation for this clamp; however once you have selected "No Simulation" you will need
to set the Hardware Range for each clamp. The purpose of this chapter is to provide additional
information further Previous Current Probe Configurations.
VIEW / CHANGE THE CT RATIOS:
Configuration options are directly dependent on the probe type, for instance the Mini Clamp 1A/1V
is normally used to measure a Secondary current of a current transformer (CT). In that case, the CT
should be defined as Primary/Secondary values.

For each respective clamp simply add the Primary / Secondary Ampere values:
Set the CT Ratio according to the Clamp Manufacturer's Specifications & not just the Ratio.
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VIEW / CHANGE THE NOMINAL VALUES:
Nominal (A) value plays an important role for the PQZIP recording functionality. In the event that
the probe is identified, the value is automatically set to probe default.

For each respective clamp correct the applicable Nominal Ampere values if necessary:
VIEW / CHANGE THE CURRENT POLARITY:
Polarity toggling is used to correct incorrect wiring.
Either Reverse the polarity / maintain it at Normal from the drop-down selection:

SIMULATE THE FLEX 300A & 3000A CLAMP BEHAVIORS:
Behavior simulations are only applicable to the 300 & 3000 A Flexible Clamps. This setting allows
you to simulate the behavior of either clamp at either 300 / 3000 A. You may also choose not to
simulate any of the behaviors.
After you have set the CT Ratios, Nominal Values & Current Polarity, simply select the applicable
Simulation option in the Behavior Simulation column:

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To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
SEE ALSO:

About the Current Window

Current Probes Info

Custom DC Probes Info Section

Non-Measured Currents
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Custom DC Probes Info
With the BLACKBOX Portable you may use any clamp in addition to the Custom & Other Clamps
supplied by Elspec. This section will allow you to set the Voltage/Current Ratio & the Hardware
Range for any custom and or Elspec Custom Clamp. Ensure that you set the ratio & range is set
according to the Clamp Manufacturer's Specifications & not just the Ratio & Range.
TABLE - V/I RATIOS PORTABLE BLACKBOX CUSTOM CLAMPS:
The 3-Phase AC flexible current clamps are now obtainable from Elspec as Optional Accessories
with the BLACKBOX Portable. The clamps are capable of measuring currents up to 3000 Amps at very
high frequencies of 10 kHz. The clamps are supplied either as 3-flexible current probes / 1-flexible
current probe. Controlled by a Rotary-Switch with 1000 hour battery life, the probes provide a linear
voltage output replicating input waveforms current ranges (determined by the user) of 30, 300, or
3000 Amperes.
The table below outlines the CT Ratio's for the Portable BLACKBOX Custom Clamps:
Custom Clamps
Rotary-Switch Current Setting
I/V Ratio
Flexible Custom Clamp
30 A
100 m V/A
Flexible Custom Clamp
300 A
10 m V/A
Flexible Custom Clamp
3000 A
1 m V/A
SET THE V/I RATIOS & HARDWARE RANGE FOR THE CUSTOM CLAMPS:

Once you have completed the Current Probes Info section, you may proceed into setting V/I
Ratios & Hardware Range for any plugged in Clamps. As mentioned previously the clamps are
automatically be recognized once plugged in, and as such any Custom clamp will appear in the
Custom DC Probes Info section (marked in Blue):
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
Simply set the Ratio & Hardware Range according to the Clamp Manufacturer's Specifications:

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
Note Note Note

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

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Once you have signed on as the Administrator, ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.
to
SEE ALSO:

About the Current Window

Current Probes Info

Non-Measured Currents
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Non-Measured Currents
One of the three-phase current channels could optionally be calculated from the I1+I2+I3=0. The
Non-measured Current section helps to configure calculated current channels. There are two
calculation options & they differ for:

WYE Network – Refer to Topology Configuration

DELTA & Single Split Phase Network – Refer to Topology Configuration
CONFIGURING CALCULATED CURRENT CHANNELS FOR WYE NETWORKS:

Ensure the Power Configuration coincides with your Network

In the Non-Measured Currents section, select the applicable phase to be calculated:
Calculation is based on Kirchhoff’s laws - everything that comes in must go out, in order for the
calculation of one of the current line to be based on the other measured lines instead of measuring
it. For example when Lx is Absent it is being calculated using the other lines instead of measuring
it. Or the neutral current IN could be optionally calculated from the sum of three-phase currents, or
alternatively, measured by the I4 current channel.
CONFIGURING CALCULATED CURRENT CHANNELS FOR DELTA AND SINGLE
SPLIT PHASE NETWORKS:

Ensure the Power Configuration coincides with your Network

In the Non-Measured Current section, select the applicable phase to be missed:
One of the three-phase current channels could optionally be calculated from the I1+ I2+ I3=0
SEE ALSO:

About the Current Window

Current Transformer

Current Polarity
Communication - Configuration
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The Portable BLACKBOX has various communication gateways & ports allowing for quick portable
access, over any network from any location. The only difference between the two devices lies in
the number of communication ports of the G4500 & G3500 Portable BLACKBOX, and how they are
subsequently configured. In addition to the wireless communication, the G4500 has 3
communication ports including two isolated serial communication RS232 & RS485/422 ports. The
G4500's USB port is used for connecting a Wireless USB stick for improved network communication.
The G3500 hosts 1 LAN communication port including two serial ports RS232 & RS485/422.
ABOUT THE WIRELESS COMMUNICATION & COMMUNICATION PORTS OF THE
G4500:

Wireless Communication: Equipped with a built-in IEEE 802.11 g/b router configured as an
industry standard access point, the G4500 provides convenient & instant connectivity to your
G4150, including to a PC/Laptop that is Wi-Fi enabled.
The G4500 has 3 fast Ethernet link 10/100Mb ports in addition to the wireless access point:

Wide Area Network (WAN): Designed to connect the device’s internal LAN with other types of
networks. It is commonly used to provide internet accessibility over an external Broadband
router (Cellular, ADSL or Cable).

LAN1: The main Ethernet port with DHCP server configured as active. This port is the main
choice for either the G4150 Mobile Analysis Lab, or standalone PC, or Laptop connection with the
unit.

LAN2/LCD: Direct connection port to the BLACKBOX device, bypassing the internal router. This
port is mainly suitable for connecting the unit with a local LAN of computers or G4100 LCD unit.
It may also be used for either the G4150 Mobile Analysis Lab, or standalone PC, or Laptop
connection with the unit.
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ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION PORTS OF THE G3500:
The G3500 is equipped only a LAN communication port. This port acts either as the main Ethernet
port with the DHCP server activated, or connecting the unit with a local LAN of computers, or the
G4150 Mobile Analysis Lab, or standalone PC, or a Laptop.
ABOUT THE SERIAL PORTS OF THE PORTABLE BLACKBOX:
The Portable BLACKBOX is equipped with 2 isolated Serial Communication interfaces, namely:

RS232: A standard DTE (Data Terminal Equipment) interface suitable for direct
communication with COM compatible interface, such as a standard PC serial COM port.

RS485/422: A standard RS485 (full duplex) or RS422 (half duplex) interface.
The procedure for establishing Communication with your Portable BLACKBOX includes:

Setting Web Entry Passwords & Providing Access to the FTP Server

Establish All Network Communication Settings

Configure RS485/RS422 interface parameters in Serial Ports
SEE ALSO:

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About Connecting Communication Ports
Security
In this window you can set either Entry Passwords to the Web Interface and/or Provide Access to the
FTP Server for your G4500/G3500 Portable BLACKBOX.

Access the Portable BLACKBOX via Elspec's Web Interface
log on as the Administrator
select the Configuration Tab

Under Communication select the Security Tab:
PASSWORD SETUP:
This section enables the Administrator to change or reset the passwords of Viewer & Administrator
levels at one option at a time:

Select either the Viewer or Admin option:
Levels:

Viewer: Users are able to view all the functions within Elspec's Web Interface, but are
unable to configure the Portable BLACKBOX (Manufacture's Default Password is 123)

Admin: Usually the Administrator of the Portable BLACKBOX, is able to view & configure
the unit (Manufacture's Default Password is 12345)

Enter & Confirm the Password

To Reset the passwords to the Manufacture's Default passwords select
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select
FTP ACCESS:
The Portable BLACKBOX includes a FTP server which is accessed via the PQSCADA / Elspec's Search
Utility in order to retrieve the PQZIP files recorded by the unit. The PQZIP files may be manually
retrieved by initiating an FTP session with the BLACKBOX device. The FTP Access section below
controls the FTP Login and FTP Password for security measures.

Enter the User Login, Password & Confirm the Password (Manufacture's Default Login is
ftpuser & Password is ftppassword)

Enter & Confirm the Password

To Reset the passwords to the Manufacture's Default passwords select
select
NOTE NOTE NOTE
Changes made in the FTP Access section needs to be duplicated in the PQSCADA Configuration.
(In the F1 Help Wizard of the PQSCADA, follow the Components
Device procedure)
SEE ALSO:

About BLACKBOX's Communication Configuration

Network

Serial Ports

About Connecting Communication Ports
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Nodes
Configuration
Network - About Network Setup
The Network setup is a crucial part of your Portable BLACKBOX's unit configuration, as it establishes
communication with your Portable BLACKBOX. It also establishes the IP Address of your
G4500/G3500 Unit in the network. It includes:
For the G4500 Portable BLACKBOX:

Wi-Fi: Wireless Connection

WAN: Broadband router (ADSL/ Cable / Cellular) for Internet accessibility

LAN1: G4150/ DHCP/ PC / Laptop Connection

LAN2: Direct connection to LAN Network of Computers / G4100
For the G3500 Portable BLACKBOX:

LAN/LCD: Main connection port (G4150/ DHCP / PC/ Laptop/ LAN Network of
Computers/G4100) (On the devices' Web Interface configuration it is displayed as
LAN2/LCD).
In General:

Send Data & Notifications from your Portable BLACKBOX by providing Outer Access

Make allowances for Remote Access by configuring the Port Setup

View the Status Summaries of your G4500/G3500 Device's Network Configurations
OPEN THE NETWORK WINDOW:

Access the Portable BLACKBOX's Configuration via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator

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select the Configuration Tab
Under Communication select the Network Tab:
log on as the

The Network Window will now open:
G4500 BLACKBOX Network Configuration
G3500 BLACKBOX Network Configuration
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About BLACKBOX's Communication Configuration

Security

Serial Ports

About Connecting Communication Ports
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Wi-Fi Connectivity (G4500 Only)
The G4500 contains an integrated IEEE 802.11g/b router pre-configured as an industry standard
access point. This is to provide the most convenient and simplest connectivity with the G4150
Mobile Analysis Lab or any other laptop or desktop Wi-Fi-Enabled PC. The internal Wi-Fi Access
Point is configured by the factory default as a non-secure network. The SSID name is configured as
the G4500's serial number.
CONNECT TO THE WIFI:

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After you have switched on your G4500 Portable PQ Analyzer, search for the device by its
unique S/N on your Control Panel (Network & Sharing Center):

The S/N is located on the G4500's name
plate:

The Wi-Fi Activity Indicator will confirm
connection (Flashing / Solid Blue):
Alternatively, you may choose to simply configure the G4500's internal router & verify settings by
using the Internet Explorer's Setup Wizard for WLAN Broadband Router configurations.
ACCESS & CONFIGURE THE WIRELESS ROUTER:
The procedure for configuring the G4500's internal router is fairly easy & the Setup Wizard will guide
you through the procedure:

Open the Internet Explorer on either the G4150 or any other Wi-Fi enabled PC/Laptop

Type in the routers IP Address - http://192.168.2.1 into in the Internet Explorer's address
line & select Enter.

Enter the User name as admin

The Router’s configuration page will now automatically open. Open the Interface Tab:
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password as 1234
select
:

Open the LAN Tab:

Select or complete the following in the applicable sections
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select
:
LAN Settings:

IP Address: 192.168.1.254

Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0

802.1d Spanning Tree: Disabled

DHCP Server: Enabled
DHCP Server Settings:
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
Start IP: 192.168.1.254

End IP: 192.168.1.254

Domain Name: No need to complete

Open the Wireless Tab:

Select or complete the following in the applicable sections
select
:
Access Point Settings:

Access Point: Activated

Channel: Undefined & Number of Channels 11

Beacon Interval: 100

RTS/CTS Threshold: 2347

Fragmentation Threshold: 2346

DTM: 1

Band (802.11 b/g): 802.11b+g [enabling both 802.11b and 802.11g interfaces]
Multiple S SID’s Settings:

SSID Index: 1

SSID: This is the G4500's serial number & by which you may identify the device Add:
EG4500_[Serial Number]

Broadcast SSID: Yes to Activate the SSID

Authentication Type: WPA-PSK
WPA-PSK Settings:
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
Encryption: TKP

Pre-Shared Key: Enter your password in Pre‐Shared Key. This key must be at least 8
characters and no space. This is the key you use to connect to the router wirelessly.
eg: 12345678

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You should now be able to identify the Router on your computer's Network & Sharing
Center:

If the device remains unconnected you will need to reconnect to the router. Open Connect
to a Network by clicking the Network
or Wireless icon in the notification area.

On the list select the Router (identifiable by SSID entered above)

Enter the Security Key (as per the Pre-Shared Key entered in the router’s WPA-PSK Settings
above):
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select
:
You will now be connected & the Wi-Fi Activity Indicator will confirm connection (Flashing
/ Solid Blue):
SEE ALSO:

About Network Setup

Wi-Fi Connectivity

WAN Internet Accessibility

LAN 1

LAN 2

Outer Access

Port Setup

Status Summaries

About Connecting Communication Ports
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WAN Internet Accessibility (G4500 Only)
The WAN port serves to connect the device’s internal LAN with other types of networks. It is
commonly used to provide internet accessibility over an external Broadband router (Cellular, ADSL
or Cable). When connected to an Office network, it most likely already employs a DHCP server. The
WAN & LAN 2 Ports are the ideal ports for connecting to the DHCP Server. Do not connect your
Portable BLACKBOX to the office network via the LAN 1 port, since an Office DHCP server operation
could be interrupted which could lead to severe network malfunctions.
As mentioned previously, each Portable BLACKBOX unit needs to have a fixed IP Address. In each
network the available IP numbers differs. The IP Address may be assigned either automatically via
the LAN DHCP Server, or manually assigned by the user. Regardless as to what option you choose,
prior to assigning the IP address to the unit you will need to consult your IT manager for the network
as how to proceed. To connect the device to an additional network, you may do so via the LAN 2
Port.
HOW TO CONFIGURE THE WAN PORT:

As per the previous step Access the Network Window & in the Internal Link Section you will
have two options:
Auto DHCP Disable (User Assigned IP Address obtained from the IT Manager) all
parameters will be fixed & User-Assigned:

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
Select Auto DHCP Disable

Enter the IP Address

An optional Subnet Mask (for this port & instrument) is entered as per your IT
Manager's instructions
Auto DHCP Enabled allows the LAN DHCP server to assign an IP Address to the unit

Select Auto DHCP Enable

Your G4500 unit's IP Address & Subnet Mask will now be automatically
assigned

To apply your changes select
changes

To enforce your changes to your Portable BLACKBOX select
to review your
NOTE NOTE NOTE

WAN & LAN 2 cannot co-exist in the same logical IP subnet, even if only one of them is actively
connected to a network. For example: if WAN is configured as 172.17.4.68 with subnet mask of
255.255.0.0, then LAN 2 cannot be configured as 172.17.X.X.

The PQSCADA will not be able to identify any newly assigned IP Addresses for your Portable
BLACKBOX unit. As such, when the PQSCADA will download the PQZIP files from your G4500
unit, it will not automatically associate the new IP with the same database. Therefore, you
will need to configure the new IP Address for your Portable BLACKBOX Device in the PQSCADA
(In the F1 Help Wizard of the PQSCADA, follow the Components
Configuration
Device procedure)
SEE ALSO:

About Network Setup

Wi-Fi Connectivity

LAN 1

LAN 2

Outer Access

Port Setup

Status Summaries

About Connecting Communication Ports
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Nodes
LAN 1 (G4500 Only)
This port is the main choice for a standalone PC or Laptop connection with the Portable BLACKBOX.
Technically, any of the available Ethernet ports can be used for a single PC connection. However,
the most recommended is a LAN 1 option due to the integrated DHCP server that is available via the
port. Once Connected, a PC will automatically obtain an IP address configuration that will connect
it to the G4500's internal WEB/FTP servers as well as to a router management WEB server. Since it
is automatic, there is no need to configure the device's IP address. Use this port as an alternative
connection if you are unable to make a Wi-Fi Connection.
WARNING
DO NOT CONNECT YOUR PORTABLE BLACKBOX TO THE OFFICE NETWORK VIA THE LAN 1
PORT, SINCE AN OFFICE DHCP SERVER OPERATION COULD BE INTERRUPTED WHICH COULD
LEAD TO SEVERE NETWORK MALFUNCTIONS.
SEE ALSO:

About Network Setup

Wi-Fi Connectivity

WAN Internet Accessibility

LAN 2

Outer Access

Port Setup

Status Summaries

About Connecting Communication Ports
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LAN 2
As mentioned previously the communication ports differ between the G4500 & G3500 BLACKBOX. As
such, the configuration procedure differs between the two devices:
G4500 LAN 2 CONFIGURATION:
The port is mainly used to connect the device to a LAN network of computers or an additional
network other than the WAN connection. As mentioned previously each Portable BLACKBOX unit
needs to have a fixed IP Address & that in each network the available IP numbers differs. The IP
Address may be assigned either automatically via the LAN DHCP Server, or manually assigned by the
user. As per the WAN Port, regardless as to what option you choose, prior to assigning the IP
address to the unit you will need to consult your IT manager for the network as how to proceed.
The LAN 2 port is also used for the G4100 LCD Display connection & the configuration procedure is
very quick & easy to follow. There is no need to configure the LAN 2 port if you don't want to make
another network connection, or if the G4100 LCD Display is absent.

Access the Network Window

If you need to change the default settings, in the LAN 2 Section for Auto DHCP select
Disable:
LAN 2 ADDITIONAL NETWORK CONFIGURATION:

Enter the IP Address of the instrument

An optional Subnet Mask (for this port & instrument) is entered as per your IT
Manager's instructions
\ LAN
2 G4100 LCD DISPLAY CONFIGURATION:

IP Address: Is the IP address for this port on the instrument. It is recommended that
you retain the default address of 192.168.168.168 in order to enable the G4100 LCD
remote screen viewer's plug-&-play compatibility

Sub-Net Mask: Is the Sub-net mask for this port on the instrument. It is
recommended that you retain the default address of 255.255.255.0 in order to
enable the G4100 LCD remote screen viewer's plug-&-play compatibility

The Default settings will automatically appear in this section should no changes be required
& the Auto DHCP will remain on Enable

To apply your changes select
NOTE NOTE NOTE
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to review your changes
IMPORTANT: The IP Address & Sub-net for WAN differs from LAN 2's IP Address & Sub-net as
they are configured for two different networks. Therefore should you choose to Disable the
default settings, ensure the IP Address for the G4100 LCD Display is configured on an additional
Network.

WAN & LAN 2 cannot co-exist in the same logical IP subnet, even if only one of them is actively
connected to a network. For example: if LAN 1 is configured as 172.17.4.68 with subnet mask
of 255.255.0.0, then LAN 2 cannot be configured as 172.17.X.X.

The PQSCADA will not be able to identify any newly assigned IP Addresses for your Portable
BLACKBOX unit. As such, when the PQSCADA will download the PQZIP files from your G4500
unit, it will not automatically associate the new IP with the same database. Therefore, you
will need to configure the new IP Address for your Portable BLACKBOX Device in the PQSCADA
(In the F1 Help Wizard of the PQSCADA, follow the Components
Configuration
Nodes
Device procedure)
G3500 LAN 2 CONFIGURATION:
The G3500 Portable BLACKBOX has only one LAN port & this is the main connection port for either
the G4150, or DHCP, or PC, or Laptop, or LAN Network of Computers or the G4100 Remote Display
Unit. When connected to an Office network, it most likely already employs a DHCP server. As
mentioned previously, each Portable BLACKBOX unit needs to have a fixed IP Address. In each
network the available IP numbers differs. The IP Address may be assigned either automatically via
the LAN DHCP Server, or manually assigned by the user. Regardless as to what option you choose,
prior to assigning the IP address to the unit you will need to consult your IT manager for the network
as how to proceed. The procedure for connecting the G4100 LCD Display is outlined below.

Access the Network Window

If you need to change the default settings, in the LAN 2 Section for Auto DHCP select
Disable:
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LAN 2 General CONFIGURATION:
For DHCP or LAN Network of Computers:

Enter the IP Address of the instrument

An optional Subnet Mask (for this port & instrument) is entered as per your IT Manager's
instructions
For the G4150 Mobile Analysis Lab, or PC, or Laptop: Once the device is Connected to the
G3500, the device will automatically obtain an IP address configuration that will connect it to the
G3500's internal WEB/FTP servers. Since it is automatic, there is no need to configure the
device's IP address.
LAN 2 G4100 LCD DISPLAY CONFIGURATION:

IP Address: Is the IP address for this port on the instrument. It is recommended that you
retain the default address of 192.168.168.168 in order to enable the G4100 LCD remote
screen viewer's plug-&-play compatibility

Sub-Net Mask: Is the Sub-net mask for this port on the instrument. It is recommended that
you retain the default address of 255.255.255.0 in order to enable the G4100 LCD remote
screen viewer's plug-&-play compatibility

The Default settings will automatically appear in this section should no changes be required
& the Auto DHCP will remain on Enable

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE

The PQSCADA will not be able to identify any newly assigned IP Addresses for your Portable
BLACKBOX unit. As such, when the PQSCADA will download the PQZIP files from your G4500
unit, it will not automatically associate the new IP with the same database. Therefore, you
will need to configure the new IP Address for your Portable BLACKBOX Device in the PQSCADA
(In the F1 Help Wizard of the PQSCADA, follow the Components
Configuration
Device procedure)
SEE ALSO:

About Network Setup

Wi-Fi Connectivity

WAN Internet Accessibility

LAN 1

Outer Access

Port Setup

Status Summaries

About Connecting Communication Ports
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Nodes
Outer Access
In this section you will be able to configure your Portable BLACKBOX for sending data to an IP
Address outside its LAN 1 & setting an IP Address for sending Notification E-Mails.
CONFIGURING THE G4K BLACKBOX FOR OUTER ACCESS

Access the Network Window

In the Outer Access Section you have the following settings:

Gateway: Is utilized for setting the BLACKBOX’S default Gateway IP addresses in order to
send data to an IP addresses outside its LAN 1

SMTP Server: Is used for setting an IP Address for an E-Mail Server to be used for sending
notification E-Mails

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
Configurations need to be duplicated & configured in Elspec's PQSCADA. (In the F1 Help Wizard of
the PQSCADA, follow the Components
Server
SEE ALSO:

About Network Setup

Wi-Fi Connectivity

WAN Internet Accessibility

LAN 1

LAN 2

Port Setup

Status Summaries

About Connecting Communication Ports
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Configuration
E-Mail procedure).
Port Setup
Within the Port Setup section, you will be able to configure your Portable BLACKBOX for remote
access. In the Port Setup section you can configure the internet port numbers for standard
communication protocols (E-Mails, File Transfer & Web Browsing). The primary reasons for utilizing
this procedure is for networks where standard port numbers are forbidden or reserved by Firewalls;
or it may be used in instances where you would like to reserve the standard port number for a
legacy modem/router that does not support port forwarding. Most external modems/routers on the
market today do support port forwarding. Elspec recommends retaining the default port addresses
setup, in order to simplify & provide straightforward access for web browsers or FTP clients to your
G4500/G3500 unit via LAN/Internet.
CONFIGURING PORT NUMBERS FOR STANDARD COMMUNICATION PROTOCOLS

Access the Network Window

In the Port Setup Section you have the following settings:

HTTP Port: Utilized for setting the Web Browser's Port Address

FTP Daemon: Utilized for setting the Port Address of File Transfer (Control Channel)

FTP Data: Used for setting the Port Address of File Transfer (Data Channel)

SMTP Port: Used for setting the Port Address of Mail Transfers. The SMTP server should
allow anonymous clients. The BLACKBOX doesn't support SMTP authentication.

To apply your changes select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
Changes to the FTP Ports also require changes to Elspec's PQSCADA's configuration. (In the F1
Help Wizard of the PQSCADA, follow the Components
Nodes
Configuration
Device procedure. The FTP Port is added in the PQSCADA as an addition with your
Portable BLACKBOX's Device IP in the IP Address field as: 100.100.100.100:20)
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SEE ALSO:

About Network Setup

Wi-Fi Connectivity

WAN Internet Accessibility

LAN 1

LAN 2

Outer Access

Status Summaries

About Connecting Communication Ports
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Status Summaries
Within the Network Window you are able to view two sections that summarize your Portable
BLACKBOX's network configurations. The summaries include:
NETWORK INTERFACE:


LAN 1 Status:

Link: On (indicates Portable Unit's IP Address is established in your Network) / Off
(BLACKBOX Unit's IP Address is not established)

Speed: Flow control of data transferral speed

Duplex: Full (using Full Duplex for communication) / Half (using Half Duplex for
communication)

Mode: Auto negotiate means that your Portable BLACKBOX is connected with the
Network sever chooses common transmission parameters (Speed, Duplex Mode & Flow
Control)
LAN 2 G4100 LCD Status:

Link: On (indicates your G4100 Unit's IP Address is established in the 2nd Network) /
Off (Unit's IP Address is not established / not in use)

Speed: Flow control of data transferral speed

Duplex: Full (using Full Duplex for communication) / Half (using Half Duplex for
communication)

Mode: Transmission parameter is set at 10Mbit at Full Duplex (FD) to the 2nd
Network's Server
CONNECTIONS:

HTTP Active: Connection status of your Portable BLACKBOX Unit & Web Browser as per Port
Configuration

LCD Active: Connection status of G4100 as per LAN 2 Configuration to the 2nd Network

FTP Active: Connection status of the File Transfer Control Channel as per Port Configuration

FTP Max: Number of users defined FTP Access

To apply your changes select
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to review your changes
SEE ALSO:

About Network Setup

Wi-Fi Connectivity

WAN Internet Accessibility

LAN 1

LAN 2

Outer Access

Port Setup

About Connecting Communication Ports
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Serial Ports
In this section you will be able to configure the serial lines of your Portable BLACKBOX for data link
connectivity, including:

Setting up the configurations of the RS485/RS422 interface parameters itself

Configuring the PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) parameters for serial communication

Viewing the status of the PPP

Setting up a standard AT commands modem
OPEN THE SERIAL PORTS WINDOW

Access the Portable BLACKBOX's Configuration via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator
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select the Configuration Tab
Under Communication select the Serial Ports Tab:
log on as the

The Serial Ports Window will now open:
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About BLACKBOX's Communication Configuration

Security

Network

About Connecting Communication Ports
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RS-485 / RS-422
The setup configures the parameters of RS-485/RS-422 serial interface.
HOW TO CONFIGURE RS-485 / RS-422 SERIAL INTERFACE

As per the previous step Access the Serial Ports Window & in the RS-485/RS-422 Section
complete the applicable Parameters:

Bit rate: With the

Data Bits: (For information only) Indicates the number of data bits in a byte

Parity: (For information only) Parity code indicating error detection (Movement of
digital data from one location to another)

Stop Bits: (For information only) Number of stop bits used to mark the end of a byte
transmission

Serial Mode: With the

adjust the transfer rate for data
select configuration from available Options:

TTY: Debug shell mode for PPP stream

Elcom : Elspec communication for connecting to the Equalizer

MODBUS RTU: MODBUS protocol (serving as a slave on a Modbus network)

GPS: For GPS attachment to this serial port

PPP: Connection for PPP communication through this serial port
MODBUS Slave Address: Unique ID of the BLACKBOX on a Modbus network

For your changes to be taken into effect select
your changes

In order to establish connection as per the setup configurations select

In order to discontinue the connection select
SEE ALSO:

About Serial Ports

RS-485/ RS-422

PPP Configuration

PPP Status

Modem Configuration

About Connecting Communication Ports
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to review
PPP Configuration
In this section you will be able to configure PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) parameters for serial
communication.
HOW TO CONFIGURE PPP PARAMETERS

Access the Serial Ports Window & in the PPP Configuration Section complete the applicable
Parameters:

PAP Status: With the
feature
Enable/Disable the PAP (Password Authentication Protocol)

CHAP Status: Enable/Disable CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol)
feature

Username: This is the Username that you receive from your ISP (Internet Service
Provider)

Password: This is the Password that you receive from your ISP

For your changes to be taken into effect select
your changes

In order to establish connection as per the setup configurations select

In order to discontinue the connection select
SEE ALSO:

About Serial Ports

RS-485/ RS-422

PPP Status

Modem Configuration

About Connecting Communication Ports
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to review
PPP Status
This indicates the status of the PPP with a Log.
HOW TO VIEW PPP STATUS

Access the Serial Ports Window & in the PPP Status section Select/Deselect the Message
Log with
. This will Enable/Disable the logging of this protocol’s activity in the log:

For your changes to be taken into effect select
your changes

In order to establish connection as per the setup configurations select

In order to discontinue the connection select
SEE ALSO:

About Serial Ports

RS-485/ RS-422

PPP Configuration

Modem Configuration

About Connecting Communication Ports
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to review
Modem Configuration
The following strings require setup when working with a standard AT commands modem.
HOW TO CONFIGURE THE MODEM SETUP

Access the Serial Ports Window & in the Modem Configuration Section complete the
applicable Parameters:

Init String: AT command string to initialize the modem

Reset String: AT command string to reset the modem

Default Init: AT command string to set the modem to default configuration

Phone Number: Dial up number (without any gaps/hyphenation marks)

To apply your changes select

In order to connect the modem as per the setup configurations select

In order to disconnect the modem select
SEE ALSO:

About Serial Ports

RS-485/ RS-422

PPP Configuration

PPP Status

About Connecting Communication Ports
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to review your changes
About Power Quality Compliance
The BLACKBOX device series provides PQ Parameters according to EN50160 & IEC61000-4-30,
including other National Standards. In this window you will be able to:

Select the specific compliance standard to be evaluated by the unit's internal
compliance engine

Customize parameters to comply with any other unique standards or requirements
ACCESS THE PORTABLE BLACKBOX'S POWER QUALITY COMPLIANCE WINDOW

Access the Portable BLACKBOX's via Elspec's Web Interface
log on as the Administrator
select the Configuration Tab

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All the PQ compliance configurations (including the user-defined pages) are located under
the PQ Compliance Tab:
Power Quality Compliance Configuration
The Portable BLACKBOX contains a power quality compliance engine that enables real-time
evaluation of power quality according to a number of standards, such as:

EN50160

EN50160 Asynchronous Torque

NVE-PQ (Norway)

NVE (Islands)

CREG (Colombia)

AER (Queensland - Australia)
On this page you will be able to select the specific compliance standard to be evaluated by your
Portable unit's internal compliance engine.

Access the Portable BLACKBOX unit via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator
select Configuration
Power Compliance window will now open:
PQ Compliance
log on as the
Power Compliance. The

From the drop down selection

Select
& the following Message Box will appear in order to Restart the
Compliance Evaluations by the BLACKBOX:

Select
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select the Applicable Compliance Standard
& you will receive the following Success Message:

Select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Compliance

User Defined Pages

About PQ Monitoring
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User Custom Compliance - User Defined Pages
In addition to real-time evaluations for a number of Power Quality Compliance standards, the
Portable BLACKBOX's built-in PQ engine supports a user-compliance mode in which all compliance
parameters can be self-edited & modified. This self-editing & modification allows the user to set
parameters meet unique conditions, rules, measurement intervals at different observation periods.
The windows consist of:

User Defined Page 1 - Which encompasses: Voltage Frequencies, Voltage Dips Supply, Long
Interruptions & Temporary Overvoltage (Swells)

User Defined Page 2 - Which encompasses: Voltage Variations, Rapid Voltage Changes,
Unbalanced Voltage & Voltage Flickering

User Defined Page 3 - Which encompasses: Voltage Harmonics (Including individual
Harmonics)
OPEN & ACTIVATE THE USER DEFINED PAGES:

Access the Portable BLACKBOX unit via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator
select Configuration Tab
log on as the
PQ Compliance Tab

In the Power Compliance window select User Defined:

Select
& the following Message Box will appear in order to Restart the
Compliance Evaluations by the Portable BLACKBOX:

Select
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& you will receive the following Success Message:

Select
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Compliance

PQ Compliance Configuration

About PQ Monitoring
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User Defined Page 1
In this window you will be able to edit & modify a number of compliance parameters thereby
enabling your Portable BLACKBOX's built-in engine to perform real-time evaluations that will meet
unique Power Quality Compliance standards.

After you have set the PQ Compliance to Evaluate User Defined Parameters, open PQ
Compliance

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User Defined Page 1:
Collapse / Expand with
of the following sections:
in order to edit & modify compliance parameters for each
VOLTAGE FREQUENCIES:
 Frequency compliance is based on statistics: N, N1 & N2. Frequency measurement interval
is 10 sec in an entire observation window of 1 week. N - amount of intervals. N1 - intervals
frequency exceeded [+1.00%,-1.00%] from nominal freq. N2 - intervals frequency exceeded
[+4.00%,-6.00%] from nominal freq. N1 & N2 increment only if valid voltage inside nominal
boundary of [+15.0%,-15.0%]. Compliance if both N1/N < 5.0% of time and N2 = 0 of time.
Intervals with voltage interruption are discarded. Intervals with DIPS or OVER voltage are
discarded.
SUPPLY VOLTAGE DIPS:
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DIP is a voltage drop of more than 10.0% from Nominal (but no more than 100.0%, and
deactivate on 8.0%) DIP min time is 10 ms and max time of 1 min. DIP events are
counted per all phases combined within observation window of 1 week. Total events
(N) allowed is: 20.
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SHORT INTERRUPTIONS:

Short interruption is a voltage drop of less than 97.0% from nominal (event deactivate
on 77.6%). Min duration 10 ms, Max duration 3 min. events are counted in the entire
observation window of 1 week. Total events (N) allowed is: 2.
LONG INTERRUPTIONS:

Long interruptions are the same as short ones but with a longer duration (longer than
short interruption maximum time). Long interruptions events are counted within
observation window of 1 week. Total events (N) allowed is: 1.
TEMPORARY OVER VOLTAGE (SWELLS):
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
Over-voltage events are characterized with RMS voltage higher than 10.0% above
Nominal (event deactivate on 8.0%). Min over-voltage event duration is 10 ms, events
are counted per all phases combined within observation window of 1 week. No
specific events count limitation defined.

After you have made your selection, select
& the following Message Box will
appear in order to Restart the Compliance Evaluations by the G4K:

Select

Select
& you will receive the following Success Message:
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Compliance

PQ Compliance Configuration

User Defined Pages

User Defined Page 2

User Defined Page 3

About PQ Monitoring
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User Defined Page 2
In this window you will be able to edit & modify a number of compliance parameters thereby
enabling your Portable BLACKBOX's built-in engine to perform real-time evaluations that will meet
unique Power Quality Compliance standards.

After you have set the PQ Compliance to Evaluate User Defined Parameters, open PQ
Compliance

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User Defined Page 2:
Collapse / Expand with
of the following sections:
in order to edit & modify compliance parameters for each
VOLTAGE VARIATIONS:

Variations are evaluated by collecting statistics: N, N1 & N2. Statistics are collected
as average voltage within intervals of 10 min in observation window of 1 week. N amount of intervals. N1 - intervals voltage exceeded [+10.0%,-10.0%] boundary of
nominal. N2 - intervals voltage exceeded [+15.0%,-15.0%] boundary of nominal.
Compliance if N/N1 >= 95.0% during the entire observation window. Intervals with
voltage interruption are discarded. Intervals with DIPS or OVER Voltage are discarded.
RAPID VOLTAGE CHANGES:
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Rapid voltage change is based on a 3 Sec window in which RMS voltage min and max
values are obtained (min,max values should be within +-10.0% from nominal). The
rapid change is the percent of delta between min and max divided by average RMS of
9 Sec. The Rapid percent results are evaluated during observation window of 1 week.
Rapid changes are limited to specific count (N): Rapids of more 5.00% allowed: N <=
65536 occurrences.
VOLTAGE UNBALANCE:

Voltage unbalance is evaluated at intervals of 10 min within observation window of 1
week. Evaluation is only at intervals in which voltage is inside nominal boundary of
[+15.0%,-15.0%]. Unbalance limit N1 is set to 2.00% and must be kept 95.0% of
observation time. Intervals with voltage interruption are discarded. Intervals with
DIPS or Over voltage are discarded.
VOLTAGE FLICKER:


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Flicker severity is evaluated within observation window of 1 week. During interruption
Flicker interval is discarded. During DIPS or Over voltage Flicker Interval is discarded.
Plt (2 hours) must be equal or under 1.0 during 95.0% of observation time.
After you have made your selection, select
& the following Message Box will
appear in order to Restart the Compliance Evaluations by the G4K:

Select

Select
& you will receive the following Success Message:
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Compliance

PQ Compliance Configuration

User Defined Pages

User Defined Page 1

User Defined Page 3

About PQ Monitoring
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User Defined Page 3
In this window you will be able to edit & modify a number of compliance parameters thereby
enabling your Portable BLACKBOX's built-in engine to perform real-time evaluations that will meet
unique Power Quality Compliance standards.

After you have set the PQ Compliance to Evaluate User Defined Parameters, open PQ
Compliance

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User Defined Page 3:
Collapse / Expand with
of the following sections:
in order to edit & modify compliance parameters for each
VOLTAGE HARMONICS:

Harmonics evaluated at intervals of 10 min within observation window of 1 week.
Evaluation at intervals in which voltage is inside nominal boundary of [+15.0%,-15.0%].
Discarding Intervals with VOLT-INT. Discarding Intervals with DIPS or OVER-VOLT.
Individual Harm is limited according to the following table: H2<=2.0%, H3<=5.0%,
H4<=1.0%, H5<=6.0%, H6<=0.5%, H7<=5.0%, H8<=0.5%, H9<=1.5%, H10<=0.5%,
H11<=3.5%, H12<=0.5%, H13<=3.0%, ... THD limit is set 8.0% (N2). THD and Harms
limits shall be kept at least 95.0% of time.
VOLTAGE HARMONIC LIMITS:

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After you have made your selection, select
& the following Message Box will
appear in order to Restart the Compliance Evaluations by the G4K:

Select

Select
& you will receive the following Success Message:
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About PQ Compliance

PQ Compliance Configuration

User Defined Pages

User Defined Page 1

User Defined Page 2

About PQ Monitoring
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About Advanced Settings
Within the Advanced Tab you may configure the Portable BLACKBOX device series' unique
capabilities. These capabilities include:

View & Copy the System Log

Configure your GPS

Create Custom Events

Configure & Send E-Mail Alerts

Produce Energy & Parameter Logs for Reporting

Configure the Energy Meter

Customize Display in Display Setup

Upgrade your G3500/G4500's Software
OPEN THE ADVANCED TAB

Access the Portable BLACKBOX unit via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator
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select the Configuration Tab
All the advanced settings are located under the Advanced Tab:
log on as the
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
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System Log
The System Log displays existing user events. All events are created in the Custom Events & the
Energy & Parameter Logs are created in Reports. Within in the Log you can decide what data you
would like to display & produce a report.
CONFIGURE THE SYSTEM LOG
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Access the Portable BLACKBOX
log on as the Administrator
Advanced open the System Log Tab:
under Configuration

The System Log window will now open:
OPTIONS & FUNCTIONS:

Show Events of type (Color Coded) - You may choose the type of events to display in the list:

Init: Data related to Modem initialization

System: All Flagged function & configurations related to your Portable BLACKBOX
system

User: All User-Defined events

Measurement: All Flagged events related to recording & measurements of your
Portable BLACKBOX Device

Start at: Specify the event range for # of entries per page

Time: Log entries will be displayed at specific time zone (UTC or Local time)

Logged Events: Displays the event information (for Code definition see Creating Custom
Events & Alarms)
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
: Will copy the System Log over to common Windows applications
(Notepad, MS Outlook, Excel & Word). Simply select the command & Paste it in one of these
applications.
: Will clear all the log entries & restart the System log from the time you select

this option

: Go to previous page
: Refresh your view


: Go to the next page
SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

GPS Configuration

Create Custom Events

Events List

E-Mail Alerts

About Reports

Energy Meter

Display Setup

Portable BLACKBOX Software (Firmware) Upgrade
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GPS Configuration
Elspec's Portable BLACKBOX supports a unique time synchronization approach, enabling each
individual device to be continuously synchronized to an external to an external time source or to
each other. The unique time synchronization algorithm supports two main time-synchronization
schemes: SNTP (Network time source) & GPS (GPS time source obtained from satellites). The
algorithm presents the highest level availability of time, at an accuracy of 100-200µs for both SNTP
& GPS. Once you have Connected the GPS, the device will automatically recognize the connection &
you will be able to configure the GPS settings in the Web Interface. The process is two fold & you
will need to set the Time Setup to GPS & configuring the GPS connection itself:
CONFIGURE THE GPS

Open the Advanced Settings Tab

The GPS Module Window will now open:
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select GPS Module:

Select Enable to enable the GPS’s use. The GPS Configuration section will confirm:

The Time Stamp: Date & UTC Time

Latitude: Geographic coordinate that specifies the north-south position of a point on the
Earth's surface.

Longitude: Geographic coordinate that specifies the east-west position of the GPS on the
Earth's surface.

Altitude: Geographic coordinate that specifies the vertical or "up" direction point of the GPS.

Signal Quality: Displays the manner in which the GPS is synchronized to the signal. In this
case SPS – Standard Positioning Service.

Status: Fixed means GPS is directed to the satellite. Not fixed – means that the GPS is not
directed to the satellite. Recheck your GPS connections again, including the Power Source (if
in use).

Tracked Satellites: Number of satellites tracked by the GPS.

Delay: If you are using a GPS other than the GPS supplied by Elspec you will need to toggle
the phase calculations of the GPS according to the product specifications.

Satellite Details

To apply your changes select
SEE ALSO:

Connect Serial Ports

About Advanced Settings

System Log

Create Custom Events

Events List

E-Mail Alerts

About Reports

Energy Meter

Display Setup
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to review your changes
Custom Events - Creating Custom Events
The Custom Events window is used for configuring custom events. Unlike Compliance Configuration,
where you are able to only configure power quality events, in this configuration you are free to
define any type of event notification. Events can be triggered based on any measured parameters &
conditioned by complex logical or mathematical functions.
The Custom Event Section is not related to Power Quality Event Section. The Events setup is
based on a custom events engine that works parallel to the power quality events engine allowing the
user to define tailored events according to his specific needs. All events triggered in the Portable
BLACKBOX device series are stored in the logger (Flash Memory) which is displayed in the System
Log. Each event is coded & the following event types with their respective codes can be viewed in
the System Log accordingly:
Event
Event Code Range
System Events
1-200
User Custom Events
201-232
PQ & Compliance Events
233-300
In addition, all events are also stored in the PQZIP files and can be further analyzed in Elspec's
PQSCADA/Investigator Software programs. Furthermore, you may choose to send E-Mail Alerts on
the event and/or receive SMS Text Messages (See PQSCADA's F1 Help Wizard; follow the Components
Server
Configuration
SMS/Text procedure).
In the Custom Events window you will be able to:

Perform Actions on the Events List

Create General Event Conditions

Define Single Type Conditions

Multiple Type Conditions
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CREATING CUSTOM EVENTS

Access the Portable BLACKBOX
log on as the Administrator
Advanced open the Custom Events Tab:

In the Custom Events window select
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under Configuration
in order to create a New Event:
CONFIGURATIONS & DEFINITIONS:

Event Preset: Select User Defined (Preset 1 & 2 used in other applications)

Events List: See Events List for possible configurations

Description: Used to set a meaningful name for the event

Code: Event code # allocated automatically by the system from the available user events
codes & viewed in the System Log

Condition: An event is based on one or more conditions. There are two types of conditions
Single & Multiple. No matter what type of condition is linked to the event, its dependency is
dictated by the condition ID string selected in the Condition selection box

: Will open the Edit Condition window

Trigger: An event is basically a logic signal. Anytime a condition is not active, the event
remains in a "0" state. When a condition is met, the event becomes "1" state (On Begin
Only). The event remains on "1" state until the condition is de-activated (At the End Only).
The trigger configuration field defines what situations will generate an event record.
Notification is either on the beginning state, end state, or at both states (On Both Begin &
End)

Notify by E-Mail: Will send E-Mail Alerts as soon as the event is triggered

Phase Index: This field should not be changed by user (reserved for future). In general this
field defines how phase indication will be recorded with the event.

Phase Combination: Event based on a condition of a 3 phase parameter can be further
configured with an additional logic operator in between phases to further mask/enable the
event generation. A 3 phase based condition (i.e. 3 phase voltage lines compared to nominal
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voltage) will generate 3 parallel activation/deactivation statuses (0->1 changes). In such a 3
phase case the user has the control to determine whether an event is generated only when
all 3 phases are activated (AND) or alternatively if at least one of the phases is activated
(OR).

Minimal Duration: The duration limit enables the user to limit notification of event based on
its duration. In this case you will be able to set a minimum time & events with a lesser
duration than the specified time will not be triggered (this is true for the end of the event
only; anyhow the beginning of the event will only be reported if it was configured).

Maximum Duration: The duration limit enables the user to limit notification of event based
on its duration. The duration limit enables the user to limit notification of an event based on
its duration. In this case you will be able to set the maximum time, so that an event that
elapses more time than defined won’t be triggered.

Event Severity Base: Each recorded event contains a severity factor. This severity factor is
a number between 0 and 255, where 0 is no severity at all and 255 is top severity (For
instance, PQ compliance events which are part of the Compliance module, uses this severity
field to indicate how much voltage/frequency deviates from nominal and how significant the
event was based on its duration). The Severity fields define how the events engine will
compute a severity factor.
: Will cancel your configuration


: Will save your configuration

/
: Will open / close the additional configuration settings

To apply your changes select

To refresh your current view select
& you will receive the following message:
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Every underlined Configuration is accompanied with a Tool Tip (function explanation). In
order to activate it, Right-click on the configuration:
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SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

System Log

GPS Configuration

Events List

E-Mail Alerts

About Reports

Energy Meter

Display Setup

Portable BLACKBOX Software (Firmware) Upgrade
Events List
After you have Created a Custom Event the event will appear on the Events List & System Log.
The event will be coded & will appear with their respective codes (as per Create Custom Events).
You may create 31 Custom events.
CONFIGURING EVENTS LIST ACTION

Each event is preceded with a check-box, select the applicable events that you wish to
perform actions for:

Select

Choose Action on selected events:
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to deselect the events that you marked on the Events List

Delete: Will enable you to delete the event in case you don't need it anymore

Enable: Will allow you to enable / activate the event (if disabled previously)


Disable: Will disable / deactivate the event until you wish to enable it at a later
stage

Reset Counter: Will enable you to rerun the event at the configured trigger
Select
select
to enforce selected actions for the applicable marked event(s)
:

The following success message will appear:

Clicking on the event will open the event configuration itself & you may edit the
configurations as you wish
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

System Log

GPS Configuration

Create Custom Events

E-Mail Alerts

About Reports

Energy Meter

Display Setup

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Create Event Conditions
Codes 201 – 232 are used for configuring up to 31 different events that are fully customized events.
A custom event is typically built from one or more logical/mathematical conditions. When the
conditions are met, the event is triggered and the following information is generated and stored:

Time Stamp of beginning

Event Code number

Duration of event

Magnitude (A parameter value recorded during the event)

Magnitude deviation (from the normal/configured value/threshold)

Phases that were influenced

Severity of the Event ( value indicating how severe the event is)
Although the information implies a power related event, you are free to configure other type of
events that are not related to specific power network parameters, such as digital input-based events
or even temperature-based events and so on. (In such cases the Phases involved information should
be left blank/ignored.)
Events can also be based on multiple conditions. For example: an event will be triggered should
the voltage exceed threshold (x) and the outside (PT-100) temperature exceeds (x) limit.
This page contains buttons for applying changes/creating/deleting and performing various actions on
selected events.
CREATE EVENT CONDITIONS

Access the Portable BLACKBOX
log on as the Administrator
under Configuration
Advanced open the Custom Events Tab

After selecting Create New Events
naming the event in Description
to open the Condition Window:
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select


Name the Condition & you will need to create a Single Condition in order to create
Multiple Conditions:

ID: The ID Condition is identified by a text ID. Two conditions cannot be set to the
same ID string.

The Single-Type Condition: Defined as the result of some rule (mathematical
operation on some system parameters). For instance, a percentage voltage drops
below the threshold or a change of digital input & so on. The condition has 2 logic
states, Activated (1) and De-activated (0). Transition to each state is fully
configurated by the user.

A Multiple-Type Condition: Is the combination of 2 other sub conditions. A Multipletype condition must be linked to 2 sub conditions, each of these 2 sub conditions can
be either Multiple or Single type. Therefore, the Multiple-type condition can be used
to create a complex hierarchy of conditions.
Go to the next steps creating Single Conditions and/or Multiple Conditions
SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

System Log

GPS Configuration

Create Custom Events

Events List

E-Mail Alerts

About Reports

Energy Meter

Display Setup

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Single Type Conditions
As mentioned previously Single Type Conditions are used to define the result of an occurrence
(example - voltage drops below the threshold) or a change of digital input & so on. You will need to
configure the condition, including the transition of the condition from the Activated to the
Deactivated State.
CONFIGURE SINGLE TYPE CONDITIONS

Access the Portable BLACKBOX
log on as the Administrator
under Configuration
Advanced open the Custom Events Tab

After selecting Create New Events
naming the event in Description
select
to open the Condition Window

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Select Single for the Type
configuration options:
open the
/
in order to view the additional
CONFIGURATIONS:

Based on: For parameter selection to base your condition on

Parameter (X): Used to select the specific parameter from a previously selected group. The
selected parameter will be used as the "X" variable in the condition rules (operation)

Magnitude Calculation: Determines the way the condition engine will compute the resulting
magnitude of change in accordance to its set of rules. For example if defined a voltage
change rule, where now voltage ("X") is 280V while its reference ("V") is 230V, the computed
deviation now will be 21% - this is the instant deviation, but what happens if event continues
and the next value sampled is 260V? Now the deviation is only 13% so what value should be
reported? The "Magnitude calculation" field defines how the value is being computed. It is
either by saving the maximum deviation measured or by average in between all values
measured during the event
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Averaging Time: Setting averaging time enables the user to extend the sampling interval.
For instance if user selected "3 phase differential V" parameter, the typical time is 200[ms]
(per IEC-61000-4-30). Yet, if the user change it to 3sec, it means the value will be averaged
and a sample will be taken only every 3 seconds, meaning that quick rapid change of voltage
will be smoothed by the averaging operation and would not be detected

Activation Section: Used to configure the rules that will be applied to cause realtime activation of the condition (change from 0 -> 1). For example, if you set the
following: Voltage RMS 1 (X = V1), compare to is set to the configured Nominal
voltage (say, V = 230V), Deviation is set 10 (D = 10%) and Operation is set 100*(|XV|/V) >= D, the condition will be activated when the RMS voltage of channel 1 goes
10% above or 10% below nominal voltage

Deactivation Section: Used to configure the rules that will be applied to cause
real-time de-activation of the condition (change from 1 -> 0). For example, if you
set the following: Voltage RMS 1 (X = V1), Compare to is set to the configured
Nominal voltage (say, V = 230V), Deviation is set 10 (D = 10%) and Operation is set
100*(|X-V|/V) < D, the condition will be de-activated when the RMS voltage of
channel 1 goes below 10% deviation from nominal

Compare to: Used to select the type of reference value ("V") to compare to the X parameter
value

Parameter: Reference to system parameter such as nominal voltage value

Deviation ("D"): Defines the value used in the operation formula. Notice that some
operations do not contain deviation; in such cases the deviation configuration is not in use

Operation: Defines the rule or mathematical operation to apply for Activation or
Deactivation of condition. User Value enables the user to edit his own reference value

Operation Logic (And / Or): This operation logic field defines the logic to be applied
between 2 operations for enabling activation or deactivation in accordance. By using two
operations & a logical operation in between, the user can define a more complex condition
rule

Second Deviation: This field defines the additional Deviation ("D"%) value used in the
operation formula. Note that some operations does not contains deviation, in this case the
deviation configuration is not in use

Second Operation: This operation list defines the additional mathematical operation to
apply for Activation/Deactivation of condition

Select

You will receive the following Success Message:

Proceed either to creating Multiple Type Conditions or conclude your configuration as per
/
Create Custom Events
NOTE NOTE NOTE
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to Save / Cancel your configuration in Condition Configuration
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

Create Custom Events

Events List
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Multiple Type Conditions
As mentioned previously, Multiple Type Conditions is the combination of 2 other sub conditions. It
needs to be linked to 2 sub conditions, whereas each 2 sub conditions can be either Multiple or
Single type. Therefore, you need to configure at least two Single types of conditions prior to
proceeding in creating a hierarchy of Multiple Conditions.
CONFIGURE MULTIPLE TYPE CONDITIONS

Access the Portable BLACKBOX
log on as the Administrator
under Configuration
Advanced open the Custom Events Tab

From the listed events in the Events List select the applicable event with 2 or more Single
Type Conditions

& select
to open the Condition Window
Select Multiple for the Type:
Configuration Options:

Condition A: Is used to select ID of first sub-condition

Condition B: Is used to select ID of second sub-condition

Logic: Is used to define the combined logic state between the two sub-conditions A
and B

Magnitude Combination: Instructs the events engine how to compute the Magnitude
resulting from a combined condition. For instance, say condition A and condition B
are both voltage parameters. In this case, selecting Avg. (Average) or Max (Maximum)
is practical. However if condition A is voltage and condition B is current, then AVG or
MAX is irrelevant, while an A-only option is more practical (meaning only magnitude
of voltage from condition A will be taken)

Select

You will receive the following Success Message:

Conclude your configuration as per Create Custom Events
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/
to Save / Cancel your configuration in Condition Configuration
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

Create Custom Events

Events List
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E-Mail Alerts
Your Portable BLACKBOX can be configured to send E-Mail alerts to any recipient(s) entered in the
"To" text box. This configuration also allows you to choose which alert(s) you would like to be
notified on from a wide range of configurations, i.e.: System, Connections, Firmware Updates,
PQZIP, Compliance Events, PQ Events & Custom Events.
CONFIGURE THE G4500/G3500 TO SEND E-MAIL ALERTS

Access the Portable BLACKBOX unit via Elspec's Web Interface
Administrator
log on as the
select the Configuration Tab

Under the Advanced section select E-Mail Alerts:

The E-Mail Alerts window will now open & you need to enter the exact E-Mail Address(s)
(without spaces, for multiple E-Mails enter a; as a separator between the E-Mails). Make sure
that you are connected to the pre-configured SMTP server that will have the e-mails already
setup within the server:
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
Under each section (you may collapse / expand with
which you will need to send/receive E-Mail Alerts:
SYSTEM:
SEE ALSO: About Instrument Settings
CONNECTIONS:
SEE ALSO: About Network Setup
FW UPGRADE:
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) select the Configuration on
SEE ALSO: Firmware Upgrade
PQZIP:
SEE ALSO: About PQZIP Recording
COMPLIANCE EVENTS:
SEE ALSO: PQ Compliance Configuration
PQ EVENTS:
SEE ALSO: About Monitoring Real Time Data
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CUSTOM EVENTS:
SEE ALSO: Custom Events

Select
to send a Test E-Mail

To apply your changes select

In order to refresh your screen & view the changes select
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:

Once you have signed on at the Administrator ensure that you select
actually affect your changes.

Ensure that you are connected to the pre-configured SMTP server that will have the e-mails
already setup within the server.
SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

System Log

GPS Configuration

Create Custom Events

Events List

About Reports

Energy Meter

Display Setup

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to
Reports - About Reports
The Portable BLACKBOX saves & copies reports over to its internal Compact Flash memory. This
report includes 2 log types namely: Energy & Parameter Logs. As in many cases this may include a
vast amount of information. Therefore it is recommended that you:
1. Configure the unit to send you E-Mail Alerts (mark Report Generation under Compliance
Events) once it has concluded the report.
2. You retrieve the reports from the BLACKBOX's CF Memory via FTP Server. Access the FTP
server via Elspec's Search Utility & the file is located under Reports. (Any user may copy the
log over to this location). Retain the reports on the CF memory only when necessary in order
to not occupy unnecessary disc space.
USING THE METER READING LOG
In this window you will be able to configure the report to include modes for either Energy or
Parameter logs

Access the Portable BLACKBOX via Elspec's Web Interface
select the Configuration Tab

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Under the Advanced section select Reports:
log on as the Administrator

Select:

Mode Energy or Parameter

Duration: 1 Day, 1 Month, 1 Week

Log Restart: At - Time Local to UTC Time / Every - 1-25th of the Month

To apply your changes select

In order to refresh your screen & view the changes select
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

System Log

GPS Configuration

Create Custom Events

Events List

E-Mail Alerts

Energy Meter

Display Setup

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Energy Mode
The information included in the Report includes data from the total Energy Meter. The
information is saved on the compact flash & retrievable from the FTP under: /CF_UPMB/Reports &
is saved in a .csv file format. As such the report can be viewed in Excel & be sent as an E-Mail
attachment. The values that are saved in this report include:

Kwh In

Kwh Out

KVArh In

KVArh Out

KVAh
NOTE NOTE NOTE
The values of the total energy meter are saved in the PQZIP files even if the Meter Readings Log is
disabled.
SEE ALSO:

How to create Reports

Parameter Mode
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Parameter Mode
The information included in the Report includes data from PQ Compliance. The information is
saved on the compact flash & retrievable from the FTP under: /CF_UPMB/Reports & is saved in PDF
/ Excel (According to the Applicable Standard) file format. As such the report can be viewed in
Excel & be sent as an E-Mail attachment. The values that are saved in this report include:

Kw (Power): Average, standard deviation, maximum and minimum values

Frequency: Average, standard deviation, maximum and minimum values

KVAr: Average, standard deviation, maximum and minimum values
NOTE NOTE NOTE
The parameter log can be customized to include any other three parameters. For this configuration
please contact your local Elspec representative.
SEE ALSO:

How to create Reports

Energy Mode
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Energy Meter
The Portable BLACKBOX Device Series is equipped with 3 Energy Meters for continuously recording &
measuring all the electrical energy. The meters measure:

Current Period,

Total Consumption &

Demand
CONFIGURING THE ENERGY CALCULATIONS FOR THE ENERGY METERS
In this window you will be able to configure the energy calculations of these meters by time & the
method of averaging:

Access the Portable BLACKBOX via Elspec's Web Interface
select the Configuration Tab

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Under the Advanced section select the Energy Meter Tab:
log on as the Administrator
The Energy Intervals window for the Energy Meters will now open:

In the 2 Sections Select:

Metering Interval: This sets the meters to measure energy according to a preset interval
(1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30 & 60 minutes)

Sliding Window (Applicable For The Demand Meter): The energy is calculated using
moving average time intervals (1 second). Options:
SLIDING WINDOW ENABLED:
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Enable: The energy is calculated using a sliding window. The figure below illustrates the
time increment as 1 second:
SLIDING WINDOW DISABLED:

Disable: The energy is calculated using fixed interval for each meter
illustration:

To ensure that you have reset the All the Meters select

To reset only the Demand Meter select

To apply your changes select

In order to refresh your screen & view the changes select
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

System Log

GPS Configuration

Create Custom Events

Events List

E-Mail Alerts

About Reports

Display Setup
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Display Setup
The Display Setup page enables you to customize your Portable BLACKBOX to display regional &
generic display preferences for both Elspec's Web Interface & for your G4100 RDU.

Access the Portable BLACKBOX via Elspec's Web Interface
select the Configuration Tab

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Under the Advanced section select the Display Setup Tab:
log on as the Administrator

The Display Setup window will now open:
Configuration Options:

Phase Format: Format that will be used to indicate phases. For example: V1,V2,V3 ;
VA,VB,VC; Vx Vy, Vz; etc.

PF Unit Format: Format that will be used to indicate the PF Unit. For example: For
Capacitive/Inductive select Cap/Ind

Temperature Format:
Fahrenheit

Lightweight Website: When disabled, the web interface doesn't use any images (and
also flash on the login page) in order to speed up your connection. It is recommended
when the network connection to the unit is weak.

Table Data Accuracy: Extra will extend the display to 7 digits (230.5612) & Regular will
extend the display to 5 digits (230.56)

Default Language: Select your default system language
Preferred temperature measurements in either Celsius /

To apply your changes select

In order to refresh your screen & view the changes select
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
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SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

System Log

GPS Configuration

Create Custom Events

Events List

E-Mail Alerts

About Reports

Energy Meter

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Upgrade BLACKBOX Software - About Firmware Upgrade
The internal software of the Portable BLACKBOX device series is named Firmware (FW). On every
upgrade (every couple of months) Elspec will announce the new release accompanied by the
features, benefits, access & upgrade instructions. The latest version is located on Elspec's
Website. It is recommended that you take advantage of every new upgrade, but it is not
compulsory. In the Firmware Upgrade window you will be able to:

Upgrade the FW directly using the FTP, or

Upgrade the FW locally (Recommended)
ACCESS THE FIRMWARE UPGRADE WINDOW

Access the Portable BLACKBOX via Elspec's Web Interface
select the Configuration Tab
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Under the Advanced section select the Firmware Upgrade Tab:
log on as the Administrator
The Firmware Upgrade window will now open:

IN THE BANKS SECTION:
The BLACKBOX implements a comprehensive Firmware management mechanism designed to
ensure a failure-free field upgrading functionality. The mechanism ensures that at any time
there are two Firmware images available, where only one are active (running). The user may
select which one of the two banks is the active bank. When the user initiates a Firmware
upgrade, the newly added Firmware will load into the inactive bank. Once the process of
uploading the new Firmware is completed, the unit will reboot from the inactive bank, turning
it into the active bank.
OPTIONS & DISPLAY

Active Bank: Indicates which Firmware Bank is actually in use. Select the applicable
version Bank A/B

Bank A/B Version: Displays a Bank’s Firmware and condition. A numeric only Firmware
name means it's a valid Firmware, which is ready to use. In some situations the Firmware
could be further marked with a prefix character to identify a Firmware status. The table
below describes status prefixes available:
PREFIX
*
(Asterisk)
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STATUS
The Firmware was upgraded and a reboot is pending to activate the image for
the first time. The user is free to initiate reboot manually to complete the
upgrading procedure.
F
The Firmware image failed to complete the initialization process successfully.
The Firmware was declared as “Faulty”, another bank is being used.
W
The Firmware bank is being upgraded at the moment, wait for the completion.
E
The bank is empty.
Note Note Note
Should Firmware 0.4.03.3 be found faulty/damaged/corrupted it will appear as F0.4.03.3 on the
Bank A/B version field. In such a case it is recommended to check if the Firmware file is authentic
and attempt to upgrade it again.
SEE ALSO:

About Advanced Settings

System Log

GPS Configuration

Create Custom Events

Events List

E-Mail Alerts

About Reports

Energy Meter

Display Setup
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Upgrade the FW Using FTP
An alternative option of upgrading your instrument is by using an FTP (File Transfer Protocol)
interface. The BLACKBOX employs an FTP client module which is capable of downloading a Firmware
image file from an external FTP server automatically. Prior to using this option, ensure that you
have Established Communication & that your Portable BLACKBOX Unit has been configured for FTP
access.
FTP UPGRADE
The FTP firmware upgrade functionality is configured in the FTP Firmware Upgrade section. The
factory default configuration settings define an ELSPEC Corporate FTP server which is loaded with
the latest released firmware. Alternatively, any other FTP server could be used. We recommend
Filezilla, a free FTP server (http://filezilla-project.org/) or similar.

Access the Portable BLACKBOX via Elspec's Web Interface
select the Configuration Tab


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Advanced
log on as the Administrator
Firmware Upgrade Tab
In the FTP Firmware Upgrade Section insert:

FTP Server: The IP address of the external FTP server where the firmware file is
located. The default setting is: 212.143.246.204 which is the ELSPEC’s FTP server
which is loaded with a latest released Firmware

Firmware User-Name: The User-Name to login to the FTP server

Firmware Password: The Password to login to the FTP server

Firmware Filename: As default, the latest Firmware located under Elspec’s FTP
server is G4k.bin
For your changes to be taken into effect select
after which you'll receive a
success message & the unit will automatically restart on completion of the upgrade:

After the restart & in order to ensure that your changes are applied select

In order to refresh your screen & view the changes select
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Firmware Upgrade

Upgrade - HTTP
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Local FW Upgrade
Probably, the simplest way of upgrading your instrument is by using the Local Upgrade functionality.
OPEN THE LOCAL UPGRADE FUNCTIONALITY

Access the Portable BLACKBOX via Elspec's Web Interface
select the Configuration Tab
Advanced

Go to the Local Image Firmware Upload Section:

Select the

Select the
process:
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log on as the Administrator
Firmware Upgrade Tab
search for the file on your local computer & select
:
button to initiate the upgrade

For your changes to be taken into effect select
after which you'll receive a
success message & the unit will automatically restart on completion of the upgrade:

After the restart & in order to ensure that you are applied select

In order to refresh your screen & view the changes select
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Firmware Upgrade

Upgrade - FTP
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Other Connections & Settings - About
The Portable BLACKBOX has multiple connections that further extend the monitoring capabilities &
portability of the device. In this section you will be able to:

Connect & Setup your IO Ports

Connect your Communication Ports

Replace your Battery

Attach the PT100 Temperature Connection

Reset Your Portable BLACKBOX
The I/O Ports of the Portable BLACKBOX - Overview
The I/O Ports of the Portable BLACKBOX extends the monitoring capabilities of the device by using
additional digital & relay ports. The number of ports is the same for both the G4500 & G3500
There are several types of signals for the Portable BLACKBOX:

Discrete Digital Input

Relay

Serial Ports - RS232 (GPS) & RS485/422
In this Section you will be able to:

Make the IO Port Connections

Monitor & Setup the IO Modules
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IO Port Connections - About Connecting the IO Ports
As mentioned previously, the number of IO Ports is the same for both the G4500 & G3500 Portable
BLACKBOX & they are located on the front of the device.
WARNING
Before you start ensure that the panel is de-energized & that you take the necessary
Safety Precautions!
In this section you will be able to:

Connect the Digital Input

Connect the Relay
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Connect the Digital Input
The type of digital input of the G4500/G3500 BLACKBOX is dry contact & the input is capable of
several different functions. The digital input can be used to either detect remote signals, or as a
pulse counter.
In remote detection the Portable's digital interface is used to sense a "high" or "low" or "false (off)"
or "true (on)" state, such as a switch closure. The terms "high" & "low" may refer to the logic level
state that a circuit is in when a signal is "true", or "on". For more common purposes the BLACKBOX's
digital input signal can be configured when "on" (DI = on/off) it will function (change to 1). For
example in a range of motor startups, should the motor fail to start (off) the input signal will change
to another state & the G4500/G3500 will perform an action (such as an E-Mail Notification).
Alternatively should the motor start (on) & then fail (off) the input signal will change to another
state & the G4500/G3500 will perform any Pre-Configured Action. This can be used in other
applications such as in intensity levels temperature, distance, & more. In addition under remote
signal detection, the Portable BLACKBOX records input signals & stores it in PQZIP Files. The
G4500/G3500 can also be configured to activate many tasks for the PQZIP Files.
In the second application, the digital input of the Portable BLACKBOX is used to count Energy Pulses
by means of its internal Energy meters. The sampling rate over the 4 Digital Input Channels is 16
Samples per Cycle at 800Hz @ 50Hz & 960 Hz @ 60Hz.
TYPICAL DIAGRAM OF A DIGITAL INPUT CIRCUIT WITH THE PORTABLE
BLACKBOX:
The diagram below outlines a typical Digital Input Circuit with Portable BLACKBOX:

In the instance when K is Switched OFF, OUT is in High State.

Should K be Switched ON, OUT is in Low State.

Select the applicable Auxiliary Power Supply as per outlined Options above.
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About the Digital Input Terminal of the Portable BLACKBOX:
Description
Pin Number
Digital Input IRIG B+
1
Digital Input IRIG B-
2
Digital Input 1
3
Digital Input 2
4
Digital Input 3
5
Digital Input 4
6
+5V
V
Common
0
Specifications
Channels
4
Sampling
800 Hz @ 50Hz (16 Samples per Cycle)
960 Hz @ 60Hz (16 Samples per Cycle)
Range DC:
0 – 220V
Pulse Type
0->1->0, 1->0->1, KYZ
Isolation Connector
125V
SEE ALSO:

About Connecting the IO Ports

Connect the Relays
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Connect the Relay
The relay type (electronic switch) used in the Portable BLACKBOX is C Form. The relay breaks the
connection with one throw before making contact with the other (break-before-make). Meaning
that the change-over or double-throw contact control two circuits namely: one normally-open
contact & one normally-closed contact with a common terminal. In addition it is important to note
that the Relay needs to be used with an isolated transformer. There are 3 types of Change Over (CForm) relays:

The disable state is the default & disables the relay.

With the Manual state you can set the "Normally Open Output" as either open / close. This
state enables the relay of the device to act as a switch - for example switching a fan on/off
should the temperature rise above/below a pre-configured condition.

In the Automatic state, this will set the relay's output as a function of Energy / Events /
Alarms.
TYPICAL DIAGRAM OF A RELAY CIRCUIT WITH THE PORTABLE BLACKBOX:
The diagram below outlines a typical Relay Output Circuit with the Portable BLACKBOX:
In this example the Relay will control the temperature of the motor:

Manual State - In the instance "Normally Open" (NO) it will either Switch On / Off a Fan
(internal / external) on a pre-configured condition.

Automatic State - In the instance when the Motor over-heats as per a pre-configured
condition "Normally Closed" (NC) will Signal, for example, an Alarm.

Disable State - In the instance when Power Supply drops as per a pre-configured condition
the "Relay" (R) will Disable the Motor.
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
About the Relay Terminal of the Portable BLACKBOX:
DESCRIPTION & SYMBOL
PIN NUMBER
Normally Open - NO
1
Relay - R
2
Normally Closed - NC
3
SPECIFICATIONS
Channels
1 x Change Over
Contact Configuration
1 CO (SPDT – Single Pole Double Throw)
Maximum Switching Voltage
AC: 277V
Maximum Current
AC: 5A/250V; 10A/110V
DC: 5A/30V
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Maximum Peak Current
15A
Rated Current
6A
Operating Time
4ms
Release Time
6ms
Maximum Reaction Time
10ms
Maximum Drop-Out Time
4ms
Output Resistance
50MΩ
SEE ALSO:

About Connecting the IO Ports

Connect the Digital Inputs
IO Port Setup - About Monitoring & Setting Up Your IO Ports
The setup configurations & monitoring of all your Portable BLACKBOX'S IO ports are done via the
Web Interface. These settings will only appear when you will connect the Digital Input & Relay. In
this section you will be able to:

Setup & Monitor the Digital Input Signals

Setup & Monitor the Change Over Relay Types
ACCESS THE I/O port MONITORING & CONFIGURATION WINDOWS:

Access your G4500/G3500 Device via Elspec's Web Interface
log on as the Administrator
(Manufacturer’s Default Password is: 12345)
select the Multi-IO Tab (As mentioned
above, the Multi-IO tab will only open once the IO Ports are connected):
NOTE NOTE NOTE

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

Multi IO Overview

About Connecting the IO Ports
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Digital Input - Setup
The type of digital input of the G4500/G3500 BLACKBOX is dry contact & the input is capable of
several different functions. The digital input can be used to either detect remote signals, or as a
pulse counter.
In remote detection the Portable's digital interface is used to sense a "high" or "low" or "false (off)"
or "true (on)" state, such as a switch closure. The terms "high" & "low" may refer to the logic level
state that a circuit is in when a signal is "true", or "on". For more common purposes the BLACKBOX's
digital input signal can be configured when "on" (DI = on/off) it will function (change to 1). For
example in a range of motor startups, should the motor fail to start (off) the input signal will change
to another state & the G4500/G3500 will perform an action (such as an E-Mail Notification).
Alternatively should the motor start (on) & then fail (off) the input signal will change to another
state & the G4500/G3500 will perform any Pre-Configured Action. This can be used in other
applications such as in intensity levels temperature, distance, & more. In addition under remote
signal detection, the Portable BLACKBOX records input signals & stores it in PQZIP Files. The
G4500/G3500 can also be configured to activate many tasks for the PQZIP Files.
In the second application, the digital input of the Portable BLACKBOX is used to count Energy Pulses
by means of its internal Energy meters. The sampling rate over the 4 Digital Input Channels is 16
Samples per Cycle at 800Hz @ 50Hz & 960 Hz @ 60Hz.
CONFIGURING DIGITAL INPUTS:

Open the Multi-IO Tab & select Digital In Setup Tab:

From the four available digital inputs, choose the one you want to configure. The mode may
be configured either as:

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
Disabled Mode: The Digital Input will be disabled & therefore be inactive

Normal Mode: Input data is sampled & stored in the PQZIP files

Di Pulse Mode: Input data is sampled & stored in PQZIP as in Normal Mode. In
addition, the number of input pulses are counted inside the unit for the Energy Meter
When selecting the Di Pulse Mode, you need to configure:

The Aggregation Factor,

The Measuring Unit,

The Signal Type, &

The minimum time period for the input to remain constant post-changes (Debounce):
TABLE OF DI PULSE MODE CONFIGURATION DESCRIPTIONS:
The table below describes each configuration for the DI Pulse Mode:
DI PULSE MODE
CONFIGURATION
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DESCRIPTION
Aggregation Factor
The number of pulses = singular (one) unit
Unit
The measuring unit (active energy, reactive energy,
apparent energy & distance):

kWh: Active Energy

kVArh: Reactive Energy

kVAh: Apparent Energy

Km / Miles: Distance
SIGNAL TYPE
KYZ
The signal is intermittent, it changes from 0 to 1, or from
1 to 0.
010
The signal is repetitive & changes from one status to
another
101
A signal is detected when the input Changes from one
Status to Another, it Returns to the Original Status
(Input starts at 1 changes to 0 & returns to 1)
DEBOUNCE
Per ms
Configuration to hold the Relay's State for X period for
Signal Types outlined above. It is used when lowering
time frame between any two samples - i.e.: <1.25msec
for a 50Hz Network.
The duration is however irrelevant for KYZ Signals since
every time the relay state is toggled it remains in that
position’s state until it is required to toggle again.
CONFIGURING THE DI DEFAULT STATE:
The Discrete Digital Inputs counts the energy pulses that are measured by the Energy Meter. A
valid signal will only be detected when the signal will change from the Default State, according
to the Defined Pulse Mode selected (0->1->0; 1->0->1 or KYZ).

Following the configuration of your Digital Inputs, define the Default State for every
Discrete Digital Input line (0 or 1):

After you have selected & entered the appropriate configurations, select
for each Digital
Input, followed by
changes.
to review your
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to apply your changes. Click
NOTE NOTE NOTE

You will need to Enable PQZIP recording in order to set the Digital Inputs. Otherwise you will
receive the following message if the PQZIP is Disabled:

The Portable BLACKBOX will record digital signals according to the system's configurations as per
the procedure outlined above. Data monitoring will be in turn based on recorded data.

If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these
settings & you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Monitoring And Setting Up your IO Ports

Digital In Status

Relay Setup

Relay Status
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Digital In Status
The Digital In Status screen will provide you with a summary of all your Portable BLACKBOX's Digital
Input settings. In order to access the page:
Open the Digital In Status screen by selecting Multi-IO

The Digital In Status screen displays the setup status of the Digital Inputs:
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Digital In Status:
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DIGITAL INPUT SUMMARY WINDOW:
STATUS
DESCRIPTION
IRIG-B/PPS
Input is currently inactive
Digital Input 1
Disabled
Digital Input 2
Configured to Normal Mode & the State is Open
Digital Input 3
Configured to DI Pulse Mode, whereas Each Pulse = 1 Unit, using
KYZ as a Pulse Type, & Debounce = 1000 ms
Digital Input 4
Disabled
SEE ALSO:

About Monitoring And Setting Up your IO Ports

Digital In Setup

Digital In Status

Relay Setup

Relay Status
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Relay - Setup
The type of relay (electronic switch) used in the Portable BLACKBOX are C Form. The relay break
the connection with one throw before making contact with the other (break-before-make). Meaning
that the change-over or double-throw contacts control two circuits namely: one normally-open
contact & one normally-closed contact with a common terminal. There are 3 types of change over
relays:

The disable state is the default & disables the relay.

With the Manual state you can set the "Normally Open Output" as either open / close. This
state enables the relay of the device to act as a switch - for example switching a fan on/off
should the temperature rise above/below a pre-configured condition.

In the Automatic state, this will set the relay's output as a function of Energy / Events /
Alarms.
SETTING UP THE RELAY:

Open the Multi-IO Tab & select Relay Setup Tab:

Select the applicable Mode for each Relay:
Modes:
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
Disabled: Default state - disables this specific relay

Manual: Sets the static output for this relay either ‘0’ or ‘1’

Auto: To build a conditional output for the relay
MANUAL MODE:

By selecting the Manual Mode, the relay's Normally Open Output can be set either as
Open (0) or Closed (1):
AUTO MODE:

By selecting the Auto Mode, the relay's Output will trigger on the following
Functions:

Energy Signal

Events Signal

Alarm Signal
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Monitoring And Setting Up your IO Ports

Digital In Setup

Digital In Status

Relay Status
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Event Signal
In this section you will configure the type of Event Signal that is going to trigger the relay’s output.
CONFIGURE THE TYPE OF EVENT SIGNAL:

Open the Multi-IO Tab & select Relay Setup Tab

The Event Signal's configuration needs to be based on (See the table of definitions for your
settings):
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
Event Class (PQ Events & Custom Events),

Signal Type,

Trigger Type,

Custom Event / PQ Event (When applicable Event Class has been selected) &

Duration of the signal:
TABLE OF EVENT SIGNAL TYPES:
The table below describes each configuration:
EVENT SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
PULSE WEIGHT
Code Based
The Relay signal can be set to perform based on the
Event Codes of the Portable unit. This option is for
internal use only at this time.
Custom Events
Custom events are uniquely defined by the user. Ensure
that you Configure your Custom Event, prior to
selecting this option for the relays to trigger on the
occurrence of the event. In total you may uniquely
configure up to 32 Customized Events.
Power Quality
The Relay is triggered in accordance to the
Compliance Configuration of your device.
SIGNAL TYPE
KYZ
Changes the state of the relay (Toggle) – If the
Normally Open contact is Closed it will switch to Open
and if it is Open it will switch to Closed.
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0 1 0
The steady state of the Relay is “Not Energized”,
meaning that the Normally Open terminal is Open.
Once this output signal commences, the relay will close
its Normally Open terminal for a predefined period and
then return to the initial state (where the “Normally
Open” terminal returns to “Open”). The period of time
the Relay will stay Energized is set by the “Duration”
parameter under the Relay Setting field of that
particular relay.
1 0 1
In this case, the Steady State of the Relay is
“Energized”. The “Normally Open” terminal of the
relay is Constantly Closed. Once the output signal
commences, the Relay will Open its “Normally Open”
terminal for a predefined period and then return to the
initial state (where “Normally Open” terminal is
closed). The period of time the Relay will stay
energized is set by the “Duration” parameter under the
Relay Setting field of that particular relay.
TRIGGER TYPE
On the Begin Only
The Relay signal is synchronized to begin at the time the
Event Condition Begins.
At the End Only
The Relay signal is synchronized to begin at the time the
Event Condition Ends.
On Both Begin and End
The Relay signal is synchronized to begin at the time the
Event Condition Begins & begin again at the time the
Event Condition Ends.
DURATION
per ms

Configuration to hold the Relay's State for X period for
Signal Types outlined above. The duration is irrelevant for
KYZ Output Signals since every time the relay state is
toggled it remains in that position’s state until it is
required to toggle again.
After you have selected & entered the appropriate configurations, select
apply your changes
to
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Monitoring And Setting Up your IO Ports

Digital In Setup

Digital In Status

Relay Setup

Energy Signal

Alarm Signal

Relay Status
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Energy Signal
In this section you will configure the type of Energy Signal that is going to trigger the relay’s
output.
CONFIGURE THE TYPE OF ENERGY SIGNAL:

Open the Multi-IO Tab & select Relay Setup Tab

Select Auto Mode for the Applicable Relay that you want to configure
Energy:

The Energy Signal's configuration needs to be based on:
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
Pulse Weight (by quantity & parameter),

Signal Type, &

Duration of the signal:
select Signal On
TABLE OF ENERGY SIGNAL TYPES:
The table below describes each configuration:
ENERGY SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
PULSE WEIGHT
Quantity
Parameter
The amount of energy (quotient) for which a pulse is
generated (Every time another energy quotient is measured –
a preset number of pulses is generated). Select the
appropriate value - from 0.01 to 100000

Wh In: Active Energy flowing from Utility to Customer

Wh Out: Active Energy flowing from Customer to Utility

VAh: Total Energy measured by the Meter

VArh In: Reactive Energy flowing from Utility to
Customer

VArh Out: Reactive Energy flowing from Customer to
Utility
SIGNAL TYPE
KYZ
Output toggles its current state
0 1 0
The Relay changes its output status from the Steady Position
(Open) to Closed, holds this state for a predefined period of
time (as per Duration parameter set below) & then reverts to
its Original State (Open)
1 0 1
The Relay’s Steady Position is Closed. For this signal type the
Relay changes it’s state to Open, holds this state for a
predefined period of time (as per Duration parameter set
below) & then reverts to its original status back to Closed
DURATION
per ms
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Configuration to hold the Relay's State for X period for Signal
Types outlined above. The duration is irrelevant for KYZ
Output Signals since every time the relay state is toggled it
remains in that position’s state until it is required to toggle
again

After you have selected & entered the appropriate configurations, select
apply your changes
to
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Monitoring And Setting Up your IO Ports

Digital In Setup

Digital In Status

Relay Setup

Event Signal

Alarm Signal

Relay Status
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Alarm Signal
The Alarm Signal function allows the conditioning of the Relay Output Signal on the internal alarm
of the Portable BLACKBOX unit. There is only one Alarm code available at this time; the one that
lights the RED light on the Panel:
CONFIGURE THE RELAY BASED ON AN ALARM SIGNAL:

Open the Multi-IO Tab & select the Relay Setup Tab

Select Auto Mode for the Applicable Relay that you want to configure
Alarm:

The Alarm Signal's configuration needs to be based on:

Alarm Type, &

Parameter Code:
select Signal On
TABLE OF ALARMS:
ALARM
SIGNAL
DESCRIPTION
ALARM TYPE
Binary
Normal
This means that should the value (Alarm Flag) of the alarm be 0 then the
output is 0 (Relay is Not Energized) & should the value (Alarm Flag) of the
alarm be 1, then the output is 1 (Relay is Energized).
Binary
Reverse
This means that should the value (Alarm Flag) of the alarm be 0, the output
is 1 (Relay Channel is Energized) and should the value (Alarm Flag) be 1,
the output is 0 (Relay is Not Energized).
PARAMETER CODE
233
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Currently there is only one alarm parameter called “General Status” which
is also represented by illuminating a red Indication Light on the front of the
Portable BLACKBOX (as per figure above). Its Parameter Code is 233.

After you have selected & entered the appropriate configurations, select
apply your changes
to
to review your changes
NOTE NOTE NOTE
If you are not logged on as the Administrator, you will not be able to change any of these settings &
you will receive the following error message in your attempt to do so:
SEE ALSO:

About Monitoring And Setting Up your IO Ports

Digital In Setup

Digital In Status

Relay Setup

Event Signal

Energy Signal

Relay Status
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Relay Status
The Relay Status screen displays the setup status of the Relays. In order to access the page:
Open the screen by selecting Multi-IO

The Relay Status Screen displays the setup status of the relays:
Relay Status:
Definition of the Relay configuration:
Relay 1
Configured to Auto Mode, signaled on Events, using 0->1->0 as the Signal
Type for a Duration of 100ms. Relay signal is synchronized to Begin at the
time the Condition Ends.
SEE ALSO:

About Monitoring And Setting Up your IO Ports

Digital In Setup

Digital In Status

Relay Setup

Event Signal

Energy Signal

Alarm Signal
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Communication Ports - About Connecting The Ports
The Portable BLACKBOX has various communication gateways & ports allowing for quick portable
access, over any network from any location. As mentioned previously, the only difference between
the two devices lies in the number of communication ports of the G4500 & G3500 Portable
BLACKBOX, and how they are subsequently configured. In addition to the Wi-Fi Communication,
the G4500 has 3 communication ports including two isolated serial communication RS232 &
RS485/422 ports. The G3500 hosts 1 LAN communication port including two serial ports RS232 &
RS485/422.
In this section you will be able to:

Connect the LAN Ports

Connect the Serial Ports

For Wireless Communication See: Wi-Fi Connectivity
SEE ALSO:

About BLACKBOX's Communication Configuration

Security

Network

Serial Ports
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Connect The LAN Ports
The illustrations below will provide a graphic presentation of all the possible LAN connections for
the Portable BLACKBOX:
G4500 LAN CONNECTIONS:
The Ethernet ports of the G4500 have been designed to serve an intended purpose. For instance, do
not connect the G4500 to the office network via the LAN 1 port, since an Office DHCP server
operation could be interrupted which could lead to severe network malfunctions. Refer to Network
Setup for your network configurations.

Before you start ensure that you take the necessary Safety Precautions & that you have all
the Accessories & Tools you'll need

As per the illustrations simply connect the LAN cable to the applicable intended port:
WIFI OR LAN 1 CONNECTIONS:
The Illustration below illustrates either a Wi-Fi connection or a LAN 1 connection. LAN 1 is an
alternative means of establishing communication with G4500 if you are unable to make a WiFi connection. Use the Wi-Fi & LAN 1 port for connecting the G4500 Portable BLACKBOX with
Elspec's G4150 Mobile Analysis, or a PC, or a Laptop.
You can read all about wireless connection in Wi-Fi Connectivity.
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WAN CONNECTION:
The WAN port serves to connect the device’s internal LAN with other types of networks. It is
commonly used to provide internet accessibility over an external Broadband router (Cellular,
ADSL or Cable). When connected to an Office network, it most likely already employs a DHCP
server. The WAN & LAN 2 Ports are the ideal ports for connecting to the DHCP Server. Do
not connect your Portable BLACKBOX to the office network via the LAN 1 port, since an
Office DHCP server operation could be interrupted which could lead to severe network
malfunctions.
See WAN Internet Accessibility for network configurations. Illustration:
LAN 2 CONNECTION:
The port is mainly used to connect the device to a LAN network of computers or an
additional network other than the WAN connection.
See LAN 2 for network configurations. Illustration:
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G3500 LAN CONNECTION:
The G3500 Portable BLACKBOX has only one LAN port & this is the main connection port for either
the G4150, or DHCP, or PC, or Laptop, or LAN Network of Computers or the G4100 Remote Display
Unit.

Before you start, ensure that you take the necessary Safety Precautions & that you have all
the Accessories & Tools you'll need

As per the illustration simply connect the LAN cable to the applicable intended port:
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SEE ALSO:

About BLACKBOX's Communication Configuration

Security

Network

Serial Ports
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Serial Port Connections
The Portable BLACKBOX is equipped with 2 isolated Serial Communication interfaces, namely the
RS232 & RS485/422. The RS232 is used for interfacing with a GPS & the RS485/422 for PPP & TTY
communication protocols. Both ports are located on the front of the G4500/G3500 Portable
BLACKBOX. See Serial Ports for configuring the serial communication of your BLACKBOX.
CONNECTIING THE RS232 WITH THE GPS:
The RS232 is a standard DTE (Data Terminal Equipment) interface suitable for direct communication
with a GPS. The unique time synchronization algorithm of the BLACKBOX device series presents the
highest level availability of time, with an accuracy of 100-200µs for both SNTP & GPS. To configure
the GPS see GPS Configuration & for SNTP Network see Network Time. As with the other
connections with the Portable BLACKBOX, the GPS is no exception & as per the illustration the
procedure is quick & easy to follow for both the G4500 & G3500:

Ensure that you take the necessary Safety Precautions & that you have all the Accessories
& Tools you'll need

Simply connect & secure the RS232 Data Connector the RS232 Port on the Portable BLACKBOX
(Point 1)

Secure the GPS connection end to the GPS (Point 2)
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About the R232 connection:
DTE - Data Terminal Equipment
SYMBOL & DESCRIPTION
PIN NUMBER
DCD - Data Carrier Detect
1
RDx - Receive Data (Input)
2
TDx - Transmit Data
3
DTR - Data Terminal Ready
4
SG - Signal Ground
5
DRS - Data Ready State
6
RTS - Request To Send
7
CTS - Clear To Send
8
RI - Ring Indicator
9
SPECIFICATIONS
Default Configuration Baud Rate
19200, Data Bits: 8 , Parity: None, Stop Bits: 1
Communication Protocols
GPS
Duplex
Full
Maximum Cable Length
15.2m (50’)
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CONNECTIING THE RS485/422:
A standard RS485 (full duplex) or RS422 (half duplex) interface, it mainly supports PPP & TTY
communication protocols. In order to configure the RS485/422 communication see SNTP Network
see RS-485/ RS-422 & PPP Configurations. Once again as illustrated the connection procedure is
quick & easy to follow for both the G4500 & G3500:

Ensure that you take the necessary Safety Precautions & that you have all the Accessories
& Tools you'll need

Simply connect & secure the RS485/422 Data Connector the RS485/422 Port on the Portable
BLACKBOX (Point 1)

Secure the opposite end to the appropriate Network / Data Convertor (Point 2)
About the RS482/422 connection:
SPECIFICATIONS
Baud Rate
Configurable: 1200 / 2400 / 4800 / 9600 / 14400 /
19200 / 38400 57600 / 115200
Communication Protocols
PPP & TTY
Duplex
Full
Maximum Cable Length
15.2m (50’)
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SEE ALSO:

About BLACKBOX's Communication Configuration

Security

Network

Serial Ports
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Battery Replacement
The BLACKBOX Portable is equipped with an internal lithium battery that will allow you to operate
the BLACKBOX for up to 2 hours without having to connect to either an AC/DC external power
source. The battery requires no maintenance whatsoever & is designed for a long-life service.
However, should the battery's performance decrease significantly, it will need to be replaced with
an original component that can be either ordered directly from Elspec or, from your local Elspec
Agent. Before you start, ensure that you Take the Necessary Safety Precautions & Ensure Your
Have All the Tools You Will Need for Changing the Battery.
VERIFY THE BATTERY'S OPERATION VIA POWER SUPPLY INDICATORS:
Flashing Blue
Main Auxiliary Power Applied, Battery Charging
Solid Blue
Main Auxiliary Power Applied, Battery Fully Charged
In this section you will be able to:

Remove the Malfunctioned Battery

Install the New Battery & Verify Operation
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Remove The Malfunctioned Battery
Ensure you Have all You Need & have taken the necessary Safety Precautions.

Remove the Rubber Cover from the Front Panel:

Remove all screws from the Front Panel (6 x Flat
& 2 x Phillips Screws):

Remove the Front Panel with the Bracket at a
straight angle (as not to damage the antenna):

Remove the Battery Connector from the device
terminal located on the front:

Remove the Battery from the Battery Housing:
Proceed to the Next Step - Battery Replacement
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SEE ALSO:

About Battery Replacement

G3500 BLACKBOX Unit

G4500 BLACKBOX Unit
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Replace The New Battery
After you have Removed the Malfunctioned Battery, you can now proceed to replace it:

Place the New Battery in the Battery Housing:

Reconnect the Plug Connector from the battery to
the Terminal Inside the Device. Ensure that the
wires are properly tucked into the housing:

Replace the Front Panel & re-secure the screws.

Replace the Rubber Cover.

Re-connect all the Power & Communication
Cables.

On the Front Panel turn on the Main Power
Supply Switch to the ON position:
VERIFY OPERATION VIA INDICATORS
Flashing
Blue
Main Auxiliary Power Applied,
Battery Charging
Solid Blue
Main Auxiliary Power Applied,
Battery Fully Charged
Red
No main or auxiliary power
available/Powered by internal
battery
SEE ALSO:

About Battery Replacement

Safety Precautions

What You'll Need

G3500 BLACKBOX Unit

G4500 BLACKBOX Unit
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Attach The PT100 Temperature Connection (Optional)
The Portable BLACKBOX is equipped with an optional external connection terminal for a PT100
Temperature Sensor. There are two additional internal temperature sensors namely PSU & DSP,
which will record temperature readings during the entire measurement session - See Monitoring
Real Time Temperature Data. Attachment procedure for the external PT100 Temperature
Sensor:

Remove the PT100 Temperature Sensor provided with the Portable BLACKBOX unit:

Connect the sensor to the front of the device:
SEE ALSO:

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Reset Your Portable BLACKBOX
Reset Your Portable BLACKBOX
The Reset Button serves mainly two purposes:

To Restore all the Default Factory Settings: Meaning that all the configurations that
have been set for the device will be deleted & returned to the factory defaults. This
includes Disabling the PQZIP Recording.

Verify that LED Signals are operating & functioning properly
RESET THE PORTABLE BLACKBOX

Ensure that the Portable BLACKBOX is switched ON and that Operational Status Indicator
should be either solid blue or red

Access the reset button with either a sharp instrument or a small screwdriver:

Press and hold the reset button

After 5 seconds all the LEDs will turn ON. At that stage you may inspect the LED Signals &
check that they are working

After another additional 8 seconds the Portable BLACKBOX will reboot & restore all factory
default settings.
SEE ALSO:

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Attach Temperature Connection
Elspec Search Utility - About
Elspec's Search Utility is a small, yet powerful tool that allows searching for multiple G4K BLACKBOX
device IP addresses sharing the same local LAN. The Elspec Search makes use of UDP broadcasting,
sending a “please respond” broadcast request to all devices on the LAN and displaying the resultant
list of all devices responding to it.
When a 1st Time Connection has been Established between a unit and the host computer, the
internal Web Interface can be accessed most commonly using the Search Utility, or by typing the IP
address (if known) directly into the address field of the Internet Web Browser. This Web interface
is designed to serve as the main user interface with the instrument, providing enhancement,
configuration, & real-time monitoring functionality.
NOTE NOTE NOTE

The Website is optimized to work with Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9 in “Compatibility View”.
Ensure that the Internet Explorer is running in Compatibility View:

For local networking the browser should be configured as working without a proxy server.
Refer to Disable Proxy Server in Internet Explorer.
In order connect to your BLACKBOX Portable & FTP Server you will need to:

Obtain Elspec's Search Utility

Use the Utility

Access either the Unit or FTP Server with the Utility

How to look for a New Device

Know its Limitations
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Obtain Elspec's Search Utility
Elspec Search is a small program which does not require installation and is available free on the
Elspec WEB site: www.elspec-ltd.com. You may also copy it by using the BLACKBOX Installation
CD delivered with the G3500/G4500 unit. Since the program is small and does not require
installation, it is recommended copying it and operating it directly from the computer Desktop.
SEE ALSO:

About Elspec's Search Utility

Obtain the Utility

Use the Utility

BLACKBOX Unit & FTP Access

New Device Indication

Limitations
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Use the Elspec's Search Utility

After you have Copied the Utility on your Desktop, access it by clicking on the Eslpec's
Search Icon:

Initially, the program may trigger a verification warning similar to the one below. You may
proceed by clicking Run:

A scan procedure is initiated; the Elspec Search utility appears as a grid displaying all
BLACKBOX devices found on the intranet network:

Once open, the scan procedure can be manually prompted by using the File Refresh List
Menu:
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
As an alternative, the scan procedure can be configured to automatically refresh each
second. This can be done by setting the Mode
OFF)

AutoRefresh to ON: (The default state is
Set the Refresh Time period by selecting Refresh Time
Second:
NOTE NOTE NOTE ....
The Elspec Search list shows a variety of important information about every BLACKBOX device
found on network; most of it is helpful to identify devices. It includes the IP Address, Unit
Description, SubnetMask, Gateway IP, IP Mode, Firmware Version & the G3500/G4500's Serial
Number. The most important information being the IP address of each device. This access
allows you to Establish a 1st Time Connection.

By selecting File
Save to csv file will allow you to export all the information appearing in
the utility regarding BLACKBOX devices in your network for further reference:
SEE ALSO:

About Elspec's Search Utility

Obtain the Utility

BLACKBOX Unit & FTP Access

New Device Indication

Limitations
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G4500/G3500 Unit Access
Once you have Connected the Device for the 1st Time, you may access your Portable BLACKBOX by
simply clicking the WEB Hyperlink button in your Elspec's Search Utility. Alternatively you can
simply access the device directly via Internet Explorer by inserting the Device's IP address directly
(address is also indicated in Elspec's Search Utility). The Utility also provides you with access to
your PQZIP Files via the FTP Server. The Default IP Address for a newly supplied Portable BLACKBOX
unit is: 192.168.168.168.
ACCESS INSTRUMENT VIA THE WEB HYPERLINK [RECOMMENDED]:

Further the Use the Utility procedure select the Web link for your device & Elspec's Web
Interface will open:

In order to view the different languages in the Web Interface, you will need to upload the
language feature from Elspec's Website when installing your new Firmware. Once uploaded,
simply select the applicable interface language from the drop-down list:

The supported languages are:
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
English (Default)

Chinese

Czech

German

French

Russian

Spanish
(For other languages – please contact your local Elspec distributor)

The Password field defines user level/privileges. The user levels are Viewer / Administrator
(See Security Settings). The default password including privileges for each level are:

Viewer is 123 (Read only, can choose interface language only, no operations related
changes are allowed)

Administrator is 12345 (Administration, setup & full control)
NOTE NOTE NOTE

The Website is optimized to work with Internet Explorer 7, 8 or 9 in “Compatibility View”.
Ensure that the Internet Explorer is running in Compatibility View:
Other web browser applications can limit some functionality and/or show an incorrect
layout.

For local networking the browser should be configured as working without a proxy
server. Refer to Disable Proxy Server in Internet Explorer.

Should you be running Skype simultaneously with Elspec’s Search, you will not be able
to access the device via the Web Link. Close Skype & access Elspec’s Search again to
follow the Web Link.

The passwords above are factory default values. You are advised to modify Admin
password if extended security measures are required (See Security Settings).
ACCESS FTP VIA THE FTP HYPERLINK:
The FTP (File Transfer Protocol) link is used for exchanging and manipulating files over a TCP
computer network. The BLACKBOX uses an integrated FTP server providing the most convenient
computer network standard interface to the generated PQZIP files and auto generated reports.
The PQSCADA software system makes use of the FTP server interface by automatically
downloading PQZIP files. The same protocol may be used to manually download the PQZIP files.

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Select the FTP link for your device, FTP Server will now open:

Open Page
Open FTP Site in Windows Explorer. Insert the Username & Password
(Either default as above / as per your Security Settings)

:
The FTP server will now open in Windows Explored containing all the PQZIP files:
DIRECT FTP ACCESS VIA INTERNET EXPLORER:
Access the FTP by typing: ftp://IP address in the address field in Internet Explorer:

Enter the password as outlined above.

Read how to Identify a New Device, about Elspec's Search Limitations.
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SEE ALSO:

About Elspec's Search Utility

Obtain the Utility

Use the Utility

New Device Indication

Limitations
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New Device Indication
Every new device that wasn’t found after the last refresh is marked in green on Elspec's Search
Utility:
SEE ALSO:

About Elspec's Search Utility

Obtain the Utility

Use the Utility

BLACKBOX Unit & FTP Access

Limitations
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Limitations of Elspec's Search Utility
Elspec's Search utility can operate only as one single instance at a time, since it uses a single and
fixed UDP port. Should you choose to open a new Search Utility window, only the initial Search
Utility window will function properly.
When accessing the device via the Web Link ensure that the Internet Explorer is running in
Compatibility View, as some web browser applications can limit the functionality and/or show an
incorrect layout:
For local networking, the browser should be configured as working without a proxy server. Refer to
Disable Proxy Server in Internet Explorer.
Should you be running Skype simultaneously with Elspec’s Search, you will not be able to access
the device via the Web Link. Close Skype & access Elspec’s Search again to follow the Web Link.
SEE ALSO:

About Elspec's Search Utility

Obtain the Utility

Use the Utility

BLACKBOX Unit & FTP Access

New Device Indication
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Specifications
This section includes common specifications for the Portable BLACKBOX:
INPUT CHARACTERISTICS:
VOLTAGE INPUTS
G4500
Number of Inputs
AC: 4 (3 Phases & Neutral)
G3500
AC: 4 (3 Phases & Neutral)
DC: 1
Maximum Input Voltage (VRMS)
1KV
1KV
Nominal Voltage Range (VRMS)
110 to 690V
110 to 690V
Maximum Peak Measurement Voltage (VPk)
8KV
8KV
Input Impedance
3MΩ
3MΩ
Bandwidth
25kHz
12.5kHz
Nominal Frequency
42.5 to 69Hz
42.5 to 69Hz
CURRENT INPUTS
G4500
G3500
Number of Inputs
AC: 4 (3 Phases & Neutral)
AC: 4 (3 Phases & Neutral)
DC: 1
Maximum Peak Measurement (VPk)
I1 to I4: 10; I5: 3 From Clamp
I1 to I4: 10; I5: 3 From Clamp
Type
Clamp On Current Transformer
With mV Output
Clamp On Current Transformer
With mV Output
Range (VPk)
I1 to I4: 0 to 10; I5: 0 to 3 From
Clamp
I1 to I4: 0 to 10; I5: 0 to 3
From Clamp
Bandwidth
6.25/12.5kHz
12.5kHz
SAMPLING SYSTEM
G4500
G3500
Maximum Sampling Rate for Each
Channel Simultaneously:
Voltage
1024 Samples/Cycle
512 Samples/Cycle
Current
256 Samples/Cycle
512 Samples/Cycle
VDC
1 Sample/Second
N/A
Type of Analog to Digital Converter
16/20
Resolution
Dual Range Gain of 2 x 16 Bit On 8 channels
PLL Synchronization
1024 Samples On 10/12 Cycles According IEC61000-4-7
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1
Bit
MEASUREMENT RANGE, RESOLUTION, ACCURACY:
VOLT/AMPS/HERTZ
MEASUREMENT RANGE
RESOLUTION
ACCURACY
VRMS (AC & DC)3
0 to 900V
0.01V
±0.1% of Nominal
Voltage1
With SOA-9045-3001
90A to 15kA
0.1mA
±0.5% ±0.5A of Nominal
Current2
With SOA-9091-3000
9 to 1.5kA
0.1mA
±0.8% ±0.1Aof Nominal
Current2
With SOA-0010-0500
0.02 to 6A
0.1mA
±0.15% ±0.5mAof Nominal
Current2
VPk
8KV
10mV
±0.1% from Reading
Voltage Crest Factor
1<
0.01
Better than 0.5%
Current Crest Factor
1<
0.01
Better than 0.5%
Hz @ 50Hz Nominal
42.5 to 62Hz
10mHz
±5mHz
Hz @ 60Hz Nominal
51 to 69Hz
10mHz
±5mHz
K-Factor
0<
0.01
±0.25%
DIPS, SWELLS &
INTERRUPTIONS
MEASUREMENT RANGE
RESOLUTION
ACCURACY
VRMS½ (AC & DC)
0 to 900V
0.01V
±0.2% of Nominal Voltage
Duration
HHH,MM,SS,MMM
Half Cycle
One Cycle
Threshold Levels
Programmable Thresholds & Hysteresis in Percentage of Nominal Voltage
ARMS
Event Detection Based Upon ½ Cycle RMS Voltages
Captures Dips, Swells, Interruptions & Rapid Voltage Changes
VOLTAGE HARMONICS
MEASUREMENT RANGE
Harmonic Order
1 to 50 Grouping: Harmonic Subgroups According to IEC61000-4-7
Inter-Harmonic Order
1 to 50 Grouping: Inter-Harmonic Subgroups According to IEC61000-4-7
THD
0 to 100%
0.01%
±0.25%
THD Even
0 to 100%
0. 01%
±0.25%
THD Odd
0 to 100%
0.01%
±0.25%
Hz (Spectrum)
0 to 3174Hz
fSys 10/12
±5%
Phase Angle
-180 to +180º
0.01º
±0.01º
(n=50)
1
For Nominal Voltage 80 to 690V
2
Depending on the Clamp Accuracy
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RESOLUTION
ACCURACY
3
Voltage Measuring Inputs are CAT III per 61010-2-030
MEASUREMENT RANGE, RESOLUTION, ACCURACY:
POWER & ENERGY
MEASUREMENT RANGE
RESOLUTION ACCURACY
Active Power
Depends on Clamp & PT
Configuration
10mW
±0.2%1
Reactive Power
Depends on Clamp & PT
Configuration
10mVAR
±2%1
Apparent Power
Depends on Clamp & PT
Configuration
10mVA
±0.2%1
Active Energy
Depends on Clamp & PT
Configuration
10mWh
±0.2%1
Reactive Energy
Depends on Clamp & PT
Configuration
10mVArh
Apparent Energy
Depends on Clamp & PT
Configuration
10mVAh
±0.2%1
True Power Factor
±1 (CAP\IND)
10µ
±0.2%1
Displacement Power Factor
±1 (CAP\IND)
10µ
±0.2%1
FLICKERING
MEASUREMENT RANGE
RESOLUTION ACCURACY
PSST, PST 10 Minutes, SPLT, PLT 2
Hours, LPLT
0 to 20
0.01
±5%
PSTINST
0 to 20
0.01
±8%
UNBALANCE
MEASUREMENT RANGE
RESOLUTION ACCURACY
Volts (Negative & Zero Seq.)
Ratio
0 to 100%
0.1%
0.15%
Current (Negative & Zero Seq.)
Ratio
0 to 100%
0.1%
0.5%1
±2%1
TRANSIENT CAPTURE
ACCURACY
Minimum Detection Duration
39 μs (G3500)
19.5 μs (G4500)
1
Depending on the Clamp Accuracy
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GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:
STORAGE CAPACITY
G4500
G3500
Internal Memory
32GB
256MB
STORAGE CAPACITY
Real Time Clock
± 1 Second per 24 Hours
Time Synchronization
Optional GPS/SNTP/IRIGB/DCF-77 time sync module provides time
uncertainty better than 100μs. When synchronization becomes
unavailable, Time Tolerance is 1 second per day.
DEVICE SYNCHRONIZATION ACCURACY
GPS & PPS
Better than 100µs
IRIG B
100 to 200µs
DCF-77
±15ms
SNTP Server
50-100µs
COMMUNICATION
CONTROL
Web Server
Comprehensive web server for local & remote real-time monitoring &
control
FTP Server
Standard protocol for main storage memory
PORTS
G4500
G3500
Ethernet Ports
1 LAN
RS-232
2 LAN & 1 USB (Integrated
Router, NAT & Firewall)
1
RS-485/422
1
1
Wi-Fi Communications (802.11g)
1 (With Integrated Antenna)
―
1
LAN 1
Baud Rate
Communication Protocols
10/100 Mbit
TELNET, OPC & SMTP Client
Connector Type
RJ45 Female With Led Indicators
Power Over Ethernet (PoE- In)
1 (Available as Input – 13 Watt, DC: 48V)
LAN 2
Baud Rate
10/100 Mbit
Communication Protocols
TELNET, OPC, & SMTP Client
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Connector Type
Power Over Ethernet (PoE- Out)
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RJ45 Female With Led Indicators
1 (Available as Output - 13 Watt, DC: 48V)
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS:
RS485/422 CONNECTION
Baud Rate
Configurable: 1200 / 2400 / 4800 / 9600 / 14400 / 19200 / 38400
57600 / 115200
Communication Protocols
PPP & TTY
Duplex
Full
Maximum Cable Length
15.2m (50’)
RS232 CONNECTION (COM COMPATIBLE INTERFACE)
Default Configuration
Baud rate: 19200, Data Bits: 8 , Parity: None, Stop Bits: 1
Communication Protocols
GPS
Duplex
Full
Maximum Cable Length
15.2m (50’)
APPLICABLE STANDARDS
Measurement Standards
EN50160, IEEE1159, IEEE519, IEC61000-4-15, IEC61000-4-7,
IEC61000-4-30 Class A
EMC Standards
EN61326, CFR47FCC, CISPR11 Group 1, FCC PART 15 Subpart B,
EN61010-2, IEC61000-3-3, IEC61000-4-2, IEC61000-4-3,
IEC61000-4-4, IEC61000-4-5, IEC61000-4-6, IEC61000-4-11
Environmental Standards
IEC60068-2-1, 2, 6, 27, 30, 75
Safety Standards
EN61010-1:2001 2ND Edition
POWER SUPPLY
Power Over Ethernet (PoE- In) 1
Operating Range
According to 802.3af
AC: 100 to 240V @ 50/60Hz
DC: 110 to 300V
Auxiliary AC Supply
DC: 48V
Battery Backup
2 Hours
1
G4500 Unit Only
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PQZIP RECORDING:
METHOD
1
PQZIP compression technology which enables continuous gap-less recording of all electrical parameters-related data
for a significant time duration without the need of event thresholds of any kind. Events, Flicker and Energy are noncompressed parameters.
WAVEFORM
G4500
G3500
Voltage Sampling per Cycle
1024/512
512
Current Sampling per Cycle
256/512
512
Recording Time
1 + Year Continuous
Recording at a Fixed Ratio
Mode of 2.5GB/Month
1 Week Continuous Recording
at a Fixed Ratio Mode of
1GB/Month
EVENTS
Memory
Up to 12K Event Logs
FLICKER PST
Recording Interval
10 Minutes
10 Minutes
Recording Time
1 + Year Continuous
Recording at a Fixed Ratio
Mode of 2.5GB/Month
1 Week Continuous Recording
at a Fixed Ratio Mode of
1GB/Month
ENERGY
Energy Interval
1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 30 & 60 Minutes
Recording Time
1 + Year Continuous
Recording at a Fixed Ratio
Mode of 2.5GB/Month
1
99.9% of the Time
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1 Week Continuous Recording
at a Fixed Ratio Mode of
1GB/Month
IO PORTS:
DIGITAL INPUTS
Channels
4
Sampling
800 Hz @ 50Hz (16 Samples per Cycle)
960 Hz @ 60Hz (16 Samples per Cycle)
Range
DC: 0 – 220V
Pulse Type
0->1->0, 1->0->1, KYZ
Isolation Connector
125V
RELAY OUTPUT
Channels
1 x Change Over
Contact Configuration
1 CO (SPDT – Single Pole Double Throw)
Maximum Switching Voltage
AC: 277V
Maximum Current
AC: 5A/250V; 10A/110V
DC: 5A/30V
Maximum Peak Current
15A
Rated Current
6A
Operating Time
4ms
Release Time
6ms
Maximum Reaction time
10ms
Maximum Drop-out time
4ms
Output Resistance
50MΩ
SEE ALSO:

Physical
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Physical Specifications & Dimensions of the Portable BLACKBOX
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
PHYSICAL
Dimensions
314mm x 84mm x 269mm (12.36” x 3.3” x 10.59”)
Weight
3.7Kg (8.15Lb)
ENVIRONMENTAL
Design
Rugged, Shock Proof with Integrated Protective Holster
Drip & Dust Proof
IP20 according to IEC60529 when used in tilt standard position
Shock & Vibration
Shock 30g, Vibration: 3g Sinusoid, Random 0.03 g2/Hz
According to MIL-PRF-28800F Class 2
Operating Temperature
-0 to 40°C (32 to 104°F)
Storage Temperature
-20 to 60°C (-4 to 140°F)
Humidity
85%
Maximum Operating Altitude
2Km (1.24Mi)
Warranty
One Year
TEMPERATURE SENSORS
External Temperature Sensor (PT100)
-40 to 90°C (-40 to 210°F)
Internal PSU Temperature Sensor
Informative
Internal DSP Temperature Sensor
Informative
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DIMENSIONAL VIEW G4500:
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DIMENSIONAL VIEW G3500:
SEE ALSO:
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G4500 G3500 Specifications
International
ELSPEC Ltd.
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North America
ELSPEC North America Inc.
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Europe
ELSPEC Portugal Lda.
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India
ELSPEC Engg India Pvt Ltd
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For All Products & Aplications Visit
Elspec At: www.elspec-ltd.com
Elspec is a registered trademark. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Manufactured By:
Elspec Ltd.
2 Hashoam Str.
P.O. Box 3019
Caesarea Industrial Park North
ISRAEL 38900
Tel: 972-4-6174100
Fax: 972-4-6272465
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