HOBO U9 Light On/Off Data Logger (Part # U9-002) Inside this package:

HOBO U9 Light On/Off Data Logger (Part # U9-002) Inside this package:
HOBO® U9 Light On/Off Data Logger
(Part # U9-002)
Inside this package:
• HOBO U9 Light On/Off Data Logger
Thank you for purchasing a HOBO data logger. With proper care, it will
give you years of accurate and reliable measurements.
• Mounting kit with magnet, hook and
loop tape, 3/8" double-sided tape.
The HOBO U9 Light On/Off Data Logger has 64K of memory and can
record up to 43,000 state changes. The state channel monitors light on and
off conditions and includes a user-adjustable sensitivity control.
The logger uses a direct USB interface for launching and data readout by a
computer.
A HOBOware™ software starter kit is required for logger operation. Visit
www.onsetcomp.com for details.
Doc #9604-A, MAN-U9-002
Onset Computer Corporation
State logging
Specifications
Light threshold
Adjustable from 10 to 100 lumens/m² at 25°C (fluorescent light)
Approximately ± 1 minute per month at 25°C (77°F);
see Plot A
Logging: -20° to 70°C (-4° to 158°F)
Launch/readout: 0° to 50°C (32° to 122°F), per USB
specification
0 to 95% RH, non-condensing
1 year typical use
64K bytes (up to 43,000 state changes); see “Storage capacity”
on the next page
25 g (0.8 oz)
45 x 60 x 20 mm (1.8 x 2.38 x 0.77 inches)
The CE Marking identifies this product as complying with all
relevant directives in the European Union (EU).
Time accuracy
Operating
temperature
Humidity range
Battery life
Memory
Weight
Dimensions
The logger checks the state value every second. It is unaware of any changes
that happen between checks. Accordingly, if the light activity shown in Plot B
below is applied, the logger does not see the momentary light-on-to-off
transition that happens between T1 and T2 because the light is off at both
times. However, the light changes from T2 to T3, and from T3 to T4, are
recorded as one light-on state that begins at T3 and ends at T4.
Sample Light On/Off Channel Input
Light State
Light On
Light Off
(T) Time in seconds
1
2
3
4
Plot B
Timebase Error (ppm)
25
Using the light sensor
Your logger contains a light sensor, which is used to monitor light on and
off conditions. The sensitivity threshold is adjustable from approximately
10 to 100 lumens/m². The logger’s light sensitivity is peaked in the forward
direction as shown in Plot C. You can take advantage of this directionality
to minimize the effect of other light sources when trying to determine the
on and off states of a particular light source. The light sensor is on the side
of the case just above the green LED. Note, however, that the sensor detects
light directed at the front of the case.
0
-25
-50
-75
-100
-125
-20
0
20
40
60
Temperature (°C)
Plot A
Connecting the logger
The U-Series logger requires an Onset-supplied USB interface cable to
connect to the computer. If possible, avoid connecting at temperatures below
0°C (32°F) or above 50°C (122°F).
1. Plug the large end of the USB interface cable into a USB port on the
computer.
2. Plug the small end of the USB interface cable into the side of the logger, as
shown in the following diagram.
3. Load and use logger software to operate the logger (see software manual).
Light sensor
USB interface cable
plugged into logger
If the logger has never been connected to the computer before, it may take a
few seconds for the new hardware to be detected.
You can read out the logger while it continues to log, stop it manually with the
software, or let it record data until the memory is full.
Refer to the software user’s guide for complete details on launching, reading
out, and viewing data from the logger.
Important: If you configure the logger to start with a trigger start, be sure
to press and hold down the button on the front of the logger for at least
three seconds when you want to begin logging data. When you release the
button, the light on the side of the logger will flash rapidly to indicate that
logging has begun.
© 2005 Onset Computer Corporation
Part #: MAN-U9-002, Doc #: 9604-A
Sensitivity control
The sensitivity control on the front of the logger adjusts the threshold the
logger uses to determine whether the light is on or off. Use a small screwdriver
to adjust the sensitivity control. Turn it clockwise to decrease the logger’s
sensitivity. Turn it counter-clockwise to increase the logger’s sensitivity.
How to set the sensitivity control
Launch the logger and mount it where it will be used. Turn the light source on.
Sensitivity control
Important: When the
logger is launched
with “Trigger Start,”
press this button for 3
seconds to start.
Press for 1 second to
record an event while
logging.
Plot C
1. If the red LED is blinking, turn the sensitivity control counter-clockwise
until the green LED starts blinking. Once this occurs, turn the sensitivity
control about 10° further in the counter-clockwise direction. Proceed to the
final step.
2. If the green LED is blinking, turn the sensitivity control clockwise until the
red LED starts blinking. Adjust as described above for the red LED and
proceed to the next step. If the red LED doesn’t start blinking, proceed to
the next step to verify the logger is operating satisfactorily in your
application.
3. With the sensitivity control adjusted as described above, verify that the
logger detects your light source turning on and off. With the light source
on, the logger should blink its green LED, and with the light source off it
should blink its red LED.
Logging the battery voltage
In addition to state readings, the logger can record battery readings at regular
intervals. If you enable the internal battery channel for logging, battery
measurements should be made at long intervals (one hour or greater) to
minimize memory usage.
HOBO U9 Light On/Off Data Logger
Internal events
Protecting the logger
Events are independent occurrences triggered by logger activity. Examples of
events recorded asynchronously during deployment include: when the logger is
connected to the host, when the battery is low, end of a datafile once the logger
is stopped, and button pushes.
The logger can be permanently damaged by corrosion if it gets wet. Protect it
from condensation. If it gets wet, remove the battery immediately and dry the
circuit board with a hair dryer before reinstalling the battery. Do not let the
board get too hot. You should be able to comfortably hold the board in your
hand while drying.
Press the button on the front of the logger for one second to record an event.
Both a “button down” and a “button up” event will be recorded. This is useful
if you want to mark the datafile at a particular point.
Note! Static electricity may cause the logger to stop logging. To avoid
electrostatic discharge, transport the logger in an anti-static bag, and ground
yourself by touching an unpainted metal surface before handling the logger.
For more information about electrostatic discharge, visit our website at
http://www.onsetcomp.com/support/support.html.
Logger operation
Lights (LEDs) on the side of the logger
confirm logger operation.
Light sensor
Mounting
Green light
The following table explains when the logger
blinks during logger operation:
Red light
There are three ways to mount the logger using the materials in the mounting
kit included with the logger.
USB port
• Use the hook-and-loop tape to affix the logger to a surface.
• Attach the magnet and then place the logger on a flat magnetic surface.
When:
The logger is logging battery
channel faster than four seconds
The logger is logging battery
channel at four seconds or slower,
or is logging only state changes
The logger is awaiting a start
because it was launched in Start At
Interval, Delayed Start, or Trigger
Start mode
The button on the logger is being
pushed for a Trigger Start launch
or manual event
• Use the double-sided tape to affix the logger to a surface.
The lights:
Blinks at the battery logging interval
• Red LED blinks if light is not detected
• Green LED blinks if light is detected*
Blinks every four seconds
• Red LED blinks if light is not detected
• Green LED blinks if light is detected*
Red LED blinks once every eight seconds until
launch begins
Battery
The logger requires one 3-Volt CR-2032 lithium battery. Expected battery life
varies based on the temperature and the frequency at which the logger is
recording data (the logging interval and the rate of state changes). A new
battery typically lasts one year. Deployments in extremely cold or hot
temperatures or logging intervals faster than one minute may significantly
reduce battery life.
To replace the battery:
Red LED blinks once every second while
pressing the button and then (trigger start only)
flashes rapidly once you release the button. The
light then reverts to a blinking pattern based on
the logging interval
*Faint red LED blinks can be seen when light is detected. This is a normal condition;
the logger is checking its battery voltage.
1. Disconnect the logger from the computer.
2. Open the case by unsnapping the side cover.
3. Lift the circuit board and carefully push the battery out with a small blunt
instrument, or pull it out with your fingernail.
4. Insert a new battery, positive side facing up.
5. Carefully realign the logger in the case and re-close it.
Storage Capacity
The logger’s storage capacity depends on the interval between state changes.
The longer the interval between a state change, the more memory is needed to
store the data. The following table shows how memory capacity is affected by
various intervals between state changes, assuming the battery channel is
disabled.
Average interval between state changes
1 sec. – 15 sec.
16 sec. – 4.25 min.
4.24 min – 68.25 min.
WARNING: Do not cut open, incinerate, heat above 85°C (185°F), or
recharge the lithium battery. The battery may explode if the logger is
exposed to extreme heat or conditions that could damage or destroy the
battery case. Do not dispose of the logger or battery in fire. Do not expose
the contents of the battery to water. Dispose of the battery according to local
regulations for lithium batteries.
Approximate total points
43,439
32,512
26,009
Indemnification. Products supplied by Onset are not designed, intended, or authorized for use
as components intended for surgical implant or ingestion into the body or other applications
involving life-support, or for any application in which the failure of the Onset-supplied product
could create or contribute to a situation where personal injury or death may occur. Products
supplied by Onset are not designed, intended, or authorized for use in or with any nuclear
installation or activity. Products supplied by Onset are not designed, intended, or authorized for
use in any aeronautical or related application. Should any Onset-supplied product or equipment
be used in any application involving surgical implant or ingestion, life-support, or where failure
of the product could lead to personal injury or death, or should any Onset-supplied product or
equipment be used in or with any nuclear installation or activity, or in or with any aeronautical
or related application or activity, Purchaser will indemnify Onset and hold Onset harmless from
any liability or damage whatsoever arising out of the use of the product and/or equipment in
such manner.
Service and Support
HOBO products are easy to use and reliable. In the unlikely event that you have a problem with
this instrument, contact the company where you bought the logger: Onset or an Onset
Authorized Dealer. Before calling, you can evaluate and often solve the problem if you write
down the events that led to the problem (are you doing anything differently?) and if you visit
the Technical Support section of the Onset web site at www.onsetcomp.com/support.html.
When contacting Onset, ask for technical support and be prepared to provide the product
number and serial number for the logger and software version in question. Also completely
describe the problem or question. The more information you provide, the faster and more
accurately we will be able to respond.
Onset Computer Corporation
470 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA 02532
Mailing: PO Box 3450, Pocasset, MA 02559-3450
Phone: 1-800-LOGGERS (1-800-564-4377) or 508-759-9500
Fax: 508-759-9100
E-mail: loggerhelp@onsetcomp.com
Internet: www.onsetcomp.com
Returns
Please direct all warranty claims and repair requests to place of purchase.
Before returning a failed unit directly to Onset, you must obtain a Return Merchandise
Authorization (RMA) number from Onset. You must provide proof that you purchased the
Onset product(s) directly from Onset (purchase order number or Onset invoice number). Onset
will issue an RMA number that is valid for 30 days. You must ship the product(s), properly
packaged against further damage, to Onset (at your expense) with the RMA number marked
clearly on the outside of the package. Onset is not responsible for any package that is returned
without a valid RMA number or for the loss of the package by any shipping company. Loggers
must be clean before they are sent back to Onset or they may be returned to you.
Warranty
Onset Computer Corporation (Onset) warrants to the original end-user purchaser for a period of
one year from the date of original purchase that the HOBO® product(s) purchased will be free
from defect in material and workmanship. During the warranty period Onset will, at its option,
either repair or replace products that prove to be defective in material or workmanship. This
warranty shall terminate and be of no further effect at the time the product is (1) damaged by
extraneous cause such as fire, water, lightning, etc. or not maintained in accordance with the
accompanying documentation; (2) modified; (3) improperly installed; (4) repaired by someone
other than Onset; or (5) used in a manner or purpose for which the product was not intended.
Repair Policy
Products that are returned after the warranty period or are damaged by the customer as specified
in the warranty provisions can be returned to Onset with a valid RMA number for evaluation.
THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES BEYOND THE EXPRESSED WARRANTY ABOVE.
IN NO EVENT SHALL ONSET BE LIABLE FOR LOSS OF PROFITS OR INDIRECT,
CONSEQUENTIAL, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR OTHER SIMILAR DAMAGES
ARISING OUT OF ANY BREACH OF THIS CONTRACT OR OBLIGATIONS UNDER
THIS CONTRACT, INCLUDING BREACH OF WARRANTY, NEGLIGENCE,
STRICT LIABILITY, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY.
ASAP Repair Policy. For an additional charge, Onset will expedite the repair of a returned
product.
Data-back™ Service. HOBO data loggers store data in nonvolatile EEPROM memory. Onset
will, if possible, recover your data.
Tune Up Service. Onset will examine and retest any HOBO data logger.
Limitation of Liability. The Purchaser's sole remedy and the limit of Onset's liability for any
loss whatsoever shall not exceed the Purchaser's price of the product(s). The determination of
suitability of products to the specific needs of the Purchaser is solely the Purchaser's
responsibility. THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES BEYOND THE EXPRESSED
WARRANTY OFFERED WITH THIS PRODUCT. EXCEPT AS SPECIFICALLY
PROVIDED IN THIS DOCUMENT, THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED
WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTIBILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE. NO INFORMATION OR ADVICE GIVEN BY ONSET, ITS AGENTS OR
EMPLOYEES SHALL CREATE A WARRANTY OR IN ANY WAY INCREASE THE
SCOPE OF THE EXPRESSED WARRANTY OFFERED WITH THIS PRODUCT.
© 2005 Onset Computer Corporation. All rights reserved.
Part #: MAN-U9-002, Doc #: 9604-A, Patent # 6,826,664
HOBOware is a trademark, and Onset and HOBO are registered trademarks, of Onset Computer
Corporation. Other products and brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective owners.
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