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Overview

The CR200X, our smallest lowest-cost datalogger, provides stand-alone operation in harsh, remote environments. It reads input from one or two sensors, then transmits the data using communication peripherals. CRBasic, its full programming language, supports simple or complex programming. Multiple CR200Xs can be configured as a network, or units can be deployed individually.

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Benefits and Features

  • Ideal applications include wind energy, rural water, water level/flow, aquaculture, water quality
  • Campbell Scientific’s smallest, lowest cost datalogger
  • Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) protected inputs
  • Optimal for measuring one or two simple sensors
  • Makes SDI-12, single-ended analog, pulse, switch closure, and bridge measurements
  • Battery-backed clock that ensures accurate time is maintained while datalogger is disconnected from battery power
  • Program with LoggerNet, PC400, or Short Cut to fit your setup
  • PakBus, Modbus, and SDI-12 protocols supported

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Detailed Description

The CR200X has several input channels for measuring a variety of sensors. Gas discharge tubes provide rugged electrostatic discharge protection for the inputs.

The CR200X does not make differential measurements and is not compatible with SDM devices, multiplexers, or thermocouples (refer to the Compatibility information for compatible sensors, peripherals, and software). Recalibration services are not offered for the CR200X datalogger.

Specifications

-NOTE- Note: Additional specifications are listed in the CR200X-Series Specifications Sheet.
Maximum Scan Rate 1 Hz
Analog Channels
  • The single-ended analog inputs can also be used as control ports.
  • 5 single-ended (no differential) individually configured
Pulse Count Channels 2
Switched Excitation Channels 2 voltage
Digital Ports
  • Certain digital ports can be used to count switch closures.
  • 2 I/O
Communication Ports 1 RS-232
Switched Battery Port 1
Input Voltage Range 0 to 2500 mV
Analog Voltage Accuracy ±(0.25% of reading + (1.2 mV)x(offset)) at -40° to +50°C
Analog Voltage Resolution 0.6 mV
A/D Bits 12
Operating Temperature -40° to +50°C
Power Requirements 7 to 16 Vdc
Typical Current Drain
  • ~0.2 mA (quiescent)
  • ~3 mA (active)
Protocols Supported PakBus (leaf node only), SDI-12
CE Compliance Standards to which Conformity Is Declared IEC61326:2002
Warranty 3 years
Dimensions 14.0 x 7.6 x 4.8 cm (5.5 x 3.0 x 1.9 in.)
Weight 242 g (8.5 oz)

Memory

Final Storage 512 kB of flash memory for approximately 125,000 data points
Operating System 106 kB of flash memory
Intermediate Storage 8 kB of SRAM for communication buffers, calculations, variables, etc.

Compatibility

Communications

The CR200X can communicate with a PC via direct connect, NL201 Network Link Interface, NL240 Wi-Fi Network Link, MD485 multidrop modem, and digital cellular modems. Data can be viewed on an iOS device, an Android device, CD295 DataView II Display, or a user-supplied PDA. To use an iOS or Android device, go to the Apple Store or Google Play and download our LoggerLink Mobile Apps free of charge. User-supplied PDAs require either PConnect or PConnectCE software.

Measurement & Control Peripherals

The CR200X is not compatible with SDM devices and multiplexers.

Sensors

The CR200X can measure a variety of sensors including SDI-12 sensors and 4 to 20 mA sensors. It cannot make differential measurements and is not compatible with the freezing-rain/ice, fuel moisture/temperature, geographic position, present weather, soil heat flux, soil matric water potential, and strain sensors listed on our price lists.

The currently available sensors that the CR200X can measure are shown below:

Precipitation

TE525 TE525WS TE525MM TB4 TB4MM CS700 52202 SR50A

Relative Humidity

CS215 HMP60 HMP155A HC2S3 083E

Soil Volumetric Water Content

EasyAG EnviroSCAN CS616 CS625 CS650 CS655

Solar

CS300 LI200X LI190SB LP02 CMP3 CMP6 CMP11 CMP21 Radiometers
(all)

Temperature

107 108 109 109SS 110PV 43347 Thermocouples
(all)

Water Level

CS410 CS451 CS456 CS460 CS470-series CS475-series

Water Quality

CS547A
Conductivity
CS511
DO
CSIM11-ORP
ORP
CSIM11
pH
CS526
pH
OBS-3+
Turbidity
OBS300
Turbidity
OBS500
Turbidity
OBS501
Turbidity

Wind

014A 27106T 03002 034B 05103 05103-45 05106 05305 WINDSONIC4 WINDSONIC1 CSAT3
03101 ICEFREE3A ICEFREE3V P2546A A100LK ZEPHIR300

Other Sensors

  • CS11 Current Transformer
  • CS100, CS106, and 092 barometric pressure sensors
  • 255-100 Evaporation Gauge
  • 237 and LWS leaf wetness sensors
  • WXT520 Weather Transmitter

Enclosures

Applications with minimal power requirements can use the ENC200 enclosure to house the datalogger and the pn 16869 sealed rechargeable battery. The ENC200 cannot house a barometer or a battery that is larger than the pn 16869. However, an ENC10/12 or ENC12/14 enclosure is adequate for most CR200X-based systems.

Power Supplies

The CR200X uses an external power supply and has a built-in regulator. When connected to the on-board charging circuit, the sealed rechargeable battery should be 7 A h or smaller. Using larger batteries with the datalogger's built-in charger may result in excessive PC board heating. This is especially a concern when the battery is deeply discharged or failing with a shorted cell. Campbell Scientific also recommends that solar panels be 10 W or less and wall chargers be 1 A or smaller.

Software

The CR200X is compatible with the following software packages:

  • Short Cut
  • PC200W
  • PC400 (version 1.0 or higher)
  • LoggerNet (version 2.1 or higher)
  • PConnect (version 3.0 or higher)
  • PConnectCE (version 2.0 or higher)
  • VisualWeather (version 2 or higher)

Downloads

CR200X Series OS v.04 (1.29 MB) 09-22-2015

Execution of this download installs the Operating System and Compiler on your computer for the following dataloggers:CR200X, CR206X, CR211X, CR216X and CR295X.  It also updates the support files for the CRBasic Editor.  

Note: Newer CR206X dataloggers (serial # ≥ 19122) and newer CR211X dataloggers (serial # ≥ 19143) have 250 mW radios that must use OS 3 or higher for their datalogger operating system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to CR200X: 37

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  1. Not directly. If the CS15-L is connected to a CR200(X) datalogger, the datalogger can take the ac measurement and control a solid-state relay based on some threshold within the datalogger program. The solid-state relay can then control other relays, solenoids, or motor starters. (Use of a solid-state relay is preferred because the datalogger can trigger it with a small 5 Vdc mA signal.) For more information, see the “Measurement and Control Peripherals” section of the operator’s manual.

  2. Current dataloggers compatible with the BMP5 Direct SDK are the CR200X-series, CR1000, CR3000, CR800, and CR850.

    Retired compatible dataloggers include the CR10X-PB, CR23X-PB, and CR510-PB. These dataloggers must have the optional PakBus operating system installed, which is available on the Downloads page of our website.

  3. Yes. The simplest method is to use conditional program statements that execute most of the code based on time. For example, the data could be scheduled to log at 6 a.m. and finish at 8 p.m. using CRBasic instructions such as IfTime(). Another option is to use an IfThen/EndIf construction that does a logical test of light-level measurements based on a light sensor. An additional option is to use calculated sunrise and sunset times along with a combination of RealTime() and Case instructions.

    For more information, see the “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…” article. 

  4. Technically, the SRM-5A is compatible with the CR200X-series dataloggers, but it is more complicated to use it with these dataloggers. To use a SRM-5A with a CR200X-series datalogger, the SRM-5A must be in the DTE position on the station modem. In addition, user-supplied adapters and gender changers are needed to complete the connections between the SRM-5A and the RS-232 port of the datalogger. Contact Campbell Scientific for more information.

  5. They use the same protocol, but the CR800 PakBus protocol is less limited in its capability.

  6. The available COM ports listed in the COM Port drop-down menu are supplied to PC400 by the Windows Operating  System (OS). If there are no COM ports shown for selection, it most likely means that there are no COM ports registered with the Windows OS. This can be confirmed using the Windows Device Manager (Control Panel | Device Manager | Ports).

    Most modern laptops are not equipped with native RS-232 COM ports. In this situation, a USB-to-RS-232 adapter cable must be used to connect to the datalogger. Even when the drivers for this device have been properly installed, the derived COM port will not be shown for selection until the cable is attached to the laptop.

  7. If small amounts of data are transferred per transmission, it will not be a problem. Larger amounts of data can overrun buffers in the modem, causing lost data. In that situation, lower the baud rate on the datalogger to avoid the issue.

  8. The maximum cable length depends on the interface being used.

    • RS-232 connections will reach 15 m (50 ft).
    • RS-485 connections go beyond 610 m (2,000 ft).
    • IP connections can be routed worldwide. 
  9. The CR200X-series and the retired CR200-series dataloggers are NOT compatible with SDMs or multiplexers. If more channels are needed or may be needed in the future, consider purchasing a CR800, CR850, or CR1000 instead.

  10. Some Campbell Scientific sensors with an RS-232 output are supported in Short Cut. Because of the large variety of serial data formats, other sensors require creating a program in the CRBasic Editor. CRBasic Editor is included in several of the purchased software packages, such as LoggerNet. For more information, see the “Interfacing Serial Sensors with Campbell Scientific Dataloggers” application note.

    Note: The CR200X-series dataloggers have very limited serial capabilities.

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