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Why do I need a PowerXpress quick connect field device power solution?

 

What is the power source for the PowerXpress?

 

What are the banana jacks on the PowerXpress used for?

 

What are the “HART jacks” for?

 

What are the “Tip jacks” for?

 

What value is read by the milliamp meter when connected to the tip jacks?

 

What does the green LED on the front of the unit represent?

 

What are the extra banana plugs and mini-grabbers included in the kit used for?

 

How do I connect the PowerXpress to a HART device?

 

What is the voltage output by the PowerXpress?

 

What is the maximum output current from the PowerXpress?

 

What happens if the PowerXpress mini-grabbers are shorted together?

 

How much current is drawn from the laptop (or AC/USB adapter)?

 

Is the PowerXpress compatible with the HART multi-drop mode?

 

Can I use the PowerXpress in a hazardous area?

 

Can I use the PowerXpress on a device that is installed and already powered?

 

If the green light is not on what is the problem?

 

What kind of software or drivers do I need to run the PowerXpress?

 

How long is the warranty?

 

Can I use the PowerXpress on a Foundation fieldbus or Profibus device?

 

 

 


 

ANSWERS:

 

& Why do I need a PowerXpress quick connect field device power solution?

 

The HART PowerXpress quick connect field device power solution was designed to simplify

field device configuration and troubleshooting for 2-wire powered HART field instruments.

 

& What is the power source for the PowerXpress?

 

The PowerXpress quickly provides HART compatible power and the necessary HART load

resistor with two easy connections 1) USB port and 2) Mini-grabber connection to the field

device. Your device is powered and HART compatible.

 

Attaching your modem and milliamp meter with plugs to the PowerXpress allows you to quickly

and easily configure your HART devices. The milliamp meter is connected without breaking the

mA loop.

 

The AC/USB adapter is particularly useful when using a handheld configurator for device

configuration. You can still attach your milliamp meter to the PowerXpress without breaking the

mA loop.

 

&   What are the banana jacks on the PowerXpress used for?

 

There are two sets of jacks on the PowerXpress. The black “banana” jacks (HART jacks) allow

you to quickly connect your HART modem to the PowerXpress for reliable and convenient

access to HART device communication. The red and black “tip” jacks (mA jacks) allow you to

plug in a milliamp meter using its standard tip probes, without breaking the mA loop. Now

you’re completely hands free to operate your laptop or handheld HART communicator.

 

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& What is the power source for the PowerXpress?

 

Many users now configure their HART devices using laptop PC’s with USB ports. The

PowerXpress USB plug is designed to draw power from your PC’s USB port.

In addition and included with your PowerXpress kit is a 110VAC to USB power adapter. The

power adapter is plugged into a standard wall socket and the PowerXpress is plugged into the

USB port on the adapter.

 

&  What are the “HART jacks” for?

 

The black pair of banana jacks allows you to easily connect your HART modem to the field

device. Using the included banana plug adapter kit you can convert your HART modem to

banana plugs and still use it with mini-grabbers, also included. Thus eliminating the chance that

the HART modem might come loose during configuration or troubleshooting.

 

&  What are the “Tip jacks” for?

 

The red and black tip jacks allow you to connect a milliamp (mA) meter directly to the mA field

device loop using the mA meters standard tip (0.080”) probes. No need to break the mA loop for

connection and no chance that your mA meter will come loose during configuration or

troubleshooting.

 

& What value is read by the milliamp meter when connected to the tip jacks?

 

When connected to the milliamp (mA) tip jacks you will be able to directly read the field device

current with your mA meter (not provided) without breaking the loop or powering down the

device. The readings will be in the familiar 4-20mA range to agree with typical values provided

by device vendors during mA trim adjustments.

 

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&    What does the green LED on the front of the unit represent?

 

The green LED confirms that power is being supplied from the USB port and is powering the

PowerXpress.

 

& What is the maximum output current from the PowerXpress?

The PowerXpress is designed to provide HART compatible power up to 42mA. The

PowerXpress is short circuit protected to avoid damage even if the output mini-grabbers are

shorted together.

 

&  What are the extra banana plugs and mini-grabbers included in the kit used for?

 

The banana plug/mini-grabber kit (included) allows you can convert your existing HART

modem to have banana plugs for quick and reliable hands free connection to the PowerXpress.

By attaching the supplied mini-grabbers to the banana plugs you can still use your HART

modem in the conventional way

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&  How do I connect the PowerXpress to a HART device?

 

The red mini-grabber is connected to the field device (+) positive power supply terminal.

The black mini-grabber is connected to the field device (-) negative power supply terminal.

 

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&  What is the voltage output by the PowerXpress?

 

Nominally 24Vdc, with 42mA max current.

 

&  What happens if the PowerXpress mini-grabbers are shorted together?

 

The PowerXpress is internally current limited to avoid damage. We don’t recommend shorting

out the mini-grabbers as it could shorten its overall life, but it is protected.

&  How much current is drawn from the laptop (or AC/USB adapter)?

 

At a 20mA current load from your HART field device the USB port current draw will be

nominally 125mA. Note: USB 2.x compatible ports are designed to supply up to 500mA from

each powered port.

 

&  Is the PowerXpress compatible with the HART multi-drop mode?

 

Yes. In HART multi-drop mode the PowerXpress is connected to one of the devices and the

other devices are then connected (in parallel) to the powered device. Note: When in multi-drop

mode the current draw from each device is fixed at 4mA, therefore you can connect up to 10

devices without exceeding the 42mA PowerXpress current limit.

 

&  Can I use the PowerXpress in a hazardous area?

 

NO! The PowerXpress is for use only in a general purpose area or one that has been tested and

found safe according to the hot work permit procedures developed by your company.

 

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&  How long is the warranty?

 

The PowerXpress warranty is 1 year from date of purchase. Please call 678-637-9062 to report

any problems.

 

&  Can I use the PowerXpress on a device that is installed and already powered?

 

No, the PowerXpress is designed to supply the required device power. However, in many cases

when working in the field many powered devices do not include the necessary HART load for

communication. In this case you can disconnect the field power and connect the PowerXpress to

supply power and create the HART network for local device configuration.

 

&  If the green light is not on what is the problem?

 

If the PowerXpress green power light is not on, the USB port is not supplying power. On some

PC’s the USB ports can be turned off. Try using another port or reconfiguring your PC to turn

on the necessary USB port. You may also use the included 110Vac/USB adapter to power your

PowerXpress.

 

&  What kind of software or drivers do I need to run the PowerXpress?

 

The PowerXpress does not require any software or drivers and no PC configuration is required.

 

&  Can I use the PowerXpress on a Foundation fieldbus or Profibus device?

 

No. The PowerXpress is designed for HART devices only. It will not damage a Foundation

fieldbus H1 device nor a PROFIBUS PA device, but communication is not guaranteed.

However, stay tuned since we are always developing new products.

 

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To place an order or discuss extended quantity pricing, please contact: Chuck @ PowerXpress Solutions,

call 678-637-9062 or fax: 770-487-1712