Wireless Spectrometer - PS-2600

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Overview

The PASCO Wireless Spectrometer is specifically designed for introductory spectroscopy experiments. The Bluetooth and USB connectivity enable use with tablets and computers. With this one apparatus, you can measure intensity, absorbance, transmittance and fluorescence, making this a powerful and intuitive tool for your spectroscopy needs. Includes 10 plastic cuvettes and lids.

PASCO's FREE Spectrometry Software (download link below) walks you through the process of calibration, performing a full spectrum scan, determining the optimum wavelength for study, and concentration and kinetics experiments. 

Replace your Spec20!

With the release of version 2.0, the Spectrometery software now allows for direct wave length entry and real-time digital readout giving it the same functionality as a Spectronic 20 while providing lots of additional features and functionality as well.

And the software application is available for PC®, Mac® and iPads® which makes the PASCO Spectrometer easy to use in any technology setting. Also, select Chromebooks can now use Spectrometry as well. See below for details.

VIDEO

The Wireless Spectrometer was fully reviewed in the NSTA blog on September 30th, 2015.

"Amazing enough on its own, but in true paradigm shifting fashion the PASCO Wireless Spectrometer presents the invisible world of visible light in the magical cartoon chart we’ve seen only in static textbooks for most of our lives. It's as if the dinosaur skeletons in dusty museums suddenly came alive and reacted to the world."

Perform these labs and more with the Wireless Spectrometer

Chemistry

  • Emission Spectra of light
  • Absorbance and transmittance spectra
  • Beer's Law: concentration and absorbance
  • Kinetics
  • Fluorescence

Biology

  • Photosynthesis with DPIP
  • Absorption spectra of plant pigments
  • Concentration of proteins in solution
  • Rate of enzyme-catalyzed reactions
  • Growth of cell cultures

Physics

  • Light intensity across the visible spectrum
  • Emission spectra of light sources
  • Match known spectra with references

Sample Labs

Free Activities for the Wireless Spectrometer

These are also available under Resources at the bottom of the page.

Free Software

Free downloads available for Windows® and Mac® computers with a free app available for iOS devices or Android® tablets, this software allows students to measure intensity, absorbance, transmittance and fluorescence.

NEW! Compatible Chromebooks can now use the Android app. Learn more.

Using Chromebooks?

Google has begun allowing Android apps (including the Spectrometry application) to run on a select (and growing) list of Chromebooks.

To see if your Chromebook is compatible and learn how to install the application please visit this page:

Spectrometry for Chromebooks

How It Works

Absorbance and Transmittance: Light from the LED-boosted tungsten light source passes through the solution and a high quality diffraction grating. The CCD array detects the light for collection and analysis.

The optional Fiber Optic Cable allows you to perform emissions spectroscopy experiments with the PASCO spectrometer. Simply insert the Fiber Optic Cable into the cuvette holder and point the end of the cable at the light source.

Important Note: Solutions used within this spectrometer should be compatible with polystyrene (cuvette material) and ABS (spectrometer housing material). In particular, strong organic solvents such as acetone will damage the cuvettes.

Specifications

Connectivity
  • USB or Bluetooth
Resolution
  • 2-3 nm FWHM
Range
  • 380-950 nm
2 Fluorescence Excitation Wavelengths
  • At 405 nm and 500 nm
Light Source
  • LED-boosted tungsten
Cuvettes
  • Standard 3.5 mL cuvettes, 10 mm path length, 45 mm height.
  • Made from polystyrene - Suitable for use with aqueous and ethanol solutions only and not appropriate for autoclaving.

Buying Guide

2784509
SE-8777
Cuvette Rack
1
2784420
PS-3501
10 Port USB Charging Station
1
Accessories
Cuvette Rack   SE-8777
10 Port USB Charging Station   PS-3501
51187
SE-8739
Cuvettes and Caps
1
487278
PS-2569
Replacement Battery, Rechargeable LiPoly 3.7V 2500mAh
1
Replacement Parts
Cuvettes and Caps   SE-8739
Replacement Battery, Rechargeable LiPoly 3.7V 2500mAh   PS-2569

Fiber Optics Cable (PS-2601)