PicoLog 1000 Series

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Designed to meet the needs of a wide range of general–purpose voltage, sensor and transducer logging applications, the PicoLog 1000 Multi–Channel DAQ Series feature independent software–configurable scaling and control outputs, an external terminal board for custom front–end circuitry and a choice of 10– or 12–bit input resolution.

multiple channel data acquisition
  • Up to 16 input channels per data logger
  • Up to 4 output channels per data logger
  • Use up to 4 data loggers at the same time
  • Up to 1 MS/s sample rate
  • USB connected and powered
  • Data acquisition software and SDK included

A distinguished pedigree

The PicoLog 1000 Series is the result of a distinguished lineage that goes back to the release of our first multi–channel data logger — the ADC-11 — in 1993. The original ADC-11, and its successor the USB ADC-11, proved to be the perfect choice for users wanting a low–cost way to measure and record multiple signals. The PicoLog 1000 Series builds on this success to give you the same low–cost data acquisition but with greater power and performance. (Because the ADC-11 was so popular we’ve also added a USB ADC-11 compatibility mode which allows you to use your PicoLog 1000 logger as a direct replacement to the USB ADC-11.)

An expandable multi–channel data acquisition system

Use PicoScope to view all 16 channels
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The budget model PicoLog 1012 has 12 input channels. The powerful PicoLog 1216 has 16. Need more channels? No problem. Using PicoLog you can connect up to 4 Pico data loggers to one PC — giving you a potential 64 channel PicoLog 1000 Series data acquisition system, or the ability to use your PicoLog 1000 logger with other devices such as the USB TC-08 Thermocouple Data Logger.

Fast and accurate

With 10– or 12–bit resolution and multiple sampling modes, a PicoLog 1000 Series logger will meet your data logging needs. The PicoLog 1000 Series has 3 sampling modes: Streaming mode allows channel voltage readings to be logged continuously at up to 100 kS/s, while block mode captures up to the full 1 MS/s  sample rate of the logger for a duration limited by the 8000 sample buffer, both these speeds applying to single–channel operation. The PicoLog application provides an extra mode, real–time continuous sampling, which provides averaged, time–accurate readings with automatic measurements at up to 1 kS/s  on any number of channels.

Control alarms and other devices

The PicoScope 1000 Series data loggers include digital outputs — including one with pulse–width modulation control (PicoLog 1216 only). These outputs can be used to control alarms or other devices, additionally these can also be used to power sensors such as thermistors.

terminal board

It’s all you need

Your PicoLog 1000 Series multi–channel data acquisition (DAQ) device includes all you need to start measuring and recording. A full suite of software is included in the price and consists of PicoLog data logging package, the PicoScope oscilloscope package — which provides measurement capabilities while allowing you to view all 16 channels at once — and an SDK for using the PicoLog 1000 within your own software, or third party software such as LabVIEW. Additionally, a terminal board with screw terminals lets you easily and quickly connect your sensors to the logger. The board also has solder pads on which you can fit resistors to widen the measuring range for each input.

Easy to use. Low cost. The PicoLog 1000 Series is what you need

With great performance and versatility, up to 16 inputs and 4 outputs per unit, a low per–channel cost and easy to use features, the PicoLog 1000 Series is the multi–channel data acquisition device that you need.

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Model PicoLog 1012 PicoLog 1216
Maximum sampling rate
Continuous streaming

Real–time continuous
Block mode#1

1 kS/s per channel in PicoLog, 100 kS/s shared by all channels using the supplied SDK
1 kS/s or greater
1 MS/s single–channel
Buffer memory 8000 samples, shared by all channels
Analog inputs 12#2 16#2
Analog bandwidth (-3 dB) DC to 70 kHz
Input type Single–ended, unipolar
Input voltage range 0 to +2.5 V
Linearity (at 25 °C) 1 LSB
Resolution 10 bits 12 bits
Accuracy 1% 0.5%
Overload protection ±30 V to ground
Input coupling DC
Input impedance 1 MΩ
Digital output (D0…D3) 2 4#2
Digital outputs (PWM)
duty cycle
None 1
100 µs to 1800 µs
Adjustable from 0% to 100% in 1% steps
Digital outputs (all)
logic low voltage
logic high voltage
current limit

100 mV (typical)
3.3 V
1 kΩ resistors in series with outputs
Power output for sensors 2.5 V @ 10 mA, current–limited
PC Requirements
Minimum Processor: 1 GHz.
Memory: 512 MB.
Free disk space: 32–bit: 600 MB, 64–bit: 1.5 GB.
Operating system: 32– or 64–bit edition of Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT).
Beta software: Linux Debian, OpenSUSE and Fedora derived distributions, OS X (Mac).
Ports: USB 2.0 compliant port.
Recommended Processor: 1 GHz.
Memory: 512 MB.
Free disk space: 32–bit: 850 MB, 64–bit: 2 GB.
Operating system: 32– or 64–bit edition of Microsoft Windows XP (SP3), Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 (not Windows RT).
Beta software: Linux Debian, OpenSUSE and Fedora derived distributions, OS X (Mac).
Ports: USB 3.0 compliant port.
For quoted accuracy 20 °C to 50 °C
General operation 0 °C to 70 °C
Relative humidity 5% to 80% RH
Physical Properties
Dimensions 45 x 100 x 140 mm  (1.77 x 3.94 x 5.51 in)
Weight <200 g (7.05 oz)
PicoLog for Windows PicoLog data acquisition software can collect up to 1 million samples. Features include:
Multiple views — view data as a graph, spreadsheet or text
Parameter scaling — convert raw data into standard engineering units
Math functions — use mathematical equations to calculate additional parameters
Alarm limits — program an alert if a parameter goes out of a specified range
IP networking — transfer measurements via a LAN or over the Internet
Operating systems supported: Microsoft Windows XP (SP3) to Windows 8.1 (stable software).
Full details on PicoLog
PicoScope 6 for Windows PicoScope 6 is your complete test and measurement lab in one application. Features include:
Capture modes: oscilloscope, spectrum and persistence.
Channel maths: calculate the sum, difference, product, inverse or create your own custom function using standard arithmetic, exponential and trigonometric functions.
Mask limiting testing: pass/fail, failure count, total count.
Serial Decoding: decode data from a serial bus such as I²C.
Automated measurements
Scope mode: AC RMS, true RMS, cycle time, DC average, duty cycle, falling rate, fall time, frequency, high pulse width, low pulse width, maximum, minimum, peak–to–peak, rise time and rising rate.
Spectrum mode: frequency at peak, amplitude at peak, average amplitude at peak, total power, total harmonic distortion (THD % and THD dB), total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N), spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR), signal+noise+distortion to signal+noise ratio (SINAD), signal to noise ratio (SNR) and intermodulation distortion (IMD).
Export data formats: comma separated values (CSV), tab delimited (TXT), Windows bitmap (BMP), graphics interchange format (GIF), portable network graphics (PNG), MATLAB 4 format (MAT).
Operating systems supported: Microsoft Windows XP (SP3) to Windows 8.1 (stable software), Linux and OS X for Mac (beta software).
Full details for PicoScope 6
Software development kit Includes drivers and example code for various programming languages including C, Excel and LabVIEW. Download SDK
Language Support

PicoScope 6

Full support for: English, Français, Deutsch
Menus and dialogs only for: Italiano, Español, Svenska
Full support for: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, Italiano
Menus and dialogs only for: 中文 (简体), 中文 (繁體), Čeština, Dansk, suomi, Ελληνικά, Magyar, 한국어, 日本語, Norsk, Polski, Português, română, Русский, Svenska, Türkçe
User’s guide
Programmer’s guide
Terminal board user’s guide

English, Français, Deutsch, Español
Additional hardware (supplied) USB 2.0 cable, user manuals, software CD–ROM
PC interface USB 2.0
I/O connector 25–way D female
Power requirements Powered from USB port
Ground fault current protection 0.9 A thermal self–resetting fuse
Compliance European EMC and LVD standards
FCC Rules Part 15 Class A
RoHS compliant
Total Satisfaction Guarantee In the event that this product does not fully meet your requirements you can return it for an exchange or refund. To claim, the product must be returned in good condition within 14 days.
Warranty 5 years
Lead time In stock In stock
Price: Logger and Terminal Board



  • #1 Block mode is supported by PicoScope and the PicoLog 1000 Series SDK, but not by PicoLog.
  • #2 Except in USB ADC-11 compatibility mode
  • Need to know a specification not listed here? — just ask


Product: PicoLog 1012
Rated:   by Robin Stafford Allen

What is says on the tin
I bought this inexpensive data-logger for a "homer" of monitoring the temperature and running time of my solar panels. After some excellent advice from PICO with the setting up of the thermistors after I failed with thermocouples, the logger, data gathering into excel and the connector board all worked well and just as expected. The limited accuracy did not matter to me of 10 bit but might to some. I logged time when the panels were operating and the tempertures in and out of the tank. Hardly rocket science and well within the capbility of the device. The USB connectability was the cream. Ultra simple. Hope this helps others.

Product: PicoLog 1216
Rated:   by Keith W. Saxon

A very useful, versatile device
We use the Picolog 1216 for monitoring various parameters when testing high-performance cascade freezers for human plasma production. We can monitor (with various accessories) running current of compressors, mains voltage, running currents of circulation pumps, and running current of defrost heaters.

As well as all this, we also use a USB TC-08 to monitor critical refrigeration system parameters such as suction & discharge line temperatures, intake air temperature, condenser temperature and exhaust temperature. As well, of course, as the overall time these systems take to reach their operating temperature of -55 degrees C. This combination of Picolog 1216 and TC-08 is also an invaluable tool during faultfinding, where faults may take up to 72 hours to develop.

The 'Multiple Converters' ability of the PicoLog software means that we can document the whole process from start to finish.

Truly excellent products.

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