How to choose a data logger
There are many different types of data loggers, so choosing a data logger that fits your requirements is essential. This article will help you find the data logger that’s right for you!
When choosing a data logger, there are a few factors to take into consideration:
- What do you want your logger to measure.
- Where your logger will be situated (indoors, outdoors or underwater)
- What type of connectivity do you need (USB, radio, LAN)
- Whether you require any specific features (e.g. probes, measurement range)
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First, identify the loggers which can measure the parameter(s) you will be monitoring.
Data loggers in the Tinytag range measure temperature, relative humidity, CO2, energy, current, voltage and count.
Different data loggers are built for use in different environments. For example, outdoor loggers need to be rugged and weatherproof to cope with adverse conditions.
You will need to select the correct data logger depending on whether it is going to be used:
- indoors in an office environment
- indoors in an industrial environment
- in extreme heat or extreme cold
The Tinytag range offers four types of connection: USB, USB Induction, Radio and LAN.
USB data loggers are used when:
- loggers are intended to be fixed in place for a period of time
- the information does not need to be viewed while it is being recorded
- there is a large number of data loggers (enables efficient offloading)
- monitoring underwater or in wet conditions (in the interest of waterproofing)
Radio and LAN (Ethernet) data loggers automatically send data to a computer system. They are used when:
- data needs to be viewed immediately
- a site has multiple monitoring points
- alarm alerts are required
It is also important to consider whether you have any other requirements when choosing a data logger.
Other features to look out for could include:
- A display for on-site readings
- Measurement range appropriate to your application
- Probes for accessing hard-to-reach areas
- Policy compliance
- Alarm indicators to respond to changes