What Features Should A Benchtop Test Chamber Have?
You're probably familiar with tabletop test chambers. These miniature test chambers typically come in a small box, allowing you to perform a variety of small-scale tests. They're great for hobbyists and engineers who want to perform quick tests on small sample volumes. However, benchtop test chambers offer much more functionality. In this blog post, we'll take a look at the differences between benchtop test chambers and tabletop test chambers.
Types of test chambers available.
Test chambers are devices used to measure and test a variety of things, including whether a product or device complies with specific standards.
Test chambers can perform a wide variety of tests to determine the suitability of a product, including:
- Corrosion resistance: Test chambers can test a product's resistance to corrosion and prove whether it meets industry or government regulations for corrosion.
- Humidity: Test chambers can test a product's resistance to humidity and prove whether it meets industry or government regulations for humidity.
- Temperature: Test chambers can test a product's resistance to temperature and prove whether it meets industry or government regulations for temperature.
- Shock resistance: Test chambers can test a product's resistance to shock and prove whether it meets industry or government regulations for shock.
- Thermal cycling: Test chambers can test a product's resistance to thermal cycling and prove whether it meets industry or government regulations for thermal cycling.
- Immersion: Test chambers can test a product's resistance to immersion and prove whether it meets industry or government regulations for immersion.
How to choose the right size chamber for your application.
When you build an ergonomic test chamber, it may increase your application's test time and operating costs. If you build the chamber too large, you will have to buy a higher power device, and you may lose efficiency as a result.
If you build the chamber too small, your application will suffer from insufficient airflow, overheating, and other operational issues. When you choose the size of the chamber to fit your application, you must consider how you intend to use it.
Here are some points to consider:
- Capacity: Your application will determine the capacity you need. Some chambers are designed to test small components, while others can handle large components. Your application's capacity, along with specific features your chamber needs (for example, temperature control), will determine the size you need.
- Power: The chamber's power capacity will also affect the size you need. A chamber with a low wattage capacity will need to be larger because it cannot handle as much power as a larger chamber.
How to choose a test chamber with variable speed control.
When you are choosing a test chamber with variable speed control, there are a few things that you should consider.
One of the most important considerations is the speed range that you need the chamber to cover. You will need to decide what speeds you need to test at and whether you need to cover the entire range or just a subset of it. You will also want to consider the range of motion that the chamber can accommodate. You will need to decide how wide the range of motion is and how much range you need.
Another important consideration is the type of control that the chamber has. You will need to decide whether you need a manual or automatic speed control. Manual speed control is more accurate but can be more difficult to use. Automatic speed control is easier to use but may not be as accurate.
Once you have considered these factors, you can make a decision on which test chamber is best for your needs.
How to choose a benchtop test chamber with heating.
How to choose the benchtop test chamber with heating?
In order to choose the right test chamber, you need to consider the following:
- The size: The size and capacity of the test chamber depend on the application needed. If your application needs testing both platforms and components at the same time, you will need a chamber that is large and with a capacity to handle this operation.
- The insulation: The insulation inside the chamber should be able to withstand high temperatures without the risk of heat escaping when the door is closed. The main insulation material is usually mica, due to its high temperature resistance.
- The color: The color of the chamber also depends on the application. For e-scrap applications, the chambers usually need to be black, to be in line with the UL 950 standard. For testing batteries, usually blue or black color is required.
- The temperature: A test chamber can have different temperatures. The standard temperature is usually 400°C, but chambers with higher temperatures can be required, such as up to 600°C.
How to choose a benchtop test chamber with a humidity chamber.
Humidity chambers are an essential part of laboratory testing - but how do you choose the right one?
There are a few things you should keep in mind when looking for the right humidity chamber for your benchtop test chamber, including:
- Cost and space: The biggest factor that will affect your budget is how much you're willing to spend. Lower-end models can be had for as little as $400; however, these models are not always as efficient or tough as more expensive ones. Conversely, higher-end models can cost upwards of $10,000. If you're going to be using your humidity chamber for serious research and need reliable results, it may be worth spending more for the most reliable model possible.
- Capacity: Another important consideration is how much capacity you need. Most benchtop test chambers allow you to adjust the chamber's humidity levels, allowing you to conduct tests from 10% to 95% humidity. Remember that humidity levels can fluctuate when testing, so it's important to choose a humidity chamber that's large enough to accommodate your needs.
- Durability: Finally, it's important to choose a product that will last you a long time. The last thing you want is to find a cheap humidity chamber that breaks down after a few months; that will only cost you more money in the long run.
The ideal humidity chamber for benchtop testing should have all of the above qualities.