Using NexSens Electronics in CB-Series Data Buoys
Although users may provide their own electronics, including data loggers, modems, and batteries, many CB-Series data buoys are delivered as complete, plug-and-play system packages with a NexSens data logger as the central component of the system.
NexSens offers four different data logging systems for buoy deployment, all of which are based on the central processing unit of the X2 environmental data logger:
- X2-SDL Submersible Data Logger – fully submersible unit designed for standalone operation or installed in the CB-50 platform
- X2-SDLMC Submersible Data Logger – fully submersible unit with topside wet-mate sensor connectors for standalone operation or installed in the CB-25 platform
- X2-CB Buoy-Mounted Data Logger – waterproof, lid-mounted package for integration on CB-Series data buoys with data well and solar charging (model CB-150 and larger)
- X2-CBMC Buoy-Mounted Data Logger – lid-mounted package with wet-mate connectors for use on CB-Series data buoys in challenging environments such as offshore, typical on model CB-650 and larger
Reference the Data Loggers section of the NexSens Knowledge Base for resources including Quick Start and User Guides to install, configure and operate NexSens data logger electronics with CB-Series data buoys. Data logger user guides include detailed instructions on interfacing with sensors and setting up transmission of data to the WQData LIVE web datacenter.
X2-SDL and X2-SDLMC data loggers rely on internal batteries to supply power. X2-CB and X2-CBMC data loggers are designed for use on CB-Series data buoys with solar charging (model CB-150 and larger). These buoys have a data well for installation of battery packs, and the data logger serves as the top plate to provide a waterproof seal on the data well.
NexSens offers two standard types of battery harnesses, which include sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries, solar regulator, mounting bracket and data logger connection cable pigtail (UW-6 connector):
- CB-A01-2 – contains two 8.5 A-hr batteries (CB-150 only)
- CB-A05-x – contains one to four 28 A-Hr batteries (depending on buoy capacity – see table below)
The following table shows what battery harness models each CB-Series data buoy model has capacity for in the data well. However, what model is selected should be based on a complete power budget analysis that includes system power demand, solar charge capacity (panel size) and available sunlight based on deployment location to aid in determining how much reserve battery power is needed.
See CB-Series Buoy Battery Capacities for additional relevant specifications and capacity information for the battery harnesses.
NexSens battery harnesses are typically shipped pre-installed in CB-Series data buoys. However, in cases where batteries need to be installed or replaced, detailed instructions can be found here.
Many optional accessories are available for CB-Series data buoys with NexSens electronics. In some cases, certain accessories are strongly recommended, such as the addition of sacrificial zinc anodes for use in saltwater. The table below lists the most common accessories with explanation of when each should be used.
In addition to accessories, a list of available top-side and subsurface sensor mounts is available here.
|Part (link)||Description||Use Cases|
|M550-F-Y||Solar marine light with flange mount & 1-3 nautical mile range, 15 flashes per minute, yellow||For nighttime visibility on CB-150, CB-250 and CB-450 buoys|
|M650H-Y||Solar marine light with 4 nautical mile range, 15 flashes per minute, yellow||For nighttime visibility on CB-650, CB-950 and CB-1250 buoys|
|CB-RR||Radar reflector for CB-Series data buoys||For visibility on ship radar screens, mounts to CB-650, CB-950 and CB-1250 buoys|
|CB-CCA||Cage anti-rotation collar for CB-Series data buoys||For strengthening connection of instrument cage on CB-150, CB-250 and CB-450 buoys (included with CB-650 and larger)|
|CB-ZA||Sacrificial zinc anode for CB-Series data buoys||For protection of stainless steel frame when used in saltwater, recommended two per buoy, requires periodic replacement|
|CB-PW-AC-30W||Battery float charger for CB-A01-2 battery harness, UW 6-pin plug to AC adapter, 30W||For charging CB-A01-2 battery pack without opening the buoy data well|
|CB-PW-AC-60W||Battery float charger for CB-A05-X battery harness, UW 6-pin plug to AC adapter, 60W||For charging CB-A05-X battery pack without opening the buoy data well|
|BALxx||Ballast weight for CB-Series data buoys, 25 – 150 lb. (11.3 – 68 kg)||For adding counter-ballast to buoys, see recommended ballast weights by buoy model|
|91xM||Deployment pipe assembly with stop bolt & threaded male adapter, schedule 80 PVC, 32″ length||For secure, near-surface instrument deployment with topside access for maintenance|
Creating a Parts List
To obtain a complete parts list including recommended accessories and pricing for a CB-Series system based on the above components, fill out and submit the NexSens Buoy Configurator form.