CB-1250 Data Buoy
The CB-1250 offers increased flotation and solar charging for heavy or power-hungry sensors while still maintaining a relatively small footprint.
The platform integrates three 71-watt solar panels on the tower with space for up to four 28 A-Hr batteries in the instrument well.
The stainless steel tower includes a top mounting plate for solar marine lights and radar reflectors. Mounts are also available for weather stations, video cameras and other topside instruments.
A 10-inch diameter by 27 -inch tall data well provides a watertight housing for batteries, data loggers, sensors, and other hardware.
The data well lid provides pass-through connections for sensors, power, venting, and more. When integrated with the optional NexSens X2-CB data logger, the system is truly plug-and-play.
Three 8-inch pass-through ports allow for sensors to be mounted underwater while securely routing the cable. Instrument deployment pipes and custom sensor mounts attach to 8-inch NPT bottom threads.
The optional solar marine light has a one to four nautical mile range and securely mounts to the buoy top plate for maximum visibility.
The X2-CB data logger replaces the standard pass-through data well lid for turnkey systems. Alternatively, 3rd party data loggers can be integrated by the user inside the data well.
Communication options using the X2-CB data logger include Wi-Fi, radio-to-shore, cellular, and Iridium satellite.
Built to Last
Constructed of cross-linked polyethylene foam with a heavy polymer skin and an indestructible stainless steel frame, the CB-1250 is designed for years of service.
- Hull Outer Diameter: 48.0” (121.9cm)
- Hull Height: 28.0” (71.1cm)
- Data Well Inner Diameter: 10.3” (26.2cm)
- Data Well Height: 27.5" (69.9cm)
- Pass-Through Hole Diameter: 8.0" (20.3cm)
- Tower Height: 46.0” (116.8cm)
- Solar Panels: 3x 71-watts
- Weight: 300 lb (136kg)
- Net Buoyancy: 1250 lb (567kg)
- Hull Material: Cross-linked polyethylene foam with polyurea coating & stainless steel deck
- Hardware Material: 316 stainless steel
- Mooring Attachments: 3x 3/4” eyenuts
NexSens data buoys are designed to simplify the connection of a wide variety of measurement sensors for weather, water quality, water current, waves and solar radiation. When combined with NexSens data loggers, these buoy-based sensors display measurement results online that are accessible to project staff and collaborators.
Weather station parameters include air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction and more. Some advanced weather stations also incorporate GPS, tilt, accelerometer & compass sensors. Terrestrial and Underwater PAR sensors measure photosynthetic active radiation.
Water quality sondes measure temperature, conductivity, depth, dissolved oxygen, pH, ORP, total algae (phycocyanin and chlorophyll), turbidity, and fluorescent dissolved organic matter (fDOM). The sondes also output several calculated parameters like salinity, specific conductance, total dissolved solids (TDS) and total suspended solids (TSS).
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