CB-50 Data Buoy
The CB-50 data buoy is an ultra-portable real-time system for short-term or seasonal monitoring of dredging projects, industrial spills, natural disasters, and other emergency response situations.
With an overall 18-inch diameter by 37.5-inch height, the CB-50 can be deployed quickly and easily from a small boat. Fully configured systems typically weigh around 50 lbs.
A removable topside foam tower protects the electronics, supports solar marine lights, and offers a convenient lifting point via (3) 5/8” eyenuts.
The 5.5” ID center hole is designed to securely house X2-SDL data loggers. Empty canisters are also available for user-supplied electronics.
The X2-SDL is configured with three sensor ports for connection to industry standard communication protocols including SDI-12, RS-485 and RS-232.
An optional instrument cage provides a secure mounting location for water quality sensors, multi-parameter sondes, depth sonar and more.
The optional solar marine light has a one to three nautical mile range and securely mounts to the buoy top plate for maximum visibility.
The CB-50 data buoy is designed to accommodate the X2-SDL submersible data logging system, which includes integrated power supply and optional wireless telemetry.
The X2-SDL data logger is available with radio-to-shore, cellular and Iridium satellite communications. An integrated antenna mounts securely beneath the tower.
Built to Last
Constructed of cross-linked polyethylene foam with a heavy polymer skin and an indestructible stainless steel frame, the CB-50 is designed for years of service.
- Hull Dimensions: 20" (50.80cm) outside diameter; 12" (30.48cm) tall
- Tower Dimensions: 13" (33.02cm) outside diameter; 10" (25.40cm) tall
- Center Hole Dimension: 5.5" (13.97cm) inside diameter
- Weight: 35 lbs. (no payload); 50 lbs. (with data logger & solar marine light)
- Buoyancy: 50 lbs.
- Hull Material: Cross-linked polyethylene foam with polyurea coating & stainless steel deck
- Hardware Material: 316 stainless steel
- Mooring Attachments: 1 point, 3/4" eyenut
The CB-50 is light enough to ship in a box rather than on a pallet, which significantly reduces freight costs. It also deploys easily, as no large boat or crew is necessary. Once deployed, relocating the system is as easy as lifting the anchor, moving to the appropriate location, and dropping the anchor.
Instead of using solar charging, the CB-50 buoy supports the X2-SDL Submersible Data Logger that is powered by sixteen user-replaceable D-cell alkaline batteries. When outfitted with wireless telemetry, the data logger transmits battery voltage as a diagnostic parameter to take the guesswork out of battery replacement frequcency (typically necessary every several months). The integrated X2-SDL submersible data logger is compatible with most water sensors on the market, making it a very flexible platform for short-term, portable, and even seasonal projects.
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