PicoBNC+™ and Premium Test Leads
3m and 5m Permanent Ground Test Leads
You’ve got the smartest oscilloscope, now have our smart leads. Our premium PicoBNC+™ leads are color-coded so that the color of the lead in the engine bay matches the color of the on-screen waveform in PicoScope Automotive – never again will you waste your time wondering which lead is which.
Our premium leads are fully screened to minimize noise pickup so you can have complete confidence in the signal that you are measuring.
The 3m leads come with fixed 1.5m ground extensions and are designed for working on most cars and small vans. All Pico premium test leads:
- are fully shielded for the complete length of the signal cable
- are color coded BNCs for the scope connections
- have shrouded/stacking banana plugs
These Test Leads are the direct equivalents of the Premium Test Leads (TA125-TA128 for 3m, and TA199-TA202 for 5m). There are some slight changes to the cables and sleeve colouring as part of the manufacturing to fit the new PicoBNC+™ connection.
The new versions are automatically recognised by PicoScope Software when they are connected to the scope. ConnectDetect™ works as before with theses new Test Leads.
Premium Test Leads
The 5 m leads come with fixed 2.5 m ground extensions and are designed for working on larger vehicles.
- 3m or 5m long
- Fully shielded
- Insulated BNC at scope connection
- Shrouded / stacking banana plugs
Why are test leads special?
Oscilloscope test leads might look like any other piece of wire but they are highly engineered to minimise noise and to ensure that the signal that you are acquiring is not distorted.
A special coaxial cable is used to try to ensure that the signal reaches the oscilloscope without modification. A coaxial cable is a thin conductor enclosed in an insulator (with defined characteristics also called a dialectric) which in turn is surrounded by a conductive shield (ground) and the entire cable is insulated. The BNC plug used to connect the cable to the scope has one pin connected to the inner conductor and the shield connection completely encloses it.
Care and feeding
The inner conductor (centre core) is usually very thin (improves performance) and can be damaged if the cable is twisted. Always roll-up and unroll your test leads (and any leads with BNC connectors e.g. scope probes) without twisting them to prolong their life. Don't pull hard on the cables and avoid bending them sharply (small bend radius). If you treat them well, your test leads will reward you with a lifetime of service.