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Reference 3000 With Auxiliary Electrometer

The Reference 3000AE™ with Auxiliary Electrometer,  is a high-performance Potentiostat/Galvanostat/ZRA just like the Reference 3000 but the Reference 3000 AE features eight additional electrometers and is the ideal potentiostat for battery, capacitor, and fuel cell development.

Key features include:

  • Eight additional voltage measurements – Ideal for stack testing
  • Maximum Applied Potential - Up to +/-32V@+/-1.5A or +/-15V@+/-3A
  • EIS - 10 μHz - 1 MHz


System Highlights


The Reference 3000 AE is a high-current, high-performance potentiostat designed for use by battery, fuel cell and supercap researchers.  The additional voltage sensing channels make it especially useful for testing of multiple cells within a stack or measuring auxiliary voltages from devices such as pressure gauges or pH meters.  

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

The Accuracy Contour Plot provides a detailed look at the performance you can expect from your instrument in real-world situations. The results include the cell cable.

Reference3000 ACP limits2


Extended Cable Lengths
Extended length cell cables (1.5 and 3 meter) are also available for your convenience.
Auxiliary Electrometer Cables: The standard Auxiliary Electrometer cables are 90 cm. Extended length cables (1.5 and 3 meter) are available.

More Details

Below are additional details regarding the capabilities of the Reference 3000 AE potentiostat. Each bullet point contains a list of the type of techniques available for the instrument to run.

  • Physical Electrochemistry  - Techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and chronopotentiometry and derivatives of these techniques.  
  • Pulse VoltammetryTechniques such as pulse voltammetry, square wave voltammetry, and associated stripping techniques such as anodic stripping voltammetry.  
  • DC CorrosionRun standard DC corrosion tests such as polarization resistance, potentiodynamic, cyclic polarization, and galvanic corrosion in addition to a number of others.
  • Electrochemical EnergyTest single-cells and stacks of various batteries, fuel cells or supercapacitors. Includes charge, discharge, cyclic charge-discharge techniques, potentiostatic, galvanostatic, self-discharge, leakage rate, and read cell voltage.
  • Electrochemical Signal Analyzer -  Designed specifically for the acquisition and analysis of time-dependent electrochemical noise signals. Cell voltage and current are continuously monitored at rates from 0.1 Hz to 1 kHz. A full featured set of analysis tools provides powerful analysis features such as statistical analysis, detrending, impedance spectra, and histogram analysis.
  • Electrochemical Frequency ModulationA non-destructive corrosion rate measurement technique. It allows for measurement of the corrosion rate without prior knowledge of the Tafel constants. In addition, the technique determines the Tafel constants and provides 2 internal validity checks.
  • Critical Pitting Temperaturecontrols a Gamry Potentiostat, TDC5 Temperature Controller, and associated accessories to automatically measure the Critical Pitting Temperature of a material.
  • Electrochemical NoiseA more general form of electrochemical noise testing. It is also an IMx8 Multiplexer compatible electrochemical noise software package. 
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopyincludes experimental scripts for potentiostatic, galvanostatic and hybrid impedance spectroscopy experiments in addition to single frequency techniques like Mott-Schottky. We also have our unique power-leveling multisine technique that improves signal-to-noise across the spectrum. On the analysis side, it provides tools for fitting spectra to equivalent circuit models, Kramers-Kronig transform for data validation and a graphical model editor. Our software even includes a script for EIS simulation.
  • eChemDC Toolkitcontains all of the capabilities of the eChemBasic and further extends these capabilities by adding advanced signals and data acquisition modes to simplify implementing experiments like cyclic voltammetry, pulse voltammetry, and dynamic DC corrosion techniques. Also includes more advanced stop tests, particularly useful in fast experiments.
  • eChemAC - Includes full capabilities of eChemDC Toolkit plus allows electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and EFM experiments.

Other features

  • 2, 3, and 4 electrode measurements
  • Electrical Isolation
    • Floating instrument: use with autoclaves, mechanical stress apparatus, or pipeline probes.
  • Built-In EIS
    • On-board DDS to perform EIS from 10 µHz to 1 MHz. 
  • DSP (Digital Signal Processing) Mode
    • Oversamples for improved signal-to-noise and accurate capacitance measurements.
  • Current Interrupt and Positive Feedback iR Compensation
    • Gamry potentiostats and their controlling software use control loop algorithms to accurately measure and correct for uncompensated resistance.
  • Auxiliary I/O
    • Control additional equipment via additional I/O interfaces: external signal input, analog voltage output, analog current output, auxiliary A/D input, and digital I/O connector.
  • Warranty
    • Protected by 2-year factory service warranty.




The Reference 3000 and Reference 3000 AE share the same owner's manual and brochure. You can download both of those below.

Reference 3000AE Part 992-00121 / 992-121



Potentiostat Yes
Galvanostat Yes
Zero Resistance Ammeter Yes
Floating (Isolated from Earth Ground)  Yes
Cell Connections 2, 3, 4 5 or 21+
Maximum Current ±3 A or ±1.5 A @ 32V
Current Ranges 11 (300 pA – 3 A)
Current Ranges
(including internal gain)
Minimum Current Resolution 92 aA
Maximum Applied Potential ±32 V
Rise Time <250 ns
Minimum Time Base 3.333 μs
Noise and Ripple (typical) <2 μV rms
Weight 7 kg
Dimensions 20 (W) x 23 (H) x 30 (D) cm


Compliance Voltage ±32 V
Output Current >±3 A
Speed Settings 5
Unity Gain Bandwidth 1100, 330, 50, 5.0, 0.5 kHz


EIS 10 μHz - 1 MHz
EIS Accuracy See Accuracy
Contour Plot
Voltage AC Amplitude 3 V maximum
Current AC Amplitude 3 A maximum


Input Impedance >1014 Ω || <0.2 pF
Input Current (typical) <6 pA
Bandwidth >15 MHz at - 3 dB
CMRR >80 dB (100 kHz)
>60 dB (1 MHz)


Applied Accuracy    ±1 mV ±0.2% of setting
Applied Resolution 12.5 μV, 50 μV, 200 μV/bit
Measured Accuracy ±1 mV ±0.2% of reading
Measured Resolution High-Resolution Electrometer:
400 μV, 100 μV, 10 μV, 1 μV/bit
High Voltage Electrometer:
1.6 mV, 400 μV, 40 μV, 4 μV/bit


Applied/Measured Accuracy ±5 pA ± 0.05% of range
±0.2% of value (3 A - 3 nA)
or 0.5% of value (300 pA)
Applied/Measured Resolution 0.0033% full-scale/bit
Bandwidth >10 MHz (3 A - 3 mA)
>0.15 MHz (30 μA)



Unique combination of properties that aren't possible with competitive instruments

Rating: 5.0 5 Out of 5 Stars

Organization: Stanley Black & Decker

Application Area: Li-ion Batteries

"Great results, accuracy, and programmability. Also, good customer support and application notes. Unique ability to pair with booster 30K to increase current and voltage compliance. I also plan to use the high frequency AC at high amplitude which is not available with other instruments."

Great instruments. I only choose Gamry.

Rating: 5.0 5 Out of 5 Stars

Organization: University of Canterbury

Application Area: Electrochemical energy tech, batteries, electrolysers

"I love the Gamry instruments. I have brought 7 over the last few years. They are easy to use, data is easy to export and have excellent support. Particularly like Aux inputs and outputs. Use some of these to record cell voltages and CE - ref potential. Aux output used to control shutter for photo echem setup. Highly recommended!"


Rating: 4.3 4.3 Out of 5 Stars

Organization: Sungkyunkwan University

Application Area: Electrochemical measurements for energy conversion devices

"It is easy to use and the data is quite reproducible"

Highly recommend to use for CV and EIS technique.

Rating: 5.0 5 Out of 5 Stars

Organization: University of Toledo

Application Area: The stability of SAM on surface sensor

"This machine always gives me the consistent results. Moreover, the customer service is the best because they can fix my problems with the machine within a day. I totally recommend this product to everyone who is working with CV and EIS technique."

Good results, and interface

Rating: 4.7 4.7 Out of 5 Stars

Organization: Hacettepe University

Application Area: Analyses of energy storage capability

"Highly accurate and fast results. Good EIS fitting and costumizable interface"

Great results.

Rating: 5.0 5 Out of 5 Stars

Organization: Quebec metallurgy center

Application Area: Corrosion

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Great for quick results.

Rating: 4.0 4 Out of 5 Stars

Organization: HyCentA Research GmbH

Application Area: Analyze alkaline electrolyzer cells

"A great device to quickly run standardized tests. For independent high level results, you'll need to get used to the special handling of Gamry software."

Very useful for lab scale battery testing!

Rating: 4.0 4 Out of 5 Stars

Organization: DFI

Application Area: Flow battery testing

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