Technical Support Resources

We will no longer offer support or repairs for Series G potentiostats at the end of 2019. In the interim if any of these instruments returned for repairs are unable to be repaired, we may be able to offer some trade-in value towards a new potentiostat.  Please contact our Sales Department to discuss 'Trade-In' offers available to upgrade to the latest instrument.

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Effective May 1, 2016 we will no longer offer support or repairs on our PCI4 potentiostats.  Please contact our Sales Department to discuss current 'Trade-In' offers available to upgrade to the latest instrument.

FAQs & Trouble Shooting

The information contained here addresses specific issues, frequently asked questions and troubleshooting.  For general hardware specifications/details, go to the relevant section of the individual product pages.  For more detailed information on specific applications, see the Applications Notes section.  For any questions not addressed here, contact one of Gamry's electrochemical experts through the Technical Support Form.

Gamry Troubleshooting your experiment - Step by Step

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Information for New Gamry Users

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Setting up your experiment and running software.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions that customers have about setup and use of our products.

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Troubleshooting

Having a problem during your experiment? Start here for step-by-step troubleshooting instructions.

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Advanced Topics

Special topics that go beyond basic setup and use of our products.

Gamry Framework Help

Gamry Framework

Framework is the basis for the Gamry Software.Learn how to use Framework.

Gamry White Papers

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Updated versions of our top Application Notes. Download now in PDF format.

Electrochemical Techniques Matched to Gamry Potentiostats

Electrochemical Techniques

Download the chart of electrochemical techniques matched to Gamry Interface & Reference Potentiostats.

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Calculators

We have created several calculators to help in you electrochemical research.

Support for Gamry Legacy

Legacy Device Support

Information regarding PC3, PC4, PCI4, FAS 1 & 2, Series G. - Gamry Legacy devices.

TDC4 Port Number Change

Posted by Aaron on September 18, 2012

Step-by-step Instructions for Changing Your TDC4 COM port Number.  Applies to Framework software version 4.35 to 5.XX

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Field Powering Your USB Potentiostat

Posted by Aaron on September 17, 2012

Interface 1000 back panelA number of users bring potentiostats into the field and need a reliable source of short term power for experiments.  All of our USB potentiostats run from 120V AC wall outlets, but with varying power requirements.

An AC power inverter is required to run the potentiostat from automotive or marine batteries.  Gamry has not tested specific inverter products, but generally a unit that can supply 750 watts continuous will be able to run the instrument.  Products by Tripp-Lite, such as those from the POWERVERTER Series are designed for heavy-duty operation connecting directly to an automotive battery.  Marine batteries, however, are designed for deep cycle operation and are better suited for longer use of the potentiostat in the field.  Always use the power transformer block and cable that came with your USB instrument.  Damage could result from connecting any power source directly to the back of the potentiostat.

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What is an Authorization Code?

Posted by Aaron on September 14, 2012

Authorization Codes activate your Gamry Software to work with your potentiostat.  Each of the software packages has a package name (e.g. “DC105” for DC Corrosion Techniques) and a 10-digit Authorization Code that is linked to the serial number of your instrument.

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Should I choose "vs. Eref" or "vs. Eoc" for EIS on coatings?

Posted by Aaron on September 14, 2012

We have seen several examples where a customer has recorded an open circuit voltage of 3, 4, or even 5 volts when running EIS on a coated sample.  The Eoc values that were recorded in these experiments are probably not real Eoc readings.  For very, very good coatings, such as the ones that these researchers were studying, we recommended that the potentiostatic EIS measurement be done at a potential vs. Eref, not vs. Eoc. The Eoc values are often not related to the coating or to the substrate: They are a function of the length of time the potentiostat has been connected to the cell.

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How do I change the current convention of my PHE200 data?

Posted by Aaron on September 14, 2012

Changing the current convention during acquisition (Framework version 4.10 or newer):

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How do I copy and paste graphs and data from Echem Analyst?

Posted by gamry on September 14, 2012

The “Copy to clipboard” button is located on the toolbar of the Chart tab when your data file is displayed in Echem Analyst.  This button gives you the option to copy a Bitmap, Metafile, or raw data directly to the Windows Clipboard.  It can then be pasted into any other program.  The Bitmap option will copy the data as displayed in Echem Analyst, meaning that it will be a replica of the current view of the data complete with any overlays, fits, or modifications of the visual style of the plot.  Using the “As Text (data only)” button will copy the X and Y values of the currently displayed data, fits, and overlays as a table that can be directly pasted into a cell-based spreadsheet application.  By overlaying multiple data files you can use the Copy As Text feature to batch-export a number of data files in one fell swoop.

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Data File and Script Locations

Posted by gamry on September 13, 2012

Locations and descriptions of the file types used by Gamry Software

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OptiEIS: Signal optimization takes too long or chooses wrong range

Posted by Aaron on November 9, 2011

The signal optimization step of the OptiEIS experiments can take (at a minimum) as long as 2 cycles of the minimum frequency entered during setup.  During this step the current measurement range of the potentiostat is selected based on the amplitude of the signal.  The "Max Current" box of the setup screen determines the initial current measurement range used during optimization.  The optimization can take much longer, by multiple attempts at signal optimization, if the Max Current is too low, as it has to switch to the next range up and reattempt.  The best method is to make an educated guess of the maximum current value with some knowledge of the impedance of the sample.

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Using “vs. OCP” for Potentials Set in the Sequence Wizard

Posted by gamry on October 24, 2011

The Sequence Wizard includes steps to produce many of the same experiments that you can access from the main Experiment menu.

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