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Ag/AgCl Reference Electrodes

Product Summary

Ag/AgCl electrodes have long been recognized for their superior stability in sensing bioelectric signals.

  • Low offset potential
  • Stable irrespective of the direction of current flow
  • Inexpensive and convenient
  • Easy to use when compared with standard hydrogen or saturated calomel electrodes

The electrochemical properties of Ag/AgCl are such that recorded biopotential waveforms are faithfully reproduced.

The main feature making Ag/AgCl electrodes superior to other metals is their low offset potential. The large offset potential generated by other metal electrodes in a biomedical situation may be unstable, non-linear or unpredictable. Long-term changes in offset potential can appear as baseline drift and short term changes can be seen as increased noise.

By comparison, Ag/AgCl electrodes introduce minimal offsets. As the AgCl is ionized, Cl ions from the electrode are exchanged for similar ions in the tissue or electrolyte. Under these conditions AgCl is stable regardless of the direction of current flow.

Ag/AgCl electrodes are available in several standard configurations and custom configurations are available upon request.

Electrode Dimensions Model Order No.
0.187 x 1 in (OD x L) male Luer fitting
2 x 2 mm (D x L) Ag/AgCl pellet, epoxy embedded in Delrin sleeve
6 ft. L flexible wire, unterminated
REF-1L 64-1301
0.187 x 1 in (OD x L) male Luer fitting
2 x 2 mm (D x L) Ag/AgCl pellet, epoxy embedded in Delrin sleeve
2 mm pin
REF-2L 64-1302
0.187 x 1 in (OD x L) male Luer fitting
2 x 2 mm (D x L) Ag/AgCl pellet, epoxy embedded in Delrin sleeve
2 mm jack
REF-3L 64-1303

Order No. Model No. Product Description USA Price Order
64-1301 REF-1L Reference cell, 2 x 2 mm Ag/AgCl pellet, 6 ft lead Login Login
64-1302 REF-2L Reference cell, potted, P-1 pellet and 2 mm pin Login Login
64-1303 REF-3L Reference cell, potted, P-1 pellet and 2 mm jack Login Login

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