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CR5000 Measurement and Control Datalogger
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Note: Although the CR5000 is a retired product, the same performance can be achieved using a CR6 Measurement and Control Datalogger with a CDM-A116 (16-Channel 5 V Analog Input Module)

The CR5000 is a rugged, high-performance data-acquisition system with built-in keyboard, graphics display, and PCMCIA card slot. It combines 16-bit resolution with a maximum throughput of 5000 measurements per second. It has many input channels and can measure a large number of sensors. This makes the CR5000 a key part of automotive, structural, and high-speed environmental applications.

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Benefits and Features

  • High throughput makes the CR5000 a powerful tool for demanding configurations.
  • Ideal applications include eddy covariance, Bowen ratio, weather stations, vehicle testing, HVAC, process monitoring and control, structural or fatigue analysis, machinery testing, energy management and conservation
  • Integrated keyboard and display screen let you program, manually initiate data transfers, and view data, all on site.
  • Integrated PCMCIA slot accepts memory cards up to 2 GB for stand-alone data collecting.
  • Includes a current excitation channel allowing direct connection of PRTs or other sensors that use a current excitation
  • Compatible with channel expansion peripherals allowing you to expand your system
  • Gas Discharge Tube (GDT) protected inputs
  • Battery-backed clock that ensures accurate time is maintained while data logger is disconnected from battery power
  • Collects and stores data and controls peripherals as the brain of your system



-NOTE- Note: Additional specifications are listed in the CR5000 Specifications Sheet.
Maximum Scan Rate 1667 Hz
Analog Inputs 40 single-ended or 20 differential individually configured
Pulse Counters 2
Switched Excitation Channels 4 voltage, 4 current
Continuous Analog Outputs 2
Digital Ports 1 SDM and 8 I/Os (Certain digital ports can be used to count switch closures.)
Communication Ports 1 CS I/O, 1 RS-232
Switched 12 Volt 1
Input Voltage Range ±5 Vdc
Analog Voltage Accuracy ±0.05% FSR (0° to 40°C)
Analog Resolution 0.33 µV
A/D Bits 16
Standard Temperature Range -25° to +50°C
The rechargeable battery base has a different temperature range (-40° to +60°C).
Extended Temperature Range -55° to +85°C
The rechargeable battery base has a different temperature range (-40° to +60°C).
  • 28 kB (program)
  • 2 MB (data storage)
Power Requirements 11 to 16 Vdc
Typical Current Drain
  • 1.5 mA (sleep mode)
  • 4.5 mA (1 Hz sample rate)
  • 200 mA (5 kHz sample rate)
Protocols Supported SDI-12, SDM
CE Compliance Standards to which Conformity Is Declared IEC61326:2002
Warranty 3 years
  • 24.4 x 21.0 x 7.4 cm (9.8 x 8.3 x 2.9 in.) with low-profile base
  • 24.4 x 21.0 x 11.4 cm (9.8 x 8.3 x 4.5 in.) with rechargeable battery base
  • 2.0 kg (4.5 lb) with low-profile base
  • 5.5 kg (12.2 lb) with rechargeable battery base


Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.


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With several channel types, the CR5000 is compatible with nearly every available sensor, including thermocouples, SDI-12 sensors, and 4 to 20 mA sensors.

Measurement & Control Peripherals

The CR5000 is compatible with our multiplexers, vibrating-wire interfaces, terminal input modules, relays, and most of our SDMs. 


The CR5000 communicates with a PC via direct connect, NL100 Ethernet interface, multidrop modems, short-haul modems, phone modems (land line and digital cellular), RF telemetry, and GOES satellite transmitter. Data can be viewed on its on-board keyboard display.

Storage capacity can be increased by using a PC or CompactFlash card. The CR5000's PCMCIA card slot supports one Type I, Type II, or Type III PC Card or the CF1 adapter and one CompactFlash (CF) card.

The storage capacity of Type II cards exceeds 1 GB. Type III cards provide data storage capacities exceeding 1 GB but may not be suitable for all environments. Campbell Scientific offers CF cards that store up to 2 GB of data. Please note that the PCMCIA and CompactFlash cards need to be industrial-grade and have a storage capacity of 2 GB or less.

Power Supplies

The CR5000 is often powered by its on-board rechargeable power supply (see Ordering Info). When the rechargeable power supply is used, its internal 7-Ahr sealed rechargeable battery needs be charged via a vehicle (requires the DCDC18R), solar panel, or ac wall charger.

The CR5000 can also come with a low-profile base that requires a user-supplied dc source. It is preferred when the system’s power consumption needs a larger capacity battery or when it’s advantageous to have a thinner, lighter data logger.


CRBasic, the CR5000's full programming language, supports simple or complex programming and many onboard data reduction processes.


CR5000 OS v.7 (3.0 MB) 26-02-2014

Current Operating System, Compiler and CR5000 support files for the CRBasic Editor. Requires the Device Configuration Utility, LoggerNet or RTDAQ to upload.

Use of this file will update the datalogger support files for the CRBasic Editor included in LoggerNet and RTDAQ.

Note: If the current Operating System on a CR5000 is version 2.1 or earlier (and no higher OS version has been loaded in the past) then it is necessary to load the "intermediate.obj" OS (included with this download) onto the CR5000 first before installing the Std7 OS (CR5000.Std.07.obj).

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Device Configuration Utility v.2.22 (42.3 MB) 12-09-2019

A software utility used to download operating systems and set up Campbell Scientific hardware. Also will update PakBus Graph and the Network Planner if they have been installed previously by another Campbell Scientific software package.

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 (Both 32 and 64 bit)

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  1. No. The CR5000 has a precision current excitation terminal. An RTD can be measured using a single precision current excitation terminal and one differential analog input terminal. 

  2. Yes, as long as the equivalent bridge resistance is not so low as to exceed the current that can be sourced by an excitation channel.

  3. No. This is not possible because the CR5000 is not compatible with PakBus networking.

  4. It depends on the nature of the sensor output. The CR5000 has 20 differential analog inputs or 40 single-ended analog inputs.

  5. If a connection can be made to the CR5000 via the RF radio using LoggerNet, the radio is connected to the CR5000.

  6. If the file is a TOB1 or TOA5 file format, use the File Format Convert utility to create smaller files, based on time. The File Format Convert utility is part of LoggerNet and is located here: Start | All Programs | Campbell Scientific | LoggerNet | Utilities | File Format Convert.