ZL6 Basic Data Logger
Back to basics data logger
Our customers love our flagship ZL6 data logger paired with ZENTRA Cloud for easy, full-time access to near-real-time data from anywhere in the world. But if cost is more important than connectivity, and you need an ultra-robust, entry-level data logger that is easy to set up and practically maintenance free, you’ll love the ZL6 Basic—a powerful, all-in-one solution that’s as effortless to set up as it is to use.
Low cost—high performance
The ZL6 Basic is a no-frills, self-contained data logger built to power, read, and log data from six plug and play sensors, which means no programming is necessary. With the ZL6 Basic data logger, you download data via Bluetooth to an app on your smartphone where it can be uploaded to the cloud. Or you can download data via USB. It works best for researchers who have no cell coverage or don’t need continuous data visualization.
Uncomplicated. Almost unbreakable.
We engineered the ZL6 Basic data logger to be extremely robust and low maintenance, so you can almost forget about your data logger completely. It’s powered by six alkaline batteries that last up to two years (1 year with ATMOS 41). An IP56-rated enclosure designed for shedding rain makes sure water doesn’t get in. And we’ve added fully round clasps and hinges that won’t break. Cable-free Bluetooth connect makes bringing your computer to the field an unhappy memory. Add on an optional cable security kit to ensure sensor cables don’t get yanked out.
Plug sensors in and walk away
The ZL6 Basic data logger requires little setup. Just plug sensors in and the logger starts storing hourly averages of sensor readings. Bluetooth makes it easy to check the settings ensuring everything is just right. It connects up to six METER sensors, so you can monitor different parameters, such as weather, soil moisture, and soil water potential, all at the same time, giving you deeper insight.
Data—there when you need it
User-driven data storage on the cloud allows you to share data with everyone on the project. No more trying to chase down the person who downloaded the data on an unknown hard drive. For automatic data transfer to the cloud, use the ZL6 data logger.
A powerful workhorse that doesn’t quit
With the ZL6 Basic, you and your team can focus on data. Not distractions. Low-cost, robust, simple to set up, and easy-to-use, the ZL6 Basic data logger is a dependable workhorse that delivers year after year. It provides the critical data you need to understand the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, so you’ll never miss an important insight.
With an optional subscription, ZL6 Basic users can access all of ZENTRA Cloud's powerful graphing and visualization tools.
ZL6 loggers are part of a complete system of products designed to reduce your workload. People often buy these complementary products.
|Sensor logging interval|
ZL6 Basic: 60 min (average or accumulation of 60, 1-min sensor readings)
|Logger reporting interval|
ZL6 Basic: None
ZL6 Basic: Synchronize with ZENTRA Utility or ZENTRA Utility Mobile
Standard USB cable, USB A to micro-USB B
|Cellular communication (ZL6 and ZL6 Pro)|
Bluetooth 5.2 supporting Bluetooth Low Energy protocol
|GPS communication (ZL6 and ZL6 Pro)|
Type: Integrated 56-channel GPS/QZSS receiver
Length: 14.9 cm (5.9 in)
Weather-, impact-, and UV-resistant polymer
IP56, NEMA 3R
Hinged door with latches and eyelets for lock or zip tie
|Sensor input ports|
6 (supports METER analog, digital, or pulse sensors)
|Sensor port type|
3.5-mm stereo plug connector
Nonvolatile flash, full data retention with loss of power
ZL6 Basic: 2 MB (20,000 to 30,000 records depending on configuration)
ZL6 Basic: 6 AA alkaline batteries
Alkaline: 3–12 months depending on configuration
|Operating temperature range|
Minimum: –40 °C
Manufactured under ISO 9001:2015
California requires the following notice:
⚠️ WARNING: This product may contain chemicals including ethylene glycol, lead, nickel, styrene and cadmium, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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Have a question? Our team is ready to help!
We manufacture, test, calibrate, and repair every instrument in-house. Our scientists and technicians use the instruments every day in our product testing lab. No matter what your question is, we have someone who can help you answer it.
Phone US: +1 509-332-5600
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