AUTOMOTIVE OSCILLOSCOPES

Pico Technology is the market leader in PC-based oscilloscopes and dataloggers: our award-winning PicoScopes are used by more than 20 of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers to improve quality and reduce cost. With PicoScopes you can get an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, NVH analyzer, or even a tester for engine compression and the battery/starter/charging system. We have a long history of adding new features through free software upgrades, so your PicoScope just keeps getting better. (PicoScope 4425A)

A PicoScope (sometimes known as a labscope) turns your laptop or desktop PC into a powerful diagnostic tool. Think of it as the X-ray machine of diagnostics, letting you see the changing signals inside wires. You can purchase a PicoScope on its own, but most people purchase one of our award-winning Automotive Diagnostics Kits. These money-saving kits contain everything you need – just add a PC.

PicoScope 4225A & 4425A oscilloscopes, provides you with: 

  • Channel status lights to show you which probes and channels to connect and their status when you load a data file or guided test
  • Smart probe interfacing so that all your probe configuration takes place in the software – no more incorrect probe switch positions!
  • Powered probes that are always on and ready to go – no more flat batteries, current clamp zeroing, or auto-off!
  • Future-proofing of your diagnostic capabilities as we develop new probe technologies.
  • Full backwards-compatibility with BNC for all your existing PicoScope or third-party probes

All our automotive PicoScopes have the features that have already helped technicians around the world with vehicle diagnostics:

  • 400 M samples/second and 20 MHz bandwidth to make sure you can test the latest vehicles such as those with high-speed FlexRay or CAN-FD networks
  • 12-bit (16-bit enhanced) resolution – your waveforms in high definition
  • 250 M sample memory for long-duration captures; ideal when you are trying to diagnose intermittent faults
  • USB 3.0 data transfer speeds and power, providing you with high performance and portability

Why do you need a PicoScope?

Could you use a scan tool instead of a labscope? No, you need both.

A scan tool only points you in the right direction, perhaps indicating a misfire on a specific cylinder, but rarely does it pinpoint a fault. For example, is the misfire caused by an ignition, injector, or a compression-related issue? Reliance on a scan tool alone can lead you to “parts darts” where you might find yourself replacing more and more parts until the fault goes away.

Instead, a PicoScope helps you:

scan tool or oscilloscope

  • Eliminate guesswork and test individual components before replacing them.
  • Find troublesome intermittent faults.
  • Investigate vehicle problems when there are no, multiple, or misleading fault codes.
  • Diagnose charging and starting faults.
  • Trace problems with actuators that are not monitored by the ECU, such as motors and injectors.
  • Identify mechanical problems such as compression and slipped / incorrectly fitted timing belts.
  • Prove the source of an NVH problem
  • Report your objective findings back to your managers and customers

As a technician, a PicoScope brings you faster, more efficient diagnostics and a clear understanding of the vehicle’s workings.

Key specifications at a glance
Model
PicoScope 4225A
PicoScope 4425A
Channels24
Bandwidth20 MHz
Resolution12 bits (16 bits enhanced)
Sampling rate400 MS/s
Buffer memory250 M samples
Input ranges (full scale)±50 mV to ±200 V in 12 ranges
Software suppliedPicoScope®, PicoDiagnostics®
Language supportChinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
PC and power requirementsDesktop or laptop running Windows 10 recommended
Powered from PC USB port (USB 3.0 / 3.1 recommended; USB 2.0 compatible).
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PicoScope Automotive oscilloscopes

Our PicoScope 4225A and 4425A automotive oscilloscopes come loaded with exciting new features, courtesy of our new, unique, PicoBNC+® interface. What is even better is that it works with all your existing BNC accessories to preserve your existing investments. With PicoBNC+ accessories you enjoy the full benefits of the new 4425A.

  • Channel status lights
  • Smart probe interfacing
  • Powered probes

Channel status lights

The channel status lights help you to quickly and confidently set up your PicoScope by showing you which probes and channels to connect and their status.

Smart probe interfacing

Our PicoBNC+® smart probe interface allows compatible probes to be recognized and set up entirely within the software. PicoBNC+ removes the possibility of incorrect hardware settings and ensures that your waveform capture is as intended.

With a 4225A or 4425A diagnostic oscilloscope, you can capitalize on future PicoBNC+ probe developments and remain at the cutting edge of diagnostics.

Backward compatibility 

As well as full compatibility with your existing PicoScope or third-party BNC probes, this new generation of labscopes retain the tried and trusted features of our previous, award-winning, generation of scopes, such as:

  • Floating inputs for non-grounded measurements and voltage drop tests
  • 200 V input range
  • ConnectDetect® to ensure you have a good connection
  • Hardware filters and frequency measurement
  • USB 3.0 connected and powered

Floating inputs

Floating input channels are a unique new technology that allows safe, low-noise measurements even in situations where none of the inputs are grounded.  

Floating inputs allow a single input to perform voltage drop tests (for example, along the battery to starter motor cable) and measurements on non-grounded signals like hybrid electric motor drives. With floating inputs the maximum allowable voltage difference between any two channel grounds is 30 V.

The inputs can measure up to 200 V. A key benefit is that external attenuators are not needed for measuring injector voltages. 

Remember: on a floating-input scope, grounding one input does not ground all the others. You must provide signal and return connections for each input that you are using.

USB 3.0 for power, speed and simplicity

As with our previous generations of PicoScope oscilloscopes, no external power supply is required and there are no batteries to go flat, just a simple reliable connection to the USB port.

The PicoScope 4225 and 4425 have the latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port to interface to your PC. Don’t worry if your PC only has USB 2.0 ports – the PicoScopes are fully compatible with these too. If you have USB 3.0 on your PC you will notice slightly faster screen update rates, faster file saving and USB streaming. As more of our customers move to PCs with USB 3.0, free software updates will ensure that you get the full benefits available from the new standard.

Our unique fast USB streaming allows continuous gap-free data to be collected straight to PC memory. This makes features like our cylinder balance, battery test and (optional) NVH tests possible. It also allows the oscilloscope to display live, real-time data without waiting for the screen to refresh.

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  • Channel status lights to show you which probes and channels to connect and their status when you load a data file or guided test
  • Smart probe interfacing so that all your probe configuration takes place in the software – no more incorrect probe switch positions!
  • Powered probes that are always on and ready to go – no more flat batteries, current clamp zeroing, or auto-off!
  • Future-proofing of your diagnostic capabilities as we develop new probe technologies.
  • Full backwards-compatibility with BNC for all your existing PicoScope or third-party probes

All our automotive PicoScopes have the features that have already helped technicians around the world with vehicle diagnostics:

  • 400 M samples/second and 20 MHz bandwidth to make sure you can test the latest vehicles such as those with high-speed FlexRay or CAN-FD networks
  • 12-bit (16-bit enhanced) resolution – your waveforms in high definition
  • 250 M sample memory for long-duration captures; ideal when you are trying to diagnose intermittent faults
  • USB 3.0 data transfer speeds and power, providing you with high performance and portability

PicoScope 4425A 4-channel Starter Kit in case content

4

BNC+ Premium test leads

2

Flexible back pinning probe(red)

2

Small crocodile/gator clip(black)

2

Small crocodile/gator clip(red)

2

Flexible back pinning probe(black)

1

USB cable 1.8m

1

Multimeter probe (black)

1

Multimeter probe (red)

2

Battery clip(black)

1

Battery clip(red)

PicoScope 4425A 4-channel Standard Kit in case content

1

60 A AC/DC BNC+ current clamp

1

2000 A AC/DC BNC+ current clamp

1

Standard (ATC) fuse extension lead

1

Mini (ATC) fuse extension lead

1

BNC+ 10:1 scope lead

2

BNC+ Secondary ignition pickup

4

Flexible backpinning probe (red)

4

Flexible back pinning probe (black)

2

 Multimeter probe (black)

2

Multimeter probe (red)

2

Small crocodile/gator clip (red)

2

Battery Clip (Red)

4

Shrouded to Unshrouded Adapter (red)

2

HT extension test lead

1

USB cable 1.8m

1

S-hook

4

BNC+ Premium test leads

2

Small crocodile/gator clip (black)

1

BNC+ COP and signal probe

2

Battery Clip (black)

1

Backpinning probe set

1

Carry case

PicoScope 4425A 4-channel Advanced Kit in case content

1

60 A AC/DC BNC+ current clamp

1

2000 A AC/DC BNC+ current clamp

1

2 pin breakout lead

1

Maxi fuse breakout

1

J-case fuse breakout

1

Premium 6-way breakout lead set

1

Standard (ATC) fuse extension lead

1

Mini (ATC) fuse extension lead

1

BNC+ COP and signal probe

1

BNC+ resistance test lead

4

Flexible backpinning probe (red)

4

Flexible backpinning probe (black)

2

Multimeter probe (black)

2

Multimeter probe (red)

2

Small crocodile/gator clip (red)

1

Large dolphin/gator clip (black)

2

Battery Clip (Red)

2

Battery Clip (black)

1

Ultrasonic Parking Sensor Detector

2

S-hook

1

USB cable 1.8m

1

4.5m USB cable

1

BNC+ temperature probe

1

Backpinning probe set

4

BNC+ Premium test leads

2

Small crocodile/gator clip (black)

1

Breakout Lead 2 pin ACS

1

Large dolphin/gator clip (red)

4

BNC+ Secondary ignition pickup

4

Shrouded to Unshrouded Adapter (red)

4

HT Extension lead

1

Carry case

2

BNC+ 10:1 scope leads

 

 

PicoScope Electric vehicle Kit
  • This exciting new kit has been designed to provide the essential measurement tools you will need for both high and low voltage systems, including insulation testing and safety testing. It is based on the market-leading PicoScope 4425A with PicoBNC+® technology and is supported by brand new EV Guided tests in the PicoScope 7 Automotive software.
  • What’s included in the Kit?
  • PicoScope 4425A with PicoBNC+
  • 3 x PicoBNC+ 2000A current clamps
  • 4 x PicoBNC+ Premium test leads
  • Active HV differential probe
  • PicoBNC+ x10 scope probe
  • PicoBNC+ Resistance lead
  • PicoBNC+ COP probe
  • PicoBNC+ 60 A clamp
  • Pico Insulation tester with PC link
  • Pico Two-pole voltage tester for 0 V potential
  • You can buy a PicoScope with the confidence that your investment will handle a varied workload today and in the future. Stay ahead of your competition with PicoScope and improve your customer’s satisfaction and workshop throughput.
Electric vehicle testing
  • The importance of Electric Vehicle (EV) is clearly evident as part of the drive towards better use of clean and renewable energy and the reduction of harmful emissions and particulates. EV is now discussed so widely, and the investment in increasing EV deployment is so great, that every workshop has to be aware of the increased need to handle EVs. Pico is working with our partners and customers to ensure that workshops can be as safe, efficient and effective working with EV as they are with Internal Combustion Engines (ICE).
  • In this section, you can find information about our PicoScope 4425A Electric Vehicle (EV) kit. It is designed to cover all vehicle types and powertrains and to provide workshops with a future-proof system that covers vehicles with high-voltage batteries and motor systems.
  • This PicoScope 4425A kit provides comprehensive diagnostics capability for all types of EV (BEV, MHEV, PHEV, Fuel-cell), and ICE (Diesel, Gasoline, LPG). In combination with the extensive range of Pico accessories, the 4425A covers engines/motors, sensors, actuators, communications buses, noise vibration & harshness (NVH), and basic measurements in a user-friendly system that includes extensive guidance for the technicians. The PicoScope 4425A EV Diagnostics Kit contains all the test equipment required to ensure safety during work on an EV, and to investigate any faults that are likely to cause safety issues.
PicoScope covers all technologies
  • As a workshop focused on growing and retaining a profitable customer base, the need for quick and accurate diagnostics is vital as older vehicles are kept on the road for longer, and new technologies grow their share of new car sales. PicoScope supports your “fix it right” culture, with fewer parts changed on guesswork, and with increased customer satisfaction, repeat business and profits.

PicoScope can diagnose:

  • Gasoline and Diesel Vehicles
  • Battery Electric Vehicles
  • Full and Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles
  • 48 V Mild hybrid Vehicles
  • Fuel Cell Vehicles
What is the EV coverage?
  • To support the PicoScope 4425A EV (Electric Vehicle) Diagnostics Kit, we have started introducing a new series of Guided tests in PicoScope 7 Automotive software. Some of these tests take advantage of facilities not available in PicoScope 6 Automotive, and over the course of the coming months we will extend the coverage of these tests.
  • DC HV energy system or the AC motor/generator drive system
  • Charging behaviour and 12V/HV battery current split issues
  • Covers CP/PP communications between charging system and vehicle
  • 3-phase current measurements to check winding balance under load
  • All 12 V and 48 V systems
  • We at Pico are working tirelessly to help all our customers have access to the tools and guidance they need to cope with their changing workload. Due to the requirment that technicians are properly trained and qualified, the EV Guided Tests are only available within the PicoScope 7 software.
PicoScope 4425A EV Kit in case content:

1

4.5m USB cable

4

4mm shrouded to unshrouded adaptor red

2

S Hook

1

Breakout lead for ATC style fuses

2

Telescopic pack: 45×45 length 80-120mm

1

Extension lead for mini style fuses

1

Carry Case: 4425A Standard

1

Differential Probe: x20/x200 25MHz 1400V CATIII

1

Automotive Foam Lid Insert 4425A EV kit

1

1.8m USB 3.0 blue cable

1

Multimeter style test probe (black)

2

Battery clip 4mm socket (black)

1

Multimeter style test probe (red)

2

Battery clip 4mm socket (red)

2

Small crocodile clip (black)

1

Extension lead for JCASE fuse

1

Small crocodile clip (red)

1

Extension lead for maxi style fuses

1

Dolphin clip 1000V CATIII (black)

1

Ultrasonic Parking Sensor Detector

2

Dolphin clip 1000V CATIII (red)

1

1 Keyless Entry Detector

2

PicoBNC+ automotive 10:1 scope probe Aftermarket

3

1000V back pinning probe (black)

3

PicoBNC+ 2000A current clamp BNC

1

PicoBNC+ Test Lead: 4mm permanent ground 3m Yellow

1

PicoBNC+ wide-range linear temperature probe

1

PicoBNC+ resistance test lead

1

PicoBNC+ Insulated COP and signal probe

1

Pico 2-pole tester

1

PicoBNC+ Test Lead: 4mm permanent ground 3m Blue

1

Pico Insulation tester

1

PicoBNC+ Test Lead: 4mm permanent ground 3m Red

1

PicoBNC+ 60A Clamp

1

PicoBNC+ Test Lead: 4mm permanent ground 3m Green

3

1000V back pinning probe (red)

Pico 2-pole tester

•     The essential workshop tool working on EV – safety first

•     Test vehicle has shut down correctly

•     Independent test (from PicoScope) that no voltage is present in the system

PicoBNC+ COP and signal probe

EV applications

•     COP plug offers additional verification of current activity during charging of a vehicle.

•     COP probe will detect electrical activity around a cable when vehicle is charging

TA467 Pico Insulation tester

•     High Voltage and Insulation tester

•     In the future will connect wirelessly to our PS7 software

EV Insulation testing

Has Multimeter functionality built in

PicoBNC+ resistance test lead

EV Tests including

•     Charger to Vehicle proximity line resistance (type 1 & type 2)

Differential Probe: x20/x200 25MHz 1400V CATIII

•     Attenuation ranges                              20:1 / 200:1

•     Voltage range                          Up to 1400 V

•     Bandwidth                               DC to 25 MHz (–3 dB)

•     Power requirements             4 x AA cells or 6 V adaptor

•     Type 1 and Type 2 EVSE communication circuits

•     VAG EV system active discharge and shut down

1000V back pinning probes

•     1000v Cat II back pinning probes offering protection against transient voltages

 EV Tests including

•     Charger-vehicle proximity line voltage (type 2)

•     Charger-vehicle communications (type 2)

Pico BNC + 2000A current clamp BNC

•     3 Current clamps essential for measuring 3-Phase on EV

EV Tests including

•     Motor winding current phasing

•     Current split between low and high voltage batteries during charging

•     Regeneration current DC against gas/brake pedal position

PicoScope EV Charger-Vehicle Communications (Type 2) Guided Tests

•     EV Charger-Vehicle Communications (Type 2)

•     CAT rated diff probe required as measuring whilst connected to the mains.

•     Used to confirm issues with either EVSE or vehicle.