Megger BM5200 5 kV Insulation Tester
- New section “Prevention of HAZARD from arc flash and short-circuits” added
- Safety rated at CATIII 600V
- Applied test voltage measurement display
- Selectable DC or AC (including frequency) voltmeter functions
- Guard terminal to shunt surface leakage currents
The Megger BM5200
tester is a battery powered instrument with digital and analogue arc display, designed for high voltage insulation resistance testing in the maintenance and servicing of cables, rotating plant machinery, transformers, switchgear and industrial installations.
DC insulation tests are performed at 250 V, 500 V, 1000 V, 2500 V and 5000 V. Insulation resistance measuring range is 100 kΩ to 1000 GΩ. Automatic discharge for capacitive circuits under test is provided and decaying voltage displayed.
The guard terminal can be used to minimise the effects of surface leakage and hence erroneous measurements when carrying out insulation resistance tests.
Three insulation resistance (IR) test modes are provided, (InS, PI and t) and available in any IR test range. In IR mode (InS) tests are initiated by pressing and holding down the TEST button for two seconds and terminated by a second press of the TEST button. A Polarisation Index (PI) mode performs a ratio metric test that calculates the ratio of insulation resistance at ten minutes to insulation resistance at one minute. The IR test timer (t) mode facilitates a single ﬁxed time test based on the set time interval t.
For capacitive test objects the instrument will automatically discharge through an internal resistor and indicate voltage across the terminals in the range 25 V to 600 V with higher voltages indicated by ‘>600 V’. This feature will give decaying voltage indication following the testing of reactive loads. When the voltage indicator disappears it is safe for the user to disconnect the test leads.
The BM5200 is powered by eight 1.5 V IEC LR6 (AA) cells. Design safety features include high voltage warning indicator, external voltage display after IR test, automatic discharge of reactive loads and test leads.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
- Compact, rugged insulation resistance tester
- Easy operation and voltage range selection
- AC and DC voltmeter (25 V - 600 V)
- User settable IR test timer (default 1 min), (max. 19 m 50 s)
- Soft carry case for instrument and leads
- Quick start and full user guide
Electrical insulating materials deteriorate with time leading to breakdowns and costly repair bills. Insulation resistance testers apply a regulated DC voltage across the insulation and measure current ﬂow through it applying Ohm’s law to calculate insulation resistance. The current ﬂows because no insulation material is perfect.
IR tester uses include:
- Product test and qualiﬁcation
- Installation of equipment
- Routine maintenance
- Problem resolutions
Insulation testing with high voltage DC affects insulation polarisation such that consecutive testing without complete discharge of the unit under test will yield different results.
Care should be taken to always employ the same process and technique of connecting to and testing an insulator to be able to trend results. It is important to record temperature of the insulation as well as IR values.
The BM5200 is turned on by rotating the main range switch to insulation test, voltage test or setup function.
Instrument controls and indicators
- Backlit LCD display with analogue arc and dual 3-digit display.
- Backlight on/off switch
- Four arrow buttons, PI-t function on left arrow button
- Main range switch Setup functions plus AC and DC voltmeter (25 V to 600 V)
- Main range switch with DC insulation tests at 250 V, 500 V, 1000 V, 2500 V and 5000 V.
- TEST button to initiate and terminate insulation tests
- Warning High Voltage (HV) indicator
Before switching on the BM5200 the test leads should be connected to the instrument.
There are three test terminals marked +, - and G. These terminals are designed to accept only the test leads supplied. Shutters across the terminals prevent accidental ingress of dirt and other objects. Test leads lock in the terminals to prevent accidental removal during a test, rotate the plug until the locking action is engaged. Terminal plugs can be removed by rotating through a quarter turn.
At the end of a test ensure that the voltage has decreased to a safe value, i.e. <50 V, before removing the test leads. Reactive loads may take some time to dissipate stored energy through the instrument’s internal discharge resistors.
The terminals are located on a panel to the rear of the instrument and marked +, - and G meaning Guard terminal.