Digital Strobe Nova Strobe X Portable Stroboscope

Digital,Strobe,Nova,Strobe,X,Portable,Stroboscope,Monarch,InstrumentBrighter and lighter than ever the new Nova-Strobe x series sets the standard for high intensity multi-function portable stroboscopes. Models are available with digital displays, battery or AC power, and a useful range of features which provide unmatched performance and value. Four models range from the Nova-Strobe dbx Deluxe the most versatile battery powered digital stroboscope with internal phase shifting, down to the Nova-Strobe bax Basic, the most cost effective AC powered digital stroboscope.

Both the battery powered Nova-Strobe dbx and AC powered Nova-Strobe dax provide a range of 30 to 20,0000 flashes per minute and an accuracy of ±0.002 of setting. Flash rates are easily adjusted to fractional RPM by a coarse/fine control knob. Individual TTL compatible input and output jacks are provided for `daisy chaining' of multiple strobes, triggering from an external source, or providing a trigger signal to external equipment.

Both the dbx and dax provide internal phase shifting to keep the target precisely in view. Both provide x2 and ÷2 capability for distinguishing actual RPM from harmonic frequencies. In addition, 6 user presetable memory flash rates for repetitive measurements and storage of the last flash rate measured are included.

The dbx battery operated stroboscope weighs only 1.9 lbs. (0.86kgs) and will run continuously up to 2 hours on a single charge. A fast charger is included and the percentage charge remaining may be displayed. The dax AC powered stroboscope (115 or 230 Vac) is designed for continuous cool operation, and weighs only 1.5 lbs. (0.72 kg).

The new pbx phase shifting strobe has external phase shifting capabilities and flash rates to 50,000 rpm.

Digital,Strobe,Nova,Strobe,X,Portable,Stroboscope,Monarch,Instrument Features

  • Flash rates from 30 to 14,000 flashes per minute, adjustable in 0.1 step increments, the coarse/fine adjustment knob makes it quick and easy to set the exact flash rate you want. The all digital controlled microprocessor keeps readings rock steady.
  • DB Plus Kit, shown right,  includes carry case and spare lamp
  • Internal phase shifting allows the target to be jogged clockwise or counter clockwise in 5░ increments.
  • Times 2 and divide by 2 push buttons allow easy checking for actual RPM, harmonics and allow stop motion far beyond the 14,000 fpm limit.
  • Store and recall up to 6 user selectable values. Last measurement memory, even with the power off.
  • Flash rate may be displayed in Flashes per Minute (RPM) or Flashes per Second (Hz)
  • Individual input and output TTL jacks (1/8 inch phone) provides power to remotes sensors and allows "daisy-chaining" of multiple strobes. A  Tachometer mode allows accurate speed measurement up to 200,000 RPM using external sensors.
  • NIST Certificate of Calibration included.

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Need higher flash speeds and external phase shifting? - check out the Nova-Strobe pbx


Specifications dbx Digital Battery Powered dax Digital AC Power bbx Basic Battery Powered bax Basic
AC powered
Range Flashes/Minute 30-20,000 FPM / RPM 30-20,000 FPM / RPM 30-10,000 FPM / RPM 30-10,000 FPM / RPM

6 Digit Numeric and 5 digit Alphanumeric LCD with icons

6 Digit Numeric and 5 digit Alphanumeric LCD with icons

▒0.002% of setting or + 1 lsd / 0.01 FPM

▒0.002% of setting or + 1 lsd / 0.01 FPM
Flash Energy / Duration

230 mJoule to 3450 FPM / 8 - 20 Ásec

230 mJoule to 3450 FPM / 8 - 20 Ásec

Average Power-Watts 13W 15W 13W 15W
Flash Tube Life (typical) 100 million flashes - Xenon Lamp 100 million flashes - Xenon Lamp
External Trigger(1/8" Phone Jack)

TTL (24V Max) input.  Provides 3.3 Vdc output pulse


Tachometer Mode

5-250,000 RPM with optional remote sensor


Programmable Memory Yes none
Internal Phase Shift Yes none
Operating Time 2 hours at 1800 FPM Continuous 2 hours at 1800 FPM Continuous
Power internal rechargeable NiMH batteries 115 Vac, 50-400 Hz or
230 Vac, 50-400 Hz
internal rechargeable NiMH batteries 115 Vac, 50-400 Hz or
230 Vac, 50-400 Hz
Weight 1.9 Lbs. (0.86 kg) 1.5 Lbs. (0.72 kg) 1.9 Lbs. (0.86 kg) 1.5 Lbs. (0.72 kg)
Size (L x W x H) Body: 9" x 3.66" x 3.56" (229 x 93 x 90 mm); Reflector Housing: 4.8" (122 mm) diameter; Handle: 4.25" (108 mm) long
N.I.S.T. Certificate Included Included none