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Which oscilloscope probe is best for my application
Last Updated: 04/11/2013
Selecting the correct oscilloscope probe is very important for making quality measurements. If the probe performance is not adequate or if you did not select the proper probe for your application, you will see distorted or misleading signals on your oscilloscope. There are two kinds of probes, passive and active. Active probes requires power while passive probe do not. For general-purpose measurements(<600MHz), passive high-impedance resistor divider probes are good choices in general. For high-frequency applications less than 600 MHz, active probes are the way to go. They cost more than passive probe and their input voltage is limited, but because of their significantly lower capacitive loading, they give you more accurate insight into fast signals. Selecting the right probe is the first step for your application towards correct measurements. Below is the RIGOL scope probe table which can help you to select a proper probe for your application.
Type
Model
Number
Attenuation
Ratio
Bandwidth
Input R
Max. Input voltage
RIGOL scope Compatility
Recommended
Applications
Passive high resistance probe
RP2200
1:1 or 10:1

1X:DC~7MHz
10X:DC~150MHz

1X:1MΩ±2%
10X:10MΩ±2%

1X:CAT||150V AC
10X:CAT||300V AC 

DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 series

small signal test(1X),
General purpose test

RP3300A
10:1
10X:DC~350MHz10X:10MΩ±2%10X:CAT||300V AC  
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 series
General purpose test
RP3500A
10:1 
DC~500MHz 
10MΩ±2%CAT||300V AC DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesGeneral purpose test
RP5600A
10:1
DC~600MHz
10MΩ±2%CAT||300V AC DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesGeneral purpose test
Passive low resistance probe
RP6150A
10:1
DC~1.5GHz
500Ω±10ΩCAT|7V AC DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesHigh frequency signal ended small signal test
Passive high voltage probe
RP1300H
100:1
DC~300MHz
100MΩ

CAT|2000V(DC+AC)
CAT||1500V(DC+AC)

DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesHigh voltage test
RP1050H
1000:1
DC~50MHz
100MΩ

DC:0~15KV DC
AC:pulse≤30KVp-p
AC:sine wave≤10KVrms

DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesHigh voltage test
Active differential probe
RP7150
10:1
DC~1500MHz

Differential mode:50kΩ±2%
Single ended mode:24kΩ±2%

~30V(DC+AC)DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesDifferential/Single ended high frequency signal test 
High Voltage differentiaRP1025DX20,X50,X20025MHzDifferential :4MΩ/1.2pF
Single ended :2MΩ/2.3pF
Atten X20:
≤140Vpp,(45Vrms or DC)
Atten X50:
≤350Vpp,(110Vrms or DC)
Atten X200:
≤1400Vpp,(450Vrmsor DC)
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesHigh voltage differential/Single ended signal test
RP1050DX100,X200,X100050MHzDifferential:100MΩ/1.2pF
Single ended mode>:50MΩ/2.3pF
Atten 100:
≤700Vpp,(230Vrms or DC)
Atten X200:
≤1400Vpp,(460Vrms or DC)
Atten X500:
≤3500Vpp,(1140Vrmsor DC)
Atten X1000:
≤7000Vpp,(2300Vrmsor DC)
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesHigh voltage differential/Single ended signal test
RP1100DX100,X200,X1000100MHzDifferential :100MΩ/1.2pF
Single ended mode:50MΩ/2.3pF
Atten 100:
≤700Vpp,(230Vrms or DC)
Atten X200:
≤1400Vpp,(460Vrms or DC)
Atten X500:
≤3500Vpp,(1140Vrmsor DC)
Atten X1000:
≤7000Vpp,(2300Vrmsor DC)
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesHigh voltage differential/Single ended signal test
 
 Model
Number
GainBandwidthGain AccuracyMax.Input Current
RIGOL scope Compatility
Recommended
Applications
Current ProbeRP1001C0.01V/A,0.1V/ADC to 300KHz100mV/A:±3% ±50mA
(50mA to 10A peak range )
10mV/A:±4% ±50mA
(500mA to 40A peak range)
100mV/A:±15% Max.
(40A to 100A peak range)
DC:±100A
AC P-P:200A
AC RMS:70A
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesCurrent test
RP1002C0.05V/A,0.5V/ADC to 1MHz500mV/A:±3% ±20mA
(20mA to 14A peak range )
50mV/A:±4% ±200mA
(200mA to 100A peak range)
50mV/A:±15% Max.
(100A to 140A peak range)
DC:±100A
AC P-P:200A
AC RMS:70A
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesCurrent test
RP1003C0.1V/ADC to 50MHz±1.0%rdg ±1mV, ≤30A
±2.0%rdg , 30A to 50A peak non-continuous
AC P-P:50A peak,non-continuous
AC RMS:30A
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesCurrent test,must order RP1000P power supply
RP1004C0.1V/ADC to 100MHz±1.0%rdg ±1mV, ≤30A
±2.0%rdg , 30A to 50A peak, non-continuous
AC P-P:50A peak,non-continuous
AC RMS:30A
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesCurrent test,must order RP1000P power supply
RP1005C0.01V/ADC to 10MHz±1.0%rdg ±1mV, ≤150A
±2.0%rdg , 150A to 300A peak
AC P-P:300A peak,non-continuous
500A Peak,pulse width ≤30us
AC RMS:150A
DS1000 series,DS2000 series,DS4000 series,DS6000 seriesCurrent test,must order RP1000P power supply


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