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EmStat Pico Development Kit

Proven, tested and calibrated dual-channel potentiostat kit

  • Enables rapid prototyping, no programming skills needed
  • Run measurements conveniently in PSTrace for Windows
  • Connect via Bluetooth with iOS or Android phones and tablets
  • Used by 100+ OEM customers
All specifications
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The EmStat Pico Development kit is equipped with a proven, tested and calibrated potentiostat module which enables rapid prototyping, no programming skills are needed. With our free to use software PSTrace you can perform electrochemical measurements using your own electrochemical sensor. PSTrace generates MethodSCRIPT to easily reproduce your experiments on our Market-Ready OEM instruments, or on your custom PCB. Our tested and calibrated modules are used by over 100+ OEM customers in over 30 countries.

Kick-start your EmStat Pico powered application with the EmStat Pico Development Kit.

  • Connect and power via USB
  • Run measurements conveniently in PSTrace for Windows
  • Generate MethodSCRIPTTM  in PSTrace for use in your own code
  • Connect via Bluetooth with (iOS / Apple) or Android phones and tablets
  • Use the EmStat Pico seemless with your own  software / app / Arduino or other microcontroller
  • Use one of our many code examples


Supported techniques

The EmStat Pico supports the following techniques:

Voltammetric techniques:

  • Linear Sweep Voltammetry (LSV)
  • Cyclic Voltammetry (CV)
  • Square Wave Voltammetry (SWV)
  • Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV)
  • Normal Pulse Voltammetry (NPV)

The above techniques can also be used for stripping voltammetry

Techniques as a function of time:

  • Chronoamperometry (CA)
  • Pulsed Amperometric Detection (PAD)
  • Open Circuit Potentiometry (OCP)
  • MultiStep Amperometry (MA)
  • Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS)


See EmStat Pico module for specifications of the EmStat Pico potentiostat module.

The EmStat Pico Development Kit includes:

  • EmStat Pico Development Board with EmStat Pico Module
  • Standard sensor cable with 2 mm banana pins and croc clips
  • Micro-USB cable
  • Dummy cell for evaluation purposes
  • 8 GB SD Card
  • Screen Printed Electrode (SPE) adapter/connector
  • Quick Start document
  • Card showing an overview of the development pcb
  • Activation code card for registering on
Main specifications of EmStat Pico Development Board
Dimensions90 x 65 mm
Power(Micro) USB or 2x AAA battery
Main connections– BT900 Bluetooth module Bluetooth v4.0 dual mode (BT and BLE)
– Micro-USB
Cell connectionsscrew terminals (2.54 mm pitch) and LEMO (EPG.0B.305.HLN)
Arduino compatibilityFootprint for Arduino MKR series
Storage 8 GB Micro SD card
Real Time ClockOn-board IC: S-35390A-T8T1G
With CR1225 3V coin cell battery compartment (battery not included)
Buttons4 buttons for:
– EmStat Pico Reset
– EmStat Pico Download
– EmStat Pico Wake
– Bluetooth Module reset
DIP switchesDIP switches for:
– Power input select
– EmStat Pico UART select
– Bluetooth module UART select
– EmStat Pico I2C Master select


MethodSCRIPT™ communications protocol

The EmStat Pico potentiostat module works with the new MethodSCRIPT scripting language. This language allows developers to program a human-readable script directly into the Pico module by means of a serial (TTL) connection. The simple script language allows for running electrochemical techniques supported by EmStat Pico and makes it easy to combine different measurements and other tasks.
More script features include:
▪ Use of variables
▪ (Nested) loops
▪ Logging results to an SD card
▪ Digital I/O for example for waiting for an external trigger
▪ Reading auxiliary values like pH or temperature
▪ Going to sleep or hibernate mode

Compatible with PSTrace

The EmStat Pico Development board allows to run your experiments conveniently in our PSTrace software for electrochemistry. PSTrace enables you to find the optimal settings for your experiment and allows you to extract the generated script for the EmStat Pico. This script can be transferred directly into your (embedded) code for controlling the EmStat Pico.
This means that the EmStat Pico will run the exact same experiment once it has become an embedded part of your system, like a handheld reader for example.


NameTypeLast updated
App Note – pH Measurement using EmStat Pico 07-09-20
EmStat Pico footprint for Altium EmStat Pico footprint for use with Altium PCB Designer14-05-20
MethodSCRIPT v1.2 protocol description MethodSCRIPT v1.2 protocol description28-04-20
App Note – Use Bluetooth on EmStat Pico dev board 22-04-20
App Note – Change Bluetooth on Pico dev board This tutorial describes how to change the settings of the LAIRD BT900 Bluetooth module on the EmStat Pico development board.20-04-20
App Note – Arduino MKR Zero with EmStat Pico dev board This document describes how to connect an Arduino MKR Zero to the EmStat Pico development board20-04-20
MethodSCRIPT v1.1 protocol description MethodSCRIPT v1.1 protocol description17-04-20
EmStat Pico Development board schematics The schematics of the EmStat Pico Development Board08-04-20
EmStat Pico firmware updating Shows how to update the firmware on an EmStat Pico module08-04-20
EmStat Pico Development board 3D STEP file 3D STEP file of the EmStat Pico development board08-04-20
EmStat Pico communication protocol v1.2 Describes the EmStat Pico communications protocol which is based on MethodSCRIPT08-04-20
MethodSCRIPT code examples MethodSCRIPT code examples can now be found on Github
- MethodSCRIPTExample_C
- MethodSCRIPTExample_C_Linux
- MethodSCRIPTExample_C#
- MethodSCRIPTExample_Arduino
- MethodSCRIPTExample_Python
- MethodSCRIPTExample_iOS
- MethodSCRIPTExample_Android
Every code example comes with a "Getting Started" document.
EmStat Pico Development board overview card Overview of the EmStat Pico development board08-04-20
EmStat Pico datasheet Contains the information you need for integration of the EmStat Pico in your electronics design.08-04-20
EmStat Pico Description Description of the EmStat Pico module and software tools08-04-20
EmStat Pico 3D model 3D STEP file of the EmStat Pico module08-02-20
EmStat Pico communication protocol v1.1 Describes the EmStat Pico communications protocol which is based on MethodSCRIPT28-08-19

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