Fluke 196B Monochrome ScopeMeter

Sorry, this product is discontinued and is no longer available for purchase. Please call 1-877-766-5412 to find a suitable replacement.Fluke 196C Color ScopeMeter is a suggested replacement model.

Whether you are performing routine maintenance and calibration, or troubleshooting te hardest to solve problems like intermittent failures or sources of unwanted noise, the Fluke 196B Monochrome Scopemeter has all the tools needed to get the job done.

With 100 MHz bandwidth, up to 1.0 GS/s real-time sampling rate, 27500 points memory for high resolution waveform per input they’re ideal for engineers who need the full capabilities of a high-performance oscilloscope in a handheld, battery powered instrument.

  • Dual-input - 100 MHz bandwidth
  • Up to 1.0 GS/s real-time sampling per input
  • High waveform resolution of 3,000 datapoints per channel
  • Connect-and-View™ automatic triggering and a full range of manual trigger modes
  • Fast display update rate for seeing dynamic behavior instantaneously
  • Automatic capture and replay of 100 screens
  • 27,500 points per input record length using ScopeRecord™ mode
  • TrendPlot™ paperless chart recorder for trend analysis up to 22 days
  • Up to 1000 V independently floating isolated inputs
  • Vpwm function for motor drive and frequency inverter applications.
  • 1000 V CAT II and 600 V CAT III safety certified
  • Five hours rechargeable Ni-MH battery pack
Software comes with the Fluke 196B/S Monochrome ScopeMeter
For advanced capabilities see the Fluke 199B Monochrome ScopeMeter
Also comes in color see the Fluke 199C Color ScopeMeter
Other models are the Fluke 196CFluke 192B

What's Included:
  • Fluke BC190 Battery Charger/Line Voltage adapter
  • Fluke BP190 NiMH Battery Pack
  • Getting started booklet
  • User manual (CD-ROM)
  • Fluke TL75 Hard Point Test Lead Set
  • Fluke VPS200-G Voltage Probe (200 MHz, 10:1), Grey
  • Fluke VPS200-R Voltage Probe (200 MHz, 10:1), Red

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See what’s really happening

High sampling rate gives you the required resolution for detailed signal analysis

With a maximum real-time sampling rate of 1.0 GS/s per input, you can see what really happens, with 400 ps resolution. Both inputs have their own digitizer, so you can simultaneously acquire two waveforms and analyze them with the highest resolution and detail. If an anomaly flashes by on the screen, just press the Replay button to see it again. And thanks to the wider screen, you will always see a 12 divisions time-window – giving a far better overview of what’s happening both before and after the trigger event!

Deeper waveform acquisition memory (NEW)

Thanks to the deeper memory, very small parts of the waveform can be studied in full detail using ‘zoom’.

The waveform memory of all oscilloscopes in the 196B has been enlarged to allow as many as 3000 samples per channel to be acquired. This is 1800 samples more than before, giving much greater waveform resolution. You can use the ZOOM function to find tiny details in a long waveform, for example, the color burst in a video signal or a single impulse in a complex data-stream. All models also allow the high-resolution waveforms to be transferred to a PC for later detailed analysis using FlukeView ScopeMeter software.

See dynamic signal behavior instantaneously

Digital persistence mode gives analog scope like display of complex and modulated signals

The Digital Persistence uses multiple intensity levels and user selectable decay time -it’s as if you’re looking at the display of an analog, real time oscilloscope! The fast display update rate that’s a standard on all models reveals signal changes instantaneously, useful for instance when making adjustments to a system under test.

Advanced trigger modes

Pulse width triggering allows you to find anomalies like missing pulses

A wide choice of automatic and manual trigger modes gives you the flexibility to capture just about any signal you’ll encounter. Connect-and-View™ triggering is ideal for fast and easy checking of multiple test-points. The manual modes include time delay, video and pulse-width triggering. A fully isolated external trigger input is included for troubleshooting time relationships between two input signals synchronized to a third signal.

Automatic capture and replay of 100 screens

Scope users know how frustrating it is to see a one-time anomaly flash by, never to be seen again. Not with the ScopeMeter 196B. Now you can look back in time with a touch of the replay button. In normal use, the instrument continuously memorizes the last 100 screens. Each time a new screen is acquired, the oldest is discarded. At any moment you can “freeze” the last 100 screens and scroll through picture-by-picture or replay as a ‘live’ animation. Cursors can be used for further analysis. Or you can use the advanced trigger capabilities to capture up to 100 specific events. Two sets of 100 captured screens with individual time stamps can be stored for later recall or download to a PC.

Deep memory for high-resolution ScopeRecord™

Use the 27,500 points memory of the ScopeRecord mode and zoom in for maximum detail

The ScopeRecord memory stores 27,500 points per input or more, for high resolution recording of events up to 48 hours, and captures fast intermit-tents and glitches as short as 50 ns. This continuous roll mode stores, for example, events like motion profiles, UPS-, power supply- and motor start-ups. All models also have a ‘Stop-on-Trigger’ in the ScopeRecord mode. This allows the ScopeMeter to store waveform data until the instrument is triggered or until a repetitive trigger signal is interrupted. This way, the instrument will, for example, automatically recognize a power failure and store the waveform data preceding it. And with 100 x zoom, you can look at the smallest details, like individual power cycles. Two of these 27,500 point recordings can be stored for later analysis.

Measure from mV to kV – fully isolated and safely!

Use Vpwm and measure effective voltage on motor drive and frequency inverter outputs

The ScopeMeter 196B have three independently floating isolated inputs. While conventional oscilloscopes can only make measurements referenced to the line power ground, measurements on each of the Fluke ScopeMeter 196B inputs can be referenced to a different "low" level. This enables measurements in mixed circuits having different ground references, and also eliminates the risk of accidental ground short circuits. All inputs are safety certified for measurements in 1000 V CAT II and 600 V CAT III environments. And the standard probes cover a wide application range from mV to kV, making the ScopeMeter 196B ideal for micro-electronics to electrical power applications.

Analysis power

A wide variety of measurements can be made on either Channel A or B

For analysis of waveforms, ScopeRecord and TrendPlot recordings, the ScopeMeter 199B feature 30 automatic measurements, plus cursors, zoom and a real-time clock. The analysis can be made directly or later when back in the office. Up to 2 recordings and 10 scope screens can be stored for analysis, print-out or download to a PC.

... and there is more

  • Variable gain on channel A helps you compare signals on the two inputs. All inputs are safety certified for measurements in 1000 V CAT II and 600 V
  • The Vpwm measurement is for measuring the effective RMS output voltage of variable speed motor drives and frequency inverters.
  • The high-sensitivity setting of 2 mV/div allows for measurements on low-level signals, that are hard to make with the average oscilloscope.
  • Medical applications: For use on Medical Imaging Equipment and on High-Resolution Video systems, an optional instrument configuration is available for the Fluke 196B that supports measurement.

Use TrendPlot™ to help find intermittents, fast

Cursors and zoom help you analyze the captured TrendPlot

The toughest faults to find are those that happen only once in a while: intermittents. They can be caused by bad connections, dust, dirt, corrosion or simply broken wiring or connectors. You may not be around to see it - your Fluke ScopeMeter will. In this "paperless recorder" mode, you can plot the minimum and maximum peak values and average over time - up to 22 days. The two inputs can plot any combination of voltage, current, temperature, frequency and phase - with time and date stamp -to help lead you to the cause of those faults quickly.
100 MHz
Real-time sample rate
1 GS/s
Inputs and digitizers

2 plus external / DMM input
Independently floating isolated inputs

Up to 1000 V between inputs, references and ground
Timebase range

5 ns - 2 min/div
Input sensitivity
5 mV-100 V/div
Trigger types

Connect-and-View™, Free Run, Single Shot, Edge, Delay, Video, Selectable pulse width and External
Glitch capture

50 ns (5 µs/div - 1 min/div)
Scope measurements
Maximum record length
ScopeRecord mode:27,500 pts per input
Scope mode:3,000 pts per input
144 mm full monochrome LCD with fast update rate
Waveform Compare
Waveform reference only

Environmental Specifications
Operating Temperature

0ºC to 50ºC
Storage Temperature

-20°C to +60°C
Operating Altitude

3,000 m

Safety Specifications
Electrical Safety

1,000V CAT II/600V CAT III (EN61010-1)

Mechanical & General Specifications

256 x 169 x 64 mm

2.0 kg

3 years parts and labor (1 year on accessories)
Battery Life
NiMH:4 hrs
RS-232 Interface

Optically isolated via optional PM9080/OC4USB for interfacing to Printer or PC

Software comes with the Fluke 196B/S Monochrome ScopeMeter with SCC190 kit helps you get more out of your ScopeMeter by:

  • Documenting: Transfer screens, waveforms, and measurement data from the ScopeMeter to your PC for printing, or to import data to other programs.
  • Archiving: Store and retrieve waveforms with text annotations and create your own library for easy reference and comparison.
  • Analysis: Gather valuable measurement data and enable cursor measurements to reveal relationships and conditions. Extended recording of up to four user-selected measurements help you monitor and analyze slow moving signals and related events. Upload waveforms to the PC and use cursors for detailed measurements. Perform waveform analysis, including analyzing harmonics.

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