# Thermocouple voltage compensator

Hey,

Anyone know where I might be able to get a thermocouple voltage compensator (an electrical "ice bath" circuit) for cheap or if I may be able to make one? For a T and/or K type thermocouple. I am looking in the range of $30 or less. Here is a description of what I'm talking about. Just replacing ice bath with an electrical setup as shown lower down on that page for convenience. http://www.omega.com/techref/thermoref.html ## Answers and Replies Q_Goest Science Advisor Homework Helper Gold Member Hi danja. Any meter used to read thermocouples (that I've ever seen) has this built in. You just connect a single thermocouple to the meter and program in what type of thermocouple you're using and it automatically compensates for ambient temperature. Not sure you can find one for$30 or less, but I'm not that familiar with prices on these things.

Hi danja. Any meter used to read thermocouples (that I've ever seen) has this built in. You just connect a single thermocouple to the meter and program in what type of thermocouple you're using and it automatically compensates for ambient temperature. Not sure you can find one for \$30 or less, but I'm not that familiar with prices on these things.

Yea, however I am trying to get away without needing one of those meters because they are not so cheap. =)

Just want to be able to use them reliably with a voltmeter or other meter without an ice bath for reference.

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Ok, I don't know of anything else that does this automatically. Why don't you want to measure your reference temperature with something like a thermistor, then compensate manually?

What temperatures are you going up to? If it is less then 200 deg c you could try using an RTD.

Ok, I don't know of anything else that does this automatically. Why don't you want to measure your reference temperature with something like a thermistor, then compensate manually?

What temperatures are you going up to? If it is less then 200 deg c you could try using an RTD.

Yea, well the reason is that I happened upon some thermocouples for free (well not free, but I was never re-imbursed for them as planned so after the experiment I kept them), and just want an easy way to use them.

I am basically looking for a cheaper version of this:
http://www.omega.com/ppt/pptsc.asp?ref=SMCJ&Nav=temk04

It's just a substitute for onboard circuitry. It would allow me to use a voltmeter and not worry about a reference temperature for measurements.

How accurate do your measurements need to be?

How accurate do your measurements need to be?

No requirements, but preferably from 1-3 degrees C at the worst.

The cheapest option is probably to check the cold junction temperature with a thermometer.