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Linear MOSFET Electronic Load
Wide Full Power Operating Range

The ALx Series utilizes conventional linear MOSFET-based dissipative elements, allowing the series to achieve a very wide voltage-current operating range within the model’s maximum power rating. Using the same heat management innovations developed for Magna-Power’s high density programmable DC power supplies, the ALx Series’ conservative cooling ensures long product life in environments up to 50 °C ambient operating temperature.

Key Features

MagnaLINK™ Distributed DSP Architecture

Magna-Power’s MagnaLINK™ technology provides distributed Texas Instrument DSP control across power processing stages inside the MagnaLOAD DC electronic load. This technology follows a significant internal development cycle from Magna-Power to provide a unified digital control platform across its electronic loads and power supplies, featuring fully digital control loops, adjustable control gains, programmable slew rates, function generation, and many new advanced control technologies.

Many Control Modes

To accommodate a variety of DC sources, all ALx Series MagnaLOADs come with several distinct control modes, including: Voltage Mode, Current Mode, Power Mode, Resistance Mode, and Shunt Regulator Mode. Preference for DC regulation is given to the parameter in the selected mode within the programmed set-points. Using the MagnaLOAD's set-points and trip settings, the product can configured to either trip with a fault when a limit is exceeded or to cross-over into a different regulation state.

Shunt Regulator Mode turns the MagnaLOAD into a high-speed smart braking resistor, engaging the DC input only when a specified voltage and exceeded by a user-defined percentage, while limiting the shunt current to a programmed set-point.

Digital Master-Slaving: Expandibility Without Compromise

This is a planned feature that will be available via a future firmware update.

All MagnaLOADs come standard with a MagnaLINK™ Input and a MagnaLINK™ Output port, which provides plug and play digital master-slaving. Simply connect the master's MagnaLINK™ Output to the slave's MagnaLINK™ Input and the MagnaLOADs will automatically configure themselves for master-slave operation based on the populated ports. Buffered digital MagnaLINK™ connections means many MagnaLOADs can be daisy-chained in master-slave operation.

The internal MagnaLINK™ protocol was developed with expandability at the forefront. When configured for master-slave operation, the master controller takes control of all the slave's digital "targets." With this digital master-slaving strategy, it is completely transparent whether the unit is operating as a stand-alone product or in master-slave. 

Extensive Programming Support

All ALx Series MagnaLOADs come with a dedicated National Instruments LabVIEW™ driver, Interchangeable Virtual Instrument (IVI) driver, and support for a wide range of Standard Commands for Programmable Instrumentation (SCPI). These programming interfaces support full control, measurement, and monitoring of the MagnaLOAD. All of the MagnaLOAD's available communication interfaces are supported by these drivers and command sets, including: USB, RS485, LXI TCP/IP Ethernet, and IEEE-488 GPIB.

Showcased in the following basic code examples, SCPI commands provide the simplest form of communication by using plain ASCII text and parameters sent over a basic socket connection. Over 50 commands are provided, with detailed documentation in the ALx Series User Manual.

Basic Code Examples
import visa
        rm = visa.ResourceManager()
        magna_power = rm.open_resource(USB::0x0403::0x6015::1201-2358::INSTR)
        magna_power.write('VOLT 1000')
        magna_power.write('CURR 20')
magna_power = visa('ni','USB::0x0403::0x6015::1201-2358::INSTR');
        idn = fscanf(magna_power)
        fprintf(magna-power,'VOLT 1000')
        fprintf(magna-power,'CURR 20')
string resourceString = "USB::0x0403::0x6015::1201-2358::INSTR";
        mbSession = (MessageBasedSession)ResourceManager.GetLocalManager().Open(resourceString);
        string idn;
        mbSession.Timeout = 3000;
        idn = mbSession.Query("*IDN?");
        mbSession.Write("VOLT 1000");
        mbSession.Write("CURR 20");

Configurable External User I/O

Beyond the front panel and computer controls, all MagnaLOADs come standard with a 25-pin D-Sub connector designated as the External User I/O. This connector provides :

  • 8 Digital Outputs
  • 4 Digital Inputs
  • 4 Analog Outputs
  • 4 Analog Inputs

All the analog-digital I/O ports are configurable, allowing the user to select which parameters they want to control and monitor. This configurable I/O scheme reduces complexity, eases PLC integration and allows control parameters from various interfaces simultaneously.

The MagnaLOAD's configurable analog inputs provide 0-10V programming from PLCs and external D/A converters.

Integrated Arbitrary Waveform Generation

This is a planned feature that will be available via a future firmware update.

All MagnaLOADs provide four user programmable arbitrary waveforms. Each arbitrary waveform can consists of up to 1024 points, each point with the following settings:

  • Voltage, Current, Power, and Resistance Set Points
  • Time Period
  • Rise and Fall Slew Rates
  • Stop, Loop, or Jump-to-Point Setting

With the integrated arbitrary waveform generation, the MagnaLOAD can easily be used to provide a wide range of user-generated waveforms including step load transitions or pulsed DC loading.

MagnaWEB Software Interface

Magna-Power's next generation software interface, MagnaWEB, provides intuitive and user-friendly web-browser based controls for programming and measurement read-back of the MagnaLOAD's activity. Virtually all of the MagnaLOAD's available functions can be controlled and monitored from the MagnaWEB software over any of product's installed communication interfaces.

MagnaWEB uses a server-client software model to provide access to the MagnaLOAD from nearly any device and operating system. Install and run the MagnaWEB software locally on Windows, OSX or Linux and, using a web browser, access the server connected to the MagnaLOAD from a variety of devices including other desktops, tablets or smart-phones.

Designed and Manufactured in the USA, Available Worldwide

MagnaLOADs are designed and manufactured at Magna-Power's vertically integrated USA manufacturing facility in Flemington, New Jersey. Heat-sinks and chassis are machined from aluminum. High-power resistor modules are fabricated and rigorously tested. An automated surface-mount production line places components on printed circuit boards for control, auxiliary power, and display circuits. And finally after assembly, products undergo comprehensive test and calibration, followed by an extended burn-in period.


There are many possible configurations for the ALx Series product. Using the following ordering guide and models chart to define the best model for your application.

Model Maximum Power Maximum Voltage Maximum Current Package Type
ALx1.25-200-300 1.25 kW 200 Vdc 300 Adc Rack-mount
ALx1.25-500-125 1.25 kW 500 Vdc 125 Adc Rack-mount
ALx1.25-1000-37.5 1.25 kW 1000 Vdc 37.5 Adc Rack-mount
ALx2.5-200-600 2.5 kW 200 Vdc 600 Adc Rack-mount
ALx2.5-500-250 2.5 kW 500 Vdc 250 Adc Rack-mount
ALx2.5-1000-75 2.5 kW 1000 Vdc 75 Adc Rack-mount

Operating Profile

With its sole use of linear elements for heat dissipation, the ALx Series has the widest operating profile of the MagnaLOAD products. This operating profile figure applies to all ALx Series models, normalized about the model’s maximum voltage, current, and power ratings.


AC Input Specifications

  • AC Input Voltage 85-265 Vac, 1-phase
  • AC Input Frequency 45 Hz to 440 Hz

External User I/O Specifications

  • Digital Input Voltage 5 V
  • Digital Input Impedance 10 kO
  • Digital Monitoring Voltage 5 V, 32 mA capacity
  • Digital Reference Voltage 5 V, 20 mA capacity
  • Analog Programming Voltage 0-10 V
  • Analog Input Impedance 10 kO
  • Analog Programming Resolution 12-bit, 0.025%
  • Analog Monitoring Voltage 0-10 V, 3 mA capacity
  • Analog Reference Voltage 10 V, 20 mA capacity
  • Provided Reference Voltages 5 V, 10 V
  • Interlock Input 5 V

Programming Specifications

  • Current Resolution 16-bit, 0.0015%
  • Voltage Resolution 16-bit, 0.0015%
  • Power Resolution 16-bit, 0.0015%
  • Resistance Resolution 16-bit, 0.0015%

Environmental Specifications

  • Operating Temperature 0 to 50 °C
  • Storage Temperature -25 to 85 °C
  • Humidity (Non-Condensing) = 95%
  • Altitude Up to 10,000 ft (3,000 m)
  • Air Intake (All Models) Front
  • Air Exhaust (All Models) Rear

Connectivity Specifications

  • USB Host (Front) Standard, Type B
  • USB Host (Rear) Standard, Type B
  • RS485 (Rear) Standard, RJ-45
  • LXI TCP/IP Ethernet (Rear) Optional, RJ-45
  • IEEE-488 GPIB (Rear) Optional
  • MagnaLINK™ Standard, RJ-25 x 2
  • External User I/O Standard, 25-pin D-sub F

Physical Specifications

The size of ALx Series MagnaLOADs vary according to the product's maximum power output rating, in accordance with the following table:

Power Package Size (H x W x D) Weight
1.25 kW Rack-mount (3U) 5¼" x 19" x 24" (13.34 x 48.26 cm x 60.96) 40 lbs (18.1 kg)
2.5 kW Rack-mount (3U) 5¼" x 19" x 24" (13.34 x 48.26 cm x 60.96) 65 lbs (29.5 kg)

MagnaLOAD Front Panel

  • START: Enables the DC input bus
  • STOP: Disables the DC input bus
  • Voltage measurement display
  • Current measurement display
  • 4-line character display featuring a menu system, operating status and modes, product messages with diagnostic codes, resistance measurement display, and power measurement display
  • Control power switch, energizes the control circuits without engaging DC bus
  • LED indicator that the DC input is enabled
  • Full control (host) front panel USB port
  • Clean air intake, with integrated fans
  • Aluminium digital encoder knob for programming set-points
  • LED indicator of the MagnaLOAD's present regulation state, which can include: constant voltage (CV), constant current (CC), constant power (CP), or constant resistance (CR)
  • Selector buttons to choose which set-point the digital encoder knob and digital keypad buttons will modify.
  • MENU: Enters the menu system on the 4-line display
  • BACK: Moves back one level in the menu
  • ENTER: Selects the highlighted menu item
  • CLEAR: Removes the product from a faulted state
  • LOCK: Locks the front panel, with password protection available


Front Side Dimensions All Models

Rear Side Dimensions All Models

Side Dimensions All Models

How to Buy

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Magna-Power products are made-to-order with build-times that vary depending on the model's maximum power rating. Current build-time schedules are as follows:

All ALx Series Models

8-10 weeks


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