Spontaneous Activity Running Wheel

Spontaneous Activity Running Wheel

The Columbus Instruments Mouse Home Cage Running Wheel measures spontaneous activity in a voluntary free-spinning running wheel. The wheel is constructed to fit universally into most typical "shoebox" style cages (cage is not included with the system). Each wheel has a magnetic indicator and a hall effect sensor that connects to a computer interface and records wheel revolutions at user-specified intervals. Windows software is included for installation on a customer supplied PC. Data can be viewed in real time and exported into a CSV format at the end of the experiment.

The wheel is designed to fit universally into most home cages provided that the wire lid has a flat area measuring 2 inches (5.1 cm) x 4 inches (10.2 cm) and has a ceiling height of 4.5 inches (11.4 cm). The Wheel Counter Interface has inputs for 8 wheel sensors and multiple counters can be daisy chained together to provide a maximum of 128 wheel inputs.

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Durable & Flexible design

Polycarbonate Wheel with Stainless Steel support Bracket. Fits inside most typical home cages.

Rung-less wheel for maximum safety

Traditional runged running wheels are unforgiving of foot missteps, discouraging running behavior or injuring limbs. Our solid textured running surface and smooth spinning action encourages frequent running bouts of longer duration.

Windows Software Included

Maximum of 128 wheels connected to a single PC. Ideal for rack systems.


Wheel diameter of 4 inches (10.16 cm)
Interior diameter of 3.5 inches (8.9 cm)
Wheel with of 2 inches (5.1 cm)

Data Collected

  • Wheel rotations per interval
  • Cummulative wheel rotations
  • The interval number (Int)
  • The cage number (C#)
  • The interval start time (Start)
  • The interval stop time (Stop)

Data Calculated

The following parameters can be calculated post data acquisition in Excel or similar program:
  • Bouts of spontaneous physical activity
  • Distance Traveled
  • Speed

Complete Systems

Home Cage Running Wheel Systems

0297-88 Station Home Cage Running Wheel System with Software
0297-1616 Station Home Cage Running Wheel System with Software

Optional & Replacement Items

Individual Components

0297-0521Mouse Running Wheel
0297-0501Hall Effect Sensor with Mount
0297-0050Wheel Counter 8 Channel Interface with Software

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