Tuesday, 28 of July of 2015

New Arduino Library: INA219 i2c Current/Power Monitor

I’m happy to announce a new Arduino library —  my first ever — for the TI INA219 current/power monitor chip. This is a neat little chip that has an isolated shunt voltage amplifier tied to a 12-bit delta-sigma converter. It has on-board oversampling (up to 128 samples) and is addressable over I²C. The I²C is handled by the Arduino Wire library.

The INA219 can provide the four main figures of interest for a DC bus: shunt voltage, bus voltage, load current and power. Note that it will not work with AC — it cannot calculate RMS values, or account for lead/lag phasing due to reactive loads — but it’s still super handy for monitoring the power consumption of circuits with DC rails.

You can download the library and an example sketch over on GitHub.

Happy current sensing!


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