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Arduino Project 17: Voltmeter

Posted by Fiona Su on

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Introduction:
Today, let’s learn how to use Arduino serial communication and analog ports. We have introduced serial ports before. It can measure voltage 0-5V, and return corresponding 0-1023 value. Today, we will use Arduino analog to make a 0-5V voltmeter.
Note: in this experiment, there is no complex protective circuit. So please do not use more than 2 cells of AA batteries whose voltage must be 0~5V. Besides, do not use it to measure lithium battery or other power supply!
Hardware Required:

  • Arduino Board *1
  • USB Cable *1
  • 1KΩ Resistor *1
  • Breadboard *1
  • Breadboard Jumper Wire*4

Connection for REV4:

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Connection for Arduino Mega 2560 R3:

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Sample Code:

float temp;   // create a floating-point type variable temp as storage space for storing data 
 void setup()
 {  
 Serial.begin(9600);     // use 9600 baud rate to have serial communication 
} 
void loop() 
{    
 int V1 = analogRead(A0);                     
// Read the voltage data from A0 port and store it in the newly created integer variables V1; measurement range of voltage from analog port is 0 to 5V; return value of 0-1023.   
float vol = V1*(5.0 / 1024.0);                
// We convert V1 value into actual voltage value and store it into floating-point variable vol   
if (vol == temp)                             
 // The judgment here is used to filter repeated data; only voltage value that is differ than the last one will be output.   
{     
temp = vol; // After comparison is completed, store the value in variable temp  
 }   
else   
{ 
Serial.print(vol);   // Serial port outputs voltage value, in the same line       
Serial.println(" V"); // Serial port outputs character V, and begin a new line    
 temp = vol;     
delay(1000);  // Wait 1 second after the output is complete for controlling the data refresh rate.  
 } 
}

Result:
Click and open the serial port monitor; use the red line to measure battery positive pole, black line for negative pole. Serial monitor will refresh the voltage at 1 time/second. It is normal if there is fluctuation between two voltage values because it is, after all, a low accuracy test.

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