Pololu ACS724 Current Sensor Carrier 0A to 5A

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This Pololu board is a simple carrier of Allegro’s unidirectional 5A ACS724LLCTR-05AU Hall effect-based linear current sensor, which offers a low-resistance (~1.2 mΩ) current path and electrical isolation up to 2.4 kV RMS.

This version accepts a unidirectional current input up to 5A and outputs a proportional analog voltage (800 mV/A) that measures 500mV when the input current is zero. The typical output error is ±0.9%. It operates from 4.5V to 5.5V and is intended for use in 5V systems.

Warning: This product is intended for use below 30V. Working with higher voltages can be extremely dangerous and should only be attempted by qualified individuals with appropriate equipment and protective gear.


This current sensor is a carrier board or breakout board for Allegro’s ACS724LLCTR Hall effect-based linear current sensors; we therefore recommend careful reading of the ACS724 datasheet before using this product.

A number of different versions of this carrier are available, which all share the same key features.

Shared Key Features

  • Differential Hall sensing rejects common-mode fields, so the orientation of the sensor relative to uniform external magnetic fields (e.g. the Earth’s magnetic field) does not affect the measurement.
  • The conductive path internal resistance is typically 1.2 mΩ, and the PCB is made with 2-oz copper, so very little power is lost in the module.
  • Use of a Hall effect sensor means the IC is able to electrically isolate the current path from the sensor’s electronics (up to 2.4 kV RMS), which allows the sensor to be inserted anywhere along the current path and to be used in applications that require electrical isolation.
  • High 120 kHz bandwidth for faster response times in control applications.
  • Optional FILTER pin simplifies bandwidth limiting for better noise reduction and improved resolution at lower frequencies.
  • Integrated digital temperature compensation circuitry allows for near closed loop accuracy over temperature in an open loop sensor.
  • Automotive-grade operating temperature range of -40°C to 150°C.
  • Pads are labeled on the bottom silkscreen. The silkscreen also shows the direction that is interpreted as positive current flow via the +i arrow.
  • A variety of options are available with different current sensing ranges (you can distinguish them by reading the text on the IC, we also provide a white box on the bottom silkscreen where you can add your own distinguishing markings if so desired).

Details for item POL-4048

This carrier features the ACS724LLCTR-05AU, which operates at 5V and is designed for unidirectional input current from 0A to 5A. When Vcc is 5V, the output voltage is offset by 500mV and increases by 800mV per amp of input current.

Specifications

  • Current sense: 0.800 V/A
  • Minimum logic voltage: 4.5 V
  • Maximum logic voltage: 5.5 V
  • Supply current: 14 mA
  • Version: 0 to 5A (unidirectional 5A)
  • Current sensor: Allegro ACS724LLCTR-05AU
  • Size: 0.7" x 0.8"
  • Weight: 1.1 g
  • PCB dev codes: cs01a
  • Other PCB markings: 0J1214, blank white box

Using the sensor

This sensor has five required connections: the input current (IP+ and IP-), logic power (VCC and GND), and the sensor output (OUT).

The sensor requires a supply voltage of 4.5 V to 5.5 V to be connected across the VCC and GND pads, which are labeled on the bottom silkscreen, and the sensor outputs an analog voltage that is linearly proportional to the input current.

The FILTER pin lets you adjust the board’s bandwidth by adding a capacitor to ground (a ground pad has been added next to the FILTER pin for convenience) in parallel with the 1 nF capacitor that is already on the board. Without an added external filter capacitor, the bandwidth is about 90 kHz. The datasheet provides more information on how the filter capacitors affect bandwidth.

You can insert the board into your current path in a variety of ways. For low-current applications, you can solder 0.1″ male header pins to the board via the smallest pair of through-holes on the input-current side of the board. For higher-current applications, you can solder wires directly to the through-holes that best match your wires, or you can use solderless ring terminal connectors. The largest pair of through-holes are big enough for #6 screws.

Warning: This product is intended for use below 30V. Working with higher voltages can be extremely dangerous and should only be attempted by qualified individuals with appropriate equipment and protective gear.

Package Contents

This board ships assembled with all surface mount components, and a 3×1 strip of 0.1″ header pins is included but not soldered in.

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