ESP8266 - Measure Voltage

In this guide, we will learn how to use an ESP8266 and a voltage sensor to measure voltages between 0V and 25V. We will explain in detail:

ESP8266 NodeMCU voltage sensor

Hardware Preparation

1×ESP8266 NodeMCU
1×Micro USB Cable
1×Voltage Sensor
1×Jumper Wires
1×(Optional) 9V Power Adapter for ESP8266
1×(Optional) ESP8266 Screw Terminal Adapter

Or you can buy the following sensor kits:

1×DIYables Sensor Kit (30 sensors/displays)
1×DIYables Sensor Kit (18 sensors/displays)
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Overview of Voltage Sensor

A Voltage Sensor is a ready-made circuit made of two precise resistors that helps in easy voltage measurement. It has two resistors: 30 KΩ and 7.5 KΩ. When using a 5V reference voltage for the ADC, this sensor can check voltages from 0 to 25V DC. If the reference voltage is 3.3V for the ADC, it can measure voltages from 0 to 16.5V DC.

Pinout

A voltage sensor includes two groups of pins.

  • Input Interface (connect this to the points where you are measuring voltage):
    • VCC pin: This is the positive pin. Connect it to the point that has the higher voltage.
    • GND pin: This is the negative pin. Connect it to the point that has the lower voltage.
  • Output Interface (connect this to the ESP8266):
    • Vout pin (S): This is the signal pin. Connect it to an analog pin on the ESP8266.
    • NC pin (+): Do not connect this pin; it is not used.
    • GND pin (-): This is the ground pin. Connect it to the GND (0V) pin on the ESP8266.
    Voltage Pinout
    image source: diyables.io

Wiring Diagram

The wiring diagram between ESP8266 NodeMCU and voltage sensor

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See more in ESP8266's pinout and how to supply power to the ESP8266 and other components.

ESP8266 Code

/* * This ESP8266 NodeMCU code was developed by newbiely.com * * This ESP8266 NodeMCU code is made available for public use without any restriction * * For comprehensive instructions and wiring diagrams, please visit: * https://newbiely.com/tutorials/esp8266/esp8266-measure-voltage */ #define ANALOG_IN_PIN A0 // The ESP8266 NodeMCU pin connected to voltage sensor #define REF_VOLTAGE 3.3 #define ADC_RESOLUTION 1024.0 #define R1 30000.0 // resistor values in voltage sensor (in ohms) #define R2 7500.0 // resistor values in voltage sensor (in ohms) void setup() { Serial.begin(9600); } void loop() { // read the analog input int adc_value = analogRead(ANALOG_IN_PIN); // determine voltage at adc input float voltage_adc = ((float)adc_value * REF_VOLTAGE) / ADC_RESOLUTION; // calculate voltage at the sensor input float voltage_in = voltage_adc * (R1 + R2) / R2; // print results to serial monitor to 2 decimal places Serial.print("Measured Voltage = "); Serial.println(voltage_in, 2); delay(500); }

Detailed Instructions

To get started with ESP8266 on Arduino IDE, follow these steps:

  • Check out the how to setup environment for ESP8266 on Arduino IDE tutorial if this is your first time using ESP8266.
  • Connect the ESP8266 to the voltage sensor.
  • Connect the ESP8266 board to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Open Arduino IDE on your computer.
  • Choose the correct ESP8266 board, such as (e.g. NodeMCU 1.0 (ESP-12E Module)), and its respective COM port.
  • Copy the code provided and paste it into the Arduino IDE.
  • Click the Upload button in the Arduino IDE to transfer the code to the ESP8266.
  • Test by measuring 5V and 3.3V outputs on the ESP8266.
  • Check the results on the Serial Monitor.
COM6
Send
Measured Voltage = 4.96 Measured Voltage = 4.96 Measured Voltage = 4.96 Measured Voltage = 4.96 Measured Voltage = 3.39 Measured Voltage = 3.39 Measured Voltage = 3.39 Measured Voltage = 3.39
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※ NOTE THAT:

The value might change over time because the usual voltage reference is 5V. This can be unstable and vary with the power supply.

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