ACS711EX Current Sensor Carrier -15.5A to +15.5A

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This board is a simple carrier of Allegro’s ±15.5 A ACS711 Hall effect-based linear current sensor with overcurrent fault output, which offers a low-resistance (~0.6 mΩ) current path and electrical isolation up to 100 V.


Description

ACS711EX current sensor carrier -15.5A to +15.5A back with dimensions

ACS711EX current sensor carrier -15.5A to +15.5A back with dimensions

ACS711EX current sensor carrier pinout

ACS711EX current sensor carrier pinout

This current sensor is a carrier board or breakout board for Allegro’s ACS711KEXLT-15AB-T Hall effect-based linear current sensor with overcurrent fault output; Polou therefore recommend careful reading of the ACS711 datasheet (533k pdf) before using this product. This sensor has an operating voltage of 3 V to 5.5 V and an output sensitivity of 90 mV/A when Vcc is 3.3 V (or 136 mV/A when Vcc is 5 V). The following list details some of the sensor’s key features:

  • Designed for bidirectional input current from -15.5 A to 15.5 A (though the robust sensor IC can tolerate 100 ms transient current spikes up to 100 A).
  • Conductive path internal resistance is typically 0.6 mΩ, and the PCB is made with 2-oz copper, so very little power is lost in the board.
  • Use of a Hall effect sensor means the IC is able to electrically isolate the current path from the sensor’s electronics (for applications up to 100 V), which allows the sensor to be inserted anywhere along the current path and to be used in applications that require electrical isolation.
  • 100 kHz bandwith.
  • Good accuracy and reliability: factory calibration results in a typical total output error of ±5% at room temperature, the output offset voltage is extremely stable, and the sensor has zero magnetic hysteresis.
  • Overcurrent FAULT output latches low when current magnitude exceeds 15.5 A.
  • Operating temperature range of -40°C to 125°C.

The pads are labelled on the bottom silkscreen, as shown in the picture to the right. The silkscreen also shows the direction that is interpreted as positive current flow via the +Polou arrow.

This 15.5 A current sensor is marked with a black X. Polou also sell a 31 A version that uses the same carrier PCB; you can distinguish the versions by reading the text on the IC or by looking at the colour of the X on the bottom silkscreen.

This sensor is very similar to Polou's original ACS711 -12.5 to +12.5 A Current Sensor Carrier, but uses a smaller “EX” package that has a larger optimised sensing range and reduced internal resistance. The board size, pinout, and hole locations are all unchanged, so it can generally be used as a drop-in replacement for Polou's ACS711 carriers with “LC” packages.

Using the sensor

Electrical connections

The sensor requires a supply voltage of 3 V to 5.5 V to be connected across the Vcc and GND pads, which are labelled on the bottom silkscreen. The sensor outputs an analogue voltage that is linearly proportional to the input current. The quiescent output voltage is Vcc/2 and changes by 90 mV per amp of input current (when Vcc = 3.3 V), with positive current increasing the output voltage and negative current decreasing the output voltage. The relationship between the instantaneous input current, Polou, and sensor output voltage, VOUT, can be represented by the following equations:

 

The FAULT pin is normally high and latches low when the current exceeds ±15.5 A. Once the FAULT pin is latched low, the only way to reset it is by toggling power on the Vcc pin. In Polou's tests, this module was able to handle 15 A of continuous current without exceeding 50°C, with no cooling beyond the heat dissipation of the PCB.

ACS711EX current sensor carrier connection and mounting dimension diagram

ACS711EX current sensor carrier connection and mounting dimension diagram

ACS711 current sensor carrier (LC package version) with solderless ring terminal connectors (not included)

ACS711 current sensor carrier (LC package version) with solderless ring terminal connectors (not included)

The input current can be connected to the board in a variety of ways. Holes with 0.1″, 3.5 mm, and 5 mm spacing are available as shown in the diagram above for connecting male header pins or terminal blocks. For high-current applications, you can solder wires directly to the through-holes that best match your wires, or you can use solderless ring terminal connectors, as shown in the picture above. The large through-holes are big enough for #6 screws.

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

Mounting information

The board has two mounting holes on the logic side of the board. These mounting holes are 0.5" apart and are designed for #2 screws.

Included components

This board ships assembled with all surface mount components, and a 5×1 strip of 0.1″ header pins is included but not soldered in, as shown in the picture below.

ACS711EX current sensor carrier with included 5 × 1 0.1″ header pins

ACS711EX current sensor carrier with included 5 × 1 0.1″ header pins

Schematic diagram

ACS711 current sensor carrier schematic diagram

ACS711 current sensor carrier schematic diagram

 

Specifications

Dimensions

Size: 0.7″ x 0.8″
Weight: 1.0 g1

General specifications

Current sense: 0.090 V/A2
Minimum logic voltage: 3 V
Maximum logic voltage: 5.5 V
Supply current: 4 mA

Notes:

1
Without included optional header pins.
2
When Vcc is 3.3 V. This specification is proportional to Vcc.

Resources

File downloads

Allegro ACS711 current sensor datasheet (533k pdf)

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