ACS714 Current Sensor Carrier -5A to +5A

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Pololu item #: 1185
Brand: Pololu
Status: Not Recommended for New Design 
RoHS 3 compliant


This board is a simple carrier of Allegro’s ±5A ACS714 Hall effect-based linear current sensor, which offers a low-resistance (~1.2 mΩ) current path and electrical isolation up to 2.1 kV RMS. This version accepts a bidirectional current input with a magnitude up to 5 A and outputs a proportional analog voltage (185 mV/A) centered at 2.5 V with a typical error of ±1.5%. It operates from 4.5 V to 5.5 V and is intended for use in 5 V systems.

Pictures

ACS714 current sensor carrier -5A to +5A back with dimensions.

ACS7x4/ACHS-712x current sensor carrier with solderless ring terminal connectors (not included).

Pololu ACS714/ACS715 current sensor carrier schematic diagram.




Note: We recommend the newer ACS724 current sensor carrier -5A to +5A over this product. It has the same physical dimensions and pinout but offers greater sensitivity.

Overview

This current sensor is a carrier board or breakout board for Allegro’s ACS714LLCTR-05B-T Hall effect-based linear current sensor; we therefore recommend careful reading of the ACS714 datasheet (701k pdf) before using this product. The sensor operates at 5 V and has an output sensitivity of 185 mV/A. The board ships fully populated with its SMD components, including the ACS714, as shown in the product picture. The following list details some of the sensor’s key features:

The pads are labeled 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 +i arrow.

Like almost all our carrier boards, this sensor ships assembled with all of its required surface mount components, as shown in the main product picture.

This version is marked with a blue X. We also sell a ±30A bidirectional version of this board; you can distinguish these versions by reading the text on the IC or by looking at the color of the X on the bottom silkscreen.

Using the sensor

ACS7x4/ACHS-712x current sensor carrier with solderless ring terminal connectors (not included).

Electrical connections

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. The sensor outputs an analog voltage that is linearly proportional to the input current. When Vcc is 5 V, this output voltage is centered at 2.5 V and changes by 185 mV per amp of input current, with positive current increasing the output voltage and negative current decreasing the output voltage.

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.

The input current can be connected to the board in a variety of ways. For low-current applications, you can solder 0.1" male header pins to the board via the small through-holes on the input-current side of the board. For higher-current applications, you can solder wires directly to the through-holes whose sizes best match your wires, or you can use solderless ring terminal connectors, as shown in the picture to the right. The large through-holes are big enough for #6 screws.

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.

Filtering the output

The IC has an internal filter resistance of 1.7 kΩ, and the carrier board includes a 1 nF filter capacitor, which produces a low-pass RC filter with a 90 kHz cutoff. You can improve sensing system accuracy for low-frequency sensing applictations by adding a capacitor in parallel with the integrated 1 nF capacitor across the pads marked “filter” on the bottom silkscreen (this capacitor is labeled C2b in the schematic below). The frequency F that the filter will attenuate to half its original power is given by:

``F = 1 / (2piRC) = 1 / (11 text( kΩ) * (1 text( nF) + C_f))``

where Cf is the value of the capacitor added to the filter pads.


Pololu ACS714/ACS715 current sensor carrier schematic diagram.

File downloads

Allegro ACS714 current sensor datasheet (701k pdf)
Dimension diagram of the ACS7x4 Current Sensor Carriers (323k pdf)
3D model of the ACS7x4 Current Sensor Carriers (3MB step)
Drill guide for ACS7x4/ACS715 Current Sensor Carriers (42k dxf)
This DXF drawing shows the locations of all of the board’s holes.

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