ACS71240KEXBLT-050B3 Current Sensor Carrier -50A to +50A, 3.3V

Pololu item #: 5242
Brand: Pololu supply outlook
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This board is a simple carrier of Allegro’s ACS71240KEXBLT-050B3 Hall effect-based, electrically isolated current sensor, which offers a low-resistance (~0.6 mΩ) current path and a high 120 kHz bandwidth for fast response times.

Part Suffix Range Supply Voltage Sensitivity Zero Point Fault Trip Level
050B3 ±50 A (bidirectional) 3.0 V to 3.6 V 26.4 mV/A 1.65 V ±50 A

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Overview

We are offering these breakout boards with support from Allegro Microsystems as an easy way to use or evaluate their ACS71240 Hall effect-based, electrically isolated current sensors with overcurrent fault output; we therefore recommend careful reading of the ACS71240 datasheet before using this product. The following list details some of the sensor’s key features:

  • Hall effect-based sensor with electrically isolated current path allows the sensor to be inserted anywhere along the current path and to be used in applications that require electrical isolation.
  • 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) has less effect on the measurement.
  • The 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 module.
  • High-bandwidth 120 kHz analog output voltage proportional to AC or DC currents.
  • Less than 5 µs response time.
  • Output is not ratiometric (i.e. the zero point and sensitivity are independent of the actual supply voltage), which provides immunity from noisy supplies.
  • Overcurrent fault output with 1.5 µs response time indicates when the current exceeds the optimized sensing range and can be used for fast short-circuit detection.
  • 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 125°C.
  • 0.7″×0.8″ carrier board offers a variety of ways to insert it into the current path and 0.1″-pitch (breadboard compatible) power, ground, and output pins.
  • 3.3V and 5V versions available.
  • Unidirectional and bidirectional versions available.

The pads are labeled on the bottom silkscreen. The silkscreen also shows the direction that is interpreted as positive current flow via the +i arrow.

Details for item #5242

ACS71240KEXBLT-050B3 Current Sensor Carrier -50A to +50A, 3.3V, bottom view.

ACS71240 Current Sensor Carrier.

This carrier features the ACS71240KEXBLT-050B3, which is intended for operation around 3.3 V and is designed for bidirectional input current from -50 A to +50 A. This version can be visually distinguished from the other versions by the “3V3 B50” printed on the bottom side, as shown in the left picture above.

Part Suffix Range Supply Voltage Sensitivity Zero Point Fault Trip Level
050B3 ±50 A (bidirectional) 3.0 V to 3.6 V 26.4 mV/A 1.65 V ±50 A

Using the sensor

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

The sensor requires a supply voltage of 3.0 V to 3.6 V to be connected across the VCC and GND pads, which are labeled on the bottom silkscreen. The sensor outputs an analog voltage on VIOUT that is centered at 1.65 V and changes by 26.4 mV per amp of input current, with positive current increasing the output voltage and negative current decreasing the output voltage:

``V_"IOUT" = 1.65 text(V) + 0.0264 text(V)/text(A) * I_"P"``

``I_"P" = (V_"IOUT" – 1.65 text(V)) / (0.0264 text(V)/text(A)) = (V_"IOUT" – 1.65 text(V)) * 37.9 text(A)/text(V)``

The output is not ratiometric, so the zero point and sensitivity are independent of the actual supply voltage.

The optional FAULT pin is normally at VCC and is pulled low when the IP current magnitude exceeds 50 A in either direction. This pin only asserts while the fault condition is present (it is not latched).

The FAULT, VIOUT, VCC, and GND pins work with 0.1″-pitch header pins and are compatible with standard solderless breadboards.

You can insert the board into your current path 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. The largest through-holes are big enough for 8 AWG wires or #6 or M3.5 screws, and the second-largest through-holes (and mounting holes) are sized for 12 AWG wires or #2 or M2 screws. The pictures below show some of the possible connection options:

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 experience.

Schematic and dimension diagrams

ACS72140 current sensor carrier schematic diagram.

The dimension diagram is available as a downloadable PDF (274k pdf).

Comparison of the Pololu current sensor carriers

We have a variety of current sensors available with different ranges, sensitivities, and features. The table below summarizes our selection of active and preferred options:


ACS711 Current
Sensor Carriers
ACS71240 Current
Sensor Carriers
ACS724 Current
Sensor Carriers
ACS37220
Current Sensor
Compact Carriers
ACS37220
Current Sensor
Large Carriers
ACS72981
Current Sensor
Compact Carriers
ACS72981
Current Sensor
Large Carriers
Sensor IC Allegro
ACS711KEXT
Allegro
ACS71240
Allegro
ACS724LLCTR
Allegro ACS37220 Allegro ACS72981xLR
Vcc range (V) 3.0–5.5 3.3V versions: 3.0–3.6
5V versions: 4.5–5.5
4.5–5.5 3.3V versions: 3.15–3.45
5V versions: 4.5–5.5
3.3V versions: 3.0–3.6
5V versions: 4.5–5.5
Current range /
sensitivity
Bidirectional:(1)
±15.5 A / 90 mV/A
±31 A / 45 mV/A
3.3V Bidirectional:
±10 A / 132 mV/A
±30 A / 44 mV/A
±50 A / 26.4 mV/A

5V Unidirectional:
0–⁠50 A / 80 mv/A
5V Bidirectional:(2)
±2.5 A / 800 mV/A
±5 A / 400 mV/A
±10 A / 200 mV/A
±20 A / 100 mV/A
±30 A / 66 mV/A
±50 A / 40 mV/A

5V Unidirectional:(2)
0–⁠5 A / 800 mv/A
0–⁠10 A / 400 mv/A
0–⁠20 A / 200 mv/A
0–⁠30 A / 133 mV/A

3.3V Bidirectional:
±100 A / 13.2 mV/A
±150 A / 8.8 mV/A

5V Bidirectional:
±100 A / 20 mV/A
±150 A / 13.3 mV/A
±200 A / 10 mV/A

3.3V Bidirectional:
±100 A / 13.2 mV/A
±150 A / 8.8 mV/A

5V Bidirectional:
±100 A / 20 mV/A
±150 A / 13.3 mV/A
±200 A / 10 mV/A

3.3V Bidirectional:(1)
±50 A / 26.4 mV/A
±100 A / 13.2 mV/A
±150 A / 8.8 mV/A

3.3V Unidirectional:(1)
0–⁠50 A / 52.8 mv/A
0–⁠100 A / 26.4 mv/A
0–⁠150 A / 17.6 mv/A

5V Bidirectional:(2)
±50 A / 40 mV/A
±100 A / 20 mV/A

5V Unidirectional:(2)
0–⁠100 A / 40 mv/A


3.3V Bidirectional:(1)
±50 A / 26.4 mV/A
±100 A / 13.2 mV/A
±150 A / 8.8 mV/A

3.3V Unidirectional:(1)
0–⁠50 A / 52.8 mv/A
0–⁠100 A / 26.4 mv/A
0–⁠150 A / 17.6 mv/A

5V Bidirectional:(2)
±50 A / 40 mV/A
±100 A / 20 mV/A

5V Unidirectional:(2)
0–⁠100 A / 40 mv/A

IC path resistance 0.6 mΩ 0.6 mΩ 0.6 mΩ 0.1 mΩ 0.2 mΩ
PCB 2 layers,
2-oz copper
2 layers,
2-oz copper
2 layers,
2- or 4-oz copper(4)
2 layers,
2-oz copper
6 layers,
2-oz copper
6 layers,
2-oz copper
6 layers,
2-oz copper
Max bandwidth 100 kHz 120 kHz 120 kHz(3) 150 kHz 250 kHz
Size 0.7″ × 0.8″ 0.7″ × 0.8″ 0.7″ × 0.8″ 0.7″ × 0.8″ 1.4″ × 1.2″ 0.7″ × 0.8″ 1.4″ × 1.2″
Overcurrent fault output User-configurable threshold
Differential sensing
Non-ratiometric output
1-piece price $3.49 $3.95 $6.95$7.49 $4.95 $7.95 $9.95 $12.95
(1) Sensitivity when Vcc = 3.3 V; sensitivity is ratiometric.
(2) Sensitivity when Vcc = 5 V; sensitivity is ratiometric.
(3) Bandwidth can be reduced by adding a filter capacitor.
(4) ±50A version uses 4-oz copper PCB; all other versions use 2-oz copper.

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