ACS72981LLRATR-050B5 Current Sensor Compact Carrier -50A to +50A, 5V

Pololu item #: 5251
Brand: Pololu supply outlook
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1 9.95
5 9.15
25 8.42
100 7.75

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This board is a simple compact carrier of Allegro’s ACS72981LLRATR-050B5 Hall effect-based linear current sensor, which offers a low-resistance (~0.2 mΩ) current path and a high 250 kHz bandwidth for fast response times.

Part Suffix Range Supply Voltage Sensitivity @ 5 V Zero Point @ 5 V Size
050B5 ±50 A (bidirectional) 4.5 V to 5.5 V 40 mV/A 2.5 V 0.7″×0.8″

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We are offering these compact breakout boards with support from Allegro Microsystems as an easy way to use or evaluate their ACS72981xLR Hall effect-based linear current sensors; we therefore recommend careful reading of the ACS72981 datasheet before using this product. The following list details some of the sensor’s 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) has less effect on the measurement.
  • The conductive path internal resistance is typically 0.2 mΩ, and the PCB is made with 6 layers of 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, which allows the sensor to be inserted anywhere along the current path and to be used in applications that require electrical isolation.
  • High-bandwidth 250 kHz analog output voltage proportional to AC or DC currents.
  • Less than 2 µs response time.
  • 3.3V and 5V versions available.
  • Integrated digital temperature compensation circuitry allows improved accuracy over the full operating temperature range.
  • 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.

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.

The following table lists the available ACS72981 carrier options:

Item #
Part Suffix Supply Voltage Current Range Sensitivity @
Nominal Vcc
Zero Point @
Nominal Vcc
#5250 050B3 3.0 V to 3.6 V
(3.3 V nominal)
Bidirectional ±50 A 26.4 mV/A 1.65 V 0.7″×0.8″
#5257 150B3 ±150 A 8.8 mV/A
#5252 050U3 Unidirectional 0-50 A 52.8 mV/A 0.33 V
#5255 100U3 0-100 A 26.4 mV/A
#5251 050B5 4.5 V to 5.5 V
(5 V nominal)
Bidirectional ±50 A 40 mV/A 2.5 V
#5256 100U5 Unidirectional 0-100 A 40 mV/A 0.5 V

Details for item #5251

ACS72981LLRATR-050B5 Current Sensor Compact Carrier -50A to +50A, 5V, bottom view.

ACS72981 Current Sensor Compact Carrier.

This carrier features the ACS72981LLRATR-050B5, which is intended for nominal 5 V operation 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 “5V B05” printed on the bottom side, as shown in the left picture above.

Part Suffix Range Supply Voltage Sensitivity @ 5 V Zero Point @ 5 V Size
050B5 ±50 A (bidirectional) 4.5 V to 5.5 V 40 mV/A 2.5 V 0.7″×0.8″

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 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 a ratiometric analog voltage on VIOUT that is centered at VCC/2 and changes by 40 mV × (VCC/5 V) per amp of input current, with positive current increasing the output voltage and negative current decreasing the output voltage:

``text(VIOUT) = text(VCC) / 2 + 0.040 V/A * text(VCC) / (5 V) * text(IP) = text(VCC) * (1/2 + text(IP) / (125 A))``

``text(IP) = 125A * (text(VIOUT) / text(VCC) – 1/2)``

The 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. For typical 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 pictures below. 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. Holes with 0.1″, 3.5 mm, and 5 mm spacing are also available as shown in the diagram above for connecting male header pins or terminal blocks, but please note that these connection options will generally not be suitable for the kinds of currents this sensor is intended for.

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

ACS72981 Current Sensor Carrier schematic diagram.

The dimension diagram is available as a downloadable PDF (264k 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

ACS72981 Current
Sensor Carriers
Sensor IC: Allegro
Vcc range: 3 V–5.5 V 3.3V versions: 3.0 V–3.6 V
5V versions: 4.5 V–5.5 V
4.5 V–5.5 V 3.3V versions: 3.0 V–3.6 V
5V versions: 4.5 V–5.5 V
Current range /
±15.5 A / 90 mV/A
±31 A / 45 mV/A
Bidirectional 3.3V:
±10 A / 132 mV/A
±50 A / 26.4 mV/A

Unidirectional 5V:
0–⁠50 A / 80 mv/A

±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

0–⁠5 A / 800 mv/A
0–⁠10 A / 400 mv/A
0–⁠20 A / 200 mv/A
0–⁠30 A / 133 mV/A

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

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

Bidirectional 5V:(2)
±50 A / 40 mV/A

Unidirectional 5V:(2)
0–⁠100 A / 40 mv/A
IC path resistance: 0.6 mΩ 0.6 mΩ 0.6 mΩ 0.2 mΩ
Max bandwidth: 100 kHz 120 kHz 120 kHz(3) 250 kHz
Size: 0.7″ × 0.8″ 0.7″ × 0.8″ 0.7″ × 0.8″ 0.7″ × 0.8″
Overcurrent fault output
Differential sensing
Non-ratiometric output
1-piece price: $3.49 $3.95 $6.95$7.49 $9.95
(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.

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