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Description: Piezo elements come in handy when you need to detect vibration or a knock. You can use these for tap or knock sensors pretty easily by reading the voltage on the output. They can also be used for a very small audio transducer such as a buzzer.

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  • With wires ALREADY soldered on? Now that is convenience! At least to those of us who are used to getting them without wires. The disk proper is usually more likely to just be neighborly to solder than friendly..

  • Used this in a high sensitivity vibration sensor for Ardunio. Blog with details

  • If I rip off the speakers off a pair of cheap earbuds and replace them with two of these… do I get music playing in my skull?

  • buzz buzzz - pwm is that you talking? knock knock - analog says “Who’s There”

  • I’m looking to miniaturize my project that currently uses this buzzer for tones (https://www.sparkfun.com/products/7950). Is this capable of playing tones and would it be as loud? Is this the smallest option? I am looking to add tones to a small PCB to put inside a digital thermometer of sorts. Thanks!

  • Would this be able to measure the level of a voice if placed near the neck or mouth?

    Another question I have is, would this be able to detect Tremors or “shakes” in some ones hand without picking up normal movements and vibrations (example of normal vibrations: putting a hand on the table or object)?

    Thanks in advanced

  • If I put a straight dc current through this will it buzz? Trying to find a cheap buzzer for the “squishy circuits” projects.

  • Does anyone have experience using the this piezo element as a throat microphone? i have seen projects where it has been used as a guitar pickup, but i haven’t seen anyone use it to record voice. can this pickup the vibrations of my voice if it held against my throat? i trying to find a super simple microphone circuit that can record my voice in very windy conditions.

    • yes. it works, and sounds really cool and somewhat muffled. you can make some really weird noises with it that you usually can’t.

  • Hi, do I need a zener diode or a simple resistor in parallel is enough ? Which is the maximum voltage produced by the piezo ? Bye

  • Is this product identically to SHOCK SENSOR 801S?

  • Would I be able to use this and a simple transistor circuit to detect taps using this piezo element and light up some LEDs based on vibration? I am planning a light up drum project and I need something to detect hits.

  • These can be handy for detecting small signals when troubleshooting. They’re not picky about voltages so you can use them places you can’t use a logic probe; I’ve stuck them on RS485 serial lines for instance, one pin on signal, one on ground, for audio feedback when anything is happening.

    They have a (relatively) big capacitance though so would probably badly distort anything analog you attach them to.

  • These work as awesome pickups for small scale guitar.

  • Does anyone know if these things, held against the chest or a wrist, would be able to pick up your heartbeat?

    • Maybe, but these definately will! http://www.sparkfun.com/products/9196 send me a link to your project if you ever get around to making it!

  • Could I stick one of these in a sugru cube and have a working, if crappy, surface speaker? Because I have driven a piezo buzzer from a Melody sketch uploaded to my SerIO…

  • I connected the red lead to the positive of my multimeter and the black lead to the ground. Shouldn’t I be getting some voltage by knocking on it? All I get is a few millivolts (negative values too). I used it with a 2.2 KΩ resistor.

  • How similar are these to the elements in Nike+Ipod devices?

    • Very very similar. I don’t know the exact specs on the Nike iPod piezo, but they are functionally identical.
      Tutorial with pictures of what we’re talking about: http://www.sparkfun.com/tutorials/41

  • just a warning to everyone out there watch out for the solder joints i havent specifically tried these ones that sparkfun has ordered but all others that i have used, the leads fell off

    • The need for strain relief is assumed. You will need to make sure the wires don’t move excessively. Also, the wires can be soldered back easily.

      • A little hot glue or epoxy should do the trick ;)

      • Be extra careful if you’re soldering to the back of these. The inner wire is attached to a sputtered layer, which is solder soluble (in my experience). This means that excessive soldering reduces electrode area, and the sound output is reduced proportionally. If you’re aware of this, and don’t spend forever soldering it (I was using it for a ground plane on a tiny alarm clock), you should be fine.


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