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Description: This non-invasive current sensor (also known as a “split core current transformer”) can be clamped around the supply line of an electrical load to tell you how much current is passing through it. It does this by acting as an inductor and responding to the magnetic field around a current-carrying conductor. By reading the amount of current being produced by the coil, you can calculate how much current is passing through the conductor.
This particular current sensor will measure a load up to 30 Amps which makes it great for building your own energy monitor to keep your power usage down, or even building an over-current protection device for an AC load. This sensor does not have a load resistor built in, so in most cases it will be necessary to place a resistor across the output to convert the coil’s induced current to a very small measurable voltage.
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I wrapped 4 turns of my wire through the window of the CT for better accuracy, also found out the Tip and the Sleeve were connected to the CT, not sure what the ring is used for.
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Using an MCP3002/3004 analog to digital converter, I was able to get this sensor working with a Raspberry Pi. It was accurate to about a tenth of an amp when clipped around the hot wire of a short extension cord. Just what I needed!
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I was surprised at the level of detail I was able to get from this. I’m fascinated by the data I’m collecting. Plan to order quite a few more soon.
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Installed 2 of these to monitor current to heat pumps. Small size, split core design and long leads make installation easy in the elec panel but the thin plastic that acts as a hinge on the split core looks very weak. I used ‘zip’ ties to be sure they don’t open in the panel years from now.
I am using the cr magnetics design for a ‘precision rectifier’ to produce amplified DC voltage outputs with a ratio of 20mvdc/1Aac. Our typical 10Aac load produces 200mvdc output, easily monitored with an arduino.
The spec sheet uses a 10ohm load resistor to characterise the output voltage vs current curve. I’m using a 20ohm resistor to double the sensitivity. I ran a load curve and get linear results as with the 10ohm load but at double the sensitivity.
I’ve been playing with it for a couple of weeks now. It really makes you understand things - if you like me would take this and try to measure something real, and I mean not just get some numbers, but really measure current, mains frequency, play with opamps and ADCs, learn to account for bias currents and offset voltages and so on and so on. And there’s a catch of course. I had an idea that you just clamp it around a cable and you all set - just ADC signal and that’s it. First, you don’t clamp this around CABLE, you clamp it around WIRE. An it’s just the beginning :-)