SparkFun Air Quality Breakout - CCS811

The CCS811 Air Quality Breakout is a digital gas sensor solution that senses a wide range of Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs), including equivalent carbon dioxide (eCO2) and metal oxide (MOX) levels. VOCs are often categorized as pollutants and/or sensory irritants and can come from a variety of sources like construction materials (paint, carpet, etc.), machines (copiers, processors, etc.) and even people (breathing, smoking, etc.). This breakout is intended for indoor air quality monitoring in personal devices such as watches and phones, but we’ve put it on a breakout board so you can use it as a regular I2C device.

The onboard CCS811 supports multiple measurement modes that have been optimized for low-power consumption during an active sensor measurement and idle mode extending battery life in portable applications. We have broken out each necessary pin on the CCS811 as well as additional pins to add your own NTC Thermistor to determine the temperature of the CCS811’s surroundings, which can be used to help compensate the readings.

Note: Please be aware that the CCS811 datasheet recommends a burn-in of 48 hours and a run-in of 20 minutes (you must allow 20 minutes for the sensor to warm up and output valid data).

Get Started with the CCS811 Breakout Guide

  • Total Volatile Organic Compound (TVOC) sensing from 0 to 1,187 parts per billion
  • eCO2 sensing from 400 to 8,192 parts per million
  • Five Operating Modes
  • Integrated MCU
  • Onboard Processing
  • Standard I2C Digital Interface
  • Optimized Low-Power Modes
  • Optional NTC Thermistor Pins

SparkFun Air Quality Breakout - CCS811 Product Help and Resources

CCS811/BME280 (Qwiic) Environmental Combo Breakout Hookup Guide

September 8, 2017

Sense various environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, eCO2 and tVOCs with the CCS811 and BME280 combo breakout board.

CCS811 Air Quality Breakout Hookup Guide

April 27, 2017

This tutorial shows you how to get data from a CCS811 breakout board with the I2C interface.

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Customer Comments

  • See my LCD CCS811 Live Environmental Monitor here using this sensor: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2386674

  • What happened to the quarter?

  • Quick question…can this sensor, umm, detect farts??

  • I am experiencing the same problems as “dafoink”. Values are spiking after a few hours of continuous use and are going down again after power cycle (reset via the reset line does not help). Even after upgrading to app version 2.0.0 it is happening. To me it looks like the firmware is not stable. A second, different unit, does not show that behaviour yet, but I will see.

  • Can this detect bad stuff from 3d printers?

  • At $29, I’m incredibly surprised you didn’t include the NTC on the board. Seriously, they cost like $0.10, and the pin seems to be reserved for the NTC exclusively.

Customer Reviews

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Fantastic board

Really simple to use, remarkably accurate, and surprisingly sophisticated. Just what this project needed!

very usefull

I had to unsolder the pull up resistors to make it working on an AT91 Sam9G25 plateform. No works flawlessly

For future reference most of our boards (including this one) have the pullup resistors soldered on so that they can be used as is, but also have jumpers on the board where you can cut the trace to disconnect them which should be easier than desoldering.

Very good for proof of concept demo

This product is easy to use, has great docs, and is very reliable. Great for student projects

Easy to implement but values go out of control on continuous use

Ok. it is pretty easy to use. and the library is very easy. But, after a few hours of continuous use, the values go crazy. I also added temp/humidity compensation. but still, after an hour or two, the results go off the charts. Anyone else have an idea on how to handle this? Or is there a problem with the actual device?

It sounds like you may have a connection issue or a bad unit. Please contact our tech support department for assistance. You can reach them at techsupport (at) sparkfun (dot) com.

Great sensor but be prepared to do a fair amount of setup

I have this sensor set up to record data using a Particle Photon. The graphs spike when we cook food, have large groups of people over to our house or use hair spray. The CO2 equivalent value appears to be calculated based on the tVOC reading. Both readings follow the same trend line but have different min and max values. Based on my experience and looking at the spec sheet, the values produced by this sensor are largely dependent on the baseline measurement established during the warm up period (and periodically thereafter). I have yet to tinker with the baseline getter and setter functions provided in the library for this sensor.

The setup process recommends a one time 48 hour burn in and 20 minute warm up. The default sampling rate for this sensor is every second. At this sample rate, the sensor gets pretty warm. You can slow down the sample rate by using a function in the library for the sensor.

Here is a link to GitHub with the code that I’m using:

https://github.com/blackcj/SparkFunCCS811