Elias The Sparkiest

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SparkFun AS3935 Lightning Detector Hookup Guide (v20)

July 25, 2019

Are you worried about the looming clouds in the distance, how far away is that storm exactly? Add lightning detection with the AS3935 to your next weather station or your next bike ride!

Qwiic Ambient Light Sensor (VEML6030) Hookup Guide

July 18, 2019

The VEML6030 is a high accuracy ambient light sensor with 16-bit resolution. This I2C sensor can detect light similar to the human eye response. Start detecting light levels in your environment!

TPL5110 Nano Power Timer Hookup Guide

June 6, 2019

The TPL5110 Nano Power Timer is ideal for applications that require low power, and especially those projects that are running off of a LiPo battery. The Nano Power Timer will turn on your project after the set amount of time, continuously.

SparkFun GPS Breakout (ZOE-M8Q and SAM-M8Q) Hookup Guide

April 4, 2019

The SparkFun ZOE-M8Q and SAM-M8Q are two similarly powerful GPS units but with different project applications. We'll compare both chips before getting each up and running.

SparkFun Qwiic RFID-IDXXLA Hookup Guide

March 14, 2019

The Qwiic RFID ID-XXLA is an I2C solution that pairs with the ID-LA modules: ID-3LA, the ID-12LA, or the ID-20LA, and utilizes 125kHz RFID chips. Let's take a look at the hardware used for this tutorial.

LumiDrive Hookup Guide

January 17, 2019

The LumiDrive LED Driver is SparkFun’s foray into all things Python on micro-controllers. With the SparkFun LumiDrive you will be able to control and personalize a whole strand of APA102s directly from the board itself.

Qwiic Quad Relay Hookup Guide

January 3, 2019

SparkFun’s Qwiic Quad Relay is a product designed for switching not one but four high powered devices from your Arduino or other low powered microcontroller using I2C.

SparkFun Serial Basic CH340C Hookup Guide

December 13, 2018

SparkFun Serial Basic Breakout takes advantage of USB-C and is an easy-to-use USB-to-Serial adapter based on the CH340C IC from WCH. With USB-C you can get up to three times the power delivery over the previous USB generation and has the convenient feature of being reversable.

SparkFun SAMD21 Pro RF Hookup Guide

October 4, 2018

Using the super blazing, nay blinding, fast SAMD21 whipping clock cycles at 48MHz and the RFM96 module to connect to the Things Network (and other Radio woodles).

AT42QT101X Capacitive Touch Breakout Hookup Guide

January 25, 2018

Learn how to use the simple SparkFun AT42QT1010 and AT42QT1011 capacitive touch breakout boards.
  • That is an interesting thought, I'll keep this in mind.

  • All but one have been fixed - the last remaining image should be fixed today.

  • Thanks for saying something! We had some issues with our servers and lost a few images but it wasn't clear which ones were lost. I'll get those updated as soon as possible.

  • We've been having some server issues. The link is fixed, sorry about the delay.

  • That is odd. This is a question better suited to our forums: forums.sparkfun.com. However, I do have a suggestion: try changing your setting to OUTDOOR to see if you have better results. Clearly it's detecting lightning but is not registering it as lightning which leads me to suspect that the INDOOR setting may be too robust in your case.

  • Just to add to what QCPete was mentioning - there is now a library for the Qwiic RFID board, which you can find in the Arduino Library Manager. Just search for "SparkFun Qwiic RFID". If you haven't done that before we have a tutorial to walk you through it:


  • I remember the first time I saw that head in Harry Potter, it reminded me of the shrunken head guy from Beetlejuice.


    Very cool project Ell C!

  • That is correct! The Arduino Library that we've written for this already accounts for this delay and is included in the "readInterrupt" function. There's no need to add your own 2ms delay. This is just an FYI for anyone using the library.

  • Fixed! I'm not quite sure what happened to the old link....

  • That is correct, our clone is functionally comparable to the Arduino Uno, and so you're Uno would work just fine. Unfortunately, you could not get directionality with a single lightning detector. To your first question, a shield would only hinder the ability of the Lightning Detector to detect lightning. As to your second question, the antenna on the Lightning Detector and its' passive components were chosen so that they resonate at a specific frequency: 500kHz. In addition the components give the antenna a specific "Q-factor" or quality factor. This is also vital to its' ability to detect lightning. I have wondered if it would be possible to get direction with triangulation but I'm not familiar enough with the specifics of triangulation. Sorry about that, hopefully you can still find a way to integrate it into a project!