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Battery Level LED Indicator

This LED Indicator uses a LM339, a quad comparator. LM339 can work on single or dual supplies, it has a open collector output that can drive 15mA, low power consumption. The circuit is an untested design but it should work.

Mains Voltage and Power Circuits – Similar circuits for Mains Voltage Monitoring.

There are many better circuits in the various circuit archives i have linked on the front page, you just have to look around. When you measure the open circuit voltage of a battery with a high impedance DMM (10M), the value may be a bit misleading. Apply a dummy load to bleed the battery a bit so that proper readings can be taken on Load. The load below is a 100 ohms wire-wound fusible ceramic resistor which will heat a bit when you test 12V batteries.
Battery Level LED Indicator

Theory of Operation.

R16 a 5W ceramic wire wound bleeder or dummy load. R15 is a part of an attenuator for obtaining ranges. D2 is a protection clamp diode. R10-D1 forms the 5V reference for comparators. Then an attenuator obtains 1.2, 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 V steps for each comparator. This circuit is similar to Audio Level meter or VU meter circuit.

Comparators in Interface Circuits

The comparator compares the battery sample voltage to the fixed reference step. If ‘+’ pin is more positive than ‘-‘, or is ‘+’ is more dominant, then output goes floating ‘open collector’, so No LED light . But if ‘-‘ is more dominant the output transistor of comparator goes low impedance or saturates or turns ‘ON’. But only spec current can be switched, do not compare with electrical switch ‘ON’. Also on a dual supply 0V is more dominant or positive compared with -12V, even though it appears -12V is a big number. The direction of current is what decides, all measurements are relative.

Thermocouple Amplifier Standard

Thermocouple is the most common sensor in Industrial Temperature Measurement. The Signal Conditioning involves Cold Junction Compensation and High Gain DC Amplification. The output of a Themocouple is in millivolts.

The OP07 is a low offset 75uV opamp, here it is used to amplify the output of a Thermocouple, the gain of this stage is high. The zeners are to protect any high voltage at input zapping the opamp.

Thermocouple Amplifier Standard

The Resistor R6 limits the current. The zeners should be low leakage or use clamping pull-up and pull-down diodes to +5 and -5 respectively.

The RC low-pass filter formed by R6 and C2 reduce the mains hum or 50 Hz pickup of long thermocouple cables laid close to high current heater wiring. R1 is a offset null use or add if required. R11 is gain control of OP07. The TL072 is a FET input opamp used here as a summing amp.

Blind Dial Proportional Temperature Controller

Adding one more inverting amp with some gain to the output of this circuit can give you a 1-5V suitable for ADC or PC analog I/O cards. C1 also serves to filter, it is an integrator here. It suppresses EMI and RFI from motors, contacters etc., R13 sets an output value for 0mV input.

Voltage to Current Source 4-20 mA

The 0-1V to 4-20 mA Converter published earlier is a current sink, Here is a circuit that is a voltage to current converter but with a current source.

Voltage to Current Source 4-20 mA

You can use a LM358 or LM324. The first opamp is a Voltage to Current with a sink output. That current creates a varying voltage w.r.t the 12V DC supply, this varying voltage is mirrored by the second opamp across the source output resistor. This way a constant current is obtained with a sourcing output. The control elements are small signal high gain transistors. Any suitable equivalent can be used. Even the opamp can be chosen by the precision and application you want.

In this form of feedback. way to understand …. “Op-Amp drives the output to maintain both inputs at the same level” and also the “Output takes the polarity of the dominant input” and lastly “dominant means, more positive”. +5 is more Dominant than +3 or 0 or -2. Then -3 is more dominant than -12. See which is more positive.

Long distance of current loop may need higher voltage and lower source resistor value. Then the output transistor needs to change, if you use 24V DC then that voltage should not reach opamp. Design needs to foresee all possibilities of I/O troubles, as these are wired by a customer, mistakes happen. Hence, Industrial Designs have to be rugged.