This invention is not so new but so I took the liberty of posting my symple version, based on IC 4093. With that, I hope no one more is  surprised by the lack of water in the water tank, just as I was.

Hope you enjoy.

Step 1: Electronics

Materials needed (electronics):

2 x CI 4093;

2 x socket for IC;

7 x 500 ohm resistors;

7 x 2M2 ohm resistors;

1 x battery 9Volts;

1 x battery clip;

1 x normally open (I used a interuptor bell because I had already);

1 x mirror for the ringer switch;

1 x box to switch;

1 plate phenolite standard 10 x 5 cm (already drilled);

X 8 brass screws (they will be sensors);

Double-sided tape or screws to fasten the box to the wall;

network cable (the circuit was primarily designed for use with this cable because it has 8 wires inside: 7 for the sensors and 1for the the common).

OBS.: The length of cable will depend on the distance from the water tank and where the display will stay.

solder, soldering iron, etc ...

The heart of th circuit is a CI4093 that has four "NAND"  doors. In this project, I used two.

Basically we have a port "NAND" with one input at a high level and other has a pull-up resistor providing a high logical level (1). When it is placed in that logic zero input, the inverter output goes to high level and turns the LED, illuminating it.

I used seven of the eight doors due to a limitation of the cable network.

The circuit board was done in a standard phenolite (stuck) with the components placed in the top. In a bottom, I made the connections using solder and a few pieces of wire cable.

For the panel, used  a box that also served to house the circuit. The center button (normally open) is used to connect the circuit.

The circuit only works when operating the center button. The rest of the time he is in "stand-by ". The good news is that the battery will last a long time and no current through the water. Even when triggered circuit, the current is minimal and poses no hazard to health.


<p>Daew amigo</p><p>Me diz uma coisa esse seu esquema &acute;pode ser usado com combustivel (gasolina)???</p><p>pois tenho um tanque de 200 l e quero colocar um sensor nele ser&aacute; q pode ser esse seu????? mto obrigado pela aten&ccedil;&atilde;o</p>
<p>Ol&aacute;! esse circuito foi pensado para funcionar com &aacute;gua pois o mesmo utiliza a condutividade dela em uma caixa que n&atilde;o propaga eletricidade (geralmente os tanques de combust&iacute;vel t&ecirc;m paredes met&aacute;licas que fariam tal circuito ficar com todos os leds ligados). Para funcionar com combust&iacute;vel , creio que j&aacute; existe algumas boias ( funcionam como uma chave normalmente aberta ou fechada) que fazem melhor o trabalho e simplificam o circuito. <a href="http://pt.aliexpress.com/item/1pcs-Tank-Pool-Horizontal-Water-Level-Switch-Liquid-Level-Sensor-Liquid-PP-Plastic-Ball-Float-Switch/32596131723.html?spm=2114.02010208.3.1.xWy6Dx&ws_ab_test=searchweb201556_0,searchweb201602_3_10057_10056_10055_10037_10049_10059_10032_10058_10017_405_404_407_10040_10060,searchweb201603_2&btsid=30abfe29-a847-4cd1-94f4-f4b377bb09a0">http://pt.aliexpress.com/item/1pcs-Tank-Pool-Horiz...</a></p>
<p>Muito show. Gostei, provavelmente farei, mas trocando o CI por transistors ou um Arduino com display LCD.</p>
<p>Boa! Na verdade eu fiz esse para &quot;reciclar&quot; os componentes que eu tinha em casa. Tinha acabado de entrar no mundo do Arduino e n&atilde;o estava mais utilizando esses CI's.</p>
<p>Its one of the better designs and descriptions on this site.. Its good to have access to the parts list and the description which will allow me to buy the parts and follow your design easily.</p><p>Well done and thank you</p>
<p>I had read somewhere that ionization at the contact points in the water tank (by contact point i mean each wire dipped in the water tank; each wire connects to 1 LED) get covered by salts due to ionization and need to be cleaned regularly. If so, this is not a feasible solution to measure water level. Do you have any thoughts on this?</p>
<p>I agree. The best would be to make a meter with isolation using magnetic contact . However, this meter uses brass screw sensor whose oxidation is very slow. So much so that this circuit was made in 2011 and did not need further maintenance was not even replaced the battery.</p>
<p>do any of you know about how to make a water level indiacater which is more easier than this because we have a group project on water level indicator . for 12 yrs</p>
<p>You can make a viewer interconnecting the tank with a transparent tube . If it is a small project , you can use a bowl of water, connected to a syringe , for example. Both have to be on the same level. </p>
<p>Faltou relacionar nos materiais os leds e o cabinho para interligar os pontos no circuito (cabinho em vermelho conforme entendi no desenho) &Eacute; isso mesmo? Qual a bitola desse cabinho? Gostaria de ver a foto da montagem final pois n&atilde;o encontrei nenhum link que mostrasse. Pretendo usar esse sensor: </p><p>http://www.buyincoins.com/item/34693.html</p><p>Posso simplesmente substituir pelos pregos? E como ficaria a liga&ccedil;&atilde;o dos cabos?</p>
<p>Ol&aacute;, amigo. Esse sensor &eacute; o ideal pois n&atilde;o vai ter contato el&eacute;trico com a &aacute;gua e nem vai ter metal enferrujando na &aacute;gua. Por&eacute;m, o circuito para acion&aacute;-los vai ser diferente do meu (bem mais simples). O cabo que usei foi, como descrito, cabo de rede padr&atilde;o (8 fios).O cabinho vermelho foi porque eu confeccionei a paquinha sem auxilio de programas de computador e fiquei sem espa&ccedil;o par algumas trilhas. Pode ser qualquer cabo que aguente 100 mili amp&eacute;res de corrente. Pretendo confeccionar uma placa em CAD e deixar o link para baixar. J&aacute; que muita gente est&aacute; querendo uma, devido &agrave; falta de &aacute;gua recente. Qualquer outra d&uacute;vida, basta perguntar.</p>
<p>Desculpe perguntar mas como n&atilde;o entendo nada de eletr&ocirc;nica (mas sei seguir um projeto direitinho), onde poderia conseguir um circuito com os sensores mencionados? Quem sabe vc pudesse me fornecer a placa pronta? Podemos continuar a conserva por email? lbeck@globo.com (Entendo de el&eacute;trica, CAD e se eu puder te ajudar de alguma forma em agradecimento as dicas pode pedir.)</p>
<p>Bom dia. sou leigo no assunto, e por isso gostaria de saber quais resistores v&atilde;o na placa e quais v&atilde;o nos leds</p>
<p>Ol&aacute;. desculpa a demora em responder. Os resistores que v&atilde;o na placa s&atilde;o R1 at&eacute; R7 que S&atilde;o de 2,2Mega ohms. Os outros (R8 a R14), eu coloquei diretamente nos fios, para economizar espa&ccedil;o na placa pois fiz a mesma sem ajuda de programas de confec&ccedil;&atilde;o e n&atilde;o tive muita imagina&ccedil;&atilde;o para coloca-los nela. Qualquer d&uacute;vida, basta perguntar.</p>
ja vi que vc eh brasileiro :) <br> <br>vc tem mais fotos do circuito montado???? <br> <br>muito legal.
Tenho sim. Ainda vou colocar. Perdi o cabo da c&acirc;mera. QQ coisa, vai aqui: http://www.inventeaqui.com.br/invencao/visualizacao-do-nivel-de-caixas-dagua
<p>amigo, preciso de mais informa&ccedil;&otilde;es a respeito desse medidor... obrigado</p>
<p>Ol&aacute;. O que voc&ecirc; est&aacute; precisando?</p>
Couldn't you use transistors? One transistor per led. Like this.
Yes you can. But i used all components thad i already had at home
Aren't Transistors far more common?
Mucho Bueno. The switch and colored LEDs look very professional!
Thanks. But its verry amateur! I used all spareparts from broken toys, broken LAN cable and recycled pvc pipes
I don't understand how this actually senses how much water there is in the tank, can you explain?
He shows us the water level in the tank, by estimates. Not the exact level in liters. It's just a feel for how much remains in the reservoir.
Yes. I know WHAT it does, but HOW does it do it?
the sensor that lies at the bottom of the tank acts as an open switch that closes contact with other sensors up using water. As we know, water condus electricity because it is not pure water.

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