Digital Arduino Voltmeter

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A Voltmeter or a Voltage Meter is a measuring instrument that is used for measuring voltage.

Supplies:

Hardware Components

Arduino Uno

LCD - 16x2

Single Turn Potentiometer- 10k ohms

Resistor 100k ohm

Resistor 10k ohm

Software Components

Arduino IDE

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Step 1: About Project

Circuit Design

To overcome the drawbacks of analog voltmeters, Digital Voltmeters are presented. Rather than only scaling and pointing to show a measured voltage like as analog voltmeter, digital voltmeters directly display the measured voltage on the digital display.

Circuit Design Pin 1 and Pin 2 (Vss and Vdd) of the LCD power supply are the pins for display. They are attached to ground and +5V supply respectively. Pin 3 (Vee) of the LCD is connected to the wiper terminal of the 10KΩ POT and the other terminals of the POT are connected to +5V supply and ground respectively. The next 3 pins of the LCD are control pins.

Pin 4 and Pin 6 of the LCD are attached to digital input/output pins 2 and 3 of Arduino respectively. Pin 5 (RW) of the LCD is attached to the ground. Pin 15 (LED+) of the LCD is connected to +5V supply via a current limiting resistor of 220Ω. Pin 16 (LED-) of the LCD is attached to the ground.

The output of the voltage divider circuit consisting of 100KΩ resistor and 10KΩ resistor is attached to the analog input pin A0 of the Arduino UNO with another end of the 100KΩ resistor attached to the voltage to be calculated and the other end of the 10KΩ resistor attached to the ground.

Working

In a digital voltmeter, the voltages to be estimated, which are in analog form, are switched to digital form with the help of Analog to Digital Converters (ADC).

Hence, the ADC specialty of the Arduino UNO is used in this project. The span of voltages for Arduino Uno's analog input is 0V to 5V.

Hence, in order to improve this range, a voltage divider circuit need to be used. With the help of the voltage divider circuit, the input voltage being calculated is taken down to the range of Arduino UNOs analog input.

Step 2: Run a Program

/*

DC Voltmeter

*/ #include LiquidCrystal lcd(7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12);

int analogInput = 0;

float vout = 0.0;

float vin = 0.0;

float R1 = 100000.0;//resistance of R1 (100K)

float R2 = 10000.0; // resistance of R2 (10K)

int value = 0;

void setup()

{ pinMode(analogInput, INPUT);

lcd.begin(16, 2);

lcd.print("DC VOLTMETER");

}

void loop()

{ // read the value at analog input value = analogRead(analogInput);

vout = (value * 5.0) / 1024.0;

vin = vout / (R2/(R1+R2));

if (vin<0.09)

{ vin=0.0;//statement to quash undesired reading

lcd.setCursor(0, 1);

lcd.print("INPUT V= ");

lcd.print(vin);

delay(500);

}

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