How to Connect Load Cell

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To measure weight you can use load cell, which work on measure resistance of 4 strain gauges. Strain gauge is resistor, which change its resistance on bending. Values of resistance, which is change is +- 1 ohm, so it need very sensitive measurement. Also it need temperature compesate element, which in our case, is one of strain gauge. Wheastone bridge is circuit, which is used to measure weight using strain gauges.

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Step 1: Parts

BOM:

1x Arduino Uno (or ESP8266 or any microcontroller)

http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bEkfihq0 (set or choose)

http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bdhJSmK4 (cheap arduino board)

1x HX711 - very sensitive analog - digital converter to measure resistance of load cell

http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/5sYwTy4

http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bJB1VvBw

1x load cell (but only with green wire, others are fake and not work )

http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/bVY9mQzw

http://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/c2A6AcTO

Step 2: Wiring

Firstly, load cell has 4 cables, which are for measure resistance using converter.

Load cell -> HTX711

Red cable -> E+

Black cable -> E-

White cable -> A-

Green cable -> A+


Then you must connect converter HTX 711 with Arduino (or any microcontroller)

HTX711 -> Arduino

VCC -> 5 V or 3.3 V

GND -> GND

SCK (CLK) -> 2 (optional)

DOUT (DT) -> 3 (optional)

Step 3: Code

You must download library HX711.h

link to download library

Code is in picture, you can change DOUT, SCK pins, and also for measure in real units, you must calibrate load.

Step 4: How It Looks?

Every load cell cointain 4x strain gauges, 3 gauges are for measure and 1 is for compesation temperature differences. Every gauges is resistor, which change resistance with bend + temperature.

I bought one bad load cell, and it didn't work. So I shorted temperature element (resistor which compesate temperature differences). It works, but in different temperature it measure differently.

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