Make Your Own Power Meter/Logger





Introduction: Make Your Own Power Meter/Logger

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In this project I will show you how I combined an Arduino, an INA219 power monitor IC, an OLED LCD and a Micro SD Card PCB in order to create a power meter/logger that has more functions than the popular USB Power Meter. Let's get started!

Step 1: Watch the Video!

The video gives you a good overview on how to create your own power meter. In the next steps though I will present you some additional information to make this project even simpler.

Step 2: Order Your Parts!

Here you can find a parts list with example seller for the portable version of this project.

1x LiPo Battery:

1x TP4056 Board:

1x Arduino Pro Mini:

1x INA219 Board:


1x SD Card PCB:

1x Switch:

1x TP4056 Board:

1x Arduino Pro Mini:

1x INA219 Board:


1x SD Card PCB:

1x Switch:

1x LiPo Battery:

1x TP4056 Board:

1x Arduino Pro Mini:

1x INA219 Board:


1x SD Card PCB:

Step 3: Create the Circuit!

Here you can find the schematic for the Arduino Nano version and the portable version of this project. You can also find those schematic on the EasyEDA website:

You can also use the pictures of my finished board as a reference for your own.

Step 4: Upload the Code!

Now that your circuit is complete, it is time to upload the code. You can download it here. But don't forget to download and include the following libraries before uploading:

Step 5: Success!

You did it! You just created your own Power Meter/Logger

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29 Discussions

If you are talking about live AC in the sense of household wiring then no. It has a maximum voltage of 26VDC. Depending on location your mains voltage will be ~110VAC or 220-240VAC.

Also the INA219 is a 'High Side DC Current Sensor' and as such will only reliably measure DC currents.

Hi, i have a problem to upload the arduino code,

"Adafruit_SSD1306-master/Adafruit_SSD1306.h:49:26: fatal error: Adafruit_GFX.h: No such file or directory"

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You will also need to install the Adafruit_GFX library. It can be found on GitHub or also conveniently in the library manager.


Question 4 months ago

hi, congrats and thanks for a great video. I want to make a similar project but i need to monitor more current like upto 24 volts and 21 Apms.......what you suggest i do, or replace in the your given circuit? Hope to get a quick reply.

Great project! I'm building my one as of this moment.

I just have 3 questions to make:

- Does the circuit functions well when the battery level gets lower? Would it be better too use a booster to push the voltage to somewhere around 5V?

- How would you implement a battery level checker?

How accurate is this? Or the minimum watt measured by it?

Can this technically be used as a power supply volt amp meter?

Hello Scott

Sorry but I do not know how you manage to power a 5V Arduino with a 3.7 lipo battery. There should be a boost coverter in the middle right?
Thanks for all your support

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The battery, when full, is giving 4.2v I think, I read in the video's comments that Scott is directly powering the Arduino with it.

Hi Scott,

Thank you very much for your DIY presentations. and can you explain how to convert this for AC (Home power monitoring)

Hi Great Scott and all,

WHen compiling code I get this error. I am using Pro Mini, Arduino IDE 1.6.13 and the librabies that are listed on this site.

Any help would be appreciated.

Sketch uses 22,302 bytes (72%) of program storage space. Maximum is 30,720 bytes.
Global variables use 2,216 bytes (108%) of dynamic memory, leaving -168 bytes for local variables. Maximum is 2,048 bytes. Not enough memory; see for tips on reducing your footprint.

What should I follow if I use a power consumption of 48V or maybe 72V?


1 year ago

WOw! you have read my mind! its just what i will need for a new project, will post my build soon. Thanks a LOT! keep posting good ideias on Instructables


1 year ago

The video is such a great addition to this build. Congratulations with this instructional article!

If you view your log files how do you know what time a current ( for example ) is logged? Much better to put all 3 values in one file. What do you think?

LOL! I see you've already published this from your YouTube video. already liked it!

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I always favorite my own projects. What would TP ( Twitter President ) do?

Standart charging board is heating too much in beginnig of charging of battery (default current is 1A). In your cinfiguration it's too dangerous:
- big temperature from charging board can demage battery - set lower charging current

- move charging board from battery and add heatsink on IC TP4056