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Overview

This simple and cheap device has many uses, but it’s mainly intended to replace multiple panel meters. It can also be used as a small additional text screen for PC, Raspberry Pi or any other computer with USB. Whilst working on the high-current linear power supply design it became clear that we needed a way to show several different voltage and current readings, along with heatsink temperature, and it just didn’t make sense to use several panel meters for that job. It’s difficult enough to cut a single neat rectangle in the front panel of the instrument case to fit one screen, let alone three or even five. And there would be a lot of extra wiring if we used separate panel meters, plus increased current draw and it could end up pretty expensive.

This one low-cost device using a micro, an LCD screen and not much else makes the whole thing so much easier. There are two ways to use this board. In the Bench Supply, we’re feeding in five analog voltages with a common ground. These voltages are a fraction of the actual measured voltages (ie, the outputs of voltage dividers). The onboard micro samples these voltages and converts the values back to the original scales, then displays on them on the screen.

In the case of the fifth input, which is used for temperature sensing via an NTC thermistor, it also performs the required calculations to deal with the non-linear behaviour of the NTC. In the other mode, the micro detects when it is plugged into a USB interface and then behaves differently. You send it text over a virtual serial link, which is shown on the display. So you can easily show whatever you want on the 16x2 or larger 20x4 character backlit LCD screen.

Important Note For Kit Buyers:
This product is supplied in component form and requires soldering, drilling, and assembly. We recommend users are familiar with at least basic electronic principles and have the ability to solder.

Features

  • Shows two voltages, two currents and one temperature reading on a 16x2 LCD
  • In alternative USB mode, ASCII text from virtual serial port is written directly to 20x4 LCD
  • Panel meter input range: 5 x 0-4.096V
  • Panel meter scaling: 2 x 0-4.096V -> 0-60V, 2 x 0-4.096V -> 0-9A, 1 x 0-3V -> 0-100°C
  • Panel meter resolution: 58.6mV for voltages, 8.79mA for currents
  • Panel meter update rate: 5Hz


Why buy an Altronics Kit?
Altronics kits are premium do-it-yourself projects designed to be assembled with ease. However, basic electronics knowledge and soldering skills are essential to construct our kits. A difficulty rating is provided to help determine if your ability is sufficient to build the kit project. Please note, once assembly has been commenced we are unable to honor any warranty claims. Please see the full details here.

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Warranty & Returns

12 MONTHS

We offer 12 months warranty on this product from its date of purchase. This is available from Altronics stores, online purchases or Altronics resellers. In accordance with our full warranty terms we will repair, replace or refund if goods you have purchased from us are defective.

14 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE

Not withstanding our warranty policy, if you are dissatisfied with our goods or service you may return the goods within 14 days of our despatch date. Simply contact us for a return authorisation number and we will refund your purchase in full, less transport costs on receipt of goods. All returned goods must be in as sold condition including all packaging, instructions, invoices etc.