Gas meter sensor done

A project log for Simple Home Energy Monitor

Quick and dirty electricity and gas consumption logger

RobGRobG 10/07/2019 at 10:330 Comments

I found an OPB704 kicking around and added a couple of resistors to bias it up for 5V operation.

390Ohms on the diode side biases it at about 10mA forward current from 5V supply. A 10kOhm on the phototransistor (collector) results in an almost complete rail-to-rail swing when something white is placed in front of the sensor.

Here's a screenshot of the ADC values as the 1/10ths wheel goes round on the meter:

Also just bought a light sensor module (with on-board comparator and threshold adjust) for £2 for the electricity meter sensor - perfect! Won't even need an analogue input pin for that.