Sensor + Interrupt questions
I have done some stuff with normal buttons and interrupts to wake up a node. I am wondering if anyone has done other stuff on the interrupts? Like a moisture/water sensor? im checking the feasibility of doing battery powered leak sensors. Seems like it would work since it's basically doing a button press by conducting through the water.
Now, I know what the first response is.... just try it!! I would, but alas i don't have my water sensors here yet
zboblamont last edited by
I swear I did a search. But apparently I searched on one of my other community forums that had nothing to do with arduino or mysensors
helps when i search the right forum.
JohnRob last edited by JohnRob
I have a similar (same?) sensor type running on a Pro mini.
I uses a PNP to gain up the sensor current and ran it into INT1 . My RFM69 uses INTO.
Works perfect. I've been running it on 3 AAA *** Carbon! batteries for a few months to see how long the batteries work. I can't yet estimate the battery life because I'm using the internal measurement of Vcc (which goes through the regulator).
*** updated, the original post stated 2 AAA batteries. This was in error.
I ordered a couple of sensors yesterday so as soon as they come in ill start doing some testing with them.
@johnrob why are you using the regulator?
JohnRob last edited by
For sensors I'm using 4 stainless steel screws extending out the bottom of a plastic housing. They are spaced at the corners of a 5/8 square. I tested it with 2 screw and it worked fine but I went with 4 for the extra sense current.
I'm using 3 AAA batteries, my 2 AAA carbon battery statement was in error. When fresh the voltage exceeds the RFM69 input voltage specification.
you could use 3 ni-mh and get rid of the regulator, that drains battery fast unless you use a low quiescent current one.
David Cabañero last edited by
I have door/window sensors running using interruptions. I got rid of the regulator and the power led and I am using a step up converter to take as much juice as possible from the batteries. The oldest node has been running for a year already on 2 AA batteries so your project is definitely doable.
The problem could be in case the leak sensor throws a lot of false positives in which case it would drain the battery quicker.
I hope it helps.
@david-cabañero Thanks David, i just got a few of the step ups so I will give that a shot. Because of some of my other projects I have TONS of 18650 cells laying around so I figure those are decent batteries for this.
are you running your nodes at 5V?
no, i have a couple that i am running at 3.3 off the 18650s. so far it's been pretty good just using the sleep
David Cabañero last edited by
Hi @CrankyCoder ,
I think that 18650 will have plenty of juice for a project like this one.
Do you have an idea on how much does the water sensor consume in sleep mode? I am curious and I might actually go for the same project.
Which one are you using?
not sure about in sleep mode. But here is the sensor i am using.