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April 8, 2016 AT 10:00 am

Configuring MQ-series Gas Sensors and ADS1115 ADCs #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Thanks to Phil for sharing this project with us. Check out more here.

I am finally getting around to configuring my box of MQ-series gas sensors from BangGood and ADS1115 16-bit analog to digital I2C converters from Adafruit. I had suggested I2C-compatible MQ-series sensors as a product for Adafruit, but LadyAda subtlely implied that I should go ahead and do that myself. šŸ™‚ So here we are….

…I have nine MQ sensors to configure, and each one draws 150mA of power. To address this, I have a 10A 5v power supply from Adafruit, a 2.1mm screw terminal female jack wired with 22AWG wire to the breadboard power and ground strips, a 4-connector pigtail to split out the power to various components. This is destined for Laika, my rover, so I need to power the MQ sensors, the servo PWM driver, and the motor shield. Thus, the 1-4 pigtail. How to power all this in a portable package is a problem for another day (thinking lead acid AGM batteries at this point, which will give me 13.8v and a ton of amp hours to play with).

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