If you are considering the addition of a flow sensor to your watering system, then you should also consider adding this brass solenoid valve from Adafruit. Just like the flow
sensor, most of this fitting is made of brass for added durability. Now you can easily turn your water source on and off via your Raspberry Pi or microcontroller.
Just keep in mind, unlike many other sensors and components used in DIY electronics that run on 3.3 V or 5 V, this one operates on 12 volts. There are also some other important considerations before choosing a solenoid valve, so head over to the website for more information and to see if this is a good choice for your project.
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