DC Power Monitor
The DC Power Monitor Reference Design is a modification to the AC Power Monitor design that can target an entirely different industry. Instead of indirectly measuring current using a coil around an AC wire, we directly run the DC current through a shunt resistor and an ADC measures the voltage that develops across the resistor.
The power monitor measures total on time and is capable of tracking a wide range of consumer and industrial power sources.
Read more about this project and use case on the DC Power Monitor blog post.
Business Use Case
The electrification of everything is coming; as the work changes to renewable energy, we will see more and more devices needing DC power charging. We can use simple monitoring devices to track current, voltage, and power (calculated).
Some examples of how you might use this out in the world:
- Battery charging infrastructure
- Energy usage of DC based devices
- Efficiency monitoring
- Small machine utilization (similar to our AC power monitor)
The official repository is not available to the public. Please contact [email protected] for access to this and other Golioth Reference Design Repositories.
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- (2) INA260AIPWR Current measure chips on a MikroE VCP Click
- Golioth Aludel-Mini circuit board
- LiPoly Battery
- Ostentus i2c based display
- Mechanical / Enclosure
- Aludel Mini Case based on the CU-1937-MB ABS Enclosure from Bud Industriries (~3.1"x3.1") with custom cutouts
- (3) 5.5 x 2.1 mm DC Power Jack
The Grafana dashboard connects to the Golioth REST API to access data from the DC Power Monitor. Time-series electrical current readings on two ADC channels are graphed to visualize duration and frequency of use as well as current draw. The live runtime of each channel is shown to indicate if the machine is currently in use and for how long. A maximum current reading for each device is available, as is the lifetime runtime of the machines.