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The VCP1100 measures the current flow in an electronic circuit or device. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub.
This Phidget is a smart device that must be controlled by a VINT Hub. For more information about VINT, have a look at the VINT Primer. You can use a Phidget Cable to simply and easily connect the two devices. Here's a list of all of the different VINT Hubs currently available:
|Image||Part Number||Price||Number of VINT Ports||Controlled By|
|HUB5000_0||$60.00||6||Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)|
Use a Phidget cable to connect this device to the hub. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.
Welcome to the VCP1100 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:
Next, you will need to connect the pieces:
Now that you have everything together, let's start using the VCP1100!
In order to demonstrate the functionality of the VCP1100, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.
The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines.
To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel
To open the Phidget Control Panel on macOS, open Finder and navigate to the Phidget Control Panel in the Applications list. Double click on the icon to bring up the Phidget Control Panel.
For more information, take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:
Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the VCP1100.
After plugging the VCP1100 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:
The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:
The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.
The VCP1100 measures the in-line DC current flow of up to 30A in an electronic circuit or device.
You can use your Control Panel to explore your Phidget's channels.
1. Open your Control Panel, and you will find the following channel:
2. Double click on the channel to open the example program. This channel belongs to the CurrentInput channel class:
In your Control Panel, double click on "30A Current Sensor Phidget":
Before you open a Phidget channel in your program, you can set these properties to specify which channel to open. You can find this information through the Control Panel.
1. Open the Control Panel and double-click on the red map pin icon:
2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.
See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.
The Change Trigger is the minimum change in the sensor data needed to trigger a new data event. The Data Interval is the time (in ms) between data events sent out from your Phidget. You can modify one or both of these values to achieve different data outputs. You can learn more about these two properties here.
The VCP1100 is electrically isolated, so a power surge in the circuit you are measuring would only damage the VCP1100- it will not damage your VINT Hub or your computer unless it exceeds the board's isolation voltage (50V) . Having isolation also helps prevent the formation of ground loops in your system.
|Sensor Type||Current (DC In-Line Hall Effect)|
|Input Current Min||-30 A|
|Input Current Max||30 A|
|Current Measurement Resolution||1.1 mA|
|Surge Current (Input)||100 A|
|Measurement Error Max||4 %|
|Input Current Noise||20 mA|
|Sampling Interval Min||20 ms/sample|
|Sampling Interval Max||60 s/sample|
|Recommended Wire Size||10 - 26 AWG|
|Operating Temperature Min||-40 °C|
|Operating Temperature Max||85 °C|
|Current Consumption Max||1.8 mA|
|Current Consumption Min||20 μA|
|Isolation Voltage (DC)||50 V DC|
|Input Impedance||1.2 mΩ|
|Canadian HS Export Code||9030.33.00|
|American HTS Import Code||9030.33.38.00|
|Country of Origin||CN (China)|
|Date||Board Revision||Device Version||Comment|
|February 2018||0||101||Product Release|
|CurrentInput||Visual Studio GUI||C#||Windows||Download|
|CurrentInput||Visual Basic .NET||Windows||Download|
|Image||Part Number||Price||Sensor Type||Controlled By||Input Current Min||Input Current Max||Current Measurement Resolution|
|1122_0||$31.00||Current (AC/DC In-Line)||VoltageRatio Input||± 75 mA||± 30 A||—|
|3500_0||$40.00||Current (AC Through-Hole)||Voltage Input (0-5V)||0 A||10 A||10 mA|
|3501_0||$40.00||Current (AC Through-Hole)||Voltage Input (0-5V)||0 A||25 A||25 mA|
|3502_0||$40.00||Current (AC Through-Hole)||Voltage Input (0-5V)||0 A||50 A||50 mA|
|3503_0||$40.00||Current (AC Through-Hole)||Voltage Input (0-5V)||0 A||100 A||100 mA|
|3511_0||$95.00||Current (DC In-Line)||Voltage Input (0-5V)||0 A||10 mA||—|
|3513_0||$95.00||Current (DC In-Line)||Voltage Input (0-5V)||0 A||1 A||—|
|3584_0||$40.00||Current (DC Through-Hole)||±12V Adapter||0 A||50 A||50 mA|
|3585_0||$35.00||Current (DC Through-Hole)||±12V Adapter||0 A||100 A||100 mA|
|3586_0||$35.00||Current (DC Through-Hole)||±12V Adapter||0 A||250 A||250 mA|
|3588_0||$35.00||Current (DC Through-Hole)||±12V Adapter||-100 A||100 A||200 mA|
|3589_0||$35.00||Current (DC Through-Hole)||±12V Adapter||-250 A||250 A||500 mA|
|VCP1100_0||$25.00||Current (DC In-Line Hall Effect)||VINT||-30 A||30 A||1.1 mA|