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12V Sensor Adapter

ID: 1144_0
Mature: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) will be produced as long as the parts and components required to make it are available.

Phidgets mostly run on 5V, but if you need 12V to power up your sensor you can use this adapter.


Quantity Available: 1000+

Qty Price
5 $10.45
10 $9.90
25 $8.80
50 $7.70
100 $7.15

For new systems and projects, we recommend using the following VINT products instead of this one.

The 5V to 12V Sensor Adapter provides an easy solution for using 12V sensors with Phidgets. Simply hook up the sensor to the terminal blocks, and connect it to an Analog Input or VINT Hub Port. The 1144 is powered by the Phidget it's plugged into, so you don't need a separate power supply for the sensor. For a list of sensors that can be interfaced with the 1144, see the Connection & Compatibility tab.

Comes packaged with


12V Sensors

This adapter can take the 5V it recieves from your Phidget Interface or Hub and step it up to power a 12V sensor, while also sending the 0-5V signal from the sensor back to your Interface or Hub. Here's a list of 12V proximity sensors that can make use of this adapter:

Product Sensor Properties
Image Part Number Price Sensor Type Controlled By
3523_0 $35.00 Proximity (Capacitive) Digital Input (5V)
3524_0 $50.00 Proximity (Capacitive) Digital Input (5V)
3525_0 $50.00 Through-Beam (Photoelectric) Digital Input (5V)
3527_0 $35.00 Proximity (Inductive) Digital Input (5V)
3528_0 $10.00 Proximity (Inductive) Digital Input (5V)

And a list of 12V voltage/current/power sensors:

Product Physical Properties Sensor Properties
Image Part Number Price Recommended Wire Size Sensor Type
3511_0 $95.00 12 - 24 AWG Current (DC In-Line)
3513_0 $95.00 12 - 24 AWG Current (DC In-Line)
3517_0 $187.50 12 - 24 AWG Power (AC)
3518_0 $187.50 12 - 24 AWG Power (AC)
3519_0 $187.50 12 - 24 AWG Power (AC)

Interface Boards and Hubs

This adapter can be read by any Phidget with an Analog Input or VINT Hub port. It will connect to either one using the included Phidget cable. VINT Hub ports can behave just like Analog Inputs, but have the added flexibility of being able to be used as digital inputs, digital outputs, or ports to communicate with VINT devices. For more information about VINT, see the VINT Primer.

Product Voltage Inputs
Image Part Number Price Number of Voltage Inputs Voltage Input Resolution
1010_0 $80.00 8 10 bit
1011_0 $50.00 2 10 bit
1018_3B $80.00 8
1019_1B $110.00 8 10 bit
1203_2B $70.00 8 10 bit
DAQ1000_0 $20.00 8 12 bit
HUB0001_0 $30.00 6 (Shared) * 16 bit
HUB5000_0 $60.00 6 (Shared) * 16 bit
SBC3003_0 $120.00 6 (Shared) * 16 bit

Phidget Cables

This sensor comes with its own Phidget cable to connect it to an InterfaceKit or Hub, but if you need extras we have a full list down below. 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.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m
CBL4104_0 $1.75 300 mm
CBL4105_0 $2.00 900 mm
CBL4106_0 $2.50 1.5 m

Getting Started

Welcome to the 1144 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:

Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

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  1. Connect the 12V sensor to the 1144.
  2. Connect the 1144 to the HUB0000 with the Phidget cable.
  3. Connect the HUB0000 to your computer with the USB cable.

Now that you have everything together, let's start using the 1144!

Using the 1144

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the 1144, we will connect it to the HUB0000, and then run an example using the Phidget Control Panel on a Windows machine.

The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines. If you would like to follow along, first 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 1144.

First Look

After plugging in the 1144 into the HUB0000, and the HUB0000 into your computer, open the Phidget Control Panel. You will see something like this:

HUB0000 Panel.jpg

The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.

The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Voltage Input

Double-click on a Voltage Input object in order to run the example:

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General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:

  • Modify the change trigger and/or data interval value by dragging the sliders. For more information on these settings, see the data interval/change trigger page.
  • To find out how to convert your Voltage value into a useful quantity, check out the formulas section below.

Technical Details

Interfacing a CE Transducer

To interface with a CE transducer sold by us, simply connect the wires as shown in the following image.

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Interfacing a 12V NPN Sensor

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In order to interface with a 12V sensor with an NPN output, you need a 12V sensor adapter and an Interface Kit. There are two ways to connect them, as shown in the figures. The first way simply involves connecting the 12V sensor adapter to an analog input on the Interface Kit, and then attaching the 12V sensor to the adapter with a 10kΩ pull-up resistor placed across the +12V and analog signal lines, as pictured. There should be two 10kΩ resistors packaged with your 12V sensor adapter.

When using this setup, the voltage input will show a voltage of about 5V when the NPN sensor is open, and a much lower value (less than 1V) when the sensor is closed. Likewise, if you're using an active-low digital input, the input will be low when the NPN sensor is open, and high when it is closed.

Interfacing a 12V PNP Sensor

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In order to interface with a 12V sensor with an PNP output, you need a 12V sensor adapter and an Interface Kit. Simply connect the 12V sensor adapter to an analog input on the HUB0000 (, and then attach the 12V sensor to the adapter with a 10kΩ pull-down resistor placed across the ground and analog signal lines, as pictured. There should be two 10kΩ resistors packaged with your 12V sensor adapter.


The 1144 returns a voltage between 0 and 5 volts. Check the documentation for your specific sensor to determine the formula for converting from return voltage to the measured value.

Phidget Cable


The Phidget Cable is a 3-pin, 0.100 inch pitch locking connector. Pictured here is a plug with the connections labelled. The connectors are commonly available - refer to the Analog Input Primer for manufacturer part numbers.

What to do Next

  • Programming Languages - Find your preferred programming language here and learn how to write your own code with Phidgets!
  • Phidget Programming Basics - Once you have set up Phidgets to work with your programming environment, we recommend you read our page on to learn the fundamentals of programming with Phidgets.

Product Specifications

Sensor Properties
Controlled By Voltage Input (0-5V)
Sensor Output Type Non-Ratiometric
Electrical Properties
Available External Voltage 12 V DC
Available External Current 20 mA
Supply Voltage Min 4.8 V DC
Supply Voltage Max 5.3 V DC
Current Consumption Max 50 mA
Output Impedance 1 kΩ
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 16 - 26 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8473.30.00
American HTS Import Code 8473.30.51.00
Country of Origin CN (China)


Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
October 2012 0 N/A Product Release

This device doesn't have an API of its own. It is controlled by opening a VoltageInput channel on the Phidget that it's connected to. For a list of compatible Phidgets with Voltage Inputs, see the Connection & Compatibility tab.

You can find details for the VoltageInput API on the API tab for the Phidget that this adapter connects to.