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## Programmable Power Guard Phidget

ID: SAF1000_0
Recommended for new designs: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) is estimated to be available for ten years or more.

Protect your circuit and power supply by detecting and preventing overvoltage and overtemperature situations.

## $40.00 Quantity Available: 402 Qty Price 5$38.00
10 $36.00 25$32.00
50 $28.00 100$26.00
250 $24.00 500$22.00
1000 $20.00 The Power Guard Phidget is designed to protect your hardware by detecting and preventing overvoltage situations. This board is designed for high current systems and is capable of protecting your equipment from even the largest of power spikes. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub. Use the SAF100 when the motor rated current is greater than 5A. #### Features: • Prevent current from flowing back to the power supply • Heatsink and fan to dissipate excess power • Select Overvoltage via software 8 - 33 VDC • Control power via software - like a relay #### Technical Details: • Isolation - A Power surge on the load side of the relay will not damage the VINT Hub or computer • If communication between this board and the computer is interrupted, it will continue to power the device and protect against the last chosen overvoltage trigger. #### VINT Hubs 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: Product Board Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports Controlled By VINT Hub Phidget$30.00 6 USB (Mini-USB)
Wireless VINT Hub
$60.00 6 Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi) PhidgetSBC4$120.00 6

#### Phidget Cables

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.

Product Physical Properties
Part Number Price Cable Length
Phidget Cable 60cm
$2.00 600 mm Phidget Cable 10cm$1.50 100 mm
Phidget Cable 350cm
$3.00 3.5 m Phidget Cable 120cm$2.25 1.2 m
Phidget Cable 180cm
$2.75 1.8 m Phidget Cable 30cm$1.75 300 mm
Phidget Cable 90cm
$2.00 900 mm Phidget Cable 150cm$2.50 1.5 m

#### Power Supplies

This Phidget protects a power supply between 8 and 30V DC. Check the product page or data sheet of the device being powered to determine how much current is needed and what voltage range is permissable. Select the power supply from the list below that matches your region's wall socket type.

Product Electrical Properties Physical Properties
Part Number Price Power Supply Current Output Voltage Wall Plug Style
Power Supply 12VDC 2.0A - AU
$10.00 2 A 12 V Australian Power Supply 12VDC 2.0A - EU$10.00 2 A 12 V European
Power Supply-12VDC 2A - US
$10.00 2 A 12 V North American Power Supply 12VDC 2.0A - UK$10.00 2 A 12 V British
Power Supply 12VDC 0.5A - EU
$1.50 500 mA 12 V European Power Supply 12VDC 0.5A - US$1.50 500 mA 12 V North American
Power Supply 24VDC 1.0A - US
$10.00 1 A 24 V North American Power Supply 24VDC 2.5A$20.00 2.5 A 24 V
Power Supply 24VDC 5A
$40.00 5 A 24 V Power Supply DIN Mount 24VDC 1A$20.00 1 A 24 V
Power Supply 24VDC 14.6A
$40.00 14.6 A 24 V Power Supply 12VDC 5A$20.00 5 A 12 V
Power Supply 24VDC 25A Current Limiting
\$120.00 25 A 24 V

## Part 1: Setup

### Select Device

Your Phidget must be connected to a device with a VINT port using a 3-wire Phidget cable.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

If you're unsure which one you should get, press ⊞ WIN + Pause/Break:

3a. Select Next

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3b. Read the Licence Agreement. Select Next.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Choose Installation Location. Select Next.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3d. Confirm Install

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. Installation Complete. Close installation Window.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your Windows Computer

● Connect VINT Device(s)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

## Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select Install to continue.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. You may see a message that the extension has been blocked. Select Open Security Preferences.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3g. Beside the message for Phidgets Inc, Click Allow.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3h. Installation Complete, Click Close.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3i. To delete the installer, click Move to Trash.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your Mac

● Connect VINT Device(s)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

## Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

1. First, you need to install the libusb-1.0 development libraries. For example, in Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev

You’ll also need a C compiler and builder, if you don’t already have one installed.

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install make

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3. Use the following commands in the location you unpacked to install the library:

./configure
make
sudo make install

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

4. (Optional) You can also download and unpack the following optional packages:

phidget22networkserver - Phidget Network Server, which enables the use of Phidgets over your network

phidget22admin - Admin tool to track who is connected to your Phidgets when using the network server

libphidget22extra - Required for phidget22networkserver and phidget22admin

libphidget22java - The Java libraries for Phidget22

For installation instructions for these packages, see the README file included with each one.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect USB Cable to your Linux Computer

● Connect VINT Device(s)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

ou should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

## Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

If you're unsure which one you should get, press ⊞ WIN + Pause/Break:

3a. Select Next

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3b. Read the Licence Agreement. Select Next.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Choose Installation Location. Select Next.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3d. Select Next to confirm install.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. Installation Complete. Close installation Window.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use it to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

## Step 4: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

## Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

## Step 4: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

## Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select Install.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. You may see a message that the extension has been blocked. Select Open Security Preferences.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3g. Beside the message for Phidgets Inc, Click Allow.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3h. Installation Complete, Click Close.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3i. To delete the installer, click Move to Trash.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

## Step 4: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

## Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

## Step 4: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

## Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

1. First, you need to install the libusb-1.0 development libraries. For example, in Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev

You’ll also need a C compiler and builder, if you don’t already have one installed.

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install make

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3. Use the following commands in the location you unpacked to install the library:

./configure
make
sudo make install

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

4. (Optional) You can also download and unpack the following optional packages:

phidget22networkserver - Phidget Network Server, which enables the use of Phidgets over your network

phidget22admin - Admin tool to track who is connected to your Phidgets when using the network server

libphidget22extra - Required for phidget22networkserver and phidget22admin

libphidget22java - The Java libraries for Phidget22

For installation instructions for these packages, see the README file included with each one.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch (optional)

## Step 3: Verify Connection

Choose a setup method:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

2. On your mobile device, go to the Wi-Fi settings and connect to the HUB5000:

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Once your device is connected to the HUB5000’s WiFi signal:

Click on the WiFi network and find an option that says “Manage router” or “Visit homepage”.

Go to your internet browser and type 192.168.100.1 in the address bar.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

6. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

7. Enter your Wifi Network details and click Save & Apply. It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

ou should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

## Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

1. When you connect the power supply to the HUB5000, the red LED should turn on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

3. Create a password for your HUB5000. You'll use this password to access the Configure Page from now on.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

4. Navigate to the network page. Change the Mode to Client.

## Step 3: Connect Wireless

5. Enter your Wifi Network details to use your Hub wirelessly and click Save & Apply. You can then disconnect the ethernet cable.

It may take a few minutes for your Phidgets to appear in the Phidget Control Panel, which we’ll check in the next step.

## Step 4: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

ou should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

## Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

If you're unsure which one you should get, press ⊞ WIN + Pause/Break:

3a. Select Next.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3b. Read the Licence Agreement. Select Next.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Choose Installation Location. Select Next.

3d. Select Next.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. Installation Complete. Close installation Window.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Windows PC

## Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidgets Control Panel:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You'll use this to access the configuration page from now on.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

## Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

For more help installing in Windows (e.g. manual install, using a VM, etc.), visit this page:

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

Before you begin using your Phidgets, you will need to install the Phidget Library.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3a. Select Continue

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3c. Here, you have the option to select the installation location. Select Install.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3e. Wait for Installation to complete. This should only take a few moments.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3f. You may see a message that the extension has been blocked. Select Open Security Preferences.

3g. Click Allow.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3h. Installation Complete, Click Close.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3i. To delete the installer, click Move to Trash.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Mac

## Step 3: Verify Connection

1. Open the Phidget Control Panel:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

2. If connected, your Phidgets will appear in the Phidget Control Panel.

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You will use this to access the configuration page from now on.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

## Done!

If you're able to see and interact with your devices in the Phidget Control Panel, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

1. First, you need to install the libusb-1.0 development libraries. For example, in Debian based distributions:

apt-get install libusb-1.0-0-dev

You’ll also need a C compiler and builder, if you don’t already have one installed.

apt-get install gcc
apt-get install make

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

3. Use the following commands in the location you unpacked to install the library:

./configure
make
sudo make install

## Step 1: Install Phidgets Library

4. (Optional) You can also download and unpack the following optional packages:

phidget22networkserver - Phidget Network Server, which enables the use of Phidgets over your network

phidget22admin - Admin tool to track who is connected to your Phidgets when using the network server

libphidget22extra - Required for phidget22networkserver and phidget22admin

libphidget22java - The Java libraries for Phidget22

For installation instructions for these packages, see the README file included with each one.

## Step 2: Connect Devices

● Connect Power Jack

● Connect VINT Device(s)

● Connect Ethernet to a Router or Switch in the same network as your Linux machine

## Step 3: Verify Connection

1. The easiest way to verify that your libraries are working properly is to compile and run an example program. Download and unpack this C example that will detect any Phidget:

## Step 3: Verify Connection

2. Next, open the terminal in the location where you unpacked the example. Compile and run using:

gcc HelloWorld.c -o HelloWorld -lphidget22
sudo ./HelloWorld

If everything is working, you should receive a “Hello” line for each Phidget channel that is discovered:

I don’t see any Phidgets show up in the HelloWorld example

You need to run it with sudo in order to be able to access USB devices. In order to use Phidgets without sudo, you need to set your udev rules. See the Advanced Information page on the final slide of this guide for details.

Now that the SBC's ethernet connection is verified, it can be connected to wifi.

If you don't have a USB wifi adapter or you're planning to stay on ethernet, you can scroll down to

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

If you're using a terminal-only Linux machine, use the browser on your phone instead.

(If you use a phone, you need to enter the IP address your router assigned to the SBC instead of phidgetsbc.local)

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

2. Create a password for your SBC. You will use this to access the configuration page from now on.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

3. Navigate to Network -> Wireless. Select your Network, enter the wifi password and select Add This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

4. Scroll down to your saved networks, click on your network and select Join This Network.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

5. It should now say connected in the status column.

You can now unplug the ethernet cable.

## Step 4: Connect Wireless

6. Run the HelloWorld example again to confirm that your Phidgets are accessible over wifi.

## Done!

If you're able to see your devices in the Hello World example, you're done with the Setup part of this guide.

Scroll down to Part 2: Using Your Phidget for the next step.

## Part 2: Using Your Phidget

The Power Guard Phidget is designed to protect your hardware by detecting and preventing overvoltage and over-temperature situations. If the voltage or temperature exceeds the thresholds chosen in your program, it will automatically cut power. You can re-enable power via software when you’ve determined that conditions are safe to do so.

Connect your power supply to the VIN and GND terminals, and the power lines for the rest of the system to the OUT and GND terminals, like in the picture above.

### Explore Your Phidget Channels Using The Control Panel

1. Open your Control Panel, and you will find the following channels:

2. Double click on a channel to open an example program. Each channel belongs to a different channel class:

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Power Supply Protector: Configures the voltage limit and fan settings

In your Control Panel, double click on "Power Supply Protector":

Temperature Sensor: Measures the ambient temperature

In your Control Panel, double click on "Temperature Sensor":

Voltage Sensor: Monitors the power supply voltage

In your Control Panel, double click on "Voltage Sensor":

## Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

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How do I know what channel, serial number, or hub port to use in my program?

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.

How can I plot or record sensor data?

Note: Graphing and logging is currently only supported in the Windows version of the Phidget Control Panel.

In the Phidget Control Panel, open the channel for your device and click on the icon next to the data type that you want to plot. This will open up a new window:

If you need more complex functionality such as logging multiple sensors to the same sheet or performing calculations on the data, you'll need to write your own program. Generally this will involve addressing the correct channel, opening it, and then creating an Event Handler and adding graphing/logging code to it.

The quickest way to get started is to download some sample code for your desired programming language and then search google for logging or plotting in that language (e.g. "how to log to csv in python") and add the code to the existing change handler.

### Filtering

You can perform filtering on the raw data in order to reduce noise in your graph. For more information, see the Control Panel Graphing page.

### Graph Type

You can perform a transform on the incoming data to get different graph types that may provide insights into your sensor data. For more information on how to use these graph types, see the Control Panel Graphing page.

MacOS users can upgrade device firmware by double-clicking the device row in the Phidget Control Panel.

Windows users can upgrade the firmware for this device using the Phidget Control Panel as shown below.

Firmware upgrades include important bug fixes and performance improvements, but there are some situations where you may want to revert to an old version of the firmware (for instance, when an application you're using is compiled using an older version of phidget22 that doesn't recognize the new firmware).

MacOS and Linux users can downgrade using the phidget22admin tool in the terminal (see included readme for instructions).

Windows users can downgrade directly from the Phidget Control Panel if they have driver version 1.9.20220112 or newer:

Firmware Version Numbering Schema

Phidgets device firmware is represented by a 3-digit number. For firmware patch notes, see the device history section on the Specifications tab on your device's product page.

• If the digit in the 'ones' spot changes, it means there have been bug fixes or optimizations. Sometimes these changes can drastically improve the performance of the device, so you should still upgrade whenever possible. These upgrades are backwards compatible, meaning you can still use this Phidget on a computer that has Phidget22 drivers from before this firmware upgrade was released.
• If the digit in the 'tens' spot changes, it means some features were added (e.g. new API commands or events). These upgrades are also backwards compatible, in the sense that computers running old Phidget22 drivers will still be able to use the device, but they will not be able to use any of the new features this version added.
• If the digit in the 'hundreds' spot changes, it means a major change has occurred (e.g. a complete rewrite of the firmware or moving to a new architecture). These changes are not backwards compatible, so if you try to use the upgraded board on a computer with old Phidget22 drivers, it will show up as unsupported in the Control Panel and any applications build using the old libraries won't recognize it either. Sometimes, when a Phidget has a new hardware revision (e.g. 1018_2 -> 1018_3), the firmware version's hundreds digit will change because entirely new firmware was needed (usually because a change in the processor). In this case, older hardware revisions won't be able to be upgraded to the higher version number and instead continue to get bug fixes within the same major revision.
Failsafe Feature

Starting from firmware version 110, using Phidget22 library versions 1.0.0.20190107 and later, this device supports the use of a failsafe feature to put your device in a safe state should your program hang or crash.

With this feature, the PowerGuard channel on this device has a settable failsafe timer.

If the failsafe is not enabled, the device will behave as it did before the addition of this feature, maintaining the last state it received until it is explicitly told to stop.

Enabling the failsafe feature for a channel starts a recurring failsafe timer. Once the failsafe timer is enabled, it must be reset within the specified time or the channel will enter a failsafe state. Resetting the failsafe timer will reload the timer with the specified failsafe time, starting when the message to reset the timer is received by the Phidget.

For example: if the failsafe is enabled with a failsafe time of 1000ms, you will have 1000ms to reset the failsafe timer. Every time the failsafe timer is reset, you will have 1000ms from that time to reset the failsafe again.

If the failsafe timer is not reset before it runs out, the channel will enter a failsafe state. For PowerGuard channels, this will disable the power output. Once the channel enters the failsafe state, it will reject any further input until the channel is reopened.

To prevent the channel from falsely entering the failsafe state, we recommend resetting the failsafe timer as frequently as is practical for your applicaiton. A good rule of thumb is to not let more than a third of the failsafe time pass before resetting the timer.

Once the failsafe has been enabled, it cannot be disabled by any means other than closing and reopening the channel.

When you use a failsafe in your program, we strongly recommend setting up an error event handler to catch the Failsafe Error Event, to allow your program to catch the failsafe event.

If you want your program to try to automatically recover from a failsafe state, you can close and re-open the channel from the error event handler after determining a failsafe condition caused the event.

#### Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Power Supply Protector
Overvoltage Setting Selectable via software 8 - 33 VDC
Overtemperature Trigger 125 °C
Sampling Interval Min 100 ms/sample
Sampling Interval Max 60 s/sample
Fan Trigger 75 °C
Electrical Properties
Continuous Current 50 A
Current Consumption Min (VINT Port) 100 μA
Supply Voltage Min 8 V DC
Supply Voltage Max 30 V DC
Power Consumption 250 mW
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 6 - 14 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C
Customs Information
American HTS Import Code 8471.80.40.00
Country of Origin CN (China)

#### Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
August 2017 0 101 Product Release
January 2018 0 102 Increased change trigger limit from 25V to 32V
May 2019 0 110 Added failsafe timer functionality

#### Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Power Supply Protector PowerGuard 0
Voltage Sensor VoltageInput 0
Temperature Sensor TemperatureSensor 0

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