ArduSensor Temperature Quickstart Guide
Using a TMP36, the ArduSensor Temperature can sense temperature with small amounts of voltage. This temperature sensor is just like the one that’s at the weather station.
First off, if you don’t know how to solder, go here to learn the basics so that you are thoroughly prepared to assemble your kit.
Parts in Kit:
Qtechknow ArduSensor Temp PCB (Printed Circuit Board)
Male Headers (5)
Tools Needed to Assemble:
Rosin Core Solder
Vice or Third Hand
You will need to get on your own:
When using lead, take precautions like:
Assembling the Kit:
Take out the ArduSensor Temp PCB out of the the bag and put face up into a vice or third hand.
Take your temperature sensor and bend the center lead outwards a small bit.
Insert the sensor into the copper holes corresponding. Make sure that your sensor matches up with the silkscreen!
Flip the PCB over and put it back into the vice or third hand face down, so that all of the leads show on the back. Bend all of the leads outwards in different directions.
Put your soldering iron on one of the junctions where there is a copper hole, and one of the temperature sensor legs popping through it.
Wait three seconds, and then take your solder, touch it briefly to the junction, and then take your soldering iron away. The junction should look something like these volcano shapes:
Repeat this process 2 more times to the other joints with the copper hole and a sensor leg popping through it.
Trim the leads with your diagonal cutters, so that they don’t poke you.
Take the 1 pin male header and 4 pin male header, and put them into these Arduino pins: The 1 pin male header goes into A0, and the 4 pin male header goes into VIN, GND, GND, and +5V as shown below in the picture.
Place the ArduSensor Temp on top of these pins, making sure that the 1 pin male header goes into the 1 pin male header socket, and the 4 pin male header goes into the 4 pin male header.
Wait for the ArduSensor Temp to cool off (around 20-30 seconds), then pull out of the Arduino sockets. Now you are finished soldering your ArduSensor Temp!
If you haven’t downloaded the Arduino IDE, go here to download the latest version. If you haven’t installed drivers for the Arduino (haven’t downloaded the software yet, or haven’t done this step yet), read the following table:
If you have...
No drivers needed, proceed to the next step
Go here, then proceed
Go here, then proceed
Go here, then proceed
Put in your ArduSensor Temp to your Arduino like this: Put the 1 pin male header into A0, and the 4 pin male header in VIN, GND, GND, and +5V.
Plug in your Arduino with your USB cable (USB-B on the Arduino UNO or earlier, and USB-microB for Arduino Leonardo) to your computer. Download this zip file and unzip onto your computer. If you are on a Mac, double click the folder labeled “FishBank-ArduSensor-Temperature-Example-Code-f78ead3”, double-click the file named “TemperatureRead.ino”, then press OK when the dialogue box pops up. If you are on a Windows computer, press Save instead of Open when you press the download button, double click the folder labeled “FishBank-ArduSensor-Temperature-Example-Code-f78ead3”, double-click the file named “TemperatureRead.ino,” and then press OK in the pop up box.
The Arduino IDE should open up with the ArduSensor Temperature Read sketch. This sketch prints out if the switch is in the on or off position.
First, make sure to select the board that you are using from Tools > Board.
Then, go into Tools > Serial Port, and select the correct COM/Serial Port. On a Mac, the usual Serial Port will be /dev/tty.usbmodemfa131. Any small variation of that will be fine.
On Windows, the COM Port will usually be COM 4, and anything lower or higher might work.
Here are the basic buttons/functions in the Arduino IDE:
Now let’s upload the sketch/code to the Arduino. Plug one end of the cable into your Arduino, and then the other end into your computer. Press the Compile + Upload button (Verify if there is any errors in the code, and then upload the sketch/code onto the Arduino), and the program will run on the Arduino.
Press the Serial Monitor button (in the upper-right hand corner), and you should see that it prints out the temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius every second.
If you have any more questions on this product or how to use it, contact Qtechknow Tech Support at firstname.lastname@example.org