Is there a circuit which can detect how much amps are flowing through it, and if the amperage falls below a certain level to output some signal? (e.g. to direct the voltage to a different output)

Due to getting only vague answers on the question How to attain a topping charge for a lead-acid battery?, I decided to rephrase what I need in a different manner. I am very new at these things, so I apologize in advance if there is some way I am not explaining myself well; or maybe this is completely trivial to look up somewhere, and that's the reason I have not gotten any answers other than those of the type "Yes, this can be done".

  • \$\begingroup\$ Sure you will find what you are looking for here. Because I could not comment yet, and this will not disappear, never. \$\endgroup\$
    – JustMe
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 17:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ After doing the search, the following page describes what I need: A Current Sensing Tutorial--Part 1: Fundamentals, EETimes 2012 \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 18:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ Try this or this. \$\endgroup\$
    – JustMe
    Commented Jun 24, 2015 at 18:06
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JustMe, I stumbled here and tried to see your links. The second link results in 404 error (discontinued/dead link). The first one doesn’t load images, just text. Searching for “high side and low side current sensing” I found this link, but still very conceptual only. worldofindie.co.uk/?p=216. In case you have similar references to what you meant, please let me know. Thanks! \$\endgroup\$
    – EJE
    Commented Jan 26, 2022 at 14:19

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Here is a circuit that should do what you want. It uses the LT6100 is that it has variable gain and 0.5% accuracy. I have used this chip in a commercial product.

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If you use it with a 100 mΩ resistor, a 1A load with drop 100 mV across the resistor. Using a gain of 20, this will give a 2v output. By adjusting the voltage divider feeding the + lead of the comparator, you can set the threshold you need.

If you combine the LT6100 with a 100 mΩ 0.5% resistor, you will have 1% accuracy for the combination.

The LT6100 is available from Digi-Key for $2.36.


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