I'm trying to hook up Honeywell's 5030 humidity sensor (datasheet here). Figure 10 (on page 7) of the datasheet has a typical application circuit, only I'm not sure why they have also included a resistor between the output and ground pins. The resistor is not mentioned anywhere else in the datasheet (i.e. the humidity-voltage curve does not include a parameter for this resistor). Is the value of the resistor relevant? What is it supposed to do? Does it change the response curve at all?

I can see that the resistor is labelled 'minimum load', but I'm not sure what that means either. Sorry if this is blindingly obvious, I'm CS trained and jumping into embedded stuff so some of the electronics is a bit confusing :)



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The resistor is between the output and 0V of the supply. Minimum load implies it requires to be connected to a load to maintain a stable output, essentially it is there to prevent oscillation and false readings, as they are analog devices.

Normally you might connect the output to an ADC of a microcontroller or data acquisition system and read the voltage output. Often inputs into digital system have very high impedance, like around >1Mohm so the minimum load is there to ensure the device will draw the correct current to work.

You then need to take that votage reading and apply the conversion formula which is given in the datasheet. You might need to do a bit of algebra to the formula to get the actual humudity value. Also its a really good idea to have a temperature reading along with the humidity reading as there is a temperature factor involved to get a close to accurate reading.

I've had some experience with these particular sensors and they work quite nicely in normal temperature conditions. Just don't try and use them in very hot thermal chamber/oven type conditions or sub zero temperatures. I hope this answers your question.

Edit: I will add that 65kohm is not a standard value, but 68kohm is, and I would say that would be close enough, by the time you have connected it to whatever you are connecting it to, it would below the 65kohm minimum load as lower resistance = more load ie. current.


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