I am having trouble wiring up a flow sensor to my pulse/encoder/counter card.
I am using a hall effect flow sensor that works fine when wired to a digital counter display.
However, when I try to connect it to my high-speed counter card, it kills the whole circuit. Here is my wiring diagram:
- I confirmed I get 5 VDC output from the flow sensor when the magnet rotates around to the line.
- I confirmed that the flow sensor works with just the digital counter in the loop. It counts correctly as it flows.
- I confirmed that the counter input module works by jumpering 5 VDC across the input
- When I connect the negative from the 5 V power supply to the "A return" terminal of the counter module, the hall effect flow sensor output drops to 1.44 VDC, and also prevents the digital counter from detecting pulses.
- Removing the digital counter from the loop, the problem still remains, 1.44 VDC on the signal wire of the flow sensor.
It seems like either I'm wiring the counter wrongly (wiring it sourcing as opposed to sinking, for example,) but I don't know how else it could be wired, or perhaps the hall sensor can't output enough current to trigger the input on the module.