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I’m trying to create a multimeter, I’ll be mainly using a 16 bit ADC (ADS1115), an ESP8266 on Node MCU, I’ll use the MCU to communicate with a phone app to switch between different multimeter modes, i.e. NOT using a physical switch, however I encountered some issues trying to implement the voltage measurement functionality.

For current measurement, I’ll be using a current sensor module, specifically (ACS712), with the ADC to measure currents.

For Voltage Measurement:

I’ll be using a decoder to switch between different scales (1V, 10V, 50V, 100V, 200V)

My approach is to use switches and voltage divider as shown in the image below:

Schematic The input voltage (The one I will be measuring will be applied at 1 ) then I’ll basically use high-side driver switching transistors combination for switching, and then take the output voltages summed up from all the different scales(except the 1V scale, the 1V scale will be directly fed to the ADC) then added up to a summing amplifier then to the ADC input pin then I’ll do the required calculations to obtain the true voltage.

Notice: I’m not using the correct resistor values, I’m still constructing it, the intermediate op-amps are for buffering, and the final op-amp is to sum.

However, I have noticed an issue:

When applying a high voltage reading, the voltage around the OFF transistors will be the same reading (causing the transistors to burn due to excessive voltage applied), making this circuit unreliable practically for switching, I don’t know if I can find a transistor that can bear application of 200V.

I took another approach for voltage measurement, -not much different though-, I’ll be using only 1 switch and voltage divider for all scales and the output then will be fed directly to the ADC, but here comes another issue:

As of my understanding, the ADC (http://www.ram-e-shop.com/ds/ic/ADS1115.pdf ) won’t be able to detect low voltages <2V, the output from a decoder will be around 5V, and according to datasheet of the ADC the maximum ratings of Analog to input ground maximum ratings range between VDD -0.3 V and VDD + 0.3V where VDD is the applied voltage, please look into the datasheet for more info.

Making me unable to use it for low voltage readings (the 1V scale).

So my question is how to be able to overcome the issues mentioned above, is there any better approach to implement the voltage measurement rather than decoding and switching?

My main issue is to find a reliable switch that would handle high voltage applications.

I also tried to think of a different approach using an analog multiplexing IC (http://www.ram-e-shop.com/ds/74xx/744051.pdf )

To switch between the different voltage scales, but the output of the IC is limited by the input voltage of the IC, i.e. due to limitation can’t obtain much voltage from its output.

Finally, any help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. Any conclusions reached should be edited back into the question and/or any answer(s). \$\endgroup\$ – Dave Tweed Dec 23 '19 at 15:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ Hey, I'm also trying to figure this out as well. maybe this manual for the fluke 27 will help you (around page 58) :testmart.com/webdata/mfr_pdfs/FLU/27______smeng0100.pdf \$\endgroup\$ – user169808 May 11 '20 at 18:20

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