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Triple-axis Magnetometer (Compass) Board - HMC5883L

SKU: ADA1746

$16.95 AUD, inc GST
$15.41 AUD, exc GST

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Triple-axis Magnetometer (Compass) Board - HMC5883L
16.95 AUD

SKU: ADA1746

$16.95 AUD, inc GST
$15.41 AUD, exc GST
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He told you "Go West, young maker!" - but you don't know which way is West! Ah, if only you had this triple-axis magnetometer compass module. A magnetometer can sense where the strongest magnetic force is coming from, generally used to detect magnetic north.

Adafruit based this breakout on a popular and well loved magnetometer, the HMC5883L. This compact sensor uses I2C to communicate and its very easy to use. Since it's a 3.3V max chip, Adafruit added circuitry to make it 5V-safe logic and power, for easy use with either 3 or 5V microcontrollers. Simply connect VCC to +3-5V and ground to ground. Then read data from the I2C clock and data pins. There's also a Data Ready pin you can use to speed up reads (check the datasheet for details)

If using with an Arduino, its extra-easy to get started as Adafruit already wrote a nice little Arduino library with a matching tutorial to get you started. Simply download Adafruit's library and connect the SCL pin to your Arduino's I2C clock pin, and SDA pin to your Arduino's I2C data pin and upload Adafruit's test example sketch to read out magnetic field data and heading (i.e. which way is north)

This is the same magnetometer sensor that is inside the LSM303. So if you want an accelerometer as well as a magnetometer, check out the LSM303 - it has basically this sensor + a nice digital 3-axis accelerometer!

Specs:

  • I2C interface
  • 1-2 degree heading accuracy
  • Integrated 12-bit ADC
  • 160Hz max data rate
  • Range of -8 to +8 Gauss

Technical Details

Datasheets, PCB CAD files, Fritzing objects and more in the tutorial

Specs:

  • I2C interface. This board/chip uses I2C 7-bit addresses 0x3C
  • 1-2 degree heading accuracy
  • Integrated 12-bit ADC
  • 160Hz max data rate
  • Range of -8 to +8 Gauss

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  1. Review by Brett verified purchaser
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    100

    This is a great little magnetometer sensor, it is small and compact and works great, and seems to be very accurate once the software calibration is done. (Posted on 7/10/2016)

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