0-12 Volt DC input Convert To 4-20ma Output

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Hoggy1

Joined Oct 9, 2018
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I Have Been trying to build or find an inexpensive way to convert a 0-12 volt input to a 4-20ma output to toggle a low volt warning for a solar powered device, It needs to be low power draw and small in size A programmable 1B22 voltage to current converter looks to be out of my price range right now... any ideas would be wonderful...
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
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I've used the XTR115 in several designs, with good results. It lists on Digi-Key for ≈$3.50 in single quantities; I don't know if that's out of your price range or not, since you didn't specify.
 

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Hoggy1

Joined Oct 9, 2018
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I've used the XTR115 in several designs, with good results. It lists on Digi-Key for ≈$3.50 in single quantities; I don't know if that's out of your price range or not, since you didn't specify.
Looks like It Might Be a good Option for me, I am just not real good with schematics, Would I be able to use this as a 3 or 4 connection option, 12v + input and a single 4-20 output... I have not used OPA's I/C's with out detailed instructions, Thanks
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
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Looks like It Might Be a good Option for me, I am just not real good with schematics, Would I be able to use this as a 3 or 4 connection option, 12v + input and a single 4-20 output... I have not used OPA's I/C's with out detailed instructions, Thanks
The XTR115 is not an op amp; it's a special-purpose IC for making loop-powered 4-20 mA devices. It's worth the time to read the data sheet, as it gives you all you need to know to use it.
 

atferrari

Joined Jan 6, 2004
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The XTR115 is not an op amp; it's a special-purpose IC for making loop-powered 4-20 mA devices. It's worth the time to read the data sheet, as it gives you all you need to know to use it.
Sorry but I believe the most difficult for the OP would be how to bring the 0-12 V variation within the valid input range to the IC.

My real concern at least.
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
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Sorry but I believe the most difficult for the OP would be how to bring the 0-12 V variation within the valid input range to the IC.
The control input to the IC is a current, not a voltage; all that's needed is to calculate the appropriate value resistor for the desired input voltage range. For an offset input, which is what the TS needs (0-12V gives 4-20 mA), see the "Offsetting the Input" section in the datasheet, Figure 2 on page 6.
 

atferrari

Joined Jan 6, 2004
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The control input to the IC is a current, not a voltage; all that's needed is to calculate the appropriate value resistor for the desired input voltage range. For an offset input, which is what the TS needs (0-12V gives 4-20 mA), see the "Offsetting the Input" section in the datasheet, Figure 2 on page 6.
That reminds me the CA 3080.
 
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