# Measuring 330V dc with MCU

Discussion in 'Embedded Systems and Microcontrollers' started by embedded.world, Apr 10, 2014.

1. ### embedded.world Thread Starter Member

Feb 27, 2014
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I need to mesure 400V dc from MCU with reference voltage of 5V.

So only way I see is to use voltage divider & use factor of 80.

that is 790K & 10K resistor with it.
This will make 5V when 400V is applied.

1. Is my calculations are correct.
2. Is there any method to do with it.
3. One problem I see is when voltage is 400V, current through resistors will be .5mA.

So wattage across 790K resistor = 0.1975W.
This is near to spec of resistor i.e 0.25W

2. ### ericgibbs AAC Fanatic!

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You could and should make up the 790K resistor by using 2 or 3 other resistors in series,to make a total of 790K.
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3. ### ErnieM AAC Fanatic!

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If your A2D tops out at 400V you cannot tell the difference between 400V or 500V... even 400.5 is invisible to your processor.

My rule of thumb here is to leave 10-20% of the range for over values, or just let my max value have a count near 1000 (in a 10 bit converter).

Since you don't need to match any exact divider ratio (such as 80) you have more resistor pairs to choose from to get something workable.

The divider needs calibration, but so does any divider.

Additionally, when you chop up 400V into 1024 pieces (again assuming 10 bit converter) your resolution is 400 / 1024 = .39 V. You should check if this is acceptable for your secret project.

4. ### THE_RB AAC Fanatic!

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And keep in mind that resistors have a voltage rating!

Small resistors (like 1/4W size etc) often have a voltage rating of 200v. So you need at least a couple in series.

AND be aware that even a fraction of a mA at 330v will be a significant amount of power the resistors need to dissipate, so calculate power; P=V*I

5. ### ErnieM AAC Fanatic!

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One way to save power is to add a series switch with the voltage divider: you only close the connection to the high voltage during a measurement. If your measurements are short and only done periodically then you can save up to 15% off on your car insurance and a significant amount of power.

You still need the voltage rating as RB correctly points out, but you can use a much lower power rating.

6. ### embedded.world Thread Starter Member

Feb 27, 2014
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Do multi meters also measure such high voltage by resistor divider like 1000V dc?

7. ### THE_RB AAC Fanatic!

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Yes. They do.