Current Observation and Measurement

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Chris posted this 12 April 2018

I know most of you already know, but this post is to help brings others up to speed:

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Ohms Law, for electronics, takes Resistance (Ohms), Voltage (Volts), Current (Amps) and Power (watts) and with a set of equations gives a very accurate prediction of each and every quantity, only requiring two input quantity's.

A Current Sensing Resistor (CSR) uses the equation: Current ( I ) = Voltage ( V ) / Resistance ( R

Because the Voltage Drop over a Resistance can be measured very accurately, and using a small resistance so as to not impede the Circuit much, we can get a very good idea of the Current in the Circuit. In the following example, we need to keep in mind the Units, using milliOhms requires a correction as will be shown.

Using Ohms Law, the Current through a 1 Ohm Resistor when 1 Volt is applied across it, is 1 Ampere: I = V / R = 1 / 1 = 1




 In the above example, the Values chosen are:

  • Resistance = 1.1 Ohms
  • Voltage = 1 Volt

So, the equation, again: I = V / R = 1 / 1.1 = 0.90909

In the above simulation we get: 09098

Note: We are measuring a Voltage Drop across a Resistor that is 1/10th of an Ohm! We need to account for this because this resistor is 1/10th of of an Ohm, for the Total Circuit Resistance.

A correction factor of 10 must be applied! We have an easy option however! Setting the Oscilloscope Probe to 10x can automatically account for this correction, giving us:

09098 x 10 = 0.9098

Which is correct up to three decimal places, where the simulation perhaps accounting for trace resistance, 0.0008 of an Amp difference. Also rounding may play a part in this figure.

Calculated Resistance: 1.09914 for the given Current: 0.9098

Measuring, or observing Current is really important! Its a key step in understanding what Coils are doing, an observing how they interact together! We have learnt this in The Mr Preva Experiment!

I have covered some of this before, but, the measurement Blocks I have built, are very valuable little devices!



My Metal Strip Through Hole Current Sensing Resistors are 0.1 Ohms ±1% and have very little Inductance.

The following video is very good, but has a lot of silliness, I don't recommend using high Voltage or Hi Current, please be careful!


Also, watch wire length, no matter weather it is "Non-Inductive" it can still create problems! 


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Jagau posted this 12 April 2018

How to learn electronics with a smile.

Very relaxing video!


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Chris posted this 17 May 2018

For all that are new and wish to learn more, when I build my measurement blocks, I built three, two of the ones above and one with a dual Current Sensing Resistors on it.

This is what I used in my Thread: Some Coils Buck and some Coils DONT


The basic Circuit:

You can see, this is only for Current, I am not taking any voltage measurement here.

I hope this helps some!


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