TA12-100 Arduino AC Current Sensor Tutorial

Overall Description

Electricity MeterMeasuring AC current with an Arduino can be a little tricky.  The use of this Itead TA12-100 current transformer makes it possible.

The device uses a 1000:1 voltage current transformer.  The output of this transformer has  a 200 ohm resistor across its output.  The AC current is calculated by measuring the voltage drop across the resistor.

It is particularly useful when measure current at line frequency.


Where to Get the AC Current Sensor

Any of the following online outlets supply this AC Current transformer:



Deal Extreme

IC Station

TA12-100 Arduino Current Sensor Pin Outs

This 5A AC current Sensor requires two connections to your Arduino and it requires you to run the wire that you wish to measure current on through the center of the current transformer.

TA12-100 Arduino AC Current Sensor Pinouts

TA12-100 Arduino Current Sensor Tutorial

WARNING – Excercise care..  This tutorial may expose you to lethal voltages.

Connect Your Arduino to AC Current Sensor and AC Load

Use the drawing below: The key here is find an AC Load that won’t pull more than 5 amps.  For your first test you might want to find something that will draw only about an amp (or 1000 mA).

TA12-100 Current Transformer Arduino Hook Up

Copy, Paste and Upload the AC Current Transformer Arduino Sketch

Study this sketch so that you get an idea of how this works.  Keep in mind, that the results depend on measuring current of a sinusoidal waveform.

Note that the sketch does following:

  • It measures the peak voltage dropped across the 200 ohm transistor that is on the transformer output
  • It converts that voltage across the resistor to a current by applying ohms law:  (I = E/R)
  • It multiplies the peak voltage by 0.707 to get and RMS Voltage across the resistor.  (0.707 as a factor only applies to Sine Waves).
  • It multiplies the RMS current by 1000 to get yield the value going through the wire being measured.  (The current transformer has a 1000 to 1 ratio).
// Henry's Bench TA-1200 AC Current Sensor Tutorial

int sensorTA12 = A0; // Analog input pin that sensor is attached to

float nVPP;   // Voltage measured across resistor
float nCurrThruResistorPP; // Peak Current Measured Through Resistor
float nCurrThruResistorRMS; // RMS current through Resistor
float nCurrentThruWire;     // Actual RMS current in Wire

void setup() 
   pinMode(sensorTA12, INPUT);
 void loop() 
   nVPP = getVPP();
   Use Ohms law to calculate current across resistor
   and express in mA 
   nCurrThruResistorPP = (nVPP/200.0) * 1000.0;
   Use Formula for SINE wave to convert
   to RMS 
   nCurrThruResistorRMS = nCurrThruResistorPP * 0.707;
   Current Transformer Ratio is 1000:1...
   Therefore current through 200 ohm resistor
   is multiplied by 1000 to get input current
   nCurrentThruWire = nCurrThruResistorRMS * 1000;

   Serial.print("Volts Peak : ");
   Serial.print("Current Through Resistor (Peak) : ");
   Serial.println(" mA Peak to Peak");
   Serial.print("Current Through Resistor (RMS) : ");
   Serial.println(" mA RMS");
   Serial.print("Current Through Wire : ");
   Serial.println(" mA RMS");


In order to calculate RMS current, we need to know
the peak to peak voltage measured at the output across the
200 Ohm Resistor

The following function takes one second worth of samples
and returns the peak value that is measured
float getVPP()
  float result;
  int readValue;             //value read from the sensor
  int maxValue = 0;          // store max value here
   uint32_t start_time = millis();
   while((millis()-start_time) < 1000) //sample for 1 Sec
       readValue = analogRead(sensorTA12);
       // see if you have a new maxValue
       if (readValue > maxValue) 
           /*record the maximum sensor value*/
           maxValue = readValue;
   // Convert the digital data to a voltage
   result = (maxValue * 5.0)/1024.0;
   return result;

Verify Your Sketch Output

Open your Arduino IDS serial monitor.   Your results should look something like the picture below.

TA12-100 Arduino AC Current Sensor Tutorial Output


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