Grove - Slide Potentiometer

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The Grove - Slide Potentiometer module incorporates a linear variable resistor with a maximum resistance of 10KΩ. When you move the slider from one side to the other, its output voltage will range from 0 V to the Vcc you apply. It connects to the other Grove modules through a standard 4-Pin Grove Cable. Three of the pins are connected to OUT (Pin 1), Vcc (Pin 3) and GND (Pin 4), while the fourth pin (Pin 2) is connected to a on-board green indicator LED. The LED is used to visually represent the resistance change on the potentiometer. Features


30 mm long slide length Linear resistance taper Grove compatible Specifications

Item Min Typical Max Voltage (DC) 3.3V 5.0V 30V Current - - 30mA Dimension 24mm x60mm Net Weight 8.6g Rotational life >15,000 cycles Total resistance 10KΩ Stroke length 30mm Total resistance tolerance +/- 20% Usage

As An Adjustable Resistor As shown below, the Grove - Slide Potentiometer can be used as a simple slide potentiometer in any MCU controlled or stand-alone project.

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Standalone Follow these steps to build a sample Grove circuit using this module but without using any microcontroller board:

Connect the slide potentiometer module to the input side of your circuit (to the left of the power module). On the output side of the circuit, you may use a range of User Interface modules (Grove - Red LED, Grove - LED String Light, Grove - Mini Fan, Grove - Buzzer, Grove - Recorder etc.) Power up the circuit when complete. The slide potentiometer module can now be used to trigger an output. For example: When used in conjunction with a Grove - Red LED output module, observe that the brightness of the LED increases as you move the slider from GND to Vcc. At Vcc, the resistance of the potentiometer is minimum and the LED burns the brightest. The same behavior can be seen when the slide potentiometer is used with the Grove - LED String Light module - the more voltage you apply by taking the slider towards the Vcc mark, the brighter the LED lights would become. Similarly, you can use the slide potentiometer to vary the speed of your Mini Fan or the frequency with which your Grove - Buzzer module sounds The slide potentiometer can also be used as an ON/OFF switch for any circuit. Take the slider to the Vcc position to switch it ON and move it down to GND to switch OFF a circuit. In terms of choosing a power module, you can use either the Grove - USB Power module or the Grove - DC Jack Power module for building standalone Grove circuits.

With Arduino As a Voltage Divider Follow these simple steps to make the slide potentiometer module function as a voltage divider:

When using the module in conjunction with an Arduino or a, use the Grove - Base Shield and connect the Grove - Slide Potentiometer module to the shield using a designated Grove Interface (e.g., Analog Port 0 as shown below):


Connect the board to PC using USB cable Upload the following sample sketch: int adcPin = A0; // select the input pin for the potentiometer

 int ledPin = A1; // select the pin for the LED
 int adcIn = 0;   // variable to store the value coming from the sensor

void setup() {

 Serial.begin(9600); // init serial to 9600b/s
 pinMode(ledPin, OUTPUT); // set ledPin to OUTPUT
 Serial.println("Sliding Potentiometer Test Code!!");

} void loop() {

 // read the value from the sensor:
 adcIn = analogRead(adcPin);
 if(adcIn >= 500) digitalWrite(ledPin,HIGH);  // if adc in > 500, led light
 else digitalWrite(ledPin, LOW);

} 4. Open the serial monitor. You should see some data from ADC.

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5. Move the lever back and forth. The serial data will change correspondingly. When the output resistance exceeds a certain preset value, the on-board indicator LED will also light up. As an HID Device Slide Potentiometer can be an effective Human Interface Device (HID) and can be used, for example, in the radio controller of a Radio Controlled toy car. The picture below shows two Slide Potentiometers on the control panel - one to control the speed of the left wheel, and the other to control the speed of the right wheel of the toy car respectively. Now you can change the speeds of both motors and see the behavior. You will see that if you make the right wheel spin faster than the left wheel, the car will turn rightwards, and if you make the left wheel spin faster than the right wheel, the car will turn leftwards.


With Raspberry Pi 1.You should have got a raspberry pi and a grovepi or grovepi+. 2.You should have completed configuring the development enviroment, otherwise follow here. 3.Connection Plug the sensor to grovepi socket A0 by using a grove cable. 4.Navigate to the demos' directory:

  cd yourpath/GrovePi/Software/Python/

To see the code

  nano   # "Ctrl+x" to exit #

import time import grovepi

  1. Connect the Grove Slide Potentiometer to analog port A0

slide = 0 # pin 1 (yellow wire)

  1. The device has an onboard LED accessible as pin 2 on port A0

led = 1 # pin 2 (white wire)

grovepi.pinMode(slide,"INPUT") grovepi.pinMode(led,"OUTPUT") time.sleep(1)

while True:

       # Read sensor value from potentiometer
       sensor_value = grovepi.analogRead(slide)
       # Illuminate onboard LED
       if sensor_value > 500:
       print "sensor_value =", sensor_value
   except IOError:
       print "Error"

5.Run the demo.

  sudo python

File:Sliding protentiometer sch.pdf

File:Sliding potentiometer datasheet.pdf