Magnetic sensors tutorial

Subscriber John Schuch writes:

Threads on the MAKE forums often touch on hall effect sensors for measuring current, position, speed, etc. I just got this link in an email this morning and think it’s pretty cool. Gotta love free technical training.

This is a sponsored tutorial on Digikey, sponsored by Honeywell, and promoting Honeywell’s line of magnetic sensors, but there’s still good info here. And the narrator sounds vaguely like Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck, if Joe Buck were a deep geek.

Magnetic Sensors

12 thoughts on “Magnetic sensors tutorial

  1. Thanks for the heads up, just caused me to modify an order I was making to get the sensor I needed. That was timely!

    So, the circuit now includes one unipolar for switching and one analog to sense the level of magnetic field.

  2. John Schuch’s link to Honeywell’s magnetic sensor introduction prompted me to take a closer look at the digikey site. Turns out that they have a large series of useful “Product Training Modules” at , including one on Honeywell humidity sensors – just what I’ve been thinking I need to look for. Thanks for the tip!


  3. I can find very little further information about circuits involving magnetoresistors online.

    What kind of range can you possibly get out of them? As in, how far away could you potentially sense, say, a rare earth magnet?

    Also, could one be wired to give a varying voltage rather than resistance?

  4. I can’t find much information about Magnetoresistors online.

    What sort of range can you get with them? As in, how far away could one potentially sense say an average rare earth magnet?

    Also, could you get them to output a varying voltage rather than resistance?

  5. Can I make a magnetic sensor hook up to something and stop it from pulling something like a trigger?

    Can I make one from house hold items?

    How can I make one that has a range of 6-12 inches?

    And how can I make one with instructions that are simple?

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