In this electronics project, I have explained how to make a battery level indicator circuit with LM3915 IC to monitor the voltage level of any batteries.
You can adjust the maximum voltage level according to the battery ( 12V or 9V ) by rotating the trimmer.
Circuit of Battery Level Indicator
The circuit is very simple, I have use LM3915 IC to show the voltage level of the battery.
Here, LM3915 will control the current through the LED, so I have not used any resistors in series with the LEDs.
PCB Layout for Battery Volt Level Indicator
Please download the PCB layout, then print it on the A4 page.
Please check the PCB size while printing, it should be the same as mentioned
- LM3915 IC
- 3.3k 0.25-watt Resistor (R1)
- 18k 0.25-watt Resistor (R2)
- 56k 0.25-watt Resistor (R3)
- 5-mm 1.5V LEDs (10 no)
- Switch (S1)
- 10k Potentiometer (VR4)
- Connectors and IC base
- Zero PCB or cardboard
Tutorial Video on battery volt level indicator
In this tutorial video, I have shown all the steps to make the voltage level indicator circuit on a homemade PCB.
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How to make Battery Level Indicator PCB
Steps for making the volt level indicator circuit on PCB:
- Print the PCB Layout and stick it on cardboard or Acrylic sheet
While printing please consider the PCB size mentioned in the PCB layout
- Drill the holes for the components as PCB Layout
- Connect all the components as per the PCB layout
Place all the components on the PCB as shown, then solder all the components as per the circuit.
Now, the PCB for level indicator circuit is ready.
Set the MAX voltage level
Now to set the indicator for 12 volt battery, first connect 12 volt supply.
Then rotate the potentiometer until all the all the LED turns on.
After that disconnect the power supply.
Connect 12V Battery
Connect the 12-volt battery with the indicator circuit.
Now the LEDs will glow as per battery output voltage level. And you can monitor the voltage level of the battery.
Thus you can set any voltage level and use this same circuit for different batteries like 6V battery, 9V battery, 12V Battery, etc.
DOT & Graph Mode
You can monitor the voltage level both in DOT and Graph mode using the S1 switch.
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