This product is no longer available for sale. The seller may be offering an improved version or it may be hanging out on the beach, enjoying the retired life.
For those waiting for the newer version, I've been continuing to work on the prototype for version 2. Some of the new functionality that has been planned includes a microcontroller on board for easier integration with existing systems, as well as an lcd display port for an optional display. The additional functionality and required board size will bump up the price a bit, but I still expect it in the $40-$50 range. This new version should be ready approximately July of 2014, and will be listed as a separate product here on Tindie.
A few weeks back I was browsing some vendor sites and found what is probably one of the coolest new products i’ve seen in a while. It’s an IC that can detect lightning! Once I saw it, I knew it was only a matter of time before i’d have a board in the works, and here it is.
This new board is a breakout / development board for the AMS AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor. This is a super cool little IC, capable of detecting lightning strikes up to 40km away, and will estimate distance to the leading edge of a storm with some neat internal processing.
The board I’ve developed is set up with the required components to get the IC running and includes the proper antenna designed specifically for the AS3935. The back side of the board has spots for the two pullup resistors required for I2C operation should you require them.
The IC is set up to run anywhere from 2.4 - 5.0vdc. Details on interfacing with the IC are available on the datasheet available from AMS.
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I design and make Prototyping Tools, Breakout Boards and Gadgets for Electronic Design.