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Hello all,

I' m working on a project which involves a load cell.
I do own an HX-711 amplifier but for a firmware purpose i need an analog output instead of the digital one supplied by the board mentioned before.
I googled some signal amplifiers but i'm not really sure they will work with the load cell i have.
Can anybody suggest me a good and cheap breakout board or any other solution to amplify the signal from the load cell and have an analog output as result?


Feb 22, 2021, 02:52 pm Last Edit: Feb 22, 2021, 02:54 pm by alto777
You need an instrumentation op amp.

"using instrumentation amplifiers like AD623 is a good choice which is not complex in design"

someone once said.


instrumentation op amp module

I found several breakout boards available.

But it looks hard to beat just using the hx711 as intended, why can you not?



I 'm using an .hex file loaded into Arduino and i have no access to the source code hence i cannot modify the program input pins that are set as  the Analog pins.

Thanks for your help!


OK, I see your circumstances. So what I said before, google is your friend. Instrumentation opamp, be it on a breakout or roll your own.


might be of interest to you.




If you know the range of output voltage from your load cell its very easy to build a simple amplifier.

I understand you are not able to use a different interface eg i2c or spi, you need an analog voltage in.
I'm not aware of any ready made modules that do that.
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I 'm using an .hex file loaded into Arduino
How does that work ? Why aren't you using a .ino file ? Do you mean you don't have the source code ?
Sorry for the dumb questions but I've never heard of someone using a hex file for arduino but I think I
once read about someone using a decompiler to convert a .hex file to arduino source code. Not sure if
that's what you are doing.


Thank you for your replies!

I think i will go with the "DIY" version of the amplifier.
I attach the electric scheme down below, could you please check if it is correct?
Mind that i would like to use INA122PA, an half-bridge load cell as input (A+ is the central wire, E- is the negative strain, E+ is the positive one), a potentiometer to set the gain and the capacitor to reduce oscillation.
I' m not really sure about the load cell connections to INA122PA tho.

@raschemmel it' s an already compiled code that can be loaded directly to Arduino using XLoader for example. I downloaded the file as .hex from a Youtube guy. I read something about decompiling an hex file and they said that was really difficult and time consuming hence I didn't really investigate further. I' ll go check out if i can find something about it.


If you change your mind you might look at this board  Instrument amp board
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Feb 24, 2021, 07:32 am Last Edit: Feb 24, 2021, 07:33 am by johnerrington
I believe what you have is a half bridge load cell.

In which case E+ and E- are the EXCITATION voltages so this

(A+ is the central wire, E- is the negative strain, E+ is the positive one)
would not be correct.

E+ (normally white) goes to +5V; E- (normally black) goes to 0V.

A goes to Vin+

Vin- AND Vref go to 2.5V (resistive divider 1k to +5, 1k to GND.)

and on the IA +Vs goes to +5 and -Vs goes to GND.

I'd use an AD623 Instrumentation amplifier; the gain is quite critically dependent on Rg so you will need to play about with that value to get the range and sensitivity you want.

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Feb 24, 2021, 08:58 am Last Edit: Feb 24, 2021, 10:13 am by tommynego95
Maybe the circuit diagram image was not really clear but the connections are the same as you said.
As central wire I meant the wire which has the highest resistance value, in my case 2kohm, usually colored in red.
So the central wire, orange in the image, is connected to Vin+, red wire that rappresent E+ (White in a real life environment as you said) is connected to Arduino 5v while the E- is connected to GND.
I could switch to AD623 if you recommend it, the price tag seems the same. Could i ask why tho? Reading the datasheet seems that AD623 has a worst gain range (1-1000) than INA122 (5-10k).
Thank you for the suggestion

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