I just need to know if i can use a separate 5v power supply to power a large number of Soil moisture sensors LM393 chip if i am using a 4051 multiplexer for collecting the signal as each chip has 2 LEDs and needs time to stabilize if constantly being switched ?
Thanks in advance
You can use a separate supply, but you need to connect the ground GND of the separate supply to the ground of the Arduino.
If you are using analog sensors, whose outputs are dependent on the supply voltage, you either need to run all the sensors from the same supply, or make sure that the regulated voltage they receive is the same for all sensors.
Otherwise you will receive different voltages from sensors which should be reading the same value
Thanks for the reply Roger
I was thinking to use a DC5V 2A Power Supply
Note with a 4051 multiplexer you can only switch 20mA or so. Does that affect your plans?
it says 0,4 to 4 Ma
I hope not 4 Mega amps is a lot of current.
My data sheet says +/-25 mA.
Do your sensors take less than this.