Hello and welcome, everyone! We have another short product post this week, but only because of all the hard work we've been putting into Artemis, our two robotics platforms and a special product update you'll see in the next few weeks! This week, we have a revised version of our AS3935 Lightning Detector and a new Level Translator Breakout using the PCA9306. Let's take a closer look!
The revised SparkFun Lightning Detector adds lightning detection to your next weather station to make sure you're aware of any potential hazardous weather heading your way. The AS3935 is capable of detecting lightning up to 40km away, with an accuracy of 1km to the storm front, and has a sensitive antenna tuned to pick up lightning events in the 500kHz band.
There are a couple must-have boards that every engineer and hobbyist should have on their desk, and this PCA9306 dual, bidirectional voltage-level translator breakout is one of them! Because different parts sometimes use different voltage levels to communicate, voltage level translators can be the key to making different parts play nice.