ADS1115 analog-to-digital converter and micro:bit

The ADS1115 device (ADS111x) is a precision, low-power, 16-bit, I2C-compatible, analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) offered in an ultra-small, leadless, X2QFN-10 package, and a VSSOP-10 package. The ADS111x devices incorporate a low-drift voltage reference and an oscillator. The ADS1114 and ADS1115 also incorporate a programmable gain amplifier (PGA) and a digital comparator. These features, along with a wide operating supply range, make the ADS111x well suited for power- and space-constrained, sensor measurement applications.

The ADS111x perform conversions at data rates up to 860 samples per second (SPS). The PGA offers input ranges from ±256 mV to ±6.144 V, allowing precise large- and small-signal measurements. The ADS1115 features an input multiplexer (MUX) that allows two differential or four single-ended input measurements. Use the digital comparator in the ADS1114 and ADS1115 for under- and overvoltage detection.

The ADS111x operate in either continuous-conversion mode or single-shot mode. The devices are automatically powered down after one conversion in single-shot mode; therefore, power consumption is significantly reduced during idle periods.


Wide Supply Range: 2.0 V to 5.5 V
Low Current Consumption: 150 µA
(Continuous-Conversion Mode)
Programmable Data Rate: 8 SPS to 860 SPS
Single-Cycle Settling
Internal Low-Drift Voltage Reference
Internal Oscillator
I2C Interface: Four Pin-Selectable Addresses
Four Single-Ended or Two Differential Inputs (ADS1115)
Programmable Comparator (ADS1114 and ADS1115)
Operating Temperature Range: –40°C to +125°C


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This module will cost less than $2

Amount Part Type
1 ADS1115
1 BBC micro:bit bulk micro-controller with motion detection, compass, LED display and Bluetooth





Again we use a library and again its an adafruit one –



#include <Wire.h>
#include <Adafruit_ADS1015.h>
Adafruit_ADS1115 ads(0x48);
void setup(void)
Serial.println("Getting single-ended readings from AIN0..3");
Serial.println("ADC Range: +/- 6.144V (1 bit = 3mV/ADS1015, 0.1875mV/ADS1115)");
void loop(void)
int16_t adc0, adc1, adc2, adc3;
adc0 = ads.readADC_SingleEnded(0);
adc1 = ads.readADC_SingleEnded(1);
adc2 = ads.readADC_SingleEnded(2);
adc3 = ads.readADC_SingleEnded(3);
Serial.print("AIN0: ");
Serial.print("AIN1: ");
Serial.print("AIN2: ");
Serial.print("AIN3: ");
Serial.println(" ");





Open the serial monitor – this is what I saw, I only had AIN2 connected to 0v, the other inputs were not connected

AIN0: 3052
AIN1: 3060
AIN2: -2
AIN3: 3052

AIN0: 3052
AIN1: 3059
AIN2: -2
AIN3: 3050



I2C ADS1115 16 Bit ADC 4 channel Module with Programmable Gain Amplifier 2.0V to 5.5V RPi