EmonTx V3

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emonTx V3

The emontx v3 is the latest generation of the open source hardware emontx low power wireless energy monitoring node designed for measuring AC electrical power on 4 different (household/building) circuits using non-invasive clip on CT current sensors and an AC-AC Voltage adaptor to provide a voltage signal for full real power and powerfactor calculation.



  • Emontx v3 can measure real power, apparent power, power factor, rms voltage and current on 4 different mains circuits, it also has inputs for temperature and humidity sensing.
  • Pre-assembled SMT design
  • A single AC-AC adapter can now be used to power the emonTxV3 and provide AC voltage measurement
  • 4x CT current sensing inputs
  • An on-board 3x AA battery option
  • Flexible choice of RF radio module and removable microcontroller

Port Map


Power Supply Options

Uploading Firmware

Start by downloading the firmware, libraries and setting up the Arduino programming environment by following this guide:

Setup the Arduino Programming environment

Once complete the emonTx firmware location should be navigable from within the Arduino IDE by going to:

File > Sketchbook > OpenEnergyMonitor > emonTxFirmware > emonTxV3

These are the examples available so far:


  • emonTxV3_RFM12B_DiscreteSampling
  • Examples:
    • emonTxV3_4chan_continuous
    • emonTxV3_CurrentOnly
    • emonTxV3_RealPower_Voltage


  • SRF___Low_Power___Current_only_Apparent_Power

The emontx firmware is available on github here: Github:emonTxFirmware

Standard Operation

CT Energy Monitoring

Single Phase



Extended Operation

Temperature Monitoring

A DS218B20 digital temperature sensor can easily be connected by the emonTYx V3 by connection to the screw terminal block. The default firmware supports auto-detecting one DS28B20. Many DS18B20's can be connected but this will require chage of Arduino firmware.

In order to save power when running off batteries the emonTx V3 supports switching off the DS18B20 in between readings. To do this the DS18B20 power pin is supplied with 3.3V from Dig5, this is switched off between readings. The data connection from the DS18B20 is connected to Dig19, this I/O pin has got a 4K7 pull-up resistor on-board the PCB.

To connect an external DS18B20 to the emonTx V3 screw terminal block connections are as follows

DS18B20 emonTx V3 screw terminal connections
Screw terminal pin DS18B20 Connection
3 - GND GND (Black)
5 - Dig5 Power (Red)
6 - Dig19 Data (White)

Utility Meter Interface

Optical Pulse Counting

Direct Optical Interface

if you have an Elster meter (tested with Elster 100C) the emonTx V3 with an IR TSL261R sensor can be used to interface directly with the meter protocol to read off the exact accumulated watt hours that you have generated or used. This reading can be used on it's own or to cross-check and calibrate CT based measurement. See here for original blog post

RF Connectivity



Electrical Characteristics

power consumption, absolute max values

Open-Hardware Design Files

Proudly open source, the hardware designs are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License:

Download Schematic PNG: emontx-v3.png

Download Schematic: emonTx V3.2.sch

Download Board files: emonTx V3.2.brd


Environmental & Life Cycle