This is a slightly simplified variation on µCurrent that allows for measuring micro and nano amps.
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README.md

µCurrent

Based entirely on µCurrent by David Jones at EEVBlog.

µCurrent allows accurate measurement of micro and nano amps with a low burden voltage by outputting one millivolt per micro/nano amp. See the link above for all kinds of awesome if you want to know more.

This is a slightly simplified variation on µCurrent that allows for measuring micro and nano amps only. I used DPST switches and remove the milli amp measurement and the battery test (I can just probe the battery). The board is layed out for single sided home PCB manufacuring. I used a few through hole resistors for the non precision components to avoid extra jumpers.

I've included a 3D printed case as well. Just melt the tabs down once the PCB is in place.

Photo w/ case case 3d pcb design

Neat Stuff

The crazy thing is that you can measure very low current things, for example an LED will generate current! I got about 160na when pointed at an indoor light. My project running on a PIC10LF320 in sleep mode is using only 560na. Cool!

You can also hook this up to a scope for even more sensitive measurements and detail. The amplifier used is very accurate and low noise.

Parts List

Part precision size qty
100R 5% 1/4w 3
100K 1% 0805 2
1K 0.1% 0805 1
75K 0.1% 0805 1
24K 0.1% 0805 1
10K 0.1% 0805 1
10R 0.1% 0805 1
100nF Capacitor 0805 3
SPDT Slide Switch PCB .1" 2
Lithium Battery CR2032 1
SMT Battery holder mouser part 20mm 1
MAX4239ASA+ Opamp SO8 1
LMV321AS5X Opamp SOT23-5 1

I used some springs I scavenged from some old RadioShack learn electronics kits instead of banana jacks or binding posts.