Make a "clean contact" by changing a Sonoff Mini (R1)

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PURPOSES OF PROJET:
CONCEPTS FACED:
  • Modification to electrical scheme
SOFTWARE COMPONENTS USED:
PHYSICAL DEVICES USED:
PROJET MOST INDICATED FOR:

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Notes and disclaimer
  • qualsiasi eventuale modifica agli impianti domestici dev'essere progettata ed realizzata SOLO da personale qualificato;
  • any changes implemented in probefore is a propersonal responsibility as well as a profirst risk and danger (the contents of the present page are purely educational);
  • any changes implemented in proprior to a device it voids the guarantee, quality approvals and certifications.

Abstract

A simple wall switch, to understand, is a device that, in a mechanical way, puts two poles in "contact".
The amount of current flowing through the circuit at the end is indifferent to him (except in the case of too much, but only for physical reasons that would lead him to break): it simply limits itself to open / close that segment of the circuit.

TheITEAD Sonoff Mini (R1) is a home automation actuator that, by default, is designed to have 230v in and out 0v or 230v outgoing, based on the state of excitation of its relay, or based on the fact whether it is "off" or "on".

Well, this device can be made a physical change able to make the two output poles similar to those of a mechanical switch: it would therefore become a "clean contact", in the sense that the activation of its relay would bring the two poles to close between them rather than pass the voltage to 230v. At the input, the device will still keep the 230v (useful to power its circuitry in order to control it), but no it will deliver more output voltage, thus limiting itself to “to close"The two poles of the output.
The equivalent of a mechanical switch, though intelligent.

Let's imagine, for example, that we have a boiler for independent domestic heating activated through a traditional thermostat that for activation uses, for theappanointed, a clean contact. Replace the traditional thermostat which will allow it to be Sonoff Basic modified to clean contact allow to domotize domestic heating, because by activating the actuator we will close the two activation contacts of the control unit and vice versa.

Not only: another area of ​​use, important in personal home automation, that's it of remote control home automation rolling code.

To whom would you like appromerge the concept of "clean contact" and its use in personal home automation, we recommend reading di this article.

Prosubsidence

Before starting, we remember that:

Notes and disclaimer
  • qualsiasi eventuale modifica agli impianti domestici dev'essere progettata ed realizzata SOLO da personale qualificato;
  • any changes implemented in probefore is a propersonal responsibility as well as a profirst risk and danger (the contents of the present page are purely educational);
  • any changes implemented in proprior to a device it voids the guarantee, quality approvals and certifications.

Guys caution. Safety first.


Il Sonoff Mini (R1) is presented, inside, as follows:

Il proyielding foresees to act on the back part, carrying out:

  • an interruption of the connection between two specific contacts;
  • a cut;
  • a short circuit between two specific contacts.

Where to act

Let's see from the diagram how to act:

ITEAD Sonoff Mini - Dry Contact Clean Contact - modification

In RED the points where to make the cuts, in BLUE the welding to be implemented.

First cut

First you need to do a cutting physical using mini precision drill using a small circular abrasive tip (grindstone); the cut must be wide and sufficiently profondo to remove all the pond:

ITEAD Sonoff Mini - Dry Contact Clean Contact - first cut

Second cut

At this point make a second cutting physical using mini precision drill using a small circular abrasive tip (grindstone) no more than about two millimeters thick; the cut must be net e profondo (to completely cross the surface of the base: it must be seen through, to understand):

ITEAD Sonoff Mini - Dry Contact Clean Contact - second cut

Welding

Finally it is necessary weld together (using a small wire or with a single casting (do not overdo it!) of tin) the two contacts previously indicated:

ITEAD Sonoff Mini - Dry Contact Clean Contact - welding

Verifica

Now to verify that the modification has been carried out correctly will be sufficient to measure using a multimeter that the potential difference on the output poles of Sonoff (with relay obviously activated!) is equal to 0 volt.

There must be no output voltage, in a clean contact. If you measure 230v (or any other value other than 0), change it it will not have been carried out properly. CAUTION! ALWAYS!

utilization

Followed the proindicated you will finally have a Sonoff Mini modified to "clean contact".
As explained the uses are the most disparate.

A shining example is related to the use of this modified component as an actuator for domotizing an independent heating system. Another example that we report comes from this article from theinstructables.com in which a user has modified to clean contact, has updated the device to firmware Sonoff Tasmota and he assembled, in his own way, a home automation gate opener.

Another scope of use, important in personal home automation, that's it of remote control home automation rolling code.

Very comfortable, in havenamento this change, comes the PULSETIME firmware command Sonoff-Tasmota, which allows us to transform the Sonoff Basic modified to a smart button. Actually the adoption of the firmware Sonoff-Tasmota is not a must (as much as advocated): it is sufficient, in fact, to use the "inching" mode of theapp eWeLink usually used when the actuator firmware is the original one.



ITEAD Sonoff BasicATTENZIONE: remember that there is on our FORUM community an ad hoc section dedicated to Sonoff (and more generally to devices ESP8266), for any doubt, question, information on the specific merit of these components.


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