CCS811/BME280 (Qwiic) Environmental Combo Breakout Hookup Guide

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Introduction

The CCS811/BME280 (Qwiic) Environmental Combo Breakout work together to take care of all of your atmospheric quality sensing needs with the CCS811 and BME280 ICs. The CCS811 is an exceedingly popular sensor, providing readings for equivalent CO2 (or eCO2) in the parts per million (PPM) and total volatile organic compounds in the parts per billion (PPB). The CCS811 also has a feature that allows it to fine tune its readings if it has access to the current humidity and temperature. Luckily for us, the BME280 provides humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure! This allows the sensors to work together to give us more accurate readings than they’d be able to provide on their own. We also made it easy to interface with them via I2C.

SparkFun Environmental Combo Breakout - CCS811/BME280 (Qwiic)

SEN-14348
$34.95 $24.95
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Required Materials

To get started, you’ll need a microcontroller or single board computer to control everything.

SparkFun RedBoard - Programmed with Arduino

DEV-13975
$19.95
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SparkFun ESP32 Thing

DEV-13907
$19.95
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Raspberry Pi 3

DEV-13825
$39.95
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Particle Photon (Headers)

WRL-13774
$19.00
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Now to get into the Qwiic ecosystem, the key will be one of the following stackable Qwiic boards to match your preference of microcontroller or single board computer:

SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Arduino

DEV-14352
$5.95
SparkFun Qwiic HAT for Raspberry Pi

DEV-14459
$4.95
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SparkFun Qwiic Shield for Photon

DEV-14477
$4.95

SPX-14203
Retired

You will also need a Qwiic cable to connect the shield to your CCS811/BME280, choose a length that suits your needs.

Qwiic Cable - 200mm

PRT-14428
$1.50
Qwiic Cable - 100mm

PRT-14427
$1.50
Qwiic Cable - 500mm

PRT-14429
$1.95
Qwiic Cable - 50mm

PRT-14426
$0.95

Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with our new Qwiic system, we recommend reading here for an overview. We would also recommend taking a look at the following tutorials if you aren’t familiar with them.

I2C

An introduction to I2C, one of the main embedded communications protocols in use today.

Qwiic Shield for Arduino & Photon Hookup Guide

Get started with our Qwiic ecosystem with the Qwiic shield for Arduino or Photon.

For more information on TVOC and eCO2 readings, check out the following blog post.

If the concepts of pressure are weighing on you, check out these links.