Getting Started with Load Cells

Contributors: Sarah Al-Mutlaq
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Resources and Going Further

For more information about the load cells, check out the resources below:

For more information about setting up load cells and how to integrate them into your next project, check out our HX711 hookup guide:

Load Cell Amplifier HX711 Breakout Hookup Guide

July 22, 2016

A hookup guide for the HX711 load cell amplifier breakout board

Qwiic Scale Hookup Guide

April 11, 2019

Create your own digital scale quickly and easily using the Qwiic Scale!

You may also be interested in learning about the OpenScale or connecting a load cell to the cloud with the following tutorials!

OpenScale Applications and Hookup Guide

OpenScale allows you to have a permanent scale for industrial and biological applications. Learn how to use the OpenScale board to read and configure load cells.

IoT Industrial Scale

What does a baby elephant weigh? How much impact force does a jump have? Answer these questions and more by building your very own IoT industrial scale using the SparkFun OpenScale.

IoT Weight Logging Scale

This tutorial will show you how to make a scale that logs your weight to a custom website on the Internet. The principles can be extrapolated to any type of data.

For more inspiration, check out the SparkFun IoT Beehive:

And stay up to date with the OpenScale by following it on GitHub:

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