Temperature Sensor Comparison

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Introduction

It all started when I wanted to measure the temperature of a room at SparkFun. But what is the best? Well, it depends on what you are looking for in your project. There are a lot of temperatures available. This article will compare a few of the more popular ones we carry.

Comparing Three Temperature Sensors

Required Materials

To follow along with this comparison guide, you will need the following parts at a minimum to connect to the sensors. You may not need everything though depending on what you have. Add it to your cart, read through the guide, and adjust the cart as necessary.

SparkFun RedBoard Qwiic

SparkFun RedBoard Qwiic

DEV-15123
$19.95
9
Break Away Headers - Straight

Break Away Headers - Straight

PRT-00116
$1.50
20
USB micro-B Cable - 6 Foot

USB micro-B Cable - 6 Foot

CAB-10215
$4.95
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Qwiic Cable - 50mm

Qwiic Cable - 50mm

PRT-14426
$0.95
Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper (4-pin)

Qwiic Cable - Breadboard Jumper (4-pin)

PRT-14425
$1.50
Breadboard - Mini Modular (Blue)

Breadboard - Mini Modular (Blue)

PRT-12045
$3.95

Tools

Depending on your project, you may need a soldering iron, solder, and general soldering accessories.

Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

Soldering Iron - 60W (Adjustable Temperature)

TOL-14456
$14.95
14
Solder Lead Free - 15-gram Tube

Solder Lead Free - 15-gram Tube

TOL-09163
$3.50
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Suggested Reading

If you aren’t familiar with the following concepts below or linked throughout the comparison guide, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing if you decide to recreate these tests.

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