INA226 DC Voltage/Current/Power Monitor

A breakout board for a DC Voltage/Current/Power Meter based on the popular INA226 36-V, Bi-Directional, Ultra-High Accuracy, I2C Current/Power Monitor with Alert. 

While many INA226 breakout boards are available from eBay/Banggood/AliExpress (e.g. CJMCU-226) they do not allow for easy connection of the bus voltage. In addition, we list different shunt resistor values you can use to customise the current range to best suit your application.


  • Input Voltage: 0-36V.
  • Current Measurement: +/- 20A. (Phoenix Contact connectors rated at 12A)
  • Bus: I2C
  • ADC Resolution: 16bits
  • Bus Voltage Resolution: 1.25mV
  • Current Resolution: 625uA

Design Notes

The device is powered via a separate 2.7 to 5.5V power supply connected to J3. Typical power consumption is just 330uA @ 3.3V. 

The signed 16-bit bus voltage register has a least significant bit/resolution of 1.25mV allowing for a full scale voltage of +/-40.96V.  Note, however that the device is rated to 36V (40V absolute maximum) on the input pins.

The analog input for the shunt resistor accepts a full scale voltage of 81.92mV. With a 4mOhm shunt resistor, a maximum current of +/-20.48A can be measured with a 625uA resolution.


Below is a table of suggested shunts.

Shunt ResistanceMax Current (A)Part SizePart NumberPower Rating (W)Max Power (W)

Design Files

Design files can be downloaded from the Circuit Maker website. Circuit Maker is a free EDA tool from Altium.

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