3132_0 - Micro Load Cell (0-780g) - CZL616C


Product Features

This load cell measures shear force up to 780g and connects to a bridge input.

Product Description


A load cell is a force sensing module - a carefully designed metal structure, with small elements called strain gauges mounted in precise locations on the structure. Load cells are designed to measure a specific force, and ignore other forces being applied. The electrical signal output by the load cell is very small and requires specialized amplification. Fortunately, the 1046 PhidgetBridge will perform all the amplification and measurement of the electrical output.

Load cells are designed to measure force in one direction. They will often measure force in other directions, but the sensor sensitivity will be different, since parts of the load cell operating under compression are now in tension, and vice versa.

This Single Point Load Cell is used in small jewelry scales and kitchen scales. It’s mounted by bolting down the end of the load cell where the wires are attached, and applying force on the other end in the direction of the arrow. Where the force is applied is not critical, as this load cell measures a shearing effect on the beam, not the bending of the beam. If you mount a small platform on the load cell, as would be done in a small scale, this load cell provides accurate readings regardless of the position of the load on the platform.


Product Specifications


Sensor Properties

Sensor Type Shear Load Cell
Weight Capacity Max 780 g
Maximum Overload 936 g
Creep 1.6 g/hr
Zero Balance ± 11.7 g
Cell Repeatability Error Max ± 390 mg
Cell Non-Linearity Max 390 mg
Cell Hysteresis Max 390 mg
Temperature Effect on Span 39 mg/°C
Temperature Effect on Zero 39 mg/°C


Electrical Properties

Rated Output 800 μV/V
Rated Output Error Max ± 100 μV/V
Output Impedance 1 kΩ
Supply Voltage Max 5 V DC


Physical Properties

Compensated Temperature Min -10 °C
Compensated Temperature Max 40 °C
Operating Temperature Min -20 °C
Operating Temperature Max 55 °C
Cable Length 200 mm
Cable Gauge 30 AWG
Material Aluminium Alloy (LY12CZ)
Screw Thread Size M3x0.5




The Data Sheet below has a comprehensive glossary that describes in practical terms the meaning and usefulness of the specifications.



warning Make sure to calibrate your load cell before using it. You can find information on how to calibrate the cell in the Load Cell Primer. You should also look at the 1046 - PhidgetBridge User Guide.



The 3132 connects to a bridge on the 1046 – PhidgetBridge 4-Input


The following table shows how to connect the Load Cell Wires to the bridge connectors.

Wire Color Red Green White Black
Bridge Connector 5V + - GND