I planning to add an anemometer to my small solar weather station. I designed this system to run from a single 3.7v rechargeable battery and a solar panel so I have to calculate in more power drain.

What I don't really understand is do these anemometers consume any external power or just give out a voltage by themselves?

This one doesn't even have consumption specified:


For this Supply voltage : 5V - 24VDC:


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If it runs on electricity it definitely consumes power, its only how much the real question is.

Since you are working with electronics I am going to assume that you have a multimeter, if you dont have one. Its about time you did, doesnt cost much and will save you a ton of time debugging.

Nearly every multimeter has an onboard ammeter (the accuracy will be mentioned in the instructions manual). You can use this to determine the current consumed, have a look at a tutorial from sparkfun on how to do this

  • It's anemometer. It usually works just as a generator, a low power one but still.
    – Avamander
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 10:32
  • If you watch the video on the adafruit link, she mentions that its probably got a hall effect sensor in it, the power you are supplying is to power the sensor on board. So yes, it does consume power. Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 11:16

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