I'm developing a low power project based on Atmega328p which among other things uses a DHT22 to measure air humidity. DHT22 spec says that it consumes 50uA when idle. This is too high for me (I'm aiming at sub 10uA consumption for the whole device when in sleep mode) so I've figured out that I'll just power it from one of Atmega328p pins. This will give me the ability to turn it off or on at software level. DHT22 consumes only 1.5mA during measurement so I should be fine (a single Atmega's pin can safely provide up to 20mA). I've set up a following test circuit:
The red wire powers DHT22, the blue one is for data transfer, the black one is GND and the 4.7k is a pull-up resistor.
My problem is that after I turn on the DHT22 using just:
the Atmega either resets or hangs or... successfully turns on the DHT22 and keeps working, but that happens about 10% of the time. My suspicion is that there is some current spike in the moment of supplying power to the DHT22. Unfortunately I don't have an oscilloscope to confirm this.
I've added a 220 ohm resistor between VCC pin of DHT22 and the pin 4 on the Arduino and it solved the problem. My question is: will it work like this reliably? Are humidity readings reliable when voltage is not stabilized (but stays within 3.3-5.5V range as required by the datasheet)? I could of course use a transistor to turn it on/off, but I'd like to keep it as simple as possible.
Why DHT22's datasheet doesn't mention this current spike? Here it is for reference: http://www.adafruit.com/datasheets/Digital%20humidity%20and%20temperature%20sensor%20AM2302.pdf