I am implementing a power-off function for my Ender 3 using OctoPi. For that, I need a relay and I happened to have one.
Unfortunately, after connection relay to Raspberry Pi GPIO pin, the relay was always on and not listening to any commands from OctoPi.
It appears this module was designed for 5v logic levels and Raspberry Pi works with 3.3v logic levels.
After investigating relay one can see that its circuit is:
For JC817C forward voltage Vf=1.2V and forward current If=20mA
For Raspberry Pi output high (when VDD is 3.3V) is VO=2.3V 17mA
So, it seems that the output of Raspberry Pi is not enough to drive JC817C.
To solve this I decided to remove optocoupler from the module and connect the input pin directly to Q1 transistors base.
To connect the output pin to a transistor you should limit output to appropriate current. You can do that by choosing the appropriate resistor value.
I calculated it like that.
From S8050 (J3Y) transistors datasheet: DC current gain hfe ~ 120
From relay datasheet: Rrelay=70Ohm Vrelay=5V so calculated Irelay=Vrelay/Rrelay=5/70=71mA
Let’s choose Ic=100mA
To turn it on, we must have ~ Ib=Ic/120=100mA/120=833uA ~800uA
Vbe usually is ~0.7V
R9 voltage would be Vr9=Vinput-Vbe=3.3V-0.7V=2.6V
So I chose 3K resistor.
This does not seem to work with more than one of these at a time. I daisy chained 3 together and only 1 works. Any ideas?
You want to drive 3 relays from one output ?
Yes, that’s right. I actually managed to get it working by using lower ohm resistors. Through a bit of trial and error, I found that using a 350 ohms resister on each provided enough current to trigger each relay.
did around 10 of these boards, al of them i used 470 ohm. Every single one works like a charm.
You should mention though, that the decoupling of the currents is undone this way… As I understand, if the relay switches a heavy load, the circuit of your controller board (i.e. by the pin) might be confronted with an unstable current, which could lead to unwanted side effects, like even causing damage. So I do not think, this is a good idea in general.