Pinouts

There's a lot going on with this compact breakout, and many ways to do one thing so reviewing the pinouts is a really good idea!

Power Pins

  • VDD - this is the power input pin for both the TPL5110 chip and the device you want to control. Make sure this is always connected and powered. This has to be 3-5VDC so don't give it 12VDC power.
  • GND - this is shared ground for power and signal.

Control Pins

  • Delay - this is the delay control pin. By adjusting the resistance (not voltage!) connected to this pin through to ground, you can change the delay between powerings. By default this is connected to the onboard trim potentiometer. However, you can cut the trace on the back and then connect your own resistor between Delay and GND. Also, if this pin is connected directly to ground (say through a switch) it will activate the output instantly.
    Note this pin is not continuously sampled. You need to remove and re-apply power once you change the resistance!
  • DRV - this is the Drive output pin, the TPL5110 will power this pin with the same voltage as from VDD when the timer activates
  • Done - This is the signal pin from the driven electronics back to the TPL5110 to let it know that it is 'done' with whatever it had to do, and the TPL5110 can turn it off

There is also an 'active' LED in the top right. This will let you know when the DRV pin is powered. It does draw some current so if you need ultra-low current draw, cut the trace behind the PCB!

This guide was first published on Mar 08, 2017. It was last updated on Mar 08, 2017. This page (Pinouts) was last updated on Jul 20, 2019.