Found: Plantower PMS3003, PMS5003, PMS7003 Connectors

I’ve been working on an air quality monitoring project using the Plantower PMS5003 particle detector. It’s a cool little device that uses a laser to count particles of various sizes (1.0mm, 2.5mm and 10mm). It won’t tell you what kind of chemicals are in the air but it will give you a good idea of what size and how many particles the sensor is seeing.

tl;dr

The Plantower PMS3003/PMS5003/PMS7003 particle sensors usually come with an 8 wire cable with male plugs on each end. The cable needs a Molex 053261-0871 female connector, which has a 1.25mm pitch “PicoBlade” header. You can find it at Digikey, Mouser, eBay (but don’t, the prices on eBay were ridiculous last time I looked) and even Amazon.

The toughest thing about using it isn’t the software or hardware, it’s mechanical – I had a very difficult time finding a compatible connector. The sensor ships with a short 8 wire cable with two male ends. I ended up just cutting the wires in two and soldering them to a perfboard, but this is a less flexible and more permanent solution than I was happy with.

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I roast my own coffee.

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Now that I live in Portland, good coffee is never more than a couple of blocks away. Coffee roasting is now a big yawn, but I enjoy roasting my own and still do it as much as I can. I roast outside because my roaster throws off a lot of smoke, so once the weather gets too wet or too cold I stop, but Portland’s winter is mild enough that there are usually still a few good days when I can get a few roasts in, even in January. More

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Dear Lupo:

I ran across your public repository of Arduino code on Github today. It’s nicely written and does almost exactly what I need. I would like to have used it in a project. I would have forked it, added a little functionality and contributed that back in case you’d like to integrate the changes. I might also have called it “George”. This would have saved me some time and let me add a bit of functionality to it that others might find useful.

Unfortunately it had no license – none at all. And you don’t have any links to social media or list any contact info in your profile so I can’t easily reach you to ask about it. More