Install emonPi

The following guide provides an quick overview of how to setup the hardware part of an emonPi energy monitoring system for monitoring up to two AC circuits.

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Please read the CT installation guide before installing. Your safety is your responsibility. Clip-on current sensors are non-invasive and should not have direct contact with the AC mains. However, installing the sensors will require working in close proximity to cables carrying high voltage. As a precaution, we recommend ensuring the cables are fully isolated; i.e., switch off the power prior to installing your sensors and proceed slowly with care. If you have any doubts, seek professional assistance.

1. CT sensor

  • Clip the CT sensor around either the Line or Neutral cable
  • Connect jack plug into either CT1 or CT2 socket on the emonPi
  • If the power reading is negative, reverse the CT sensor orientation
  • CT sensor cable should not be extended to avoid induced noise
  • For Solar PV install see Solar PV Application page
  • Learn more about how CT sensors work…

The clip-on CT sensors must be clipped round either the Line or Neutral AC wire. NOT BOTH.

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2. AC-AC Adapter

3. DC 5V USB Adapter

  • Plug the DC 5V USB adapter into a power outlet
  • Plug the mini-B USB connector into the emonPi
  • High quality minimum 1.2A power supply recommended

4. Optical Utility Meter LED Pulse Sensor (optional)

  • See Optical Pulse Sensor setup page
  • Connects to emonPi / emonTx via RJ45 connector
  • Self-adhesive velcro attachment to utility meter
  • One optical pulse sensor per emonPi/emonTx
  • Can be used in conjunction with temperature sensors using RJ45 Breakout

5. Temperature Sensors (optional)

Installation Examples

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The included clips can be used to mount the emonPi / emonTx on a wall.

See Solar PV Application Note for emonPi solar PV install guide & images.

6. Power Up

Ensure all sensors are connected before powering up.

a.) Switch on DC & AC power

b.) Check CT sensor(s) & AC Wave are detected:


c.) emonPi should remember WiFi network and re-connect


7. Shutdown

Optional: Shut down the emonPi, hold down the shutdown button for 5 seconds, then wait 30 seconds for unit to fully shut down.


Unplugging power from the emonPi without following the correct shutdown procedure can result in a corrupted SD card.

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