Like many here I'm often in need of a nice small enclosure to house sensors etc.
I don't have access to a 3D printer so I'm always on the lookout for something that fits the bill.
There are many on the market but most look like something from the 1950's
Could people please post any they have found here with pictures and details, it could save people a lot of time searching.
I've used these plastic boxes from CPC (in various sizes) with locking handles for some of my projects.
PS: Just realised, CPC must be just down the road from you @smcgann99 in Leeds !!!
25 May 2022 16:39
I use little HDPE boxes from Aliexpress like these
They are just big enough for an ESP and a sensor or two. Sorry, shocking photos!
A capacitative touch sensor picks up a touch from inside the case, though I had to bend the pins through 90 degrees. For temperature etc sensors I put them outside, held in place with a little nylon bolt.
I wire wrap the pin headers.
My only problem with them is that polythene is very resistant to glueing.
Don't know whether you mean for internal/external sensors, but I regularly use adaptable boxes from Screwfix, such as
To give an idea what I'm looking for, something which actually looks like a professional product, for greater WAF!
(rather than a lunch box stuck to the wall @dynamicdave )
Here is an example, with room for a PCB some buttons and a small display.
Similar but without the cutouts
80*80*27mm Plastic Box For Electronics Project Humidity Sensor Junction Box Features: Heavy gauge extruded plastic construction Built-in hole hold circuit board Good for electronic projects, power supply units, student projects, amplifiers, etc. ...
I have also used these for PIRs etc
If you can find a nice box then you can work out how to fit the gubbins inside
25 May 2022 19:02
Lunch box, hadn't thought of that one. I've been using fishing tackle boxes.
Ha, ha - I had never thought of it in those terms - until today.
Please note - they are not stuck on the wall.
For health & safety reasons I used wallplugs and proper screws.
To be fair they look fine in that setting but not so much in the living room.....
I have a number of small attractive ones that I could part with.... Let me get a picture of them over the next day or so.... I have quantities of 25 to 50 of them...
Hammond has a big selection of different types of small enclosures
Small Enclosures - Hammond Mfg.. I've been buying them locally ( Brand in Plastic Enclosures). They cost incredibly little for something "made in USA"!
I'd assume there to be a local supplier in the UK as well if you're from there.
I love the blue and red extruded aluminium boxes.
I have used the Intermatic Outdoor Enclosure in a couple of projects. It meets US wiring standards if installed correctly. The plastic allows Wi-Fi to pass through.
This is a induction loop driveway sensor with a Sonoff Mini running Tasmota.
@SonoraTechnical OK couple of days is up now
Yeah I know... It's just that I am in Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon for another week . When I return home I'll take photos of the cases
1 June 2022 13:38
Crikey where's your sense of priorities?
I wish I was in Bryce Canyon rather than Birmingham.
31 July 2022 13:39
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