6 LED voltage indicator circuits

In electronic instrumentation is needed. One friend of mine once said that a good tool. Not need to be expensive.
It is important to use enough. Today I will try to collect 4 LED DC Voltage Indicator circuits

LED voltage indicator circuits

This is four circuits of LED voltage indicator are simple and easy to builds for check voltage battery and others, use as zener, transistor, LM339 and more

Circuit 1# Simplest On-Off battery indicator using two LEDs

If you want to teach kids to learn simple LED circuit. This is one of good circuit. It is the Simplest On-Off battery indicator using two LEDs. Both LEDs will show you.

When you turn on S1 to “ON” the current flows to the circuit. While LED1 will briefly flash. But LED2 goes out.


Then, we turn off S1 to “OFF” to do not use the circuit. See LED1 still goes out. But LED2 will briefly flash after that it goes out, too.

Why is that?

The 1000uF C1-Capacitor is the hero.

In the circuit, there is the SPDT switch-S1.

If we turn on, the current flow through R1 to LED1, it briefly flashes as C1 begin to charge. Until C1 is fully charging, LED1 will go out.

Since LED1 gets a reverse biased. So it is nothing that happens for LED1.

Now, C1 has the current full and there is less Leakage current.

Then, we turn off, NO the current to the output. But not end, the current in C1 discharges to LED2. It also briefly flashes. Unit the current in C1 is empty. LED2 goes out.

The LED1 goes out because it gets reverse polarity.

See look like of both LED display in video below:

Circuit 2# Tiny visual zero beat indicator circuit

You are meeting a tiny visual zero beat indicator circuit. It is suitable for showing to an audio signal or CW tuning indicator. Which is lower than 3Vp-p.

In the circuit uses just two LEDs and one resistor only.
Light-emitting diodes(LED) LED display is the indicator. Since the LED can tolerate 20-30mA, R1 provides more than right current limiting.


Tiny visual zero beat indicator circuit diagram

Both LEDs are connected in parallel, is a different polarity. They will indicate the zero-beat frequency.

Each LED will work just a half cycle of the input signal only.

When the input frequency is more than 1 kilohertz, away from the zero-beat frequency. Both LEDs will grow in all the time.

As the input frequency comes within about 20 hertz of zero beats, the LEDs will flicker until zero beats are reached.

Both LEDs glow or flicker until zero beat is reached, when they go out.


Circuit 3# Simple Voltage Level Indicator using Zener diode

Simple Voltage Indicator using LED and Zener diode

You look into the concept. Although is small circuits. But it might make circuits great work was complete.

simple voltage level indicator using Zener Diode

Today we come to see Voltage-Level Indicator in model easy most. It uses easy part electronics only. The Zener Diode, Resistor, and, LED as a result can show already. By in each the circuit LED stick bright when V+ goes up to arrive at Breakdown voltage. And Vz of Zener diode +VLed should use RS for LED one by one. The circuit on the right will testify to read the value is Bar Graph. When Zener Diode quietly enhance the value Vz. This circuit may is is simple good may advantage for friends, please sir.

Circuit 4# Simple three-step level indicator

Today we look at the concept of a simple level indicator circuit, which are built to be very small, can be displayed with LED 3 step. When see in the below circuit is very simple. We use a variable resistor(Potentiometer) with 3 unit only, making this the circuit cheap and easy.

simple 3 step level indicator

The Resistor values of Potentiometer VR1-3 are determined by the type of LED, when we used MV 50 LEDs many resistant, by steps of 2K for the 2V, and drain current (series circuits) in all three LED lights on the 5mA, the Chain LED can be extended, But the rapid increase in the drain current and the first LED in the current supply.

As figure below we test this circuit on breadboard with 3V for first LED1, 6V for second LED2 and 9V for third LED3.

test 3 step level indicator on bread board

Circuit 5# Battery voltage level indicator circuit

This circuit is simple battery level indicator circuit. Which be simple complicated can see that the circuit has will LED keep for display arrive at 3 step.
The work of the circuit be this circuit was fixed come to give a temple volt usual that about 11V-14V. Which will the level volt normal, if level voltage a little 11V more make LED1 red stick bright.

12V Battery voltage level indicator circuit

Thank very much Denis this circuit error. My son is testing this circuit again and modify this new.
Thanks a lot!!

Testing 3 level indicator circuit

If voltage 11V more than but 14V not exceed make LED1 the red and LED2 green stick bright. Because voltage that 11V exceed have current flow through R1 and ZD1 go to encourage a pin B of Q1 make Q1 work LED2 bright. But if level voltage of power supply 15V exceed make LED 3 both of stick bright. Because of volt reed source that 15V have current flow through R4 and ZD2 go to encourage pin B of Q2, It make Q2 work LED3 , then stick bright.

When voltage is 15V up LED1,LED2,LED3 all light up. The LED1 is normal because lower current pass through its.

Circuit 6# 12V Lead Acid battery level monitor

In the circuit below, a quad voltage comparator (LM3914) is used as a simple bar graph meter to indicate the charge condition of a 12 volt, lead acid battery.

A 5 volt reference voltage is connected to each of the (+) inputs of the four comparators and the (-) inputs are connected to successive points along a voltage divider.

The LEDs will illuminate when the voltage at the negative (-) input exceeds the reference voltage. Calibration can be done by adjusting the 2K potentiometer so that all four LEDs illuminate when the battery voltage is 12.7 volts, indicating full charge with no load on the battery.

At 11.7 volts, the LEDs should be off indicating a dead battery. Each LED represents an approximate 25% change in charge condition or 300 millivolts, so that 3 LEDs indicate 75%, 2 LEDs indicate 50%, etc. The actual voltages will depend on temperature conditions and battery type, wet cell, gel cell etc.

12V Lead Acid battery level monitor

Although the circuits are is not the same. But it will help you succeed in certainly electronic projects.

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16 thoughts on “6 LED voltage indicator circuits”

  1. hi sir can you help me..will this work on a 3v battery??haw will the LED look like when battery is full,or not thank you

  2. Hi Sir,

    Im a complete novice , but i need to use this simple but brilliant solution by you, I plan to connect [ 4 AAA batteries 1.6V + 9v battery ] in series.
    If you could help me with what exact component [ name & specification & resistance ] should i replace in case of Rs(resistor) & ZD1,2,3 (zener diode).

    Thanks a ton
    Regards Santosh

  3. Hello! This is a simple and amazing design! I was hoping I could use to to measure a maximum of 12 v! I was wondering what kind of resistors/LEDs/Zener Diodes I would need to accomplish this task?

    Thank you for the design!


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