I got a BMP180 pressure sensor today and gave it try. It was very easy to get it running using some free libraries from the web.

bmp180 arduino

Don't wonder about the fat green socket where the BMP180 is inserted. I use this normally for attaching IC's to my breadboard and making them easily removeable without breaking stuff. IC's could sometimes be hard to remove from a breadboard, especially when the breadboard is unused... ;)

Since the BMP180 is an I²C device it ist very easy to connect it to the Arduino. Just be sure to add pull-up resistors to SCL and SDA. I am using 1K resistors and everything works fine.

Also be sure what kind of breakout board you have. I am using a very cheap model without voltage regulation so mine needs to be driven by a 3.3 Volt Arduino. If you want to drive this with a 5 Volt Arduino you will need to make use of a logic level converter. There are very nice breakout boards available with voltage regulation on-board! Take a look at the link below.

My code:

#include <Wire.h>
#include <Adafruit_Sensor.h>
#include <Adafruit_BMP085_U.h>

Adafruit_BMP085_Unified bmp = Adafruit_BMP085_Unified(10085);

void setup(void) {
  Serial.println("Arduino BMP180 Pressure Sensor");

void loop(void) {
  sensors_event_t event;
  if (event.pressure)
    Serial.print("Pressure: ");
    Serial.println(" hPa");
    Serial.println("Sensor error");


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Tags: arduino, bmp180, pressure, sensor, i2c,