CoreData Global, a Singapore-based research and development firm, has just introduced the RelayFi 4-channel relay board based on ESP32 and compatible with Tasmota open-source firmware, as well as Espressif’s ESP RainMaker cloud and ESP-NOW networking API.
RelayFi is fitted with an ESP32-WROOM-32D WiFi and Bluetooth module, four relays capable of handling a load of 250 VAC/7A or 30 VDC/10A, and EL817C Optoisolators for safety. The board also comes with CH340C USB to TTL chip for programming, an I2C header for expansion, and some jumpers for relay selection.
- Wireless module – Espressif Systems’ ESP32-WROOM-32D module with ESP32 dual-core Tensilica microcontroller, 32Mbit SPI flash, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n up to 150 Mbps, Bluetooth 4.2 LE, and PCB antenna
- 4x relays up to 250VAC/7A or 30VDC/10A
- 4x EL817C optocouplers for safety
- 4x relay status LEDs
- Screw terminals
- Relay selection jumper
- USB – 1x micro USB port for power and programming via CH340C USB to TTL chip
- Expansion – I2C header
- Misc – Power LED reset button
- Power Supply
- 5V via micro USB port
- Header with 5V, 3.3V, and GND
- Dimensions – 84.3 x 75.1mm
The company shares the PDF schematic and a simple Arduino sketch to control the relays on Github. Documentation is currently lacking, but CoreData Global highlights compatibility with smart speakers supporting Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant through the open-source Tasmota firmware and promises to release the “codes and methods” during the Kickstarter campaign.
In the meantime, you can check out a video demo showing Alexa voice control of lights and fans.
They also claim compatibility with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, and other development boards. For example, you could power an Arduino board through the 5V/3.3V/GND header on the RelayFi, and the Arduino can enable/disable relays as needed instead of using jumpers as shown in the photo below.
While CoreData Global is said to be a Singapore company, the RelayFi board was launched on Kickstarter by Rajneesh Kumar Singh based in Switzerland… The RelayFi 4-channel relay board is offered for a $30 US pledge, or you can get a bundle of five for $137, or around $27.4 each. Shipping adds about $25 US, and deliveries are expected to start in December 2022.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.