Winsen Ozone Gas Sensor MQ131 User Manual

Winsen MQ131 Ozone Gas Sensor User Manual

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MQ131 Ozone Gas Sensor (Low Concentration)


Sensitive material of MQ131 gas sensor is a semiconductor metal oxide with high conductivity in clean air. When the ozone gas exists, the sensor’s conductivity gets lower along with the gas concentration rising. Users can convert the change of conductivity to correspond output signal of gas concentration through a simple circuit. MQ131 ozone gas sensor has high sensitivity to ozone, and also has sensitivity to strong oxide gases, such as Cl2, NO2 etc. It responses oppositely to organic interference gases, compared with O3.

Winsen Ozone Gas Sensor MQ131 User Manual


It has good sensitivity to ozone in wide range, and has advantages such as long lifespan, low cost and simple drive circuit &etc.

Main Applications

It is widely used in domestic ozone concentration alarm, industrial ozone concentration alarm and portable ozone concentration detector.

Technical Parameters

Winsen MQ131 Ozone Gas Sensor User Manual - Technical Parameters

NOTE: The change of Output voltage(Vs) is the difference value between VRL in test environment and VRL in clean air .

Basic Circuit

Winsen MQ131 Ozone Gas Sensor User Manual - Basic Circuit

Fig2. MQ131 Test Circuit

Instructions: The above fig is the basic test circuit of MQ131.The sensor requires two voltage inputs: heater voltage (VH) and circuit voltage(VC). VH is used to supply standard working temperature to the sensor and it can adopt DC or AC power, while VRL is the voltage of load resistance RL which is in series with sensor. Vc supplies the detect voltage to load resistance RL and it should adopts DC power. Calculation formula: Resistance of Sensitive materials (Rs)=(Vc/VRL-1)×RL; Power consumption of Sensitive materials (Ps)=Vc2×Rs/(Rs+RL)2

Description of Sensor Characters

Winsen MQ131 Ozone Gas Sensor User Manual - Description of Sensor Characters

Fig3.Typical Sensitivity Curve
The ordinate is resistance ratio of the sensor (Rs/R0), the abscissa is concentration of gases. Rs means resistance in target gas with different concentration, R0 means resistance of sensor in clean air. All tests are finished under standard test conditions.

Fig4.Typical temperature/humidity characteristics
The ordinate is resistance ratio of the sensor (Rs/Rso).Rs means resistance of sensor in 200ppb O3 gas under different tem. and humidity. Rso means resistance of the sensor in 200ppb O3 gas under 20/55%RH.

Winsen MQ131 Ozone Gas Sensor User Manual - Fig 5,6
Fig5.Sensitity Curve
Fig5 shows the VRL in O3 gas with different concentration. The resistance load RL is 1 M and the test is finished in standard test conditions.

Fig6.Responce and Resume
Fig5 shows the changing of VRL in the process of putting the sensor into target gas and removing it out.


  • 1. Following conditions must be prohibited
  • 1.1 Exposed to organic silicon steam Sensing material will lose sensitivity and never recover if the sensor absorbs organic silicon steam. Sensors must avoid exposing to silicon bond, fixature, silicon latex, putty or plastic contain silicon environment.
  • 1.2 High Corrosive gas
    If the sensors are exposed to high concentration corrosive gas (such as H2S, SOX, Cl2, HCl etc.), it will not only result in corrosion of sensors structure, also it cause sincere sensitivity attenuation.
  • 1.3 Alkali, Alkali metals salt, halogen pollution
    The sensors performance will be changed badly if sensors be sprayed polluted by alkali metals salt especially brine, or be exposed to halogen such as fluorine.
  • 1.4 Touch water Sensitivity of the sensors will be reduced when spattered or dipped in water.
  • 1.5 Freezing Do avoid icing on sensor’s surface, otherwise sensing material will be broken and lost sensitivity.
  • 1.6 Applied higher voltage
    Applied voltage on sensor should not be higher than stipulated value, even if the sensor is not physically damaged or broken, it causes down-line or heater damaged, and bring on sensors’ sensitivity characteristic changed badly.
  • 1.7 Voltage on wrong pins For 6 pins sensor, Pin 2&5 is heating electrodes, Pin (1,3)/(4,6) are testing electrodes (Pin 1 connects with Pin 3, while Pin 4 connects with Pin 6).If apply voltage on Pin 1&3 or 4&6, it will make lead broken; and no signal putout if apply on pins 2&4.

Winsen MQ131 Ozone Gas Sensor User Manual - Fig 7

  • 2 .Following conditions must be avoided
  • 2.1 Water Condensation
    Indoor conditions, slight water condensation will influence sensors’ performance lightly. However, if water condensation on sensors surface and keep a certain period, sensors’ sensitive will be decreased.
  • 2.2 Used in high gas concentration No matter the sensor is electrified or not, if it is placed in high gas concentration for long time, sensors characteristic will be affected. If lighter gas sprays the sensor, it will cause extremely damage.
  • 2.3 Long time storage The sensors resistance will drift reversibly if it’s stored for long time without electrify, this drift is related with storage conditions. Sensors should be stored in airproof bag without volatile silicon compound. For the sensors with long time storage but no electrify, they need long aging time for stability before using. The suggested aging time as follow:
Storage Time Suggested aging time
Less than one month No less than 48 hours
1 ~ 6 months No less than 72 hours
More than six months No less than 168 hours
  • 2.4 Long time exposed to adverse environment No matter the sensors electrified or not, if exposed to adverse environment for long time, such as high humidity, high temperature, or high pollution etc., it will influence the sensors’ performance badly.
  • 2.5 Vibration Continual vibration will result in sensors down-lead response then break. In transportation or assembling line, pneumatic screwdriver/ultrasonic welding machine can lead this vibration.
  • 2.6 Concussion
    If sensors meet strong concussion, it may lead its lead wire disconnected.
  • 2.7 Usage Conditions
    2.7.1For sensor, handmade welding is optimal way. The welding conditions as follow:
  • Soldering flux: Lead-free and halogen-free flux
  • homothermic soldering iron
  • Temperature: 350
  • Time: no more than 3 seconds

If disobey the above using terms, sensors sensitivity will reduce.

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