Time of Flight (ToF) Range Finder Sensor – VL6180 (Sparkfun)


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SKU: 637308
  1. Operating voltage (VDC): 5
  2. Measures absolute range (cm): 10
  3. Mounting hole diameter (mm): 3.2
  4. Dimentions (mm): 44 x 13 x 3 (LxWxH).
  5. Weight (gm): Approx 1


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Brand: SparkFun
Category: LiDAR Sensor

This is the SparkFun Time of Flight (ToF) Range Finder Sensor – VL6180 (Sparkfun), a sensor board for the VL6180 distance sensor. Unlike most distance sensors that rely on reflected light intensity or reflected angles to determine the range, the VL6180 uses a precise clock to measure the time it takes light to bounce back from a surface. This affords the ToF Range Finder and VL6180 a great benefit over other methods because it can be much more accurate and more immune to noise. Does this technology sound familiar? Well it should, it’s the same means cellphones use to detect when the caller is holding their phone to their ear.

Note: Though the datasheet states the VL6180 measures an absolute range of up to 10cm, we have successfully tested it up to 25cm.


  1. Smartphones/portable touchscreen devices.
  2. Tablet/laptop/gaming devices.
  3. Domestic appliances/industrial devices.

How to Use?

Hookup guide Click here!


  1. 2.8V Regulator – Provides the required 2.8V for the sensor
  2. I2C Level Shifter – Provides logic level conversion from 2.8V to VCC
  3. 3-in-1 Module
    1. IR Emitter
    2. Range Sensor
    3. Ambient Light Sensor
  4. Measures absolute range up to 10cm
  5. Gesture Recognition
  6. I2C Interface
  7. Two Programmable GPIO
  8. Sharp Sensor Board Layout.

Package Includes:

1 x Time of Flight (ToF) Range Finder Sensor – VL6180.

SKU: 637308 Category:
Measures absolute range (cm)


Mounting hole diameter (mm)


Length (mm)






Weight (gm)

Approx 1

Shipment Weight

0.02 kg

Shipment Dimensions

5 × 2 × 2 cm

1 Month Warranty

This item is covered with a standard warranty of 1 month from the time of delivery against manufacturing defects only. This warranty is given for the benefit of Robu customers from any kind of manufacturing defects.  Reimbursement or replacement will be done against manufacturing defects.

What voids warranty:

If the product is subject to misuse, tampering, static discharge, accident, water or fire damage, use of chemicals & soldered or altered in any way.

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VL6180 Schematic

VL6180 Sensor datasheet

Arduino code


Questions and answers of the customers

  1. 0 votes
    Q what is the resolution of this sensor answer now
    Asked by Aniket Mishra on February 12, 2021 11:01 am

    ALS lux resolution = 0.32 lux/count

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