Adafruit VL53L1X ToF Sensor – STEMMA QT/Qwiic



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This ‘next generation’ VL53L0X ToF sensor from Adafruit can handle about ~30 to 4000mm of range distance, with up to 50Hz update rate. The breakout is 3-5V logic and power compatible and features Qwiic / STEMMA QT compatible connectors for easy, no soldering required, hookup.

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SKU: SEN-161 Manufacturer: Adafruit Industries Mfg Part Number: 3967 Category: Tags: , , , , ,


The Adafruit VL53L1X Time of Flight Distance Sensor (also known as VL53L1CX) is a Time of Flight distance sensor that has a massive 4 meter range and LIDAR-like precision. The sensor contains a very tiny invisible laser source and a matching sensor. The VL53L1X can detect the “time of flight”, or how long the light has taken to bounce back to the sensor.

Since it uses a very narrow light source, it is good for determining the distance of only the surface directly in front of it. Unlike sonars that bounce ultrasonic waves, the ‘cone’ of sensing is very narrow. Unlike IR distance sensors that try to measure the amount of light bounced, the VL53L1X is much more precise and doesn’t have linearity problems or ‘double imaging’ where you can’t tell if an object is very far or very close.

This is the ‘next generation’ of the VL53L0X ToF sensor and can handle about ~30 to 4000mm of range distance, with up to 50Hz update rate. The sensor itself requires 2.8V power and logic, but the breakout board takes care of this with a regulator and level shifting. You can use it with any 3-5V power or logic microcontroller without worry – so a perfect match for any Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and just about every other common microcontroller or SBC.

Best of all, this board is SparkFun qwiic and Adafruit STEMMA QT compatible – so you can use this without even having to solder.


  • Emitter: 940 nm invisible laser (Class1)
  • SPAD (single photon avalanche diode) receiving array with integrated lens
  • FlightSense™ ranging sensor for fast and accurate long distance ranging
  • Up to 400 cm distance measurement
  • Up to 50 Hz ranging frequency
  • Typical full field-of-view (FoV): 27 °
  • Programmable region-of-interest (ROI) size on the receiving array, allowing the sensor FoV to be reduced
  • Programmable ROI position on the receiving array, providing multizone operation control from the host
  • Can be hidden behind many cover window materials
  • I²C interface (up to 400 kHz)
  • Shutdown and interrupt pins
  • Python/Circuit Python and Arduino Libraries

Package Contents

  • 1 x Adafruit VL53L1X ToF Sensor
  • 1 x 6 Pin 2.54mm Pitch Header

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  Difficulty Level

Soldering Skill: N/A
Prototyping Skill: Beginner
Programming Skill: Beginner

  Product Certifications

  Product Attributes

Weight: 7 g
Shipping Dimensions: 28 × 21 × 6 mm


Connector Type:

Qwiiic / STEMMA QT



I2C Address:


Input Voltage:

3.3 VDC, 5.0 VDC

Logic Voltage:

3.3V, 5.0V

Measurement Range:

30 to 4000mm

Viewing Angle:










  Online Guide

Online Guide:  

  Warranty Policy

This product has a 30 Day Warranty from the date of delivery. The item must not be modified, abused, incorrectly hooked up, or used for purposes outside the original scope of design.

  Return Policy

This product is returnable Within 14 Days of delivery for a store credit. Item must be unopened, unused, and in re-saleable condition.

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