Getting "Device is Offline" message? 

Not seeing your data in Blynk app? 

Getting "Flood Error"?

Most likely you are making an error by sending data to Blynk incorrectly. This article will help you to understand and troubleshoot this issue.

 

Intro

The code should be familiar to anyone who have ever tinkered with MCUs like Arduino and the likes: 

void loop() 
{
  sensorValue = analogRead(A5);  // reading sensor analog pin value
  Serial.println(sensorValue);   // printing value to Serial Monitor
}


Accordingly to this article, this loop will execute at a speed of about 117 kHz.  This means that everything you put into void loop(), your Arduino will execute about 117,000 times/ second.

To time out Serial Prints you would just add a delay() , right?

void loop() 
{
  sensorValue = analogRead(A5);  // reading sensor analog pin value
  Serial.println(sensorValue);   // printing value to Serial Monitor
 👉delay(1000);                  // stop the code for 1 second
}

delay()  is a blocking function that completely stops your MCU for a specified time before resuming the loop execution.

It would work for a regular application, but not for the Internet Of Things applications like Blynk. See below why.

 

Problem

Imagine you want to send sensorValue  to Blynk app and write such code:  

void loop() 
{
  sensorValue = analogRead(A5);         // reading sensor analog pin value
  Serial.println(sensorValue);          // printing value to Serial Monitor

 👉Blynk.run();                         // run Blynk magic  
 👉Blynk.virtualWrite(V1, sensorValue); // sending value to Blynk app
}

This would work for a regular electronics project, but not for the Internet of Things, and not for Blynk, because:

⚠️You are spamming Blynk Cloud

As it was described above, everything in the void loop()  will be executed many times per second. 

So if you use Blynk.virtualWrite(V1, sensorValue) in the loop, you send gazillion messages to Blynk Cloud from your hardware. When it happens, Blynk automatically disconnects your device for spamming. Sorry.


 
A logical step would be to add a delay() ...

void loop() 
{
  sensorValue = analogRead(A5);        // reading sensor analog pin value
  Serial.println(sensorValue);         // printing value to Serial Monitor

  Blynk.run();                         // run Blynk magic  
  Blynk.virtualWrite(V1, sensorValue); // sending value to Blynk app
 
 👉delay(1000);                        // stop the code for 1 second
}

But it will not help because:

⚠️You will block Blynk.run with a delay() 

Blynk.run()  is a main Blynk routine responsible for keeping connection alive, sending data, receiving data, etc. When you use a delay() , you most likely are breaking a connection to Blynk Cloud or blocking some functions of Blynk library.

Basically, your sensorValue will never get to the Cloud.


 

Solution. What should I do then? 

1. Keep the void loop() clean

When using Blynk, try to keep void loop()  as clean as possible and move all the other routines (e.g. sensor reading) into timers and separate functions.

So, an ideal Blynk void loop() should look like that: 

void loop() 
{
  Blynk.run();
}


But you still need to send the data, right?
 

2. Use BlynkTimer to send data in intervals

In most of the cases, you would need to send data periodically in certain intervals.
A very simple way of doing that is to use BlynkTimer, included in Blynk Library.
 

👉First you would need to create a new Timer object:

BlynkTimer timer; // Announcing the timer

 

👉In void setup() you need to declare that your function sensorDataSend()  should run every 1000 milliseconds, (which is 1 second). 

void setup()
{
  timer.setInterval(1000L, sensorDataSend); //timer will run every sec
}


 

👉Next, you create a function describing what should actually happen every second:
We will read a sensor connected to A5, and then send it to Blynk app to Virtual Pin V1:

void sensorDataSend()
{
  sensorValue = analogRead(A5);         // reading sensor from analog pin
  Blynk.virtualWrite(V1, sensorValue);  // sending sensor value to Blynk app
}


 
👉And then you run timer in your new and beautiful void loop() 

void loop()
{
  Blynk.run();        // run Blynk magic
  timer.run();        // run timer every second
}

 
With such a minimal void loop() you will never block a connection to Blynk Cloud and will never spam it.

You can create multiple timers, stop/start them, add and delete. Read more about advanced usage of BlynkTimer here.

 

Check BlynkTimer example sketch for your hardware:


  

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