Power is the ability to supply a device with energy. This question covers how to power the Pi, ways to do it, and the safe ranges of power.

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Should I power my Pi and USB hub through the same power supply or separate ones?

Should I power my Pi and USB hub through the same power supply or separate ones? Because they both run. But which is better for the Pi?
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Unresponsive USB on a Raspi Model A

I've been running a headless Pi Model A (1 USB and no ethernet port) for a little while and it's just stopped working. The wifi dongle shows no life, and the pluggin keyboard has no effect. So I ...
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Reducing 24V to 5V for RPi PSU

I'm trying to power several devices off of a breadboard. For simplicity I want to power these all from the same PSU. The highest voltage amongst the devices is 24V. I was looking to use a 24V 2A ...
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No 'system halted' message when shutting down

I'm using putty to log into my pi through a serial console cable. I entered the command sudo shutdown -h now According to an answer to a previous question on shutting down the pi, I need to wait ...
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How to make Raspberry shutdown when I unplug the ethernet cable

I use my Raspberry Pi Model B with Raspbian as a server and I want to know (if it is possible) how to make that the Raspberry pi send itself a halt command when I unplug the Ethernet cable (eth0) Any ...
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UPS for Raspberry Pi and router (TPLINK TD-W8961)

I have started hosting a website on my raspberry pi, but because of the power outages, and mostly because I'm itching for a DIY project I would like to build a UPS for my pi and my router(12v-1,5A). ...
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Why I blew up my brand new B+

I blew my B+ up in less than 2 days.I want to know what went wrong to prevent it from happening again. What I remember doing: I was making GPIO to run for my RC car(1A motors), I did use TIP122 ...
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Why is pin 5 in the Ethernet connected to 3v3? is it safe to disconnect?

Looking at the pinout of the Pi's Ethernet, it looks like pin 5 is connected to the 3v3. Why is it connected there? According to the 100Base-T Ethernet specification, that should be unconnected. ...
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How much power can a Pi deliver to a SD card?

SD cards (the full-size ones) can use up to 330mW of power (100mA at 3.3V) - The Pi is known for having difficulty with certain high-speed (and thus high-power) cards, so I believe it is less than ...
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Powering a 24V 1A device

I've got a little project going where I want to hook up a load of sensors to my RPi (PH, Temp, Humidity, light etc. etc., a camera, and also power a 24v 1a DC device. I'm wondering if this is ...
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Wvdial and usb_modeswitch dont work unless Device is hotplugged

I want to connect to the internet using a 3g usb dongle. I have downloaded ppp, usb modeswitch and wvdial. Modeswitch is able to switch my from storage to modem only if I hotplug the device into the ...
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Power Pi from Li battery?

I would like to use a 4.2V(voltage varies from 3.6v up to 4.2v) Li battery to power a Pi - for this it seems like I would need a DC-DC boost converter. From what I found, all of those seem to create ...
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Pi Headless: How to confirm that the Pi is shut down

I am running my Pi headless connected to my wireless router using a ethernet cable. I wanted to shut down the pi remotely even when I am not connected to it using SSH/Putty to shut it down ...
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7.2V battery with Raspberry Pi

I want to use a 7.2V (4200mAh) battery with my raspberry pi but I need to convert the output to 5V (2000mAh), I tried the following formula: Ω = V / A but when I try to find the ohms the result ...
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power on from idle with gpio3, undocumented?

reading this thread : http://raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/a/19659/19456 i found out that you can power on the rpi from idle by connecting gpio3 (pin5 revB) to ground, tested it and it works great. ...
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Hot plugging the GPIO cable

I just got a raspberry Pi, and I am more familiar with software than hardware. Can I plug my ribbon cable into the GPIO pins if my Pi is on?
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Maximum current from usb (model b+)

I want to run the ps eye camera for my raspberry pi model b+. It is rated at 5v 500 mA . The question is , is it wise to directly connect it to the provided usb? I am using the pi to make something ...
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Raspi periodically unreachable via SSH

I'm using a RPi Model B as a file server back home. I set it up according to HTG's RPi file server guide, so I'm using SFTP to access the files on it. The RPi is wired to a Linksys router functioning ...
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What power supply should be used for the B+ model?

So I'm thinking about purchasing a RPi B+ model, and the Pi website states that the power supply should output 2A through a Micro USB supply. OK, but in terms of volts what should it be? Is 5V ...
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Why do people use powered usb hubs?

I have the RPi B+. It has four usb ports. At the moment I am powering an Arduino Mega, a small RFID reader and a keyboard. I plan to also power a wifi dongle and an arduino uno. Will this just work? ...
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Using a Generic Switching Power Supply

I have a generic 5V 10A switching power supply with screw terminals, that looks kind-of like this: Is it safe to use the output from here to drive the Pi by cutting a USB cable and connecting the ...
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Mult-head micro-usb cable

I am building a raspberry pi cluster. I am looking for a multi-head micro-usb power cable to power them. Does such a beast exist? Or can I make one myself?
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Is it fine to use an ASUS Memo Pad power supply on a B+ RPi?

I'm about to make my first RPi purchase (a B+) to be specific. I do not want to spend any more than I need to, and hence have looked around to see what power supplies I have that may already work with ...
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Raspberry unbootable after unexpected shutdown

I have a raspberry Pi, Model B. I installed Raspbian on the SD card and I would like to use it as a SVN server. I installed everything I need to work with it, and it works ok. The problem is that ...
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Powering 3.5 inch LCD screen and RPi with 7.4V Lithium Polymer Battery

I am attempting to create a portable Raspberry Pi. I am wondering how I would go about running the RPi and the LCD screen from the same battery. The screen draws about 6.5V. I have a 5V voltage ...
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Raspi not 'accepting' JUH340 USB Hub. (Raspbian OS)

Easily, not too many people have asked a question about this model of usb hub. What I'm attempting to use is a J5 CREATE JUH340 USB 3.0 with the RPi, but it is highly unworkable. With most everything ...
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How to use flash storage as blackout-proof volatile memory?

I plan on using the Raspbian derivative Industrial Perennial Environment or a similar solution to create a blackout-proof headless Raspberry Pi for use with various electronics. Obviously this means ...
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How long does the RPi last on a battery? [duplicate]

For how long can the Raspberry Pi run when powered from a battery of a given capacity? Of course this will strongly depend on how it is used and what devices are connected, but I am trying to get a ...
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Raspberry Pi is unstable on a single projector, appears to be HDMI related?

I have a Pi in our elevator suite that is intermittently not booting properly. While I look at the raspberry pi (powered by a TP-LINK POE splitter, we use them extensively for Pis) the red power ...
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Does the Raspberry Pi camera module have any power saving modes?

My question is related to this one I just asked But this time, I want to know if I can cut the camera power. A FAQ says it draws 250mA, but I don't always need it to be on, so are there any power ...
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how to cut power, especially by sleep mode and disabling peripherals?

I've never used the R. Pi before, but am considering it (model A) for my application. The main attraction is the hardware H.264 encoder, but not the power consumption :( I've read about a few power ...
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Does backfeeding the pi allow me to draw more current than normal from the other free usb port?

I've designed a PCB that does some I/O and powers the raspberry pi through one of the Pi's usb ports. I want to use the other free USB port for a wifi dongle. Since I'm backfeeding power will the ...
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Power external hard drive though USB — safe to use USB charger?

I would like to connect an external hard drive to the Raspberry Pi. This hard drive must be powered through USB and comes with a cable that has two ends (to ensure sufficient power). The cable is ...
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Powering an amp and a Pi from a single 12V lead?

I have a project in mind where I put a Pi into an old radio along a small amp (e.g.), or similar. The only problem is I'd like to only have one power lead to the whole thing. The amp takes a 12V ...
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Raspberry pi reboots when usb wifi (Edimax EW-7811UN) is plugged without usb extension cable

This is an odd issue that there have been quite a bit of discussion about even on this forum. Possible suggested issues range from insufficient power to bad internal hardware design of the pi. When ...
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Issue with hard drives, wifi

I had a set up with a powered external hard drive, and a wifi dongle. It worked fine. One day, the wifi dongle decided to cut out—it would restart every time I inserted it into the Pi, and after the ...
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How can I increase USB voltage on multiple Pi's?

I'm in a situation where I have to leave something like 10-12 Pi's for more than a week, and I want to connect independent HDDs to each one of them. It seems impossible for me to obtain individual ...
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Under what conditions is the system clock running?

The Raspberry Pi has no battery powered hardware clock, so it needs to fetch time via NTP and store it via fake-hwclock to not start at 1970 again after a power-loss. When the device is running the ...
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Disable HDMI Interface to achieve a lower power footprint

Is it possible, to turn off the HDMI video component? My Pi operates headless so there ist no need for me to have a video out component. If yes, how much power will be saved?
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Are there USB powered speakers with an Analog port?

I have built a raspberry Pi Jukebox, specially modified for a handicapped user (voice feedback on all songs, large buttons) but I have one.... last.... problem. The speakers I used ran off the analog ...
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Use GPIO to turn on external hard drive ONLY when needed

I have a Pi that is set-up with miniDlna for playing media to my tv and a samba server for a NAS set-up. My pi is connected to an external hard-drive that is actually just a hard drive enclosure; it ...
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Voltage controlled current amplifier [closed]

How to amplify current 1A, 5V from the 5mA, 5V??. More Particularly, In input side, i have 10mA and 5V and output side required 1A, 5V. Thanks.
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I want to switch power for a led strip

I'm making an on call sign that can be activated via a web page. I'm not sure if this is even necessary. but i was thinking about using a relay or some other device to power up the strip when in use ...
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Problems with the keyboarddddddd

I have recently gotten my raspberry pi and I have plugged in my wireless keyboard but am having difficulties typing. Just trying to log in, I get piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii when I just type pi. So I ...
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Multiple PIR Sensors

In my project I am using multiple PIR Sensors. I am providing power using the 5v pin number 2 and also using 3 Signal Pins for receiving. I noticed that if all three sensors are plugged in, then the ...
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Felt current on my Pi, could this have damaged it?

Here is what happened. I have a Belkin Surge Protector. I have connected my iPhone charger (5v 1A) to this and it powers my Pi. I have also connected powered USB hub, transcend hub3k to this surge ...
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Will my Pi will be fine if I use those el cheapo chinese power adapters? [duplicate]

Title says all. does these cheap power adapters can harm my Pi anyway? and also, lets say these things stop providing less than what required (less than 5v and less than 0.7A), what will happen to my ...
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Is there any point to a 2.0A (or greater) power supply, given the 1.1A polyfuse?

My question: it's my understanding, based on the official Raspberry Pi FAQ, the wiki, and numerous forum threads on Stackexchange and elsewhere, that the Raspberry Pi has a 1.1A polyfuse on the ...
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Replace or “Enhance” the 1.1A (700mA) polyfuse F3 with a 2A polyfuse?

I'd like to drive a high powered WiFi adapter, and I'd like to maintain the voltage safety mechanism and continue to power it all from the micro-USB so that I don't have to make unsightly ...
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Safest way to power a hungry Wifi adapter and the Pi from a single 5V source

My Pi is destined for the skies, so it will receive power at roundabout 5.3V via the BEC (battery eliminator circuit) which will be capable of delivering up to 10A (heavy duty BEC it is), so sourcing ...