I've owned Pi's since the first generation and have had various test rigs made from what I had to hand including stepping the voltage down from 12v and various bits of lego holding the components in space. Whilst good fun it is not the safest approach for humans, animals and the components.

I have purchased a Pi 4 with official touchscreen which will become an Android Auto car PC (nicknamed Otto). Otto will eventually live in a custom made enclosure in the vehicle but while he is being configured I would like him to be cosseted on a nice test bench with a 240v AC supply going to the 12v DC to 5v DC 3amps that will be the input for all Otto's power needs.

What recommendations would you make about the 240v to 12v power supply and avoiding static so I don't end up baking my pi? Should I bear anything else in mind (I am neither an electrician nor an electrical engineer) such as a capacators to smooth his power supply and cut out alternator noise?

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    I use a laptop supply which conveniently produces 12V. To generate 5V from the 12V I use a UBEC. Not sure of the relevance of the Pi to this question. Probably the wrong site.
    – joan
    Nov 13, 2019 at 17:41
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    @Mike Poole, Ah, let me see. I would suggest an AC220/240V to DC12V 5A PSU, something like this: imgur.com/gallery/G3gc5T9
    – tlfong01
    Nov 14, 2019 at 3:40
  • @tlfong01 many thanks for that. I will get one similar to that. Do you think using a capacitor would be a worthwhile or does the Pi generally not mind if the supply is a little noisy?
    – Mike Poole
    Nov 14, 2019 at 3:46
  • @Mike Poole, By pass capacitors are usually not necessary, unless in noisy industrial environments. You might like to read my answer to the following question about by pass capacitors: raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/98116/….
    – tlfong01
    Nov 14, 2019 at 3:54
  • And in the old days, car engines generate a lot of "sparks" related back EMF, EMI inside the car compartment, but there were no electronic things inside the car, so no problem at all. But now if there are noise interferening the auto pilot guy, who might pilot you into wrong direction, hit a big white or blue wall etc. So to play safe, noise filtering is a good idea. But let me see if your Android Auot/Otto is strong enough to shield off noise. / to continue, ...
    – tlfong01
    Nov 14, 2019 at 4:08


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