Is this Maplin Power Bank 4000mAh pwerful enough to power the Pi with all of the peripherals below? This is useful as I cannot order online, and it is currently £15.
I have a Raspberry Pi Model B, which I plan to use build a small two-motor robot. The motors are powered externally by 4 AA batteries, and are to be controlled by at first by two large NPN transistors, and then a small also externally powered motor controller board (I found a working one lying around in a box). The Pi is to be controlled over a now-working wi-fi hotspot that it creates through a USB Ralink RT5370, and I may later want to add a USB webcam to give a view of what it is doing.
The reason I ask is because I have not bought the battery yet, and though it says that it has a 1 Amp output, I emailed Maplin and had the reply:
Thanks for contacting Maplin technical support This product would struggle to power the pi reliably however N95LH would be suitable for this'.
Is this true, or are they just trying to sell a more expensive product? Searching this forum and elsewhere, I have found stuff about 5200mAh batteries being used reliably.
N.B. I have already built a power supply with several AA batteries and a 5 volt regulator, which works OK, but runs out really quickly, and only work reliably with alkaline batteries, and repeatedly buying batteries cost a fair fortune. That is why I am considering this lithium-ion battery instead. I did try a 9V with the regulator, but it did not provide the Pi enough power to boot.
If you do suggest any other products, try to keep to stuff available in the UK please.
Works now - here is a picture:
Do not know how it will work on low battery, but it works OK now. Here is a link for anyone interested. (Last updated 17/11/2013)
Another update, works very well with a USB camera (was an integrated one removed from an old laptop) and wifi AND ethernet (for downloading) - even when the last blue light is flashing (I got VERY nervous then -but I could not stop it as it was running updates...)
(Last updated 22/11/2013)
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(Last updated 26/11/2013)
(Update 2017) Battery now virtually useless with anything (won't charge properly etc). Be careful of cheap ones ;)