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How much power does the PiZero consume on it's lowest possible cpu clock setting (underclocked)? (Let's say the only usb add on is a wifi dongle.) And... is it worth it?

  • What is your intended application? Is it battery powered? If saving electrical cost (not battery powered) there is no real benefit to be had. Earlier models were calculated to cost approximately $12 per year. – Steve Robillard Dec 7 '15 at 23:41
  • no application yet... but yes battery powered.. just getting ideas for mobile-like applications – raspi-ninja Dec 7 '15 at 23:42
  • The need for a WiFi dongle would probably make this a zero sum game. But, without a project, the tradeoffs are large unknowns. Also without a plan it would be hard to say a bigger battery would not be a better alternative. – Steve Robillard Dec 7 '15 at 23:43
  • from this reference: raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-zero/#comment-1249148 80mA idling on a pizero (no dongle of course). Let's take out the wifi dongle idea for the tests and see how low it can get.... – raspi-ninja Dec 7 '15 at 23:50
  • Some tips here. – Jamie Bull Dec 8 '15 at 2:54
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Underclocking modern ARM cores usually brings little benefit. While lower clock frequency (and perhaps lower core voltage) do reduce power consumption, a core clocked to the nominal frequency runs faster, meaning it spends less time in active state and more time in sleep, which is a more efficient way of saving energy than permanently running underclocked.

I remember playing with clock settings on a Banana Pi under moderate load and checking current consumption via /sys/class/power_supply/. Differences I observed were smaller than the measurement fluctuations.

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• power measurement chart of the Pi-Zero: less than the RaspPi A version. https://plus.google.com/post/z13wuzkavtb1f3hnc224ifgq4oehi1mmg

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    Welcome to Raspberry Pi! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Steve Robillard Dec 8 '15 at 3:03
  • I believe the author of this blog article didn't underclock anything, he just compared power consumption of all the PIs under different load. – Dmitry Grigoryev Dec 9 '15 at 6:59

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