I have an embedded zero I'd like to power from a battery pack with 4 AAs. I know I can connect the leads the the GPIO as well as cutting apart a cable to plug in but I am wondering if I could solder them to the pads underneath the power plug.

These ones: (pp5 and pp2)

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So do these lead to power? If so which is positive and which is negative?

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This source lists the test pads of the Pi Zero and their function as follows:

PP1 USB +5V Input
PP8 3.3V

The official schematics (see top left corner) also list PP5 as GND.

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Powering the Pi from AA batteries itself has been discussed before (such as buck/boost converters to adjust the voltage), e.g.:

Without proper voltage regulation connecting the batteries might pose some issues during discharge of the batteries - voltage is too high with fresh batteries, too low on empty batteries.


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