I have reglaurly heard that while it is possible to power the Raspberry Pi via the 5v rail, you do so at your own risk. This is because the rail lacks any of the protections that the USB port has included.
I have a reasonably cheap 5v, 2a power source that I’m using for another component (Adafruit thermal printer - requires 1.5a) that I am planning to run the Pi off in parallel. The tutorials I’m basing my project off just connects the Pi via the rail and that works. But I’m wondering, how I might go about providing similar protection to what the USB port provides.
I have a 5v step-up/step-down regulator, would connecting the Pi via that work? Do I need to throw a fuse in there? Is there anything I’ve missed?
How do I provide the same (or similar) protection that power over USB provides, when powering the Pi via one of the 5v pins?