Questions tagged [alternative-power]

The methods for powering the Raspberry Pi via sources other than its micro-USB connection.

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RPi4 won't power on from 5V if any load is present on 3V3

The short version: Raspberry Pi 4B, rev 1.1, doesn't turn on when provided with 5V on the pins 2&4 if any load is present on the 3V3 (pins 1&17). However, powering the Pi from a USB-C source (...
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Power Requirement for Pi 3

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, and I wish to make a tablet with it. I am using the WaveShare 7inch touchscreen, the pi camera V1, a USB hub and an external CD/DVD drive. But when I got everything ...
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How to daisy chain the power across two Pi's

Similar to Can I power a Pi through a 5V pin?, but I want to acquire the 5V power source from another Pi. The first Pi gets its power via micro USB, and then I want to use pins 2 and 6 from that to ...
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How can Rpi I2C read a Coulomb Counter, up to 18V, 10A?

I"m building an autonomous boat with a solar panel. The heart of the boat is a Raspi zero which contains a small program doing the navigation. I've got a 3S li-ion battery of which I'm already ...
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Possible to Power RPi 3 & Touchscreen with Old Intercom Wires?

So this question could be a dumb one, as I have little to no experience with electricity. Anyways, here it is: My current project is using the RPi Official Touchscreen (7 inches), along with a RPi3 ...
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Raspberry Pi 3 and UPS Pico HV3.0A, cold boot

I am already building a Pi 3 mobile project, with a 5 inch screen, Bluetooth keyboard and so on. What Ii am interested in is using the new version of UPS Pico HV3.0A, that supports up to 3A of current,...
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Mirabox Capture Card and External Power Source

I'm looking to power my Raspberry Pi 4B from a 12V tractor battery. I have a buck converter which can be found here. I am considering using this device to step-down the battery voltage and hook up the ...
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What power supply can I use for 2 servos?

I am a complete noob when it comes to raspberry. I have 2 servos MG996R that I need to power from an external power supply. Currently I am doing it from the board, and when I turn both of them the ...
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Powering Raspberry Pi via battery pack and buck converter - how to solve low voltage reboot issues

I'm trying to power a Raspberry Pi 4 via a 6-AA battery pack via buck converter which steps it down to 5V but it gets stuck in a reboot loop on boot up. Watching the display on the buck converter, the ...
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How to connect Rpi4B to a HDMI Touch Screen?

I have recently invested in a HDMI touchscreen from Amazon, and a Raspberry Pi 4, For the touchscreen to work it must be connected via GPIO, however my pi cannot supply enough power to it from my usb ...
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How can I run the Pi on Solar Power?

Has anyone successfully set up their Pi to run on solar power? If so, what would be the cheapest way to sensibly and reliably achieve this, using a combination of solar cells / batteries / voltage ...
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Power Pack for RPi 3

Is there a popular ups power shield that can be used to with RPi 3? Ideally I would like to write some code in Python to monitor the battery status of the power pack and also still have access to the ...
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finding a 3.3V “micro-computer” to be used as a co-processor in some low power applications [closed]

I am working with some "low power" applications in which a 3.3V micro controller with some electronics around it logs some information for 20 minutes, and then the information needs to be ...
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Short circuit with male-2-male usb cable

My RPi 2B constantly sensed voltage drops on my 2 A charger. Since I know that I can additionally use one of those old USB Y-cables from external disk drives to support the power rail on my RPi 3B (...
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Power Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB) In any Car [closed]

Hey , so here's the dilemma , I want to use My yet-unused Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB) in my car , providing it works , as it seems this one was from the first batches manufactured and people reported it ...
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powering a pi 3B using two 18650 batteries in series. what circuits do I need? [closed]

I have an raspberry pi 3B I want to use as the brains for a robot car. In my initial setup I used a power bank for the Pi and a powered the motors using a seperate pack of two 18650 batteries in ...
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USB problem on Raspberry Pi 4 won't boot

I have a strange problem with a Pi 4. I have my Raspberry Pi 4 powered by an external alimentation 5V 2 A, there are two USB devices connected (an Arduino Mega and the touch USB for the display) and ...
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Can I use my acer chromebook 11 charger to power my raspberry pi 4b?

What does it mean when my acer chromebook 11 charger says "5v ⎓ 3a / 9v ⎓ 3a / 15v ⎓ 3a / 20v ⎓ 2.25a" on the ac adapter? I want it to output 5 volts with 3 amps, but I am confused at why it also has ...
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RPi 4B official power source not powering it ON

I am trying to get my RPi4B(4GB) powered ON with a power supply but am frustrated with the results. I found a workaround to this problem, which is that I can power on the Pi4B with a type-C USB cable ...
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Power Pi4 with USB-C Power Bank

Can a USB-C Power Bank be used to power a Pi 4 for off-grid or mobile uses where the Pi cannot be tethered to either a mains electric socket or a POE switch?
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Under-voltage problems when using the new PoE hat

I'm experiencing some issues with the new PoE hat when using my NETGEAR gs108pe PoE switch. Basically when I use my raspberry pi 3B+ with only my HDMI monitor and a USB serial converter attached (...
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Torrentbox Hard Drive keeps unmounting when copying files. How to avoid it?

My external hard drive is connected to a powered usb hub (5v 3000mA) then connected to rpi3. Whenever I copy any file that would take more than 30 sec, it would unmount and I have to mount the next ...
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Raspberry Pi Low Power warning when connecting without USB cable

I'm trying to connect power to Raspberry Pi 3B+ directly without USB cable, as in this question. I've tried both connecting the 5V and GND extension pins as in this answer and connecting to PP2 and ...
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How do I power an IR LED signal that is 50 feet away?

I'm building an IR blaster with an LED that will be wired 50 feet away from the circuit. I'm going to use this 18 gauge wire to extend the LED connection. I'm using a GPIO pin connected to a BC547b ...
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Small, Rechargeable LiPo and RPi 4B

I've started a new, more specific thread, here. I'm looking for a way to power my Pi 4B inside a 3d-printed laptop project (nothing has actually been started yet), and it would be great to hear what ...
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How to power RPi with fan from single source?

Electronics beginner here. I have Raspberry Pi 4 GB variant. I have the following power requirements: power a 5V cooling fan 12V cooling fan (a spare cooler master)thanks @Milliways safely (i.e. ...
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UPS for Pi 3B and hdd

I'm quite new to the Pi world, but I need a UPS unit to power both a Raspberry Pi 3B and a 2.5'' hard disk used by the Pi. I thought a power bank could be the right choice for me, but I cannot find a ...
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Power Raspberry Pi using GPIO Pins and a 10A supply with 7805

I am currently working on a project where i have micro-controller,stepper drivers etc all powered through a single 12v 10a power supply. I was planning to use the same supply to power the raspberry pi ...
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Will any external battery power a Raspberry Pi?

I am working on a project that needs the Raspberry Pi to work without a mains connection. I have considered buying a 50000mAh USB power bank. Would this power a Raspberry Pi, and if so, would it ...
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Supply 5v to peripheral using solder pads and not GPIO?

This seems like a simple enough question but it hasn't been easy to find an answer! I have a Pi3 (with recommended PSU), official screen, official camera and I've now added the respeaker 2-mics Pi ...
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Power Raspberry Pi and charge Adafruit FONA from same source

I have 12v leisure batteries hooked up to solar panels, I want to be able to power my pi (5V 0.7A max) and charge the Lipo battery for the Adafruit FONA (5V 2A max) for a combined 2.7A max (i think) ...
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Any way to manually reset polyfuse?

I a using as raspberry pi 3 model B and I think I have tripped the poly fuse as I connected it to a nine volt battery pack and a 5 volt extension. I waited for the poly fuse to reset itself for like ...
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Are there any battery backup options that work with a PoE powered Pi?

Looking to have a Pi (4) that is powered over PoE - are there any battery backup options (i.e. hats) that can be stacked with the PoE hat & supply power if/when the PoE fails (and then re-charge ...
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Powering a Raspberry Pi without a micro USB cable

I want to attach a Raspberry Pi to hardware I'm developing. There is already +5v and GND available on the hardware. Is there any way to power up my Raspberry Pi from this (I just wanna avoid another ...
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Can I use a DC-DC step up module to power a Raspberry Pi from 2AA batteries?

I understand that I can use 4AA batteries and a step down module to get 5V and power the Pi, however briefly. However, now I'm getting real outrageous and want to trying powering the Pi from just 2AA, ...
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How do I build a UPS-like - battery backup - system?

As we all know, the Raspberry Pi doesn't really use that much power (5v + 700mA is the spec). I'd like to build a battery backup for power outages in a DIY-ish fashion. I don't need surge protection ...
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Raspberry Pi 3B+ with a 2.5 hdd is the power always on?

Background I do not own a Raspberry Pi yet so I could not test this but I plan to get a 40 watt 5 port USB charging hub and have that power the Pi and a 2.5 hard drive (HDD); yes in this scenario 3 ...
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How to power a Raspberry Pi 3B+ with DC-DC Boost Convertor module (3.5v to 5v) via GPIO Pins

I am trying to power up a Raspberry Pi 3B+ via GPIO pins and have read about the specs to provide 5V input voltage. Since there are no batteries that can directly output 5v - i had to fallback to 3.7V ...
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Outdoor Pi Security Camera

I'm hoping to make an outdoor Pi security camera. I don't want to run any wires so I'm hoping to get a Wifi connection along with solar power. I've been looking into the PiJuice solar as an option ...
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Powering without using the micro USB

Is it possible to power the device without using the micro USB? For example, is it possible to use PoE (Power over Ethernet)?
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Power Raspberry Pi 2 From vehicle battery

I have seen many tutorials and blogs of people setting up their PI 2 in their vehicles for media systems etc. I would actually like to attempt the following however I am unsure how to power the pi. I ...
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Can I power a raspberry pi and motor hat from the same source?

I have a raspberry pi 3 and an Adafruit motor hat. The motor hat is powered from a 24v wall plug adapter while the pi is powered from a 5v one. I'd like to save a wall outlet and cleanup the wires (...
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Powering a number of Pi from a single bench top power supply [closed]

I'm thinking of investigating the Bitscope Blade QUATTRO to host up to forty boards. Looking at the details each Blade can power the boards off a single supply, which need not be at 5V with up to 3A (...
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Make Pi take photo every day (power?)

Quick question for a kinda pointless project: Does anyone have any ideas on how I would be able to make a raspberry pi + camera (3rd party or official) take a photo every day for a year? - problems ...
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UPS for raspberry pi

I want to be able to power my pi like a smartphone (ie from battery or from mains (while charging the battery), hot swappable) I know there are boards like the MoPi that achieve this, but the ...
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Connecting 5V / 2A DC adapter positive line to GPIO

I have a working DIY UPS for my Raspberry PI 3B board. My requirement is that whenever the main power goes off the PI, the software should be able to detect it and immediately trigger a graceful ...
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Power Pi Zero with 3.5V?

I have an old, completely analogue phone-entry system in my flat. I'd like to play with using a Pi to interact with it, e.g. sending a notification to my phone when the buzzer rings. I've measured ...
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Raspberry Pi power supply

This has been asked and answered many times, but my specific question is not in the list of results when I search. I have a nominal 2.6A supply here, and it remains stable at 5V up to exactly this ...
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Autonomous Raspberry Pi [closed]

I'm looking for a way to have an autonomous Raspberry Pi. The idea is to have a Raspberry Pi outdoor, with a camera, + possible weather sensor and Wi-Fi mesh (I might looking for too much...) Any ...
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Disable Power Over HDMI

I built a Retropie using a PI Model 3B that is powered via the GPIO pins. Specifically with this case which adapts micro usb to the GPIO power. Everything works fine except when I turn the system off. ...