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The methods for powering the Raspberry Pi (typically via its micro-USB connection.)

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Raspberry Pi Power Limitations

There are very many, often contradictory, claims about the power requirements and limitations of the Pi. What are the exact requirements?
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How do I supply power through the GPIO?

I have seen some examples of people powering their Raspberry Pis by wiring a DC "barrel plug" style power supply to the 5V and GND GPIO pins. What considerations should be taken when doing something ...
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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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How do I turn off my Raspberry Pi?

Should I just pull the plug? Or is it best if I exit LXDE and any other running processes first?
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Current draw for +/2/3/0 models

Essentially "What's the current draw and supply voltage tolerance?" but for newer models.
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How much energy does the Raspberry Pi consume in a day?

My searching efforts have failed when trying to find this. On average, how much energy does the Raspberry Pi consume in 24 hours (minimal usage vs. max usage in a day and USB vs. Micro-USB powered)?
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Raspberry Pi 3 vs Pi 2 power consumption and heat dissipation

I've seen the announcement of the new Raspberry 3 but didn't find any info regarding power consumption and heating. A 1.2 Ghz 64-bit CPU is great but does it draw a lot more power? Shall heat be an ...
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Choosing a Pi4 power supply

I'm trying to decide what is the best option for powering a Pi4. The specs mention for a minimum of 3A. Let's consider we would also like to connect a 2.5" drive to the Pi4. Could someone more ...
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Cut power on a remote Raspberry Pi 3 via another raspi

I'm building a system with a raspberry pi located in a very remote area connected to internet with an internet stick. The tests are promising so far but the pi freezes every here and then and I'm not ...
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What's the problem with backfeeding?

New to the Pi, so new in fact that my very first (a B+) hasn't even arrived in the mail yet... I know that "backfeeding" or "backpowering" refers to powering the Raspberry Pi via a powered USB hub ...
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How can one control AC power (220V) with a Raspberry Pi?

I though about using the Raspberry Pi to switch on and off other electrical devices which unnecessary consume power in stand-by mode. In short, I'd like to control an AC socket or multiple sockets. ...
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How do I modify my Raspberry Pi to be powered over PoE?

Is it possible to modify the Pi, so that it can receive it's power via Power over Ethernet (PoE)? I would like to be able to power my unit via the ethernet cable, so that I don't have to worry about ...
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What's the current draw and supply voltage tolerance?

What's the current draw when the Raspi is at idle (min), and at 100% CPU/GPU (max)? (With no peripherals/accessories plugged in) What's the minimum and maximum voltage allowed to run the Raspi stably?
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Can the USB ports be used to power the Raspberry Pi?

Does the power need to be supplied via the micro USB port or can one of the two normal USB ports be used as well? I intend to use SSH only, so the USB port would not be used in any other way, but I'd ...
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Can I feed the device with a current rating that's higher than what's recommended?

The quick guide says that the power supply for my Raspberry Pi model should provide at least 700mA. How about the upper bound? Is it fine to use a power supply with an high output current, say higher ...
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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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Circuit to safely power-down Pi

I want to use my Pi as an XBMC server in the car. The XBMC docs say that you should always use the shutdown command before disconnecting the power. I've been thinking that it should be possible to ...
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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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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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Powering from a non-dedicated power source

While the quick start guide says not to power the device from a USB hub or from a computer, the only requirements for power listed are: Micro USB power supply – make sure you use a good quality one,...
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Is there any point to a 2.0A (or greater) power supply, given the 1.1A polyfuse?

My question: it's my understanding, based on the official Raspberry Pi FAQ, the wiki, and numerous forum threads on Stackexchange and elsewhere, that the Raspberry Pi has a 1.1A polyfuse on the micro-...
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2 amp power supply for RPi2. Too much current?

I'm currently using a 5V 2A power supply; not sure if it is appropriate because some answers say that the max safe current is 1.2 amps. I'm a little confused about this. Is it safe to use my current ...
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What do I need to know to power from batteries?

What voltage range can it accept? What sort of batteries are appropriate?
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Can I power Raspberry Pi using the mini USB to USB cable connected to a computer?

My question is quite simple. I'm asking if I can use the power cable you get along with it as a USB power supply. Instead of plugging it to a power socket, can I use the USB to connect directly to my ...
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Powering a 3-12V water pump on raspberry pi

I've got a 3-12V water pump, a raspberry pi, a relay (5V 10A/120VAC, and a breadboard power supply supply 3V-5V. The questions are : Is it possible, to rspi to breadboard power supply usb, and a ...
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What are the cooling requirements for Raspberry Pi 3?

The new Raspberry Pi 3 has been beefed up from the previous version. Now it comes with a Broadcom BCM2837, which is an ARM v8 quad-core Cortex-A53, clocked at 1.2GHz. I have also seen somewhere a ...
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Powered hubs, backfeeding and safety

I've got my RPi set up as a media centre, running Raspbmc, using a powered hub to run a bunch of peripherals including terabyte external HD and a hacked-together IR remote. All very nice, but it's ...
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Can I power a Pi through a 5V pin?

The PIN mapping of the Raspberry 2B says: The red ones are 5V pins. Are these just used as 5V out pins when power is connected through Micro USB? Or is it also possible to power the Raspberry Pi via ...
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mix power and data for usb HDD

I have a raspberry pi being powered by a cellphone charger (1A) I try to connect and HDD but the power is not enough. I don´t have a powered USB hub BUT i do have other power supplies. So I tried ...
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What can I use to power my Raspberry Pi Zero with rechargeable battery?

Is there a 5 V rechargeable battery and cables compatible and comparative in size with Raspberry Pi Zero? I don't want to have to plug my Raspberry Pi in every time and nonrechargables get ...
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Strategies to deal with unpredictable power supply

I want to install a Pi in my car and use it to record GPS data. What strategies (in my program) can I follow to minimize problems due to power being interrupted when writing to the SD card? So far I ...
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Raspberry Pi 3 Power supply - chargers for mobile phone

I ordered new Raspberry Pi 3 for testing Win 10 IoT. Have a question about power supply. I have two chargers for mobile phone and which one do you recommend to use: Sony Xperia Z2 = 5v 1500mA Galaxy ...
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External shutdown (properly) button?

I have a Raspberry Pi that I want to mount in an enclosure. The enclosure already has a couple external buttons on it. I'm trying to find some sort of circuit that I could by that I could wire the ...
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Dual Power Supplies (Redundant/Spare/Backup)

I have two separate power feeds presented as either two IEC C13 or two UK 3 Pin sockets (the choice is mine). I would like to connect my Pi to both power feeds so that if one power feed fails, the Pi ...
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Does the Raspberry Pi 3 regulate the voltage on its 5V pins?

I need to supply 5v analog power to an adc. I am supplying the pi with Li-ion batteries, so the voltage falls over time, but does remain within range of the pi's required input. If the input voltage ...
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Powering the Pi with 2 AA batteries

I've tested the Pi with a single 3.7V 18650 battery and this < 5$ power boost/power bank. It works, and this single battery runs for at least 1.5 or 2 hours. (Sidenote: during my tests, the ...
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Power led randomly blinking every 1 minute on b+

I've just bought my rpi b+. Power supply for raspberry is 4.94V (which is in appropriate 4.75-5.25Vrange). Raspberry pi working good, but there is one possible trouble. I don't know why, but power ...
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rPi2 model B v1.1 smoke comes out near power port

I am trying to control 2 motors using the E-gizmo Motor driver shield but suddenly smoke comes out near the power port of the raspberry pi 2 so I immediately unplugged the power supply. After that, I ...
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Powering WS2812B LED strip from Pi brownouts

I have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B currently controlling and powering a strip of WS2812B LED's. A separate 5V 15A power supply powers the Pi through pins 2 and 6, while the LED's are powered off of pins ...
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Red LED after `sudo halt`, may I unplug?

I flashed Raspbian and I use my Pi headless, connecting via SSH. To power it off I do sudo halt, which disconnects me from the SSH. After a few green led blips I have steady red led on. Does it mean ...
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Power supply for Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

I have Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and two USB power adaptors with specs: Apple charger: 12W 5.2V 2.4A Samsung (came with galaxy S6): 9V 1.67A or 5V 2.0A It is stated that my Raspberry would need 1.8A ...
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How to make a splitter cable for the USB2 OTG port on the RPi 4B?

According to the answer to Where is the USB2 OTG port on the RPi 4 Model B located? the Raspberry Pi 4B has a "hidden" OTG port in the USB-C power connector. I found at Very simple OTG on pi4 and at 4 ...
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Moto Turbo Charger for Raspberry PI 3 Model B

I have recently brought Raspberry PI 3 Model B, however still don't have power supply which give output as 5V and 2A min. Moto Turbo Charger output read as Standard - 5V/2.85A Turbo1 -9V/2.85A ...
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Powering a PI from 12V

I'm thinking of installing my Pi down at my wife's stables which have a 40W solar charged 12V DC lighting circuit. Since the Pi runs at 5V I'm thinking that a quick and easy way to step down the ...
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Why do people use powered USB hubs?

I have the Raspberry Pi B+, and it has four USB ports. At the moment I am powering an Arduino Mega, a small RFID reader and a keyboard. I plan to also power a Wi-Fi dongle and an Arduino Uno. Will ...
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Undervoltage warning despite decent power supply

I found some related questions about this, yet no answer. Using a freshly bought "5V/2.1A" rated power supply, I get undervoltage warning icon on both my Raspberry Pi 3s. I measure 4.75V at the USB ...
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Waterproof solar battery enclosure for my Pi?

There are numerous topics out there about powering Raspis from batteries or from solar or just making a waterproof enclosure... But I'm a programmer, not an electrician. I would end up plugging the ...
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What happens if the power supply is 550 mA?

I read that the current should be at least 700 mA. I plugged a power supply with output current of 550 mA, and it seems to work fine. Can something happen to my Raspberry Pi? Does a wrong ...
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Can the Raspberry Pi power this 2.5" drive without a USB hub?

I want to use my Raspberry Pi model B as a NAS, but I'd like to avoid using a USB hub. I have a 2.5" Western Digital 1 TB USB hard disk drive (this one), and a 2 A power supply for the Raspberry ...
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If I power my Pi from GPIO, can I detect that it's not being powered by USB?

I'd like to create a backup power solution for my Raspberry Pi, and I'd like a notification to come up that the Raspberry Pi is running on this backup power. This notification has to tell me that ...