Silicognition has created a new Raspberry Pi battery, UPS and power management system in the form of the LiFePO4wered/Pi+ which is now available via the Crowd Supply website priced at $39 with shipping expected to take place on October 25th, 2018 for orders placed today. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about its features and construction.
LiFePO4wered/Pi+ is designed to provide Raspberry Pi users with a “high performance” battery power system providing up to to nine hours of life from its rechargeable battery, depending on the application, connected peripherals and system load of course. Its creators explain a little more about the inspiration behind the Raspberry Pi battery and power management system.
“Very few people care about power. It’s not glamorous, it’s inconvenient that you need it, and it’s an afterthought in many projects. Yet, nothing works without it. Have you noticed how many project pictures hide the power supply? Most project pictures have a cable running off somewhere; even supposedly autonomous robots often have an umbilical cord run somewhere out-of-frame. People get excited about the processor, the radio, the servos, etc., but never about the power their creation needs. With LiFePO4wered/Pi+, that’s completely fine – you can concentrate on the rest of your awesome project knowing you have a reliable, clean, battery-backed power supply that will keep everything humming along.”
If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens. Features and specifications of the LiFePO4wered/Pi+ Raspberry Pi battery include two battery size options
– 18650 size: 1500 mAh 3.2 V LiFePO4 cell
– 14500 size: 600 mAh, 3.2 V LiFePO4 cell
Providing the following features.
– High continuous load current whether on battery or external power
18650 size: maximum 2 A continuous load current
14500 size: maximum 0.75 A continuous load current
– Smart charge controller:
Over-charge protection: allows the device to stay plugged in continuously and provides UPS functionality.
Auto-adjusting charge current: charge current up to 1.5 A when used with high-power chargers, but automatically reduces current as needed to not overload low power sources.
Customizable maximum power point (MPP) voltage: obtain maximum efficiency when powered directly from suitably sized solar panels.
– Smart power manager:
I2C communication: two-way communication with the Raspberry Pi enables easy configuration, monitoring, and clean shutdown.
Power manager and daemon: work together to ensure clean shutdowns and provide over-discharge protection, resulting in long life and high reliability.
Continuous monitoring: input voltage, battery voltage, output voltage, and load current are continuously measured and checked against user-programmable thresholds for boot, shutdown, and hard power down.
On/off button: provides convenient boot/shutdown triggers even in headless setups, with press and hold function to prevent accidental activation (external button can be added).
Green PWR LED: indicates the Raspberry Pi power state, provides feedback to the user (external power LED can be added).
Red CHRG LED: indicates power drawn from external input, whether to charge the battery or power the load (external charge LED can be added).
Wake timer: allows the Raspberry Pi to be off most of the time and wake up as needed for low duty cycle applications.
Real-time clock: keeps track of time when the Raspberry Pi is off and restores system time on boot, with the ability to wake up at an absolute time.
Auto boot: can maximize uptime by making the Raspberry Pi run whenever there is sufficient battery power or when external input power is present.
Auto shutdown: can automatically shut the Raspberry Pi down when input power is removed, either immediately or after a programmable amount of time.
Application watchdog: can alert a user by flashing the PWR LED or trigger a shutdown/reboot if the user application fails to service the timer within a configurable amount of time.
– Open source host-side tools (see GitHub repo):
LiFePO4wered daemon: takes care of shutdown and RTC management.
Command line tool: allows simple configuration and access to all features.
Shared library, language bindings: C/C++, Python, and Node.js bindings allow integration into user programs.
Compact physical dimensions
18650 size: 52 mm x 75 mm
14500 size: 47 mm x 65 mm
Source: Crowd Supply