Adafruit has announced the launch of a new product today in the form of the VERTER power converter, which has been created to convert just about any battery pack to 5V for just $9.95
VERTER is capable of taking battery voltages from 3-12VDC and then output a handy 5V DC power supply, which makes it a perfect universal power supply for your portable projects that you may have built using the Arduino platform, Raspberry Pi or similar.
The new VERTER power converter Adafruit explains :
“Like our popular 5V 1A USB wall adapter, we tweaked the output to be 5.2V instead of a straight-up 5.0V so that there’s a little bit of ‘headroom’ long cables, high draw, the addition of a diode on the output if you wish, etc. The 5.2V is safe for all 5V-powered electronics like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or Beagle Bone while preventing icky brown-outs during high current draw because of USB cable resistance.
The VERTER has at the heart a TPS63060 boost converter from TI. This buck-boost converter chip can handle a wide range of voltages (3-12V) and has some really nice extras such as power good output, 2A internal switch, synchronous conversion, excellent efficiency, and 2.2MHz high-frequency operation.”
Features of the VERTER include the ability to :
– Synchronous operation means you can disconnect the output completely by connecting the ENable pin to ground. This will completely turn off the output
– 2A internal switch means you can get out 500mA from as low as 3V, and at least1000mA from inputs as high 12V
– On-board 500mA charge-rate ‘Apple/iOS’ data resistors. Solder in the included USB connector and you can plug in any iPhone or iPod for 500mA charge rate. Not suggested for iPad (which really needs 1A charge rate).
– Full breakout for battery in, control pins and power out
– 90%+ operating efficiency in most cases (see datasheet for efficiency graphs), and low quiescent current: 5mA when enabled and power LED is on, 20uA when disabled (power and low batt LED are off)
For more information on the new VERTER power converter jump over to the Adafruit website for details via the link below.
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