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alternative_power_for_the_raspberry_pi [2018/03/25 01:19]
Traumflug [Finding Solder Pads]
alternative_power_for_the_raspberry_pi [2018/05/27 16:10]
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-======Alternative Power for the Raspberry Pi====== 
  
-One has a rich assortment of power supplies with USB connectors, USB-A, USB-B, Mini-USB, Micro-USB, still none of them fits into the Pi's //Pwr In// header. At least not on a Pi\_3 Model\_B. 
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-Too bad. Let's have a look how else we can get juice into this device. 
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-=====Voltage Injection via GPIO Pins===== 
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-{{ :​rpi:​rpi_gpio_numbers.png?​direct&​400|The 26 pin connector, common to all Pi models. Source: raspberrypi.org}} 
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-According to the [[https://​elinux.org/​RPi_Hardware#​Power|eLinux wiki]], one can apply 5\_V to one or both of the red pins and GND to one of the black pins (see diagram to the right) to get a Raspberry Pi running. 
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-Drawback of this approach is, this goes around the Pi's power in protections,​ like the overload fuse. So, take care to have a reasonable stable voltage supply. Another obvious drawback is, one can no longer plug in a typical extension board. 
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-=====Additional Power Connector===== 
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-{{ :​rpi:​raspberry_pi_3_model_b_power_in_circuitry.png?​direct&​400|Pi 2 and Pi 3 Power In circuitry. Source: raspberrypi.org}} 
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-Not fearing a soldering iron there are better ways. Looking at the [[https://​www.raspberrypi.org/​documentation/​hardware/​raspberrypi/​schematics/​README.md|(reduced) schematics]] we can see the //Power In// circuitry in the upper left corner. And there are points we can connect GND: connector housing and //PP3// to //PP6//, as well as //PP1// and //PP2// for connecting 5\_volts. This time without going around the Pi's protection circuitry. 
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-This part is common the the Pi\_2 Model\_B and the Pi\_3 Model\_B. The Pi\_3 Model\_B+ is a bit different, but still features //PP2//. Pis before the Pi\_2 have no such //PP// points. 
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-We also see that all three data lines of the USB connector are entirely disconnected,​ so there'​s no chance to mess that up. 
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-====Finding Solder Pads==== 
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-{{ :​rpi:​raspberry_pi_3_model_b_power_in_pcb_area.jpeg?​direct&​400|Pi 3 Model B Power In PCB Area.}} 
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-Having a close look at the lower right corner of the Pi's PCB on the back side one can easily identify //PP1// and //PP2// as test points, which easily dub as solder pads. One can also see that the right side of the fuse (this bigger part labeled //267F//) is directly connected to these test points. Several places to solder a wire delivering 5\_volts to. 
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-Finding a solder pad for connecting GND is just as easy. There'​s not only //PP5// clearly visible, one can also use one of these four ovals which clamp the Power In USB connector to the board. Well, perhaps three usable ones, because the upper right oval is surrounded by the 5\_V copper track. 
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