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Offline jem5136

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Powering PiCap
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:03:49 AM »
So this is a very basic question, but one that I've had for awhile now. But is it possible to power the PiCap and the Pi with the same power supply powering the lights? This past year I used a micro USB to power the Pi and then added the power from the 12V power supplies (which obviously powered the lights), but I never had a chance to see if I could power everything with just the 12V power supplies. It would save me the hassle of running extra power cables to the enclosures and make a slightly cleaner setup if I could just have 1 plug supplying power for the lights and the Pi/PiCap.

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Re: Powering PiCap
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 09:41:19 AM »
I have two of them running that way.
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Re: Powering PiCap
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 06:17:00 AM »
Awesome! That makes my life so much easier lol I wish I would have known that before setup this past season.

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Re: Powering PiCap
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 07:53:38 AM »
I actually have one PiCap running on 24V for my floods - there is a voltage regulator in the cap that drives the Pi.
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Re: Powering PiCap
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 12:52:22 PM »
I actually have one PiCap running on 24V for my floods - there is a voltage regulator in the cap that drives the Pi.


Please forgive the side channel information request:
 
@24 volt, is there any heating issues with the regulator.

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Re: Powering PiCap
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2018, 02:22:01 PM »
I have not tested heating of the regulator.  The input voltage specs for the PiCap is "5 or 7-24V".

 

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