PiPower - Raspberry Pi UPS with Battery¶
What a UPS Does?
If your Raspberry Pi project requires constant power, relying only on the main power system is not a viable option. Depending on your location, power drops and surges may occur frequently and often last for hours. Any power fluctuations can damage your Raspberry Pi, and a power outage will immediately shut it down. Consequently, it will not shut down safely, which can result in all data on the SD card being lost, increasing the chances of it being destroyed.
Therefore, the use of an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is recommended.
With a UPS, if there is a power interruption from the mains (interruption = power outage), the battery or other power source will take over and continue to power the device without shutting it down. A UPS is often considered an emergency power source. After the main power source is repaired, the UPS will recharge and be ready to handle the next disaster.
That’s why we designed PiPower in the first place. PiPower can be used as a second power source for the Raspberry Pi. A USB-C mains power supply plugged into the PiPower will directly power the Raspberry Pi and charge the battery at low current. PiPower can seamlessly power up a Raspberry Pi in the event of a power outage or disconnection of USB-C mains power.
PiPower can output 5V/3A power supply to meet various Raspberry Pi usage situation. It has 4 power indicators; each indicator represents 25% of the power, and is equipped with a power switch to turn on/off the power of the Raspberry Pi without plugging or unplugging the power cord.
When you put the battery in for the first time or when the battery is unplugged and put in again, the battery will not work properly, at this time, you need to plug the Type C cable into the charging port to turn off the protection circuit, and the battery can be used normally.
About PiPower Pro
PiPower Pro builds upon PiPower, integrating an ESP32 S2 module that enables real-time monitoring of the module’s battery voltage and current status, input/output voltage and current. It also features intelligent charging current adjustment and seamless switching between input and battery power, ensuring uninterrupted power output.
When integrated with Home Assistant, users can easily access and review all parameter data, as well as configure automation for smart device scenarios.
Additionally, PiPower Pro offers external IO interfaces for controlling the on/off state of sub-devices. With its open-source ESPHome configuration, users can customize IO functionalities and expand the system with more sensors.
If you have any questions while using our product, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond as soon as possible.
About the display language
In addition to English, we are working on other languages for this course. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in helping, and we will give you a free product in return.
Currently the online tutorial supports English, German and Japanese. Please click the Read the Docs icon in the lower left corner of the page to change the display language.
Table of contents
- About PiPower Pro
- Component List
- Assemble the PiPower
- Start to Play