Sorry if there is an obvious answer to this - I'm pretty new at Arduino and electronics. I've searched a bunch, but I think I'm too vague - and don't know what terms to look for.
I'd like to give the LED the full 12v so the light is a bright as possible. The system will be battery operated.
The question is: Do I need a 12v power supply or can I use a 3.7v power supply and upgrade it somehow? I know I can power the LED with 3.7v but then it's really dim. Is there a way to "upgrade" the 3.7v to 12v? I would assume this would draw more power and drain the battery faster, but I think that would be ok.
I'm hoping to get away with a 3.7v power supply because I want to use a lithium ion polymer battery (https://www.adafruit.com/products/328) - since it's small and rechargeable.
Seems like if I go with 12v source then I need a much bigger battery pack, and I'm hoping to keep the project small. Not sure if it would help to know, but I only need the device to run for 4+ hours between charges.
I'm guessing people will say to go with 12v since the Pro Mini can downgrade the 12v supply so there'd be less parts I have to deal with (I can already make this work). But, again, I was hoping to get away with a small rechargeable power supply. Or, are there good, small 12v batteries - I can't seem to find any on Adafruit or SparkFun.
Any recommendations? Thanks!