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I'm working on a battery powered Arduino Nano project. I really need it to save power for hours on end, so I turned to Arduino LowPower Library and avr/sleep.h to do the job.

However, whatever I do, it doesn't look like the board isn't going to sleep. I have a sample sketch that tries to put the board to sleep and then toggles a relay when it wakes up, but it always toggles the relay instantly after booting, so that means it hasn't gone to sleep.

I also measured the current going into the board, and it's drawing 14mA consistently. I would expect to see a much lower draw whilst it's asleep.

Here are the two pieces of code that I've tried, one with LowPower and the other one with avr/sleep.h

void setup(){
    pinMode(relayPin, OUTPUT);
}

void loop(){ 
    // This call doesn't seem to do anything
    set_sleep_mode(SLEEP_MODE_PWR_DOWN);
    toggleRelay(); //This gets executed continuously, with no indication of sleep time
}

Here's the other one with LowPower

void setup(){
        pinMode(relayPin, OUTPUT);
    }
    
    void loop(){ 
        // This call doesn't seem to do anything
        LowPower.powerDown(SLEEP_8S, ADC_OFF, BOD_OFF);

        //This gets executed continuously, with no indication of sleep time. 
        //I would expect it to see it toggle only every 8s
        toggleRelay(); 
    }

I'm probably doing something stupid, but I can't figure out what... Any help? Thanks a lot!

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I don't know about the LowPower library. However, four your avr-libc-based test, you forgot to actually put the device in sleep mode with sleep_mode():

void loop() {
    set_sleep_mode(SLEEP_MODE_PWR_DOWN);  // select a deep sleep mode
    sleep_mode();   // now go to sleep
    toggleRelay();  // executed at wake up
}

Beware that, if you haven't enabled a wakeup source that is active in the mode you selected, the microcontroller may sleep until it is power-cycled or receives an external reset.

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  • Oh that was it, yeah! Draw dropped straight down to 5mA. Thanks! I knew it had to be something stupid I'd forgotten.
    – Santanor
    Commented Mar 21, 2022 at 14:33

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