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Questions tagged [power]

This tag is for questions regarding powering and/or power consumption of Arduino systems.

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Can't use Bluetooth or WiFi on ESP32

I'm looking for a solution to a problem with my ESP32. I used the Arduino IDE's BluetoothSerial sample code and uploaded it to my ESP32. However, it seems that the code does not run, and the ESP32 ...
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USB-C to USB-C cable Arduino is not responding even not powered by this cable

Hi I want to connect arduino NANO to my laptop with Type-C (USB-C) ports (on below image left side [4] and other side 3). Now I bought a USB-C to USB-C cable, because it appeared to be the right tool, ...
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Control DC motor speed with external power supply

I am trying to control DC motor speed, using analogWrite(MOTOR,int:speed) command. #define MOTOR D5 void setup() { Serial.begin(115200); Wire.begin(); pinMode(MOTOR, OUTPUT); Serial....
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Putting samd-based board into sleep mode

I'm using a SAMD21G18A based board - the arduino zero, for a battery-powered wearable project (a type of computer mouse). I'm trying to figure out how to put the device to sleep, when it hasn't been ...
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Nema 17 stepper motor speed problem

This code is quoted from here. May I know how to increase the speed of the NEMA 17 stepper motor further? I tried to increase the step speed to 2000rpm but it does not even work. It only works for ...
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Arduino port not discovered with bootloader / Did I fry my board?

I have a Arduino Nano 33 BLE that I've been using for a while. I usually upload new programs to the board through USB with the board in a bootloader loop. The other day this stopped working. The board ...
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Using Analog Pins for Power

I'd like to power something needing 5V DC using the Arduino Uno analog pins. Specifically, I'm following the "Fun Plug-in Hack for Arduino UNO" section of this Adafruit tutorial. It states: ...
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Power requirements of a 7 Segment Display on Uno vs Nano

As part of a Simhub Dash set up I have been trying to get a 8 Digit 7 segment display working on an Arduino Nano. As part of my fault finding process I have gone back to basics and am using the ...
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LDR circuit does not work with battery

This is pretty bizarre. I have a pretty simple circuit on a digistump. Just your regular voltage divider LDR. 10k resistor with ldr. When I measure the voltage at the analog pin and my computer is ...
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Can I power up an Arduino Uno via the 5 V pin while USB is connected at the same time?

I want to use Grbl to control a diy CNC machine. I need to communicate with the CNC using Grbl and this is done via the PC's USB port. So the PC's USB port is connected to the Arduino Uno which is ...
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ELEGOO Mega 2560 USB and Vin simultaneously?

I'm powering my Arduino clone with an LM317 circuit that regulates Vin voltage to 10V (measured with a multimeter). While the Arduino is powered by USB only, everything works. When it's powered ...
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external power supply for servo motor attached to redboard arduino

I'm new to this page but I was hoping to get some advice on a servo motor arduino project I'm currently working on. I have a HS-815BB servo motor (4.8~6V, max stall current draw 6,000mA) and a Spark ...
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Achieving low power with Seeeduino Cortex-M0+ powered from 12V battery

I have Seeeduino Cortex-M0+, which is similar to Arduino Zero, both using Atmel SAMD21 MCU. It is powered from 12V battery directly to 12V PWRIN jack. Current draw for LED blink test is 18mA. I tried ...
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Could I put an arduino in series with a battery charger?

recently in one of my projects I have wanted to make battery powered. I was wondering if I could connect the charger to the battery and the battery to the Arduino without blowing it. The battery is ...
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Power saving configuration of unconnected pins

By default, all Arduino (ATmega328P) pins are configured for input without the internal pull-up enabled. This default seems to come from the AVR microcontroller itself. When it comes to saving power - ...
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PCA9685 - Hardware problem with diode?

I'm working on a project, where I need to run several high-torque servos. For that I bought come of these PCA9685 boards. I hooked everything up with my arduino and connected an external 5V - max 3A ...
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Controlling a 5V fan and ultrasonic fogger with an arduino - do I need an external power supply?

I know the whole controlling a fan with an arduino thing is getting old, but somehow I still don't get it to work. Tried to answer it based on other questions but I am too much of a newbie to ...
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Digital Pins Question

I am new to the world of Arduino and need a little bit of help. I have an Arduino Uno and I am trying to supply 5V to an actuator using the digital pins. It is my understanding that the board I have ...
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Can arduino show the power drawn from its output pin on serial monitor? If yes, what code should I use?

I want to know is it possible that arduino can show how much power my prototype is drawing from arduino and if it can what would be the code for that.
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Where does the 5v Output power on the Arduino uno come from?

I am wondering where the extra 5v output power on the Arduino uno come from. Is it directly from the atmega328 microcontroller or from the external power source (usb or 9v battery). Thanks.
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Can a power cut damage the software?

When unplugging the power source of a device that is writing some data "A" to an SD card, also other data "B" might get corrupted. (This is detailed here.) Regarding Arduino ...
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Arduino UNO and PCA9685 - Problem with external power supply

I am totally desperate and hope you can help me. I've been building a project for a while where I have to control several servos. For this I bought some MG996R servos and a PCA9685 16-Channel Servo ...
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Arduino and PCA9685 - Suddenly stopped working

I'm using an Arduino Uno and a PCA9685 board to run 4 servos (of type MG996R). For that, I set up the following connections: SCL -> SCL SDA -> SDA Ground -> GT VCC -> 3.3V As the servos ...
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Servos "jump to fixed position" at startup when powered by external power supply only, but not by board

My question is about something that is happening ONLY when I use external power supply. When I use the power from the Arduino Mega directly, there is no problem. However, I need to use an external ...
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How do I find out the maximum current through VIN on a NodeMCU board?

I read this answer https://arduino.stackexchange.com/a/51878 to a different, but related question. It seems like VIN on the NodeMCU is directly or via diode connected to the USB connector. Image ...
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Power Arduino MKR GSM 1400 via VIN

I am working on a project with Arduino MKR 1400 GSM and I would like to power the arduino board using an external power source (https://www.reichelt.de/raspberry-pi-netzteil-5-1-v-3-0-a-usb-type-c-eu-...
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How to power ESP32 with 230V AC

I want to power ESP32 with 230V AC and I don’t know how to do it. The requirement is that it must never overheat. What components should i use? The ESP will be in small space with no airflow. Will it ...
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Mounting an Arduino inside a PC

I want to mount an Arduino Pro Micro inside my PC, hooked up to the PC's USB. I don't want to have external cables for this, but have it neatly cabled inside. My motherboard has USB connectors with 9 ...
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Arduino compatible ESP32 and ESP8266 board power consumption at sleep state

I have data on smaller modules with ESP32 and ESP8266, but can't find anything reliable pertaining to the whole board power consumption (current) with 12V input and microcontroller at low power or ...
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Arduino Sleep to conserve battery - How to intergrade it to existing sketch - HELP pls

My sketch below is simply using a touch sensor to activate a servo motor to go from from initial position 0 to 180 then back to 0. then I want the Adruino NANO to go to sleep to conserve some battery ...
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Arduino UPS without reset

I’m trying to figure out how to make arduino UPS (when the power goes down it should not reset the arduino). Or preferably buy something that will do that for me. I found this, but Im not sure of it ...
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ESP32 powered for atleast a year

How to power esp32 board this one with soil humidity sensor that sends data to server via wifi every 30 minutes for something around a year on battery? What battery type and capacity should I use for ...
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Low Power, SD Card module and SCK

in order to minimise power consumption in a project using the Arduino Nano, I need to set pin D13 to HIGH after using it as SCK for transferring data to an SD card module (I use the SD.h module. I ...
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What is the correct way to externally power a MKR 1010 WiFi

I'm a little confused by the powering arrangements of the MKR 1010 WiFi. I need to power it on a breadboard from an external power supply. I will not be using a LiPo battery and I need it to work when ...
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Pro Mini - Using RAW pin for 3.3v input

I design a PCB that one of its components is a 3.3v Pro Mini. Since I want it versatile regarding powering the PCB (3.3v or 5.0v) I want to know if it is a good practice to supply 3.3v to Pro Mini's ...
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Dropping a 75V power supply to power an Arduino Mega

I'm looking to power an Arduino Mega using this IPC-5 power supply from Teknic since I will have a free port (the other powers a servo). I would like to use this extra port to power my Arduino rather ...
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Can Arduino take 19.5 V

I have a 19.5 V power adapter, can I safely connect it to my Arduino? I don't want to damage it. It is very simple, just lights some LEDs, and I don't want to burn the LEDs either.
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Using External Power Supply Arduino Uno

I have an AA battery holder for 9V. Two wires come out of it, one for positive and another for negative. How can I wire it up to my Arduino Uno? It kind of looks like this.
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Higher than 12V Arduino Uno

On many tutorials I have looked at, they say that you should power your Arduino with a 5 - 12V external power supply, but on the Arduino, there is a voltage regulator. Is there anything wrong with ...
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USB and LM7805 both to power Arduino

I have high current usage For my circuit as you can see below (link): I like to power Arduino when it is not connected to PC by USB Connection, So I want to add one external power supply and connect ...
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Measuring the battery level powering the arduino

I would like to power my arduino nano with a 9V battery, but I would also like to measure the voltage of the battery to know its charge level. Can I use the MAX471 Voltage Current Sensor module by ...
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How to use 5v and 12v addressable led strip together

Hi guys I’m new to this forum and also not much experience about led lights question already asked but didn’t get any detailed answer I want to know can I provide working data signal to 2 different 5v ...
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12V 28BYJ-40 motor is not generating enough torque

I am attempting to use a stepper motor to rotate one of my split-flap displays. However despite the thing the motor is rotating weighing probably half a pound, it struggles to do so. It really can ...
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DC Motor Shuddering

I am testing my BTS7960 Module with my UNO for bi-directional rotation of DC Motor. I am using a small DC motor as a test (like the one here) and I am powering the UNO via USB cable. The problem is ...
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does EEPROM reset itself when a new code is uploaded?

I have a Nodemcu with which i'm doing a project. So whenever there is a power loss i want values of some of the variables to not be reset, because of that im trying to store the values in EEPROM of ...
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First Arduino Project - Need Advice (powering WS2812B LEDs)

I'm making a long LED display made up of 3 (8x32) LED matrices to go inside of a car. I can't seem to find any in-depth guides on this sort of thing. If anybody has examples that they would like to ...
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Switching 4.2V circuit with 3.3V Arduino GPIO

I am trying to learn about MOSFETs and see this p channel MOSFET and this tutorial. I am trying to use a 3.3V arduino GPIO pin to control a load that is powered from a 4.2V battery in much the same ...
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Servo noise during program flash on Arduino

I'm running serveral servos using a driver A4988 and external power supply. Everything works fine. I've just noticed one issue that I can't explain. As soon as I upload a new program version on my ...
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Help needed with driving multiple stepper motors on arduino UNO

I am brand new to Arduino but have good experience with Raspberry Pi's and Microchips. My problem is that I am having trouble driving many stepper motors at once. I am using the AccelStepper library(...
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Best way to add external power supply when main PSU is a solar charge controller?

I have a 12V 20A Solar Charge Controller (which is part of my existing Solar Panel System Setup connected to a 12V Sealed Lead Acid Battery) that I will use to power up some pumps with the help of ...
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