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Raspberry Pi UPS HAT takes two 18650 batteries (Crowdfunding) - CNX Software

Raspberry Pi UPS solutions have been available for years with products like PiJuice Zero, PiVoyager, or LiFePO4wered/Pi+. But the team at SB Components has designed another UPS HAT for Raspberry Pi with a holder for two 18650 batteries.

The HAT is designed for 5V operation up to 2.5A, connects with the Raspberry Pi SBC through the I2C bus from the 40-pin GPIO header, and is equipped with a 0.91-inch OLED for information display.

UPS HAT for Raspberry Pi specifications:

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a DIY FM radio kit that connected a 18650 battery directly to the power supply, but this HAT is much better with charging and protection circuits (See schematics below). Users are however still advised to follow some precautions when using the board:

These recommendations are valid for any Lithium-based batteries though.

SB Components will usually share the code for their products on Github, but the source code for the UPS HAT for Raspberry Pi is not available yet.

You’ll find the project on Kickstarter where it has raised around $10,000 so far. Rewards start at $41 (30 GBP) for the UPS HAT, an 8.4V battery charger, two 20-pin female headers, and six standoffs. The company also offers bundles with multiple UPS HATs, or a mix-and-match with some of their other Raspberry Pi add-ons. Shipping adds 5 GBP to the UK, around 8.3 Euros to the European Union, and about $20 to the rest of the world. Deliveries are scheduled to start on February 2022.

Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.

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