7 Replies Latest reply on Jul 17, 2012 12:09 AM by SFCAirborne

    "Best Power Supply for the Raspberry Pi"?

    Drew Fustini

      Hi, I came across this video comparing USB chargers for the Pi today:

       

       

      I've been using the Adafruit power supply he shows.  Interestingly, it is designed to output 5.25V:

       

      http://www.adafruit.com/products/501

      This adapter was specifically designed to provide 5.25V not 5V, but we still call it a 5V USB adapter. We did this on purpose to solve a problem that occurs often with USB-powered gadgets: they draw so much current than the resistance of the cable causes a voltage drop, so instead of 5V, the device sees 4.75V or so. To avoid this problem, we made the adapter 5.25V. This is because the USB power specification allows up to 5.25V, and its safe for all 5V electronics, and has the benefit of making up for any loss due to thin USB cables. Basically, you can use it where ever USB 5V power is needed, with no risk of damage, and it will happily work at the full current range, no matter what cable you use!

      Is there any downside to having a USB power supply output 5.25V?  If it's within USB spec, then I wonder why all supplies without a built-in cable don't do this.

       

      Cheers,

      Drew

       

      UPDATE: that YouTube user also has an interesting Pi temperature video, too: