Friday Product Post: Run Qwiic in the Relay Race!

A new Qwiic-enabled Relay Board in single and quad versions, as well as a new Raspberry Pi board!

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To start 2019 off right, we have two new Qwiic relay boards for those of you with some experience with power accessory boards. We also have the new Raspberry Pi 3 A+ in stock! It's a slightly smaller week of new products, but that's what happens when you've been on vacation and can't figure out what day it is.

Danger, Danger! High Voltage!

SparkFun Qwiic Single Relay

SparkFun Qwiic Single Relay


Have you ever wanted to control something powerful, or needed to turn on/off a high-power device from your Arduino or another low-powered microcontroller? The SparkFun Qwiic Single Relay provides you with the easiest-to-use relay yet. The Single Relay can handle up to 5.5A at 240VAC for long periods of time, and allows you to control large power loads with simple I2C commands.

SparkFun Qwiic Quad Relay

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The SparkFun Qwiic Quad Relay is a unique power accessory board designed for switching not one, but four high-powered devices from your Arduino or other low-powered microcontroller using I2C. The Quad Relay has four individual relays rated up to 5 Amps per channel at 250VAC or 30VDC. Each channel also has its own uniquely colored LED, silk for easy identification, and screw terminals for optional connection. Like the Single Relay board above, it is Qwiic-enabled for ease of use!

This Pi gets an A+!

Raspberry Pi 3 A+


How does a more compact and economic Raspberry Pi sound to you? The Raspberry Pi 3 A+ is here and, like the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, it boasts a 64-bit, quad-core processor running at 1.4 GHz; dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless LAN; and Bluetooth 4.2/BLE. The RPi3 A+ is still equipped with the same 64-bit processor as the B+ version, but has removed the Ethernet connector and three of the USB ports (leaving you with just one). It has the same 2x20 GPIO header and CSI/DSI connectors, making it usable with all your existing HATs, cameras and other peripheries. This single-board computer is capable of many of the things your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing and playing high-definition video and games. It can run several flavors of Linux, and is being used to teach kids all over the world how to program… oh yeah, and it does all that for about $30.

Alright, that’s it for the first Friday of 2019. We hope these boards will help you get where you want to be! As always, we can't wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

We'll be back next week with even more fantastic new products!

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