The Intel® Edison is an ultra small computing platform that will change the way you look at embedded electronics. Each Edison is packed with a huge amount of tech goodies into a tiny package while still providing the same robust strength of your go-to single board computer. Powered by the Intel® Atom™ SoC dual-core CPU and including an integrated WiFi, Bluetooth LE, and a 70-pin connector to attach a veritable slew of shield-like “Blocks” which can be stacked on top of each other. It’s no wonder how this little guy is lowering the barrier of entry on the world of electronics!
The Battery Block brings a single cell LiPo Charger and 400mAh battery to power an Intel® Edision and expansion blocks. The Battery board can be used with an external battery to increase runtime of your Edison which can be plugged in with a micro USB cable to deliver a 500mA charge current. Additionally, the power switch removes the battery from the Edison while allowing it to charge via the microUSB cable. If you need more battery life, it is possible to gently peel the battery off, de-solder the wires, and replace it with a larger cell. If you remove the battery, it is also possible to expose the expansion header to continue stacking blocks. It may be necessary to find an alternative mounting point for your battery in this case. Go wireless with Edison!
If you are looking to add a little more stability to your Intel® Edison stack, check out this Hardware Pack. It will provide you with increased mechanical strength for stacking Blocks on your Edison!
Note: This Block requires specific stacking considerations when attaching it to other SparkFun Edison Blocks. Check the Hookup Guide in the Documents section below for more information.
Note: This item may take longer to process due to battery installed in the equipment and therefore does not qualify for same-day shipping policy. Additionally, these batteries can not be shipped via Ground or Economy methods to Alaska or Hawaii. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
For an example of integrating the Edison battery block in a project, look here => [ http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-Helmet-Intel-Edison-Sparkfun-9DOF/ ].
Measuring with a caliper, the Intel Edison Battery Block.The overall dimensions are:
Width = 30.88mm (w/ the power switch sticking out it's about 31.65mm) Length = 45.22mm Height = 10.74mm
There can be a potential short if you use the base block with the battery block. The micro-USB connector on the base block can cause a short with the LiPo battery terminals if it is long enough. Try adding some electrical tape to prevent a short. There is a note under the tutorial: “ Using the Battery Block with the Base Block” [ https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/sparkfun-blocks-for-intel-edison—battery-block#using-the-battery-block ].
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Based on 9 ratings:
4 of 4 found this helpful:
Super easy way to power my Edison for a lot longer than I would have expected. This block charges Li-Ion/Li-Poly batteries and will power the Edison while doing so. Thankfully, an easily-sliceable trace is included to kill the very bright power LED (which can’t help power consumption any!). I find the charging LED really useful, of course, so I’ve left that active. I’ve been able to get a whole 8.5 hours of runtime from my Edison with the included 400mAh battery (idle, Base Block attached) but I need a full day, so I’ll be replacing the 400mAh with a larger battery which, wonderfully, is fully supported by this Block. Oh, and the power switch comes in handy too! A great accessory for powering the Edison.
7 of 8 found this helpful:
This is mostly just a blank PCB with a battery stuck to it. Don’t get me wrong, it charges the battery just fine. I even replaced the included battery with the 850mA battery and it still charges just fine. My biggest issue with this is that there is no way to monitor the battery level.
Why not use some of the vast amount of blank PCB space and add some I2C battery monitoring logic like what is on the SparkFun LiPo Fuel Gauge?
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The battery block is easy to install (but do read the hookup guide: they say there’s a shorting possibility with the base block) and seems sturdy enough. It’s obviously pretty thick compared to the other blocks but not unreasonably so: Edison + battery + a second block are ~16mm high altogether. I did not test the battery life with just the Edison, but with the 9dof sensor block the battery life on idle is roughly 6.5 hours.
Best thing about a good battery pack is that you get to plug it in and forget about it and work on something more interesting in your design.
Great little device, but if you desolder it to use with the OLED shield make sure to use a good soldering iron. I used a cheap one that had me holding it on the little PCB on the battery too long(<10 seconds?), which caused the battery to catch on fire.
I used my nice Weller on another and had no issues. Just an FYI.
It works as expected except the micro USB connection can not be used if you have a base block right below with something also connected to one of those micro USB connections. The micro USB ports are too close. This also creates a problem with shorting the battery on the console port. Port crowding isn’t a problem if you intend to only provide power through the battery block micro USB connection, but I bought the spark fun blocks so I could power it while using the OTG connection vs the mini breakout board. My suggestion if they make a second revision is to reverse the entire board so the battery and micro USB connection are on the other side.
Works great when normal 5 V power is available and keeps on working if not!
Lo estoy probando en conjunto con una celda solar y esta cargando perfectamente, para proyectos que requieres movilidad esta genial
I was able to skrink my project by using this as my only board. Along with a 6600 mAh battery my project now fits in the palm of my hand!