SparkFun Block for Intel® Edison - Power

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 Power Block brings you an easy way to power your Intel® Edison stack with your own battery. This block, which is identical to the Battery block in every way except the battery itself, can be used with an external power source for your Edison which can be plugged in with a micro USB cable to deliver a 500mA charge current. This board provides you with the ability to add your own 3.7V battery.

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.

SparkFun Block for Intel® Edison - Power Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

1 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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  • It doesn’t work without battery. Please remove "This board provides you with the option of either not having to use a battery at all while still allowing you the choice to add your own 3.7V battery" Wirte instead "This board give you the option of using your own battery". Thanks

  • Member #711068 / about 8 years ago / 1

    It doesn't work without battery. Is there any solution to fix the problem without connecting a battery?

    • M-Short / about 8 years ago / 1

      Not really. This is designed for use with a battery we just give you the option of using your own battery in whatever size you want as well as not having to deal with shipping a Lipo from us which can be a headache.

      • Member #711068 / about 8 years ago / 1

        In the description it clearly says: "This board provides you with the option of either not having to use a battery at all while still allowing you the choice to add your own 3.7V battery if you so choose. If you choose to not include a battery, the expansion header will remain exposed allowing you to continue stacking blocks."

  • RicE06 / about 8 years ago * / 1


    Is there any way (f.i. by reading some system file in /sys or alike) to know if external power is applied? I'd like to issue a system shutdown after a given delay past the loss of external supply.

    Maybe some uevent is available for this too, but I could not find information about this topic until now.

    TIA for any suggestion.

    Best regards

  • Member #739575 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Hello! I working on a project, that runs on a 3.7V LiPo batt, with an Intel Edison. This board gives me 3.3V, but, I need to power a USB cam, wich needs 5V. Can I solve this problem without a Boost converter? Is there a shield for edison, that can power an usb device from a battery? Thanks!

  • Member #400577 / about 9 years ago / 1

    Will this board work as a USB host if I attach a 5V battery?

  • Member #143368 / about 9 years ago / 1

    I just got my hands on one of these and found the Edison wouldn't power up properly without a battery connected to the board. Without the battery the charging LED pulsates and the most I can get on the console is to force the Edison into some sort of firmware upload mode. Linux wouldn't boot - no console output. Once I connected a battery, everything was fine.

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