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Topic: Why does a 9V battery power a 5V Arduino? (Read 661 times) previous topic - next topic


No, I don't answer questions sent in private messages (but I do accept thank-you notes...)


Yes there is a on-board +5vdc regulator that takes any external voltage 7-12vdc applied to the external voltage connector or the Vin shield pin and supplies the arduino with the +5vdc Vcc voltage it requires. The USB connector is another way to power the board via the +5vdc included in the USB connection. If there is both USB and external power avilable at the same time a on board voltage selection function uses the external power and cuts off the USB power.

Lastly those small rectangular 9 volt batteries are a very poor choice to power an arduino board. They provide pretty low maximum current capacity and have pretty poor battery duration (mAH rating) and cost a fortune per energy supplied. They are designed to power smoke alarms for several years not an arduino for a day or so.



Why does a 9V battery power a 5V Arduino?

Some people have a lot of money.


This means that while a 9V battery can power an Arduino, you should not do it. This is because the battery current capacity is so low that they do not last very long.


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