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Topic: Single 1.5V AA battery powers Arduinu Uno with LCD Keypad Shield (Read 146 times) previous topic - next topic

HermannSW

It all started with trying to power an Arduino Due with 0.38V available from VGA monitor.

My searching for 5V step-up converters showed lots of converters that work with 0.9V and higher. The only converter I found that works with 0.5V-5.5V input range was this Polulu converter:
http://www.exp-tech.de/pololu-5v-step-up-spannungsregler-u1v11f5

These are the most interesting sentence from U1V11F5 description:
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The input voltage, VIN, must be at least 0.5 V for the regulator to turn on.
However, once the regulator is on, the input voltage can drop as low as 0.3 V and the 5 V output voltage will be maintained on VOUT.

This seems to allow to drive Arduino Due with 0.38V once system has started (somehow), this will be the next thing I will try.

Yesterday I played with Arduino Uno and LCD Keypad Shield. Therefore I just connected a single 1.52V AA battery with U1V11F5 and that with Arduino Uno with shield, and all just worked!


The converter gives 5.09V:


I thought it might be interesting to know that you can power Arduino with 0.5V,

Hermann.

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