Can I power the arduino with the power pins? Like can i just stick one wire in the 5v and the other to ground???
Actually, I'd like someone to show me where the manufacturer's datasheet says it's ok to reverse drive this voltage regulator.
Supplying voltage via the 5V or 3.3V pins bypasses the regulator, and can damage your board. We don't advise it.
The Arduino web site says:QuoteSupplying voltage via the 5V or 3.3V pins bypasses the regulator, and can damage your board. We don't advise it. See: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/ArduinoBoardUno
Yes it states that but without details of a possible damage mechanism.
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