Go Down

Topic: Arduino Uno Power Consumption (Read 35626 times) previous topic - next topic

Youssef_Ismail

Hello,

This is my first post here in the forum.  I am fairly new to the Arduino.  I was wondering if the power consumption of the Arduino Uno is published anywhere?

I am working on  a physics platform that will allow students to make measurements of accels, rotations, altitude and poistion.and then later to look at the data and understand the motion of objects.

I am planning to piggyback a GPS shield from Adafruit which consumes about 20 mA, the Ultimate GPS Logger and a 10-DOF board.  I want the whole package to be portable and run for about 3 hours per day.  I was thinking of also piggybacking the Adafruit powerboost shield for portable power.  But I want the package to remain as light as possible mass-wise, and it looks the battery I use will contribute the most mass.  So I want to keep it as small as I can get away with.

Will a 500mAh LiPo handle three ours of continuous operation or will I need more?  Primary operation will be to poll the sensors, accels, gyros, pressure and GPS and then log the data to the sd card on the GPS shield during testing of things like RC cars, and water bottle rockets etc...

Thanks in advance.

Peter_n

That is hard to tell. I would say 20mA to 80mA (just a guess).
http://arduino.cc/en/Main/arduinoBoardUno

This shows a value of 50mA.
http://gadgetmakersblog.com/arduino-power-consumption/

The ATmega328p is the microcontroller on the Arduino Uno board. It doesn't need a lot of current, and you can even set it into sleep mode.
But there is also a chip on the board for usb-to-serial and a led and a few other components.
The main energy loss is in the voltage regulator. When you power it with 10V, half the energy is wasted by the voltage regulator.

A few links of the products you mentioned:
Adafruit Ultimate GPS logger with GPS included: http://www.adafruit.com/product/1272
Adafruit 10-DOF: http://www.adafruit.com/products/1604
Adafruit Powerboost 500: http://www.adafruit.com/product/2078

Do you want to stack the Uno + GPS + Powerboost ? and add a 10-DOF to that ?

Let's make an estimate (I could be wrong by 1000%). Average currents: Uno : 50mA, GPS : 20mA, sd : 20 mA, 10-DOF : 10mA, Powerboost board : 10mA, efficiency power boost: 80%. Assuming you use 3.7V 500mAh, that results into 2 hours and 40 minutes.
You have to actually test it, to see if you can let it work for 3 hours. I think you need a 1000mAh battery.
When you buy a cheap 500mAh battery on Ebay, it might work only 1 hour.

Youssef_Ismail

Thanks for the feedback Peter.  I could not find those current estimates.  Those help.  Yeah, maybe a 1000mAh LiPo will keep it satiated for at least 3 hours.  Thanks again.

JimboZA

It's as easy to test as it is to ask, and moreover you will have actual values based on your specifics.
Johannesburg hams call me: ZS6JMB on Highveld rep 145.7875 (-600 & 88.5 tone)
Dr Perry Cox: "Help me to help you, help me to help you...."
Your answer may already be here: https://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?topic=384198.0

Youssef_Ismail

JimboZA,

You are correct.  I was just planning things out before making a purchase of the power shield and especially the battery.  I will find out soon enough through real world operation.

Go Up