@Paul__B - "But not this crudely" - Would 10AWG for a jumper be too small? ROFL.
By jumping out the diode...will this allow me to push more through the 5v pin so I can use it to power the servos?
There would never be a way to get power to it once I'm done except through the USB and yes...the USB cable would need to be large enough. Too many stories of cheap cables being used I know.
Doing this will still allow me to program through the USB also still?
@gilshultz - The current draw of the SG90 servos are shown 220mA ± 50 mA run and 650mA ± 80 mA stall. The one servo will never hit a stall point. The second could potentially. So my total potential servo draw is maxed out at 1A. The ws2811 current draw will max out at 120mA at full brightness, full white. The nano is about 20mA running. Max total is 1.4A. A good USB wall wart power is around 2.1A - more than enough. I've done the engineering already. The question was how to tap the power at the USB connector point of the Nano if possible, not if it the USB power supply would be sufficient. All I'm trying to do is avoid having both a USB port from the nano exposed to the outside world AND what would be the power for the project if I can't tap the USB. If I can only have the USB exposed and use it to program, then use it with a power supply afterwards, I avoid the risk that my kid will try to power the thing off USB when they should have been using the barrel jack.
I appreciate any help from both of you. I'm surprised that this isn't a more common application for power.