Gumstix Raspberry Pi Zero Battery Board Takes AA Batteries, Offers Two-hour Battery Life

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Gumstix Raspberry Pi Zero Battery IMU board is a “pHAT” add-on board for Raspberry Pi Zero that includes a holder for two AA rechargeable batteries providing up to two hours of battery life, as well as 6-axis motion sensor.

Raspberry Pi Zero Battery IMU board key features and specifications:

  • Storage – 256 Kbit I2C Serial Board EEPROM to store RPi HAT settings
  • Sensor – Bosch BMI160 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope IMU
  • Battery holder for 2x AA batteries
  • Battery Charger – Linear Technology LTC4060 fast battery charger for single, 2-, 3- or 4-series cell NiMH/NiCd batteries. (See PDF datasheet for details)
  • Switch slide for On/Off

The battery can be charged through the Micro USB port found in Raspberry Pi Zero (W) board. This board would allow people to make a portable camera by adding the official RPi camera. It would be a nice board to use as UPS for short power failures, but there’s no mention of such features so it’s unlikely to work reliably.

As we can see from the board’s silkscreen, it was designed with the Geppetto platform, so you could always customize it on your web browser to add or remove features such as GPS.

If you’d like to purchase the board as it is, you can do so for $50 on Gumstix online store.

Via LinuxGizmos

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