Replace AA batteries with AC DC adapter or battery phone charger?


#1

I have a couple of Universal AC-DC adapters. Could they be used in place of the AA battery pack with the right jack? If so, what would be the required voltage and amperage?

Also, could a phone charger with the right USB jack adapter be used in place of the AA battery pack?


#2

The AA battery pack provides power for the motors. The USB cable connected to a charger or PC will only power the board and the sensors devices.

You can use a 6V DC adapter to replace the battery pack.


#3

Thanks! I found a 6V DC adapter, plus a plug that fits, and it works!


#4

AC adapter for mbot?.
I know it must be max of 6V. The barrel connector is much smaller than the one for the megapi. What size must it be?


#5

Hi David,

The interface of the power adapter for mBot should be DC3.5*1.1.


#6

so 5.5x2.1 for megapi and 3.5x2.1 for mBot?

What about for the orion?


#7

Should be the same as MegaPi since I use the power supply that came with my Laserbot kit (it uses the MegaPi board) for Orion too.


#8

Then that makes the mbot (mcore) the orphan of the group with the 3.5mm vs 5.5mm barrel plug.
I have not been able to find a 5.5 -> 3.5 adapter for the AC/DC power supply. a shame as my power supply has settings for 6, 7.5, 9 and 12V.


#9

Hi rojoamigo,

There is a correction: the interface of the power adapter for mBot is DC3.5*1.1 instead of DC3.5 *2.1
Sorry for the confusion.