Adding Portable Power

The DC motors are power hungry. This requires a beefy power supply if we want to make this truck portable. This guide does a great job explaining this issue in more detail.

If this is your first time soldering check out this guide: Adafruit Guide To Excellent Soldering Solder at peak performance!

If you wanna skip the soldering, you can use a portable USB pack and hook it up to CRICKIT with this cable.

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*picture is excluding switch
  • Remove USB extension from PowerBoost board. Removes easily by pushing out prongs.
  • Cut ends of black and red bread board wires, and remove 1-2 cm of wire wrap from end.
  • Solder red wire to power and black to ground.
  • Solder on switch to PowerBoost over Vs, EN and GND. Orientation doesn't matter.
  • Screw in power and ground leads to terminal block on DC jack.
  • Plug in JST connector from battery to PowerBoost.
  • Plug in DC jack to CRICKIT.

Turn on the soldered switch and we have some hefty portable power!

This guide was first published on Nov 20, 2018. It was last updated on Nov 20, 2018. This page (Adding Portable Power) was last updated on Oct 06, 2019.