Pika Power Board is a portable, easy to use, widely compatible power supply. It’s able to provide power for all your projects and gadgets with multiple, simultaneous, 3.3 V, 5 V, +12 V, -12 V and adjustable outputs, with currents up to 1.5 A. We believe current power solutions in the market are way behind what our Pika Power Board can offer. Other power solutions typically have lower power, and have only a single output. Worst case, users might need multiple boards and products. Pika Power Board is a solution for all of this!
Pika Power Board comes in handy for all kinds of applications. Use it to facilitate remote or in-person education related to hardware engineering, product design, and other STEM-related topics – be it for kids, college students, and geeks of all ages. Up your power game for that Arduino-based robotics project. Or, if you’re between projects, press it into service as a portable, general-purpose power supply and battery charger.
Pika Power Board with extension board attached
Pika Power Board is not just for breadboards. Every order will also receive an extension board to provide additional flexibility. It’s a handy little adapter that runs from the main board pins to block terminals on the extension board. With the extension board, you can connect to a wide variety of other boards and systems. After all, this system is here to make your life easier.
Pika Power Board with breadboard voltage labels
Pika Power Board voltage inputs
Pika Power Board unassembled
|Input voltage||3 – 25 VDC||6-12 VDC||6-55 VDC||100 - 230 VAC||100 - 230 VAC|
|Output current||1.5 A||0.7 A||5 A||12 A||3 A|
|Number of outputs||5||2||1||4||1|
|Negative outputs||Yes (-12 V)||No||No||Yes (-12 V)||No|
|Adjustable output||Yes (2)||No||Yes (1)||No||Yes|
|USB Type C Compatibility||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Short circuit protection||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
You can find the project write-up and schematics on our public Hackaday project page.
The Pika Power Board was tested to ensure that voltage is stable and temperature stays cool to the touch, even when under load. To run these tests, each output was probed using the Ground Spring method at each output capacitor. The voltage ripple measurements are shown below at different loads: first test was at no load, and the second test at 0.5A load from each rail. The load was supplied by a programmable DC electronic load, and the Pika Power board was powered by a USB-C charger.
Pika Power Board voltages with no load
Pika Power Board voltages with load
To test thermal conditions, the board was tested under the highest current (1.5A). These thermal images are of the top and side view, showing that the temperature did not exceed 53°C.
This video demonstrates how the voltage output remains stable when placed under load.
Once our campaign is completed, an order for PCBs and the BOM will be placed, and the PCBS will be assembled by a PCB assembly factory. After receiving and inspecting all items, we will package all items in a protective container to prepare for shipment.
After our production run is complete, we will box everything up and send it along to Crowd Supply’s fulfillment partner, Mouser Electronics, who will handle distribution to backers worldwide. You can learn more about Crowd Supply’s fulfillment service under Ordering, Paying, and Shipping in their guide.
Produced by TikStation in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.
Main Pika Power Board, Output extension board, screwdriver, voltage chart and storage case