Power Management

Pika Power Board

Powerful, breadboard compatible, easy to use power supply board that accepts a wide range of inputs and provides multiple outputs

$660 raised

of $5,000 goal

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Funding ends on Jan 18, 2023 at 03:59 PM PST.

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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

A Handy Extension Board with Every Order

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

Features & Specifications

Pika Power Board unassembled

Comparisons

PikaMB102DP50V5AATXBench PS
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 outputs5 2 1 4 1
Simultaneous outputsYes Yes - Yes -
Negative outputsYes (-12 V) No No Yes (-12 V) No
Adjustable outputYes (2) No Yes (1) No Yes
USB Type C CompatibilityYes No No No No
PortableYes Yes Yes No No
Breadboard CompatibleYes Yes No No No
Short circuit protectionYes No Yes Yes Yes
Price $60 $5 $40 $49 $84

Documentation

You can find the project write-up and schematics on our public Hackaday project page.

Performance Tested

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.

Manufacturing Plan

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.

Fulfillment & Logistics

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.

Risks & Challenges

In the Press

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"Con la posibilidad de gestionar dos salidas simultáneamente, la placa de alimentación Pika soporta una amplia variedad de valores de voltaje de entrada y de salida."

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Produced by TikStation in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.

Pika Power Station

Main Pika Power Board, Output extension board, screwdriver, voltage chart and storage case

$60 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

Solderless Breadboard with dual power rails

From the Crowd Supply Basics project.

$8 $8 US Shipping / $18 Worldwide

About the Team

TikStation

Sheffield, United Kingdom  ·  tikstation.com

Electronic Solutions and Training

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