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How To Connect A Power Supply to micro:bit? – Power to micro:bit

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If you are facing issues such as micro:bit power problem, then you have landed on the right place. In this article, we will explain you how to connect a power supply to micro:bit while using it. Connecting a power supply to micro:bit enables it to operate, and there are two ways you can do that. Let’s discuss those two ways in our blog!

What Are Two Ways to Power the micro:bit?

There are two ways of connecting a power supply to micro:bit and they are:

  • Using USB cable
  • Using a battery pack

In this blog, you will get to the types of connectors and batteries you need to connect them to the micro:bit.

How To Connect a Power Supply to micro:bit Using USB Cable?

You can easily power up your micro:bit using a USB cable that comes with the BBC micro:bit GO pack. The micro:bit pack usually has a USB type-B micro connector and USB lead, and its requirements depend on what kind of device you are connecting your micro:bit to. Some computers and mobile devices require a USB Type-C cable. For Apple, you need Thunderbolt connectors. Once you have the required USB that is compatible with your computer or mobile phone, simply connect it and the power supply is to micro:bit is on and it doesn’t need anything else.

Refer to the image on how to connect power supply to micro:bit using the USB Cable.

connecting a power supply to micro:bit using USB cable

How To Connect a Power Supply To micro:bit Using a Battery Pack?

Along with USB power, you can power your micro:bit with a battery pack containing 2 x zinc or alkaline AAA batteries.

  • To power up the micro:bit, attach the battery pack by holding the base of the connector and attaching it to the JST socket on the micro:bit board, and the micro:bit is connected to a power supply. To save power, disconnect the connector from the JST socket.
  • The latest version of micro:bit, i.e., micro:bit V2, comes with a battery saver setting wherein there is no need for you to unplug the connector from the socket on the micro:bit in order to save power. For this, simply press down the reset button on the back of the micro:bit to power on or power off your micro:bit while being connected to the battery pack.
How To Connect Power Supply To micro:bit Using a Battery Pack

FAQs on Connecting A Power Supply to micro:bit

Q 1: How much storage does micro:bit have?
A 1: micro:bit has 256 kb flash memory and 16kb RAM.

Q 2: Is the micro:bit battery pack available with the micro:bit GO pack?
A 2: Yes, the battery pack containing 2 X zinc or alkaline AAA batteries is available with the micro:bit GO pack.

Q 3: How to connect a power supply to micro:bit?
A 3: There are two ways to connect a power supply to a micro:bit: through a USB cable and through a battery cage. Read the above blog for full details.

Q 4: What is the power input micro:bit will accept?
A 4: micro:bit will accept a power input voltage of 3.3 V for micro:bit.

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