Arduino with charge controller plus Pi plus Wifi close to 1 Watt

A project log for Arduino MPPT Solar Charge Controller

The charge controller consists of a buck converter that is controlled by an Arduino via a half-bridge driver.

TobiasTobias 07/15/2016 at 23:560 Comments

Powering the Raspberry Pi Zero through the GPIO pins and leaving out the USB hub brings the power for the whole system down to between 1 Watt and 1.2 Watts:

Theoretically, a full 40 Watt-hour battery should be able to power the system for over 33 hours, so the system should easily be able to make it through the night until the sun comes up again.

Thanks to

Note: most links below are from 2013 and they are good for the hardware connections, but are outdated as far as software goes. There is no more /etc/inittab.

Instead, run

sudo raspi-config

And disable serial boot messages and getty under Advanced -> Serial.

Now , serial is completely disabled (no AMA0 when ls /dev/tty*)

It needs to be re-enabled by

sudo nano /boot/config/txt

and setting

setting enable_uart=1

Reboot and check ls /dev/tty* that /dev/ttyAMA0 is present.


minicom -b 9600 -o -D /dev/ttyAMA0