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July 25, 2014 AT 10:00 am

How much less power does the Raspberry Pi B+ use than the old model B? #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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Raspi.tv used their emeter to compare power usage on the Pi model B and B+.

The power circuit on the new Raspberry Pi B+ has been completely redesigned. It now has an efficient switching regulator. So I decided to take my trusty emeter, a tool I spent far too much money on a few years ago whilst in the grip of the aero-modelling ‘bug’, and make some measurements.

I measured the current and voltage going into the Raspberry Pi. The emeter has a calibrated shunt (small blue rectange in the photo with ‘battery’ and ‘load’ at each end) that’s good for up to 20 Amps. This is a way of measuring without disturbing the circuit. (It measures the voltage drop across a fairly low-value resistor.)

I did these measurements on both a late rev 2 model B and the new B+. Both were measured with just a wireless keyboard dongle AND with both keyboard dongle and Edimax wifi dongle (which uses an additional 40-50 mA).

The results are in the video, which also shows hot-swapping a wifi dongle without the Pi rebooting…

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  1. Does anyone know how this compares with Model A?

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