The Omzlo PiJack HAT lets you power your Raspberry Pi with any DC voltage source ranging from 6V to 28V, such as a car battery or a wall wart AC/DC adapter. It features a DC/DC buck switching regulator that is designed to provide up to 1.7A to your board.
The Omzlo PiJack HAT features a barrel-type power jack for DC wall supplies, with a 5.5mm jack and a 2.1mm center pole diameter. You can also optionally solder:
A 2 pin 3.5mm screw terminal block in order to connect power supply wires directly to the HAT.
A 2 pin 2.54mm header in order to connect the 5V output to something else than the Raspberry Pi.
The board also features an "ideal diode" that protects the Raspberry Pi USB net in case the Raspberry Pi is accidentally connected both to the PiJack HAT and USB power.
By default, the board is provided without a 2x20 GPIO header. As an option, you can add am unsoldered 2X20 pin GPIO header with short leads, or you can select an unsoldered stacking header 2x20, with extra long leads, instead.
The board layout is described in the picture below:
A Raspberry Pi board is not included with the PiJack HAT: you can connect it to any Pi Zero, Pi 2 model B/B+, Pi 3 model B/B+.
Free yourself from USB and power your next Raspberry Pi with the PiJack HAT!
This is an "accidental" byproduct of another bigger project: the NoCAN IoT platform, which offers a network of Arduino-compatible nodes managed by a Raspberry Pi, using CANbus and a common 12V (or 24V) power rail. Since we wanted to power everything with 12V (or 24V), we needed to design a solution to power the Raspberry Pi as well.
We found out that adding a DC power jack to a Raspberry Pi can be quite useful for many projects, allowing you to accept a much wider range of voltage inputs than the typical 5V provided through USB. So we decided to create this HAT and share it with the community, as described in our blog: