SparkFun Blocks for Intel® Edison - Battery Block

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Using the Battery Block

The Battery Block is very simple to use. You can mount the Edison module securely using our Hardware Pack. Note: It may be necessary to gently remove the battery to allow clearance for screws. It's only necessary to do this if the Battery Block is the only Block in a stack.

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Battery Block Installed

We have a nice Hardware Pack available that gives enough hardware to secure three blocks and an Edison.

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The power switch connects power to the stack. When off, the battery is disconnected from the stack but is still capable of charging. You can charge the battery while the switch is on. Can't get much simpler than that!

Using the Battery Block with the Base Block

We tried to think of all the potential conflicts that can come from mixing and matching blocks. There was one we could not avoid. While stacking the Battery Block and the Base Block there is a potential short that can occur. The battery connections were made directly above where the Micro USB connector sits on the Base Block.

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The simplest way to remedy this would be to re-order the stack of Blocks to put one more Block in between. If that's not possible, all is not lost. With a little electrical tape or Kapton tape, you can apply a small piece to the top of the USB connector. This will prevent the connector from coming in contact with the two battery connections. Kapton tape is the preferred method because of its higher temperature resistance and durability.

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Kapton Tape Installed

With that simple modification you are safe and ready to create the next great thing!

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