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You have a Raspberry Pi  project, but it's no good stuck to a wall! 
JuiceBox Zero is the simplest way to properly power your Pi Zero.
You have a Raspberry Pi project, but it's no good stuck to a wall! JuiceBox Zero is the simplest way to properly power your Pi Zero.
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Battery powered Pi Zero w/stacking header
Battery powered Pi Zero w/stacking header

JuiceBox Zero is the simplest way to properly power your Pi Zero with a Li-Ion battery. 

THE STORY 

  • The Problem

I had an amazing project for Raspberry Pi that needed to be battery powered. I searched and found a few boards that served the purpose.  Unfortunately, they were a bit cumbersome, and sadly, they weren't "plug-n-play" with Raspberry Pi! 

When the Pi Zero was released, I instantly saw the potential its tiny form factor provided for truly mobile inventions. But to be truly mobile, it can’t be tethered to a power source. Just imagine how useless a smartphone would be if it had to be plugged into the wall!

"But what about a Portable Power Bank???" - Bad idea if you care about your project. While they do provide 5V, they cannot provide a safe shutdown. If you cut power at the wrong time, your SD card will be corrupted and you will loose all your hard work.

  • The Solution

I took matters into my own hands to create a truly portable battery solution that is both plug-n-play and matches the Raspberry Pi Zero’s tiny footprint. The PowerBoost 1000c by Adafruit provided a stable baseline to start from — then I modified it and added a handful of my own improvements.

  • The Result

 The simplest solution for mobilizing your Raspberry Pi Zero projects! 

JuiceBox Zero!
JuiceBox Zero!

FEATURES

  • ON/OFF Switch 
  • 4 Status Indicator LEDs: Charging, Charge complete, Power On, Low Batt.)
  • Mounting Holes for Pi Camera V2 or other breakout boards 
  • Standard Micro USB Power Input 
  • Dual power source input: Plug in a battery - it works. Plug in a micro-USB - it works. Plug in both - it works (and charges your battery!)
  • Works out of the box
  • Low Battery safe-shutdown: One line of code can let you properly shut down your Pi if the battery is low. (Protect your SD card and hard work!)

EXAMPLE USES

Mount the Pi Camera directly to JuiceBox Zero
Mount the Pi Camera directly to JuiceBox Zero
Charge the battery and power your Pi at the same time!
Charge the battery and power your Pi at the same time!

YOU NEED

  • JuiceBox Zero  
  • Raspberry Pi Zero or Zero W 
  • Header Connection 
  • Single-cell Lithium-Ion Battery with JST brand PH Compatible connector
Some good, basic necessities
Some good, basic necessities

Further details and support can be found on our website:

www.juiceboxzero.com

or 

blog.juiceboxzero.com

This is absolutely the simplest way to power your Pi Zero or Zero W! I can't wait to see where everyone takes their incredible projects!

— Sam

Risks and challenges

This revision of JuiceBox Zero is fully functional. Pre-production units have already been made and tested by me. All units passed with 100% functionality.

The biggest risk is in getting the units to you. I already know manufacturing times and shipping times. I will work to make sure that everyone receives the units as promised.

In a Kickstarter world where there is less and less trust, please understand, that I will work to ensure that you can trust JuiceBox Zero and the team to deliver as expected.

Any questions or concerns will be addressed to the best of our abilities!
Thanks again from everyone at JuiceBox Zero!
email: info@juiceboxzero.com
website: www.juiceboxzero.com

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    Earliest bird gets the stacking header

    This will get you one (1) JuiceBox Zero with one (1) stacking header.
    These items were part of the earliest developments of JuiceBox Zero!
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    One (1) JuiceBox Zero

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    Two (2) JuiceBox Zero

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