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The Battery Shield makes it easy to add 9 volts to any chipKIT, Arduino, CHIPINO or any other chipKIT / Arduino/ CHIPINO style module.
The Battery Shield makes it easy to add 9 volts to any chipKIT, Arduino, CHIPINO or any other chipKIT / Arduino/ CHIPINO style module.
76 backers pledged $2,770 to help bring this project to life.

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BATTERY-SHIELD
THE STACKABLE 9 VOLT BATTERY SHIELD FOR chipKIT / ARDUINO / CHIPINO STYLE MODULES.

The Battery-Shield makes it easier to power your portable chipKIT / Arduino / CHIPINO Style project. It gives you the same power as a 9 volt battery but in the form of a shield. This also allows you to easily stack Battery-Shields for more power. And each shield has its own on/off switch to selectively enable or disable a Battery-Shield.
The Battery-Shield supplies power through the VIN and GND pins on the Power header. The height of the Battery-Shield allows other shields to be stacked on top so the Battery-Shield can be anywhere in your stack of shields.

Specs:
Output: 9 volts (6 x 1.5v AAAA)
Capacity: 545 ma/h (using Energizer AAAA Batteries)

I'm Chuck Hellebuyck and I've been an electronics hobbyist for over 40 years. I've written articles for Nuts & Volts and published eight books on programming microcontrollers. I really like using the Arduino style modules for all my projects. I've used chipKIT, CHIPINO, Arduino and others but the one thing I often wanted was an easy way to power the module from a shield to make my stack of shields portable. I wanted a low cost replacement battery style not a rechargeable. A 9 volt was too large and so were AAA batteries. Then I discovered the AAAA battery. It's almost the same size as the cells used in a 9 volt. So I created the Battery-Shield for my own use and found it so handy I decided to see if others wanted to help move this from prototype to production by supporting this kickstarter project.

I plan to open source the design when the kickstarter goal is met. The funding will pay the production tooling and volume purchasing of parts for the kickstarter rewards plus the website costs for the open source design. A successful Kickstarter project will also prove that people agree that the battery-shield is a very handy shield to have.

If enough people want a fully assembled unit, I have contract manufacturers right here in Michigan ready to handle the assembly.

Launch Plan:

Our plan is to start shipping rewards out 30 days after all funding is complete. 

We will be ordering the boards and parts first to get them well within the 30 days. The bare boards and kits will ship out as soon as we receive the parts. At the same time we will start supplying the assembly house with kits to get us assembled boards quickly and get them shipped out.

We plan to have all rewards shipped by December.

BATTERY-SHIELD

The Battery-Shield is a nine volt shield to power your chipKIT, CHIPINO, Arduino or any other Arduino style module.

STACKS ON TOP OF ANY chipKIT, CHIPINO, ARDUINO STYLE MODULE

The module supplies 9 volt power to any Arduino style module through the VIN and GND pins on the Arduino header. A power switch is also included to turn power on and off.


STACK THE SHIELDS FOR MORE POWER

You can stack the Battery-Shield on top of other Battery-Shields for longer lasting power. The low profile of the Battery-Shield also allows you to stack any chipKIT, CHIPINO, Arduino style shield on top.

You can get AAAA batteries anywhere including office supply stores and Radio Shack.

WORKS with any ARDUINO STYLE MODULE

It was tested on chipKIT, ARDUINO and CHIPINO and should work with any of these style boards that accepts VIN power and GND on the 6-pin POWER Connector.

BATTERY-SHIELD BARE BOARD

You can get the Battery-Shield bare board to make a more custom design.

BATTERY-SHIELD KIT

You can get a Battery-Shield kit of parts.

FULLY ASSEMBLED BATTERY-SHIELD

You can get a Battery-Shield fully assembled. All you need to add is batteries from Radio Shack or any office supply that carries AAAA.

Fully Assembled BATTERY-SHIELD w/BATTERIES

You can get a fully assembled Battery-Shield with brand new Energizer AAAA batteries.

Help make the Battery-Shield a real product by supporting this kickstarter project.

More detail will be posted at the website:

www.battery-shield.com

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    THANK YOU: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to a real product and become completely open sourced.

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    NAME RECOGNITION: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to a real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page.

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    EARLY DONOR SPECIAL - BATTERY-SHIELD BARE BOARD: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to a real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus we'll ship you at our cost a BATTERY-SHIELD BARE CIRCUIT BOARD so you can build your own Battery-Shield (you'll get a parts list and assembly instructions with the board). Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    BATTERY-SHIELD BARE BOARD: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to production product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page.
    Plus we'll ship you at our cost a BATTERY-SHIELD BARE CIRCUIT BOARD so you can build your own Battery-Shield (you'll get a parts list and assembly instructions with the board).

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    EARLY DONOR SPECIAL - BATTERY-SHIELD KIT: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus we'll ship you at our cost a BATTERY-SHIELD PARTS KIT that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders so you can build your own Battery-Shield (you'll get a parts list and assembly instructions with the kit). Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    BATTERY-SHIELD KIT: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page.
    Plus we'll ship you at our cost a BATTERY-SHIELD PARTS KIT that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders so you can build your own Battery-Shield (you'll get a parts list and assembly instructions with the kit).
    Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    EARLY DONOR SPECIAL - BATTERY- SHIELD ASSEMBLED: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus you get an ASSEMBLED BATTERY-SHIELD that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders all soldered in place. Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    BATTERY-SHIELD ASSEMBLED: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page.
    Plus you get an ASSEMBLED BATTERY-SHIELD that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders all soldered in place.
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    BATTERY-SHIELD ASSEMBLED w/BATTERIES
    Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page.
    Plus you get an ASSEMBLED BATTERY-SHIELD that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders all soldered in place.
    Plus SIX EVEREADY AAAA BATTERIES for your Battery Shield.
    USA SHIPPING ONLY!

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    TWO BATTERY-SHIELD KITs: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus we'll ship you at our cost a TWO BATTERY-SHIELD PARTS KITs that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders so you can build your own Battery-Shield (you'll get a parts list and assembly instructions with the kit). Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    TWO BATTERY-SHIELDs ASSEMBLED: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus you get TWO ASSEMBLED BATTERY-SHIELDs that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders all soldered in place. Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    TWO BATTERY-SHIELDs ASSEMBLED w/BATTERIES Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus you get TWO ASSEMBLED BATTERY-SHIELDs that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders all soldered in place. Plus TWELVE ENERGIZER AAAA BATTERIES for your Battery Shield. USA SHIPPING ONLY!

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    EARLY DONOR SPECIAL - FIVE BATTERY-SHIELD KITs: Show your support help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus we'll ship you at our cost; FIVE BATTERY-SHIELD PARTS KITs that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders so you can build your own Battery-Shield (you'll get a parts list and assembly instructions with the kit). Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    FIVE BATTERY-SHIELD KITs: Show your support help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus we'll ship you at our cost; FIVE BATTERY-SHIELD PARTS KITs that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders so you can build your own Battery-Shield (you'll get a parts list and assembly instructions with the kit). Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    EARLY DONOR SPECIAL - FIVE BATTERY-SHIELDs ASSEMBLED: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus you get FIVE ASSEMBLED BATTERY-SHIELDs that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders all soldered in place. Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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    FIVE BATTERY-SHIELDs ASSEMBLED: Show your support and help make the Battery-Shield change from prototype to real product, become completely open sourced and get your name listed on our Battery-Shield.com website donor page. Plus you get FIVE ASSEMBLED BATTERY-SHIELDs that includes the bare circuit board, Arduino connectors, slide switch and battery holders all soldered in place. Please add $5 for shipment outside USA!

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