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I need to know if 5v is enough to run the SSI. And is 5v too much for the SSSI and  Bigfoot boards. Looking at possibly trying to run them off of an external phone battery. 

Just don’t want to let the smoke out of them. 

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The SS1 might be an issue, I think it has a 5v regulator in it so if you have a full 5 volts to it you're probably OK but any dip or fluctuation and you could have a problem, The SS2 should be fine with the 5v. I'm not sure about the bigfoot, I think I've seen them run with 3-aa batteries, if that's the case it will be fine, if it was 4-aa's and I'm not remembering correctly then it won't. Hopefully Gary sees this and shares his wisdom.

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Don't know about the SS1. The bigfoot board runs off 3 x 1.5 batteries (4.5v), l have used 3 x 1.7v batteries (energizer lithium) = 5.1v and it is fine. The SS2 uses a 3.6v battery, but it can be converted to 3 x 1.5v. Mobile phone batteries that l have played around with are 3.85v. Hope this helps and as been previously mentioned Gary may see this if not you might want to send him an email.

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Both or the external phone batteries I have put out 5.0 volts. 

Garys email for his website is out of order. Returned my email undelivered. 

Both the SSII & Bigfoot do run on 5v no problem. Haven’t tried the SSI yet. But neither board draws enough power to keep the external battery from shutting off. If I left the P32 powered on with the screen on, it would stay going. Until the camera shut off after a few minutes. 

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On 2/12/2021 at 2:28 PM, speed2spare said:

Both or the external phone batteries I have put out 5.0 volts. 

Garys email for his website is out of order. Returned my email undelivered. 

Both the SSII & Bigfoot do run on 5v no problem. Haven’t tried the SSI yet. But neither board draws enough power to keep the external battery from shutting off. If I left the P32 powered on with the screen on, it would stay going. Until the camera shut off after a few minutes. 

Sorry man, life has been crazy and I just saw this.  I did have an issue with email a while ago but it's resolved now.  JDH is correct on the SS1.  It has a 5V regulator, so you would probably have issues if the voltage gets below 5.2V or so.  The SSII and the BF can both run on 5V though.

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