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Use a battery instead of a PSU (Desktop)
« on: October 26, 2009, 09:17:12 PM »
So, for my robot project, I require some type of computer, such as a laptop or desktop. I am on a budget, so I was wondering if I could turn one of my old desktops into a laptop like thing. I just need to take the PSU out and put in a battery, or get something to power the PSU.

Any Ideas? I would like it to be under $75

PSU specs:
250 watt

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Re: Use a battery instead of a PSU (Desktop)
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2009, 09:46:37 PM »
Computer motherboards need +5, +12, +3.3, -5, and -12 volts to operate (though -5 and -12 are uncommonly used).

Pico makes a little dc-dc converter that would easily operate off of a 12v battery, though it only outputs 150 watts, which shouldn't be a problem for a robot.
http://www.mini-box.com/picoPSU-150-XT

I myself am looking into using my mini-ITX computer as a robot controller, and I have a question for you, what are you going to use to interface your peripheral to your robot?
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Re: Use a battery instead of a PSU (Desktop)
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2009, 04:12:15 AM »
well, the computer is mostly for processing. I am going to write a program in Processing to make it do color tracking, and other types of commands. The computer is only for processing stuff that is a pain to do on a microcontroller.

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Re: Use a battery instead of a PSU (Desktop)
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2009, 08:00:19 AM »
Well if you plan on taking apart the Desktop anyway, see how much voltage/amps it draws. Hopefully its under 1. Go get a 12 volt battery and hook it up to a cheap inverter.
Also you can rearrange the componets of the computer as much as you want, just make sure they don't overheat.
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Re: Use a battery instead of a PSU (Desktop)
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2009, 10:51:21 AM »
Pico dc-dc converter is cheaper than many inverters that I've seen, choose what you want, but that's just my idea.
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Re: Use a battery instead of a PSU (Desktop)
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2009, 01:19:17 PM »
I should read more

A 250 watt inverter would cost $50+
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