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Boot loop if not using a proper USB cable
#11
Recommend using a power supply rated at 3A with a reasonably short (1m) cable and you should have no problems, even with the cheap 22ga wires in the cable.  The USB 2.0 standard micro USB connectors are specified at 1.8A and the newer Quick Charge connectors are rated for 3A on the power pins.

I buy the ones with inline switches so I do not have to use the connector for disconnecting power and prematurely wearing it out.  Work great on Ras Pi's also. I have several, including my server.

Been using my Tinker Board pretty continuously for the last few weeks with no issues running the linaro OS.
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#12
Hi,

I'm having under voltage problems. Is there any list about the recommended power supply-s for tinker board?
I would like to run the board as a headless server with an external HDD attached (WD elements 1TB) to it.

Can I use the official Raspberry power supply (5.1V 2.5A, 18AWG)?
Or should I buy something else?
I was thinking about a Sony CP-AD2M2 (5V, 3A).
Whit a 18 or 20AWG cable

Thanks!
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#13
If you must use micro usb to power the tinker board, I can recommend jucEbitz cables , you can get them on ebay, they seem very good quality

The problem with micro usb as a power cable, is that its a bit rubbish.

I power my tinker board directly into the GPIO 5v and 0 v pins, using a buck convertor,
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=...d&_sacat=0

the advantage of a buck convertor , is that it drops a higher voltage down to 5v (or whatever voltage you need), but maintains the power.
So I use a 12v 1.5 amp power supply, the convertor drops this down to 5v, but since power is maintained, the max current is just over 3 amps. I.e. Power=Volts x Amps.

PS powering directly via the GPIO pins can break the tinkerboard if you provide more than 5volts
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#14
My 5v2.5A RPi power supply seems to cope okay, no instances of hanging. The usb cable makes huge differences. I am using a metallic 1m USB cable which not only power the Tinkerboard, but also capable of charging my Lenovo Yoga book, which like the Tinkerboard, uses a micro USB port for power. Look for the brand Remax.
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#15
(08-13-2017, 08:36 PM)pbraun Wrote: Hi, I'm having under voltage problems. Is there any list about the recommended power supply-s for tinker board?
I would like to run the board as a headless server with an external HDD attached (WD elements 1TB) to it.

Can I use the official Raspberry power supply (5.1V 2.5A, 18AWG)?
Or should I buy something else?
I was thinking about a Sony CP-AD2M2 (5V, 3A).
Whit a 18 or 20AWG cable

Thanks!

I'm using a NorthPada 3Amp power supply, that I bought for my Rasp Pi, on Amazon, and it is working very well with none of the problems reported here (so far, but my TB only arrived yesterday!). The supply also has a very convenient in-line switch. I am also using a WD 2TB "My Passport Ultra" external drive, powered directly through the Tinker's USB port, with no apparent power problems.
(Edit. It is now the middle of May, and the power supply continues to run faultlessly. It is on almost all the time.)
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#16
This thread has been most illuminating! I'm running a 20 amp 5VDC supply and my Tinker Board will go into "boot loop", even with an 18 gauge power cord I made. I suspect the super-flimsy micro-USB connector I used is at fault, because a different cable works like a champ. I think it's time to go to the GPIO pins and be done. Thanks!
Honoring Major Edwin Howard Armstrong daily through the avid use of his inventions.
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#17
After a year, using my NorthPada 3Amp power supply, through the flimsy micro-USB connector, my TB has been running 24/7 with very few problems. I have the occasional but rare lock up, but nothing to cause concern. I'm using it as a media-centre.
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#18
I'm new to the forums and I have a few raspberry pi's and this Tinker Board which I am currently running right now, I as well had power issues and this is what I did to solve the issue

USB Power Adapter is fine to use but the usb connector is not this is where the problem resides for me at least so far and so what I did was cut the usb mini off the power adapter and solder some jumper cables to it and put it in the 5v power and one of the negatives and it booted up and still have not had a issue. I'm running a pc fan of my tinker board as well and I still not having no issues, I as well have a keyboard and a gaming mouse hooked into it and I still have not had a issue with power so far, Now for the other thing the cpu gets HOT and I mean HOTT even with the stock heatsink it's just not enough it's best to get a fan as well which as well draws power but I still have yet had a issue with the powering it through gpio pins and taking off the usb and putting in jumpers you need to be sure those jumpers can supply the amps to the board though or it will indeed not get enough power

RIght now things I have on my tinker board is

Plex (Haven't tried any transcoding yet)
HDD External (has it's own power supply)
Running firefox (Youtube mainly)

Cpu temp avg 35 to 45

Thats about what I have done so far with it, Emby was giving me issues but those issues may have been resolved haven't tried since I updated the psu
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