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BeagleBone LCD Cape

The BeagleBone Battery Cape provides a portable power solution for BeagleBone boards and its capes. This cape provides 5V power supply to the BeagleBone using 4 Lithium AA battery cells. Power will be provided to BeagleBone’s VDD_5V power rail as soon as battery cells are installed. The BeagleBone Battery Cape is also equipped with a power switch, a power indicator LED, and an EEPROM for muxing configuration.

Software Support

Note: The low battery output LBO signal (mapped to GPIO1_16) and voltage level analog input AIN4 are not supported by the current software.

Getting Started

Required Setup:

  • A BeagleBone Battery Cape
  • A BeagleBone
  • 4 AA Lithium battery cells

Following the instructions below to start using your BeagleBone Battery Cape:

  1. Mount the Battery Cape on the BeagleBone.
  2. Install 4 AA Lithium battery cells to the battery holders. Each holder should only hold one cell.
  3. As soon as battery cells are installed, the BeagleBone will power on.
    • Note: Due to holder configuration, BeagleBone will power on as soon as two battery cells on one wing are installed. This is normal. You can keep installing battery cells on the other wing
  4. The Power LED on the Battery Cape and BeagleBone should be lit.

You can start using your BeagleBone.


Followings are some specifications of the BeagleBone Battery Cape:

Electrical Specifications

Power 3.0V via Lithium battery cells
Holders 4 AA battery holders
Indicators Power LED
Connectors Two 46-position connectors
One 10-position connector

Mechanical Specifications

Size 3.55" x 3.40"
Layers 2
PCB Thickness .062"
RoHS Compliant Yes

Signal Usage

BeagleBone DVI-D Pin Usage

The BeagleBone Battery Cape uses 8 signals including:

  • VDD_3V3EXP
  • VDD_5V
  • DGND
  • GPIO1_16
  • I2C2_SCL
  • I2C2_SDA
  • AIN4


EEPROM Suport Yes
Board Name BeagleBone Battery Cape
Version 00A0
Manufacturer BeagleBoardToys
Part Number BB-BONE-BATT-01
Pins Used 17


Product Images


System Reference Manual

Hardware Files

BeagleBone Battery Cape Revision A

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