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The Power Cape provides integrated UPS-style functionality by combining a lithium battery charging circuit with a buck/boost regulator. If DC power is insufficient or unavailable, the supply will be supplied by the lithium battery. When DC input is available, the battery will be charged to 4.2V. The cape also has an INA219 power monitor on the battery input so that voltage and charge/discharge rates can be monitored by software. An AVR microcontroller acts as a "power supervisor" and provides power up/down on user-definable events (DC power good, timeout, external signal, or cape button press).

Revision Changes

Revision A0

Initial release of BeagleBone Power Cape

Revision A1

  • Molex connector removed from opto-isolator so that it's not the same as the DC input connector.
  • UART1_TXD and UART1_RXD resistors are de-populated. These signals were tri-stated (available for other capes) on the A0.
  • The cape now has access to the power button (PWR_BUT) and system reset (SYS_RESETn).

Getting Started

Standard setup:

  • An AndiceLabs Power Cape
  • A BeagleBone Black or BeagleBone White
  • A 5V DC power supply (recommended 5V @ 2A)
  • A single-cell (3.7V) LiPo battery


Electrical Specifications

DC input voltage 5VDC to 14VDC
Cape supplied power on DC 5V @ 2A to BeagleBone
Cape supplied power on battery 5V @ 1.2A to BeagleBone
Battery charge current 350mA typical
Battery charge timeout 3 hours typical
Battery full voltage 4.2V
System quiescent power draw on DC input 1.2mA typical
System quiescent power draw on battery input 75uA typical
Indicators 2 green LEDs controlled by ATmega328p


DC Power Input Molex MicroFit3 connector
Battery Input JST PH (found on AdaFruit and SparkFun LiPo packs)
External Signal Input Right-angle MTA-100 connector

Signal Usage

The BeagleBone Power Cape uses the following signals:

  • DGND
  • VDD_3V3B
  • VDD_5V
  • PWR_BUT (A1 only)
  • SYS_RESETn (A1 only)
  • I2C2_SCL
  • I2C2_SDA


EEPROM Support Yes
Board Name PowerCape
Version 00A1
Manufacturer AndiceLabs
Part Number POWERCAPE-00A1


Open Source Partial
System Reference Manual In progress
Schematics PDF
Firmware GitHub


Product Images

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