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    Can the Octolively led panels run on a usb power bank and how? need the to be portable

    • This topic was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by Windell Oskay. Reason: Move to correct subfoum
    Windell Oskay

    Octolively requires 5 V dc power, with at least 200 mA capacity per panel. I wouldn’t recommend running more thab

    If you have a USB power bank that supplies 5 V output, and has at least 200 mA capacity per panel that you want to run, then yes you can do that.

    You can purchase a USB power breakout cable, or make your own:
    https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/12/05/turn-an-unused-usb-cable-into-a-5v-power-cable/ (Keep in mind that the colors of wire inside a USB cable may not be consistently labeled– you need to *test* the polarity before using a cable like this.)

    You should also be aware that standard USB cables are *not designed for high power applications*. See this discussion for example: https://electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/170292
    Given the tiny wires in a standard USB cable, it really should be limited to 500 mA (two Octolively panels). If you have a special cable rated for 2 A of power, then you can power up to 10 Octolively panels. However, you should also make sure to check what the maximum current draw allowed on your USB power bank is. Not all are rated for that much current.

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