Operating an Arduino for a Year from Batteries

Sun 02 October 2011, By Alan Mitchell

The Arduino is a great product for producing a custom data collection system or controller. Programming is easy via a high-level language and a simple USB connection to the Arduino board. Incredible popularity has brought plenty of publicly available code and many add-on boards for interfacing sensors, storage, and wireless communications. However, most of my projects involve collecting data for multiple months, and access to mains power is often problematic. Battery-powered data collection is essential, but the Arduino quickly exhausts a battery when attempting to collect data for more than a few days. This article describes a technique for extending …

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