Witty Pi 3 Mini – RTC and Power Management for Raspberry Pi

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Witty Pi is small electronic circuit board that can add realtime clock and power management to your Raspberry Pi. Witty Pi 3 Mini is a new member of the third generation of Witty Pi, and it has pHAT shape (Raspberry Pi Zero size).

After installing Witty Pi 3 Mini on your Raspberry Pi, you get some amazing new features:

  • You can gracefully turn on/off Raspberry Pi with single tap on the switch.
  • After shutdown, Raspberry Pi and all its USB peripherals’ power are fully cut.
  • Raspberry Pi knows the correct time, even without accessing the Internet.
  • Raspberry Pi knows the temperature thanks to the sensor in RTC chip.
  • You can schedule the startup/shutdown of your Raspberry Pi.
  • You can even write a script to define complex ON/OFF sequence.
  • Monitor external voltage and turn on/off your Raspberry Pi accordingly.

Witty Pi 3 Mini supports all Raspberry Pi models that has the 40-pin GPIO header, including A+, B+, 2B, Zero, Zero W, 3B, 3B+, 3A+ and 4B.

Witty Pi 3 Mini uses the same software with Witty Pi 3. You just need to run these two commands in your Raspberry Pi to install the software:

Comparing to Witty Pi 3, Witty Pi 3 Mini uses the same RTC chip (DS3231SN) and same micro-controller (ATtiny841). The main difference is the LDO voltage regulator (LM29150) is not populated on Witty Pi 3 Mini. This reduces the cost for those who don’t need this LDO, and also make things easier to integrate a different DC/DC module into Witty Pi 3 Mini.

Unlike Witty Pi 3 uses a 3V button battery for off-power time keeping, Witty Pi 3 Mini uses a super capacitor (0.08F, or 80000uF) for this purpose.

You can find more information in its user manual: http://www.uugear.com/doc/WittyPi3Mini_UserManual.pdf

PACKAGE CONTENT:

Each Witty Pi 3 Mini package contains:

  • Witty Pi 3 Mini board x 1
  • M2.5 x 10mm plastic screw x 4
  • 4mm spacer x 4
  • M2.5 plastic nut x 4

SPECIFICATION:

Dimension:

65mm x 30mm x 4mm

Weight

8g (net weight)

Micro Controller

ATtiny841(datasheet)

Realtime Clock

DS3231SN (datasheet)

LED Indicator

Red LED: lights up when Raspberry Pi gets powered.

White LED: lights up for a few seconds when a shutdown command is received, or blinks when device is standing by.

Connector

20×2 surface-mounted header with 2.54 mm pitch and 2mm plastic height.

Micro USB female connector as 5V DC input.

Unpopulated 7-pin header for extension or integration.

Unpopulated 3-pin header/connector for VIN, GND and 5V.

Time Keeping

Using 0.08F super capacitor as time keeping power source. Allows about 17 hours off-power time keeping.

Power In

DC 5V (via micro USB). Possible to connect external DC/DC converter (not included) and also have VIN monitored.

Output Current

Up to 2.5A for Raspberry Pi and its peripherals. If using external DC/DC converter, the output current is also limited by the capability of DC/DC converter.

Standby Current

~ 1mA

Operating Temperature

-30~80 (-22F~176F)

Storage Temperature

-40~85 (-40F~185F)

Humidity

0~80%RH, no condensing

 

FIRMWARE AND SOFTWARE

Witty Pi 3 Mini uses the same firmware and software with Witty Pi 3.

The source code of firmware and software can be found on Github: https://github.com/uugear/Witty-Pi-3

 

SCHEDULE SCRIPT GENERATOR

You can now use our web app to create and debug the schedule script for Witty Pi.

 

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Description

Witty Pi Mini is the new member of Witty Pi family. It has the same functionality of Witty Pi 3, and it has pHAT shape (same dimension with Raspberry Pi Zero), which is perfect for Raspberry Pi Zero (and other models). Witty Pi Mini adds RTC and power management to your Raspberry Pi, and can define complex ON/OFF sequence with simple script.

After installing the software on your Raspberry Pi, you can enjoy these amazing new features:

  • Single tap on the button to gracefully turn on/off Raspberry Pi.
  • After shutdown, the power for Raspberry Pi and all its USB peripherals are fully cut.
  • Raspberry Pi knows the correct time, even without accessing the Internet.
  • You can schedule the startup/shutdown of your Raspberry Pi.
  • You can even write a script to define complex ON/OFF sequence.

Same as Witty Pi 2, Witty Pi Mini uses a very accurate RTC chip (DS3231SN), which only has <160 seconds error per year. Also this RTC chip has temperature sensor built-in, so you can read the temperature around your Raspberry Pi via the software.

Witty Pi Mini uses a super capacitor (0.08F, or 80,000uF) for RTC off-power time keeping, and it can remember the time for ~17 hours without any external power supply.

The “dummy load” feature is still available and you can turn it on/off via a small switch on board. It is very useful when you use power bank as power supply, as it will draw peak current with certain interval, and keep your power bank alive.

Witty Pi Mini supports all Raspberry Pi models with 40-pin header, including A+, B+, 2B, Zero (W) and 3B.

Here is the user manual: http://www.uugear.com/doc/WittyPiMini_UserManual.pdf

PACKAGE CONTENT:

Each Witty Pi Mini package contains:

  • Witty Pi Mini board x 1
  • M2.5 x 10mm plastic screw x 4
  • 4mm spacer x 4
  • M2.5 plastic nut x 4

SPECIFICATION:

Dimension: 65mm x 30mm x 4mm
Weight: 9g (net weight)
Power In: DC 5V (via micro USB or via the unpopulated alternative connector)
Output Current: Maximum 2A for Raspberry Pi and its peripherals
Static Current:
~ 5mA in average with dummy load off (default)
~ 7mA in average with dummy load on
Operating Temperature: -30℃~80℃ (-22°F~176°F)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~85℃ (-40°F~185°F)
Humidity: 0~80%RH, no condensing

SOFTWARE

Witty Pi Mini uses the same software with Witty Pi 2. The software is written with Bash (Unix shell), and there is also a GUI application available (requires QT 5).

gui

The source code is public on Github: https://github.com/uugear/Witty-Pi-2

To install the software, just run these two commands:

After the installation is done, turn off your Raspberry Pi, then physically mount Witty Pi Mini on it. Connect 5V DC power supply to the micro USB port on Witty Pi Mini, and tap the button to start.

After login to the system, just run these commands to launch the Witty Pi utility:

More details about software installation and usage could be found on the user manual.

PYTHON WRAPPER

Lucas Langholf has developed a Python wrapper for Witty Pi, and packed it into a pypi.org package. PyPi: https://pypi.org/project/wittyPy/

The source code is also available in GitHub: https://github.com/elpunkt/wittyPy

Appreciate Lucas’ good work!

SCHEDULE SCRIPT GENERATOR

You can now use our web app to create and debug the schedule script for Witty Pi.

Witty Pi Schedule Script Generator Witty Pi Schedule Script Generator

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