Welcome to Question of the Day! These posts help you get comfortable integrating different technologies with Pinoccio, and easily find what you need in our documentation.
This post goes hand-in-hand with the last one, because the single best way to increase battery life is by putting your Pinoccio boards to sleep between actions. Believe it or not, your little Field Scouts can go for more than a year on a single charge, if you manage the power well. (The minimum is about 27 hours, with the MCU and radio running non-stop at full power.)
If you're using WiFi, we generally expect that you'll leave your Lead Scout plugged in. That WiFi module sucks up a lot of power—which is why we based Pinoccio's mesh networking on lightweight radio instead!
So, what other strategies will give you the best bang for your battery?
- Adjust the mesh power. Experiment with different radio power settings, to find the lowest one that will work for your configuration.
- Choose sensors and other hardware with an eye to their power efficiency.
- If you really need something that lasts incredibly long, you could try swapping out the battery for a different one. However, there are lots of guidelines and warnings to help you do this safely! Read through the whole (short) documentation section first—or risk damaging your Scouts.
- You can keep tabs on battery life using these commands. It may help you get a sense for how power is being handled and make improvements accordingly.
Now, go forth and sense your world!
Image: Battery by Thomas Le Bas from The Noun Project