Power off from an Arduino Sketch using the Pololu Power Switch




If you need an Arduino to shut off from within your Sketch, this is the solution.

We will explore wiring the Pololu Pushbutton Power Switch, programming the Arduino to shut off the power, and making the unit “power on” only.

Pololu Power Switch




The Pololu Pushbutton Power Switch comes in two versions – the SV version geared towards 4.5V-20V range, and the LV which specifies 2.5V-7.0V range. I will use a 9V battery for this demo, and thus the SV version of the power switch.

Webpage for the Pololu Pushbutton Power Switch

Step 1: Getting familiar with the Pololu Power Switch

The power switch has 2 connectors each for GND, VIN and VOUT, allowing multiple attachment points for your projects. A digital connection labeled OFF allows a 5V signal to turn the unit off. The kit comes with 0.1″ headers, making insertion into a Solderless Breadboard effortless, or into a 18-pin DIP for your project.

It also sports 2 connectors for a momentary contact switch, allowing you to use the provided switch directly on the board, or solder your own leads for a switch (or switches) separate from the unit.

Step 2: Setting up the Pololu Power Switch

Attach the 9V battery leads Red to VIN, Black to GND on the Pololu Power Switch

I used a 2.1mm male power jack to plug directly into the Arduino, which regulates the voltage to something the Arduino can handle easily. GND on the Pololu Power Switch goes to the outer connector on the power jack, and VOUT (Red) goes to the inner connector. (See photo)

Pressing the momentary contact switch should power up the Arduino. A second press should turn it off. This is the same behaviour as a standard On/Off switch.

You can choose to either solder the included momentary contact switch to the PCB, or wire it separately to the Breadboard. Wiring it separately means you can use a different momentary contact switch, and/or mount it to your project cabinet. In the early shots of this project, I mounted the momentary contact switch to the PCB for simplicity of the photos, but in the later shots the momentary contact switch is mounted on the Solderless breadboard.

Major Components in Project

1 – Arduino (I am using an UNO R3 for this Demo)
2 – Solderless Breadboard
3 – Pololu Pushbutton Power Switch SV
4 – 9V battery and holder with power leads
5 – 2.1mm male power jack to plug directly into the Arduino

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