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How do I power my Remix Mini?

In the package, we provide a power adapter which covers universal international standards (input 100-240V, output ~5V).

Plug the plug adapter side into the electrical socket and the other end into the Remix Mini power jack to power on your Mini.

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    Michael Erickson

    After shutting down, how do you turn the mini back on?

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    Carlos Romero

    Can it be powered with from a USB port? For example, my computer powers the Mini.

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    Mark A. Terry

    Michael Erickson, tap the Remix label on top of the mini to have it boot back up.

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    Derrick Goh

    My mini does not boot up after I click restart and however I tap on the top of the remix mini. And I wonder what the led light indicator means when it lights up, and when blinking.

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    Daniel Dambrowski

    My remix can't turn off, it is immediately turned on, I am preoccupied about the harm it can cause to the system, it's better to turn off when it is in standby?

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    Mike Buckley

    I used a usb cable with two usb plugs (from an external harddisk enclosure) and soldered a power supply jack on the other end. 4 mm 1.7 mm diameter from Conrad / Maplin / electronics supplier of your choice. My TV is the Remix monitor and has USB ports. It works perfectly!

    Cheers Mike

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    Ajasei7

    My monitor is not supported by Remix Mini, I can't operate it without display device. How to turn it off? just plug out the power?

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    rc Kung

    Since I got this machine last year, it is not easy to turn it on.

    The instruction says tap on top. I can tap it for a minute without any response until I unplug the power and plug it in few seconds later.

    Could you tell me how to formally tap it to turn on? One finger, two fingers, tap once, tap twice, tap many times? Thanks.

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    gg law

    Jide never answered the old post about USB port powering the Mini...  Seems replies here are months in between.

     

    What are the exact power requirements for this device?  5V and 1-3A or something like that?  If we had specific requirements there would be ways to conveniently power them through USB to 5V adapters to use these like chrome-cast type machines.

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    Carlos Romero

    Can't you grab your included power brick and see the output rating? In case you can't, it's 5v 2A. You could use a MicroUSB to DC barrel adapter to use a phone charger.

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    gg law

    Thx Carlos - it does say 5V 2a on the power brick but I think when a device says 2a it actually works fine within a certain range like the Raspberry Pi can function from below 1a to above 2a depending on how intense the application is.  For specific use cases if we know we're only going to use the mini as a Firestick or Chromecast type device we can predict lesser needs and do creative things with it if we were given more specifics.

     

    I was curious about the exact specs also because it's hard to tell what type of barrel size it is.  They come in 3.0 3.4 3.5 and 4.0mm as standard ones so it's hard from looking at the tip to guess which of these it is (i'm guessing it's between 3-4mm).  As a device made for techies as early adopters it would have been nice if they just told us the exact specs to tinker with easier.

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    Mike Buckley

    Hallo gg law,

    I wrote this a while ago describing how to power the Remix mini using a USB adapter:

    I used a usb cable with two usb plugs (from an external harddisk enclosure) and soldered a power supply jack on the other end. 4 mm external 1.7 mm internal diameter from Conrad / Maplin / electronics supplier of your choice. My TV is the Remix monitor and has USB ports. It works perfectly!

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    gg law

    awesome, thanks mike!  saves the rest of us time knowing the end is 4.0mm instead of guessing between 3.0 3.4, 3.5, 4.0mm lol.  I'm gonna try just the standard USB 5V to 4mm barrel to see how it works.  You're method is more advanced but this is the type of stuff early adopters like to tinker with!

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    Carlos Romero

    I don't think that 500 mA will be enough unless you want to use the barest of the bare minimums, lol.

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    gg law

    yea i was gonna test 1 and 2 usb ports out to dc barrel adapter, like this one:

    https://www.amazon.com/Lollipop-Female-Splitter-Charger-Cable/dp/B01IK7U74S/ref=sr_1_15?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1473032175&sr=1-15&keywords=usb+2+male+to+1+female

     

    USB charge hubs can put out up to 2a per port now, not sure how much is lost through the dc barrel conversion, but 2 USB slots to 1 barrel I'm pretty sure will power a Mini.  A single port can already power a Raspberry Pi 3.  My power meters are indicating 9-10W for 1 USB port so the combined extra power connectors will be 2-4A, 9-20W.  (not the USB port on the back of the TV,  more power from a charge hub or power bank).

     

    the combined 2 USB to 1 female port to connect the USB to DC 5V 4mm adapter I'm betting will easily power the Mini.  On the go you can even use the 2A mobile power banks and combine 2 outputs.  I just needed the barrel size.  

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JZ07NTQ/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3CMOOTCHB9X54

     

    this is the USB to 4mm barrel adapter premade.  Can you both the 2 USB to 1 female to 4mm all premade for under $10 with no work required.  Even less from Ebay like $2 each from china.  I will test this out and post results.  I'm guessing there will be sufficient power.

     The adapters are listed at combining power to 1A based on 2 computer USB ports data ports each supplying 500ma, but we aren't looking for data transfer so a lot more options are available such as power banks or charge hubs that are up to 2.5A per port.  Right now I'm at a hotel with the mini and the Raspberry Pi to mess around with and I always travel with my 5 port Tronsmart USB charger hub rated at 10 Amps total power or 2 Amps per port.  I know it sounds like nitpicking, but adding a proprietary random Power brick to my travel pack is kind of annoying when EVERYTHING that is mini or portable should come with USB power options in this day and age IMO.  Everyone travels with USB power charge hubs, so it just makes sense to make gadgets to work with these.  Any decent charge hub is 10-18W per port nowadays.   

     

     

     

     

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    gg law

    BTW Mike, it may be that sizes that are close to each other can work, but after doing some research on this, the actual power brick with the Mini looks more like the 3.5mm barrel.  Apparently there are color standards for the barrel sizes and 4.0mm is coded as yellow and 3.5mm is black and looks more like the mini power brick one.   Since they're so close in size, I'm guess there is ample contact using the 3.4 3.5 or 4.0mm.  I got both so can confirm which one seems the most exact (under $1 each from ebay china so pretty cheap experiment.)

     

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-to-3-5mm-DC-5V-Charger-Cable-Connector-Power-Supply-Charge-Adapter-Jack-USA-/151787772040?hash=item2357419888:g:uC0AAOSwuR5XPnMV

     

    All the adapters we've been talking about are under $1 each from ebay China, so I ordered both sizes to test with 1 or 2 USB inputs.  Will update in 2 weeks cuz China orders take several days to get here, but talk about cheap and easy alternatives lol.  

    I have multiple different types of power meters including USB ones so I can test what types of power/current is needed and provided by these combinations.

    Thanks again for the input.

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    Minorc

    Never mind how many times I plug in the mini it just won't start.

    Tapping in between plugins make no difference. Nothing happens!

    rc Kung said; It is not easy to turn on the mini ( see Sept.1 2016)

    Well this one does not turn on at all. I only wish they tested the darn thing before sending it out.

    Teddy

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    Gonçalo Nolasco

    Hi,

    did you find out the exact size of the barrel? Unfortunately I only ordered the 3.5 and it doesn't fit.

    Either this is not the right measure or they sent me the wrong cable. I've read it's not that unlikely to happen so can't say for sure.

    Thanks

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