How to connect a LiPo battery to a MicaSense Camera

This article will show you how to connect an external battery to your MicaSense Camera, if the battery uses an XT60 connector.

The table below summarizes the voltage requirements and recommended battery packs for each camera model.

  Voltage Range Recommended Battery
RedEdge-3 5.0 - 5.5 VDC USB Pack
RedEdge-M/MX 5.0 - 15.8 VDC 2S or 3S LiPo
Altum 5.2 - 25.2 VDC

2S LiPo

Altum-PT 7.0 - 25.2 VDC 3S or 4S LiPo
RedEdge-P 7.0 - 25.2 VDC 3S or 4S LiPo

For more information, please refer to these model specific guides: 

Most Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries come with an XT60 connector. Below is an example of a 5000mAh 11.1V LiPo battery with this yellow-colored connector. The smaller white connector is not used in this guide.

We recommend these over USB batteries, as they are more suited for powering our sensors.

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In order to connect your sensor to this battery directly, there are a few steps required to assemble the cable/connector that you will need. 

RedEdge-M/MX and Altum

The RedEdge-M/MX and Altum both employ 3-pin DF13 power connectors. The following section describes how to connect a LiPo battery to these connectors

What you need:

  1. A LiPo battery with an XT60 connector (Example)
  2. A soldering iron suitable for small electronics (Example)
  3. 60/40 Rosin Core solder (Example)
  4. XT60 connectors with heat shrink tubing (Example)
  5. The 3-pin DF13 power cable included with your sensor (image below) 
  6. Altum Only: 15cm Blue Breakout Connector for DLS2 And Power (Included in Integration Kit)
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    If you do not have this cable, or would like a spare, you can find this in our accessories page.

What to do:

Once you have all these components, you can now solder the red and black wires from the 3-pin DF13 power cable to the positive(+) and negative(-) terminals of the XT60 connector. Red is positive, black is negative. You can disregard the white cable in this 3-pin connector, as this is for triggering the camera with an external device.

This video from Hobby King is a great guideline for soldering wires on to XT60 connectors: 

 

If you are using a RedEdge-M or MX, you can connect the 3-pin DF13 cable directly into the `PWR/TRG` port on the camera. It will power on automatically once plugged in.

If you are using an Altum, the 3-pin DF13 power cable will not plug in directly into the camera, but instead will make use of the blue breakout connector seen below. If you need this cable, you can purchase it here

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Altum-PT and RedEdge-P

For specifics about connecting power to the Altum-PT or RedEdge-P, please refer to their respective integration guides here:

Altum-PT Integration Guide

RedEdge-P Integration Guide

 

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