Pocket Powerbox Advance (PPBADV) is a welcome addition to our “Powerbox” product series. Proudly stands between Pocket and Ultimate Powerbox and it has been designed to provide advanced features than Pocket Powerbox in a good price and in a more compact / quality design.

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Feature List of Pocket Powerbox Advance:

icons8 tick box 40 4 x 12V DC Power outlets for your equipment (A single channel to switch all four outputs ON/OFF via software)
icons8 tick box 40 12 Amps of total distributed current
icons8 tick box 40 Adjustable Output (3, 5, 8, 9, 12Volt) / 3Amps (Can be switched ON/OFF) Power your DSLR / Mirrorless camera
icons8 tick box 40 Embedded Powered USB3 Hub – 4 x USB3 Ports or 3 x USB2 Ports Available
icons8 tick box 40 1 x Power USB Port (up to 3Amps) – Suitable for Raspberry PI 3/4 power
icons8 tick box 40 Port (RJ12) for external accessories (E.g External Focus Controller)
icons8 tick box 40 2 Channels PWM Dew Heaters – RCA Outputs (Tune levels via software)
icons8 tick box 40 Humidity and Temperature Sensor (included)
icons8 tick box 40 Auto Tune Dew Heater Channels
icons8 tick box 40 Reverse Polarity Protection
icons8 tick box 40 USB / PC Controlled or Standalone Operation out of the box
icons8 tick box 40 Lightweight and extremely compact aluminium enclosure

4 x 12V DC Power outlets for your equipment

A powerful mosfet transistor provides “electric juice” to your precious equipment. It supply of electricity 4 outputs. Can switch on/off all 12V outputs (not individually).

This single channel can provide up to 10Amps of current to all ports. Current is shared among the 4 x 12V ports

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Adjustable Regulated Output

An adjustable output is suitable to provide power to your DSLR / Mirrorless camera / or your RPI3/4. You can tune the voltage to different levels (3,5,8,9,12 Volts). Please note that we provide a wide range of battery couplers for Canon, Nikon, Sony, FUJI Cameras

Built in Voltmeter

A precise voltmeter measures and displays in real time your input voltage. If the input is more than 14.5V, the power is instantly cut off to protect your equipment.

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Built in Amp-meter

An Amp-meter placed after the DC input reports the total electric current.
Moreover there are three additional amp-meters: One for the 12V outputs and two for the Dew Heater Channels. This allows you to easily monitor detailed and overall power consumption of your equipment.

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More than 12A of total electric current

Controller has been designed to support up to 12 Amps of total electric current. Please note that a usual backyard astrophotographic setup requires 5-7 Amps

Standalone Operation

Pocket Powerbox Advance can work “out of the box” as a standalone device. Just plug the cables and you are ready to go. So, If you don’t like to connect a PC every time, you don’t have to. Simple as that!

Two channel duty cycle PWM outputs

Two Pulse width modulation (PWM) outlets are capable to provide power to your “thirsty” Dew Heaters. No more moisture fuzzing your equipment and destroying your clear nights. These outlets can be remote controlled from your laptop using the supplied software.

Auto Adjustment of PWM (Dew Outputs)

Controller can auto adjust the heater power levels by consulting the environmental sensor Dew Point reading. Just click “Auto” and leave to Pocket Powerbox to decide if it is time to turn on and precise tune the level of your dew heaters.

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Embedded USB3 Hub – 4 x USB3 Ports

A powered USB3 Hub at the back of the device provides 4 x USB3 SuperSpeed Ports. *
Hub supports Hi-Speed (HS), Full Speed (FS) and Low Speed (LS). The new SuperSpeed hubs operate in parallel with the USB 2.0 controller, so 5 Gbps SuperSpeed data transfers are not affected by slower USB 2.0 traffic.

* Please notice that only 3 out of 4 USB Ports are compatible to USB2 devices

Important Note:
A large number of USB3 Cameras from QHY and ZWO require USB2 signalling before switching to USB3.
These cameras are not going to work into USB Port1.
Please ask your camera manufacturer if your camera works into a USB3 (only) native port.

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1 x USB High Power Output

A special USB Port provides 5.2V/3Amps. You can connect any device that requires 5V. E.g a Raspberry PI 3/4 or Intel Compute Stick M3/M5 can receive power from this port

Expansion Port (EXT)

EXT (expansion) port is available for device expansion. This RJ12 socket allows the connectivity of current and future Pegasus Astro products. Plugged devices can be controlled from Pocket Powerbox Advance standalone software or dedicated ASCOM driver.

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Compact Aluminium Enclosure

A high quality robust, blue anodised aluminium enclosure houses the electronics of the Pocket Powerbox Advance. Size is 100mm x 71mm x 24mm. Weights 250 grams.

ASCOM 6 Fully supported

Pocket Powerbox Advance fully supports ASCOM6. In combination with our main program which acts as a server you can use our latest ASCOM 6.5 supplied drivers to:

  • Report environmental settings to supported software (e.g Sequence Generator Pro / MaximDL )  (ASCOM ObservingConditions)
  • Switch ON / OFF 12V outputs, Adjustable Output, Tune Dew Heaters. (ASCOM Switches)

INDI Fully supported

Pocket powerbox fully supports INDI, Bundle it with Stellarmate or any other device that can use INDILib.

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Led Indications for power failure status

Led can blink in patterns to warn you regarding important power issues (e.g over or under voltage). Moreover light can be turned off using the software. Our led is very dim but in case you don’t like it on you can switch it off via the software.

Power Cables are included in the package

Four power cable of DC 2.1mm to 2.1mm male (1m) are included in the package.

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External Environmental Sensor

External temperature & relative humidity sensor is included in the package. Know exactly the environment conditions of your location.  Temperature, humidity and dew point measurements are displayed in the software.

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Connect the device to your laptop/PC and control Pocket Powerbox from the supplied software or ASCOM drivers

Reverse Polarity Protection

Device has been design with a reverse voltage polarity protection. It will definitely save your night if you accidentally connect the main power supply in reverse polarity!

Watchdog

A hardware watchdog resets the device if for any reason there is no response from the controller for two seconds. A neat feature in the unlikely event of a controller freeze – when you have a remote observatory and you need to be certain that everything works as expected.

Upgradable Firmware

Device is firmware upgradable to support future features and bug fixes.

Mounting accessories

Optional mounting accessories (brackets and top plate) are now available. Made by black anodised aluminium

Pair of Mounting Brackets

Dovetail Installation Guide

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SKU: PEG-BRACK-PPBA

Top Plate for Accessories

Top Plate Installation Guide

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An example of stacking PPB Advance with USB Control Hub

In the box

 

Pocket Powerbox Advance Controller ✔
External Temperature / Humidity Sensor ✔
4 x Power DC 2.1 to 2.1 male cable (1m) ✔
DC Cable to Cigarette Lighter Adapter (10A fused) ✔
USB3 Cable Type B (1.8m) ✔

Dimensions

Size (Width , Depth, Height) 100mm x 73mm x 25mm
Weight 300g

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