Kitronik ZIP Halo for the BBC micro:bit

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Kitronik ZIP Halo plus BBC micro:bit

large zip halo for the bbc microbit+ large bbc microbit board only

Total: £21.99ex VAT

Description

AttributeValue
PCB Diameter 80mm.
PCB Component Count 24 ZIP LEDs.
PCB Thickness 1.5mm.
Voltage Nominal (V) 4V.
Voltage Range (V) 3.5V-5V.
Current Max at Nominal Voltage (mA) 50mA at 5V per LED.
Built in blocking diode Yes.

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Further Information

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Q:
Is it possible to program this to work with an Arduino Uno R3 or Nano? If so, what driver libraries need to be installed?
Asked by: Tim
A:
Thank you for your question, the LEDs on this board are WS12812B Addressable LEDs from Adafruit so are Arduino compatible it would just need you to wire it up. In terms of libraries you can use the Adafruit Neopixel Library to control those LEDs which is on the link below.

https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit_NeoPixel

Answered by: Cullen Lewis
09-Jul-20

Q:
Would it be safe to leave the Halo powered and connecting the micro:bit to USB at the same time for code upload? Is there a fuse or MPPT on the Halo?
Asked by: Bill
A:

Thank you for your question, it would be safe to do so as the micro:bit includes circuitry to make sure it only draws power from one source at a time, generally defaulting to the USB port.



Answered by: Cullen Lewis
18-Jun-20

Q:
Hey, would a power supply rated at 5.5V be harmful?
Asked by: Sats
A:
Hi Sats,

We wouldn't recommend going over 5V. The maximum that the data sheet suggests for the LEDs we use is 5.3V so you might get away with it but you could also very easily burn out your LEDs.

Best Regards

Cullen
Answered by: Cullen Lewis
12-Aug-19

Q:
where can i get the enclosure?
Asked by: tom jenquin
A:
Hi,
We don't actually sell any of the enclosures. my apologies.
Many thanks
Answered by: Rebecca Diamond
07-Jan-19

Q:
Can I use an old USB power supply to power the ZIP Halo with?
Asked by: Claus Heisterberg
A:
Hi Claus,

Thank you for your question, in theory yes. The USB would supply 5V to the board you would need to cut an end off of the USB strip the wire back and then solder onto the power points on the ZIP halo and this should run without a problem.

Best Regards

Cullen
Answered by: Cullen Lewis
29-Oct-18

Q:
Can the zip halo draw power from the microbit itself, via the micro USB?

Or does it need to have its own independent power supply?
Asked by: Satish Patel
A:
Hi Satish, The ZIP Halo needs a voltage supply between 3.5-5V so it wouldn't be possible for the micro:bit to power the board. Instead the ZIP Halo board has been designed so that you power this via the power connections on the board and it then supplies a regulated voltage into the micro:bit directly.
Answered by: Michael Lockhart
26-Jul-18

Q:
How bright is the light, if all are on white, full brightness?

Would it be bright enough for my children to make a reading light?

(They wanted to make a dimmable reading / mood / pattern light to put on wall by their bed)
Asked by: Mark
A:
Hi Mark, When all the LEDs are on full brightness on white you would achieve around 44,400 mCd. So it would be very bright, we would suggest having the brightness turned down to create the mood light you are looking for. As an indication of how bright they are the photo on this page shows 5 of the same LEDs turn up full brightness on white, https://www.kitronik.co.uk/blog/automatic-headlights-for-move-mini The ZIP halo has 24 LEDs in total.
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27-Mar-18

Q:
If I power the microbit through the Halo it doesn't startup unless I give the microbit power from some other source first, which I can then remove. I read that there is protection in the power supply from the Halo to the BBC:microbit - hwo is this supposed to work?
Asked by: Chris
A:
Hi Chris, There could be a couple of issues that spring to mind but without further details it would be difficult to confirm for sure the problem. As such if you drop an email through to support@kitronik.co.uk with details on what the Halo board is being powered with and where it is connected, what the micro:bit is being powered from to get it to started and that the screws are secure.
Answered by: Michael Lockhart
29-Jan-18

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