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What is Always On Mode?

Always On means that the output of the battery or power bank does not shut off after a set amount of time. It stays on.

When shipped, most of our batteries are in Auto Off Mode. They are designed to shut themselves off after about 20 minutes of little or no power draw. This will usually occur if the device they are charging is full or is disconnected from the battery. To re-activate the output, the power button on the battery must be pressed. This helps conserve power in the battery.

However, there are times when you want to prevent the battery or power bank from shutting off when there is little to no power draw. With an Always On battery, you could power GPS tracking devices, perform time-lapse photography with GoPro and other cameras, or run Arduinos and Raspberry Pis. Essentially, if you want to power a device over several days, weeks, or months without human intervention, then the Always-On Mode is a good fit.

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Which Voltaic batteries have Always On Mode?

Our V15 and V44 USB batteries. They both have 5 Volt output ranging from 1A to 2A.

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What happens when the Voltaic battery drains completely?

The battery will shut off if it drains completely. Once the battery builds up a bit of a buffer and is partially charged (about twenty minutes of good sun), it will turn itself on again.

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How do I switch into and out of Always-On Mode?

Auto-Off: The battery ships in Auto-Off mode. To turn the battery on, press the Power Button once. It will turn off automatically after 20 minutes if little or no power is being drawn. Alternatively, double click the power button to turn the output off immediately.

Always-On: To override the Auto-Off mode, hold the power button for 6 seconds. The LEDs on the display will flash three times and then show the power level. The battery will no longer turn off automatically. Note, slightly more power is consumed in this mode. If left for an extended period of time, you should connect it to a power source like one of our our 6 Volt solar panel kits. To exit Always-On mode, hold the power button for 6 seconds. The LEDs on the battery will flash three times and then turn off.

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How do I power an Always On battery in the field?

Let's say you want to run a GoPro or Arduino for a month without intervention. You can use portable solar panels to power up the V15 or V44 battery and the battery will power the GoPro or Arduino. To accurately size the panels and battery, you will need to spec out the power draw of your device and estimate how much power you are going to generate. Feel free to send the details of your situation to our tech support form and we will give you a recommendation.

Here's a short video demonstrating always-on mode:

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