Unicorn HAT Additional Power


#1

I was just wondering if the Unicorn HAT could be provided with additional power in a similar way to the MOTE sticks? Or would that be impossible due to different hardware?

I have mine in one of those IKEA projector lamps and was curious about boosting the brightness.


#2

No, it’s not possible to power them off externally. You don’t really want them at full beam in any case, the heat dissipated would literally be capable of melting components off the board!

Check first that your script uses the maximum brightness possible, and if that is still not enough, you may attempt to hack the library to remove the brightness cap - but you’d be on your own, with power comes great responsibility*

*including that of not burning down your house - don’t leave unattended or for extended period at full beam!