Posts: 1
Joined: Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:32 am

Power through 5v GPIO

Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:46 am

Hello everyone,
i have a question related to power supply. Can i draw power through 5v GPIO? I saw the raspberry pi 3 model b+ schematics (https://www.raspberrypi.org/documentati ... educed.pdf) but i can't find a real motivation of why i cannot.

P.S. i tried to power up through GPIO but i had a lot of problems like: card reader not working and after few days i tried on another raspberry with the same power supply method and i had SD card corrupted


User avatar
Posts: 14660
Joined: Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:09 pm
Location: UK

Re: Power through 5v GPIO

Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:11 am

All the Pi GPIO are 3V3. If you feed 5V into a Pi GPIO you are likely to destroy the GPIO and the Pi.

You can power by supplying 5V to a 5V pin on the expansion header (i.e. supply power to the 5V rail and ground).

User avatar
Posts: 5195
Joined: Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:53 am
Location: Aloha, Oregon USA

Re: Power through 5v GPIO

Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:16 am

Yes, you can power a Pi through the GPIO header +5V DC and Ground pins.
pi3_gpio.jpg (88.86 KiB) Viewed 400 times
Your troubles were likely caused by a poor or inadequate power supply.
My mind is like a browser. 27 tabs are open, 9 aren't responding,
lots of pop-ups...and where is that annoying music coming from?

User avatar
Posts: 912
Joined: Sat Aug 27, 2011 1:16 pm

Re: Power through 5v GPIO

Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:09 am

However doing that you will bypass the polyfuse that gives you a certain amount of protection.

Return to “Troubleshooting”