widgetphreak wrote: ↑
Thu May 23, 2019 5:07 pm
To complicate matters further, Frys Electronics
in the US is selling Power Supplies for the RPi made by a company called Rhino
... the box specifically says "Supports Raspberry Pi 2,3, 3B,& 3B+
Don't believe the box
... I bought a 3B+ from Frys and that adapter to go with it... got it home, downloaded fresh image... Powered it up... yellow lightningbolt the entire time. Installed Kodi... menu browsing slow as heck... try to queue a playlist of videos... significantly longer pause between videos. Install emulation station... load up Tony Hawk on PS-ONE... game freezes for a solid second every 19 seconds or so.
I've been running the thing under-clocked for the last month just to get by... and I've finally decided to just offer it up for trade on Facebook Marketplace locally for a 3B [nonplus]. I can power my other 3B from a USB Battery Power Brick no problem... the 3B+ won't even load the OS while being powered by a USB Battery. I hope Element 14 is not planning to completely discontinue the 3B [nonplus] because honestly it is NOT worth all these Power Supply hassles... and losing the ability to Power it from an off-the-shelf USB Battery just to gain Gigabit Ethernet and a couple extra Mhz.
Sorry about your Rhino problems. Age old wisdom I learned in school is that the way to stop a rhino from charging is to take away its credit card. Unfortunately, it was not discussed in school how to make a Rhino charge, which seems closer to what you need.
I think it is possible to disable the gigabit Ethernet and down clock the Pi 3B+ to reach power-consumption levels and functionality similar to the 3B. That way you can retain the other benefits of the 3B+ which include better heat dissipation and regulation of the internal 3V supply used to power the SOC.