About this project
I started out with the simple goal of wanting to automate a few things around the home starting with my vertical garden using a Raspberry Pi.
With that goal in mind I decided to make a 16 bay relay board so I could control as many devices as possible from a single point. It was then I found how much space this would take up, and how long it would take to wire up and it became impractical.
So the next logical step was to look into making my own PCB. I noticed that virtually all the devices I wanted to control ran on 12V, I also noticed how many spare ATX power supplies I had lying around and the gears in my head started turning.
Why not combine an ATX power supply and a Raspberry Pi?
So the Pi Power Board was born !!
It has 12V DC jacks on one side, an “off the shelf” 16 Channel relay in the middle, and an ATX power supply up the front powering the lot.
As time went on I developed more and more features and decided the best place for all this to live would be in a standard PC case, so I made it mountable.
I have spent a few months growing the idea and features and now have a circuit diagram and board layout fully designed by a professional PCB creator.
This board will make automation so much easier, you just need to mount it, plug in your Pi and ATX Power supply, and your good to go with no messy wiring
I hope you can use this to create something great, and when you do share your ideas, I would love to see what you can all do with it