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I'm new to the Pineapple game and was wondering about the Y cable included with my Nano.  I own an XPS 15 and the only two USB ports available on my laptop are on opposite sides.  Do I need to have both cables connected?  I tried it with the one main thicker section of the cable and it seemed to work just fine, but this is without running any modules.  Should I go buy an extension cable?  Or is USB 3.0 enough to power this thing?

 

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The usb3 should be enough for light to medium use. If you are going to max it out with clients and a bunch of modules in use at once i would suggest adding the extra power or use a battery pack.  the Nano needs 5v2a which equals 10w of power for full use.

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50 minutes ago, b0N3z said:

The usb3 should be enough for light to medium use. If you are going to max it out with clients and a bunch of modules in use at once i would suggest adding the extra power or use a battery pack.  the Nano needs 5v2a which equals 10w of power for full use.

Awesome thanks,

Any suggestions on battery packs?

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depends on how big you wanna go.  I use this for the nano.  Any battery that has at least 5v2a will do.  My bigger batteries are RAVpower 22000mah with 3 usb ports at 5v2.4a with a total of 5.8a if all ports are used and a Jackery Titan 20100mah with 2 5v3.4a ports.  I also power raspberry pi's with these also which is why i went that big with the batteries.

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On 3/17/2017 at 2:38 PM, b0N3z said:

depends on how big you wanna go.  I use this for the nano.  Any battery that has at least 5v2a will do.  My bigger batteries are RAVpower 22000mah with 3 usb ports at 5v2.4a with a total of 5.8a if all ports are used and a Jackery Titan 20100mah with 2 5v3.4a ports.  I also power raspberry pi's with these also which is why i went that big with the batteries.

Thanks for the response.  I was looking into buying the Dell Power Companion for my laptop which includes two usb charging ports at 5 V - 2.1 A.  You mention 5v2a, would 5v2.1a be too much?

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51 minutes ago, imesoj said:

Thanks for the response.  I was looking into buying the Dell Power Companion for my laptop which includes two usb charging ports at 5 V - 2.1 A.  You mention 5v2a, would 5v2.1a be too much?

No, Ive powered my nano with a 5v3.4a. As long as its 5v power supply, over powering is not a problem because the nano will only draw what it needs to run.  

So, as long as its a 5v2a+ you only need a single cable.  The Y-cable is included for cases where you have 2 5v1a batteries or your pc usb ports put out less than 5v2a.

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22 hours ago, b0N3z said:

No, Ive powered my nano with a 5v3.4a. As long as its 5v power supply, over powering is not a problem because the nano will only draw what it needs to run.  

So, as long as its a 5v2a+ you only need a single cable.  The Y-cable is included for cases where you have 2 5v1a batteries or your pc usb ports put out less than 5v2a.

Great thanks for the info.  I ended up just ordering the Jackery pack for now.  

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