In this video educ8s.tv show us how to make Arduino power off itself with the help of a simple circuit!
If you have watched some of my previous videos you will know that I like my projects to have minimal power consumption so that we can use them with batteries for a long period of time. One of the biggest disadvantages of the Arduino boards is that they need a lot of current even when in idle state. This Arduino Uno board for example needs about 40mA when idle and about 20mA if we put the Atmega chip to sleep. That’s a lot of power, so, it will deplete any battery in a few days. So, I wanted a circuit that will let Arduino to turn off itself instead of putting it to sleep in order to conserve power. After a lot of experimentation and googling I finished a first basic version of this circuit. Let’s see it action.
Arduino Auto Power off. Make Arduino power off itself! – [Link]