Monthly Archives: January 2015

Raspberry Pi Wallet?

My Wife bought me a “Charging Wallet”. It is a Halo2cloud 3000ma inside a wallet. It had a micro B USB connector so I powered up an Raspberry Pi A+ on it. I plugged a rather large USB WiFi into also. The Battery has a power switch on it which is a nice feature.

EDIT: This Wallet is sold under various names. It is not shown on the HALO2CLOUD as a product but can be found in the FAQS. Charge-it 3000, Pocket Power 3000. The Battery itself is labeled Pocket Power 3000. Instructions here

The Battery and the board on top of the Wallet. There are  headphones plugged in to it!

The Battery and the board on top of the Wallet. There are headphones plugged in to it!

I connected to it by SSH. I was playing Weird Al Yankovich’s “Amish Paradise”.

Here it is inside the Wallet!

Battery in its niche inside the Wallet!

Battery in its niche inside the Wallet!

Now carrying out an upgrade running on the Battery.

Raspi-Wallet3

Remove some connectors (HDMI, GPIO Pins and USB) to reduce its thickness and it would all fit into the wallet. Maybe an ADAFRUIT touch screen attached? You have a RasPi-Wallet!

My wife would kill me if I cut up her Christmas gift. I posted these pictures as I thought some of you would get a kick out of this!

12/29/14
Well I did it to myself again. I just ordered a Charge-it 3000 Wallet.
I also ordered some stuff from Adafruit.

Model A+ Raspberry Pi (A+ #2)
PiTFT capacitive touchscreen
Miniature WiFi (802.11b/g/n) Module: For Raspberry Pi
GPIO Ribbon Cable for Raspberry Pi Model A+/B+ (40 pins)

I did not order a camera, yet.

Plan of attack for this project:
It will be powered through the micro B USB. Remove GPIO pins and USB Connector to reduce the overall height. I will solder into the GPIO with the ribbon cable to the PiTFT. I will extend the USB port out to the end of the Wallet by soldering a pigtail into the USB points on the PCB. I will leave the audio and the HDMI connectors in place. The PiTFT will be cut into the outer wallet and glued under it with Contact cement. So it will be a display in a leather frame. The A+ will be in the billfold area. I will probably have to remove some of the wallets credit card slots to reduce the thickness of the Wallet. I would like to leave at least one to store extra Micro SD cards. At least one card will be a Raspbian image and another will be setup with Pirate Box. If I find enough room left over I may also install a camera board. Storage is going to be limited by the fact that the USB is going to be filled with a WiFi dongle. So large class 6 cards will probably be the best bet.

There will be a way to stand the Wifi side of the wallet up when it is used as a pirate box server. Most likely a strap that will allow it to lean against. Normally it will be velcroed shut.

I will probably cut out a leather ring to put around the A+ to help prevent crushing the connectors left on the board. This will be contact cemented into the Wallet. The RasPi will then be slipped into that. You still will not be able to carry this wallet in a back pocket unless you want a crushed electronic mess!

I decide to leave the HDMI as I saw an article where the PiTFT and a HDMI display can be used simultaneously. This might be a bit much with only 256MB on the A+.

When I start the build, after the parts and pieces gets here, I will move to a different Forum.

Stuff is on the way, but the Holidays are going to delay some of it. So there will probably be some work starting in about a week to 10 days!