Pocket Powerbox Advance


Pocket Powerbox Advance (PPBADV) is a welcome addition to our “Powerbox” product series. Proudly stands between Pocket and Ultimate Powerbox and it has been designed to provide advanced features than Pocket Powerbox in a good price and in a more compact / quality design.

Launch Date: End of March 2020 -> End of April
Minimum Advertised Price: USD $329

Feature List of Pocket Powerbox Advance:

4 x 12V DC Power outlets for your equipment (ON/OFF via software)
12 Amps of total distributed current
Adjustable Output (3, 5, 8, 9, 12Volt) / 3Amps (Can be switched ON/OFF) Power your DSLR / Mirrorless camera
Embedded Powered USB3 Hub – 4 x USB3 Ports or 3 x USB2 Ports Available
1 x Power USB Port (up to 3Amps) – Suitable for Raspberry PI 3/4 power
Port (RJ12) for external accessories (E.g External Focus Controller)
2 Channels PWM Dew Heaters – RCA Outputs (Tune levels via software)
Humidity and Temperature Sensor (included)
Auto Tune Dew Heater Channels
Reverse Polarity Protection
USB / PC Controlled or Standalone Operation out of the box
Lightweight and extremely compact aluminium enclosure

4 x 12V DC Power outlets for your equipment

A powerful mosfet transistor provides “electric juice” to your precious equipment. It supply of electricity 4 outputs. Can switch on/off for all ports.

Adjustable Regulated Output

An adjustable output is suitable to provide power to your DSLR or Mirrorless camera. You can tune the voltage to different levels (3,5,8,9,12 Volts). We also provide different battery couplers for Canon, Nikon, Sony, FUJI Cameras

Built in Voltmeter

A precise voltmeter measures and displays in real time your input voltage. If the input is more than 14V, the power is instantly cut off to protect your equipment.

Built in Ampmeters

An Amp-meter placed on the input reports the total current consumed.
Moreover there are three additional amp-meters. One for the 12V outputs and two for the Dew Heater Channels. Now you can monitor the detailed power consumption of your equipment

More than 12A of total current

Controller has been designed to support up to 12 Amps of total current.

Standalone Operation

Pocket Powerbox Advance can work “out of the box” as a standalone device. Just plug the cables and you are ready to go. So, If you don’t like to connect a PC every time, you don’t have to. Simple as that!

Two channel duty cycle PWM outputs

Two Pulse width modulation (PWM) outlets are capable to provide power to your “thirsty” Dew Heaters. No more moisture fuzzing your equipment and destroying your clear nights. These outlets can be remote controlled from your laptop using the supplied software.

Auto Adjustment of PWM (Dew Outputs)

Controller can auto adjust the heater power levels by consulting the environmental sensor Dew Point reading. Just click “Auto” and leave to Pocket Powerbox to decide if it is time to turn on and precise tune the level of your dew heaters.

Embedded USB3 Hub – 4 x USB3 Ports

A powered USB3 Hub at the back of the device provides 4 x USB3 SuperSpeed Ports. *
It supports Hi-Speed (HS), Full Speed (FS) and Low Speed (LS). The new SuperSpeed hubs operate in parallel with the USB 2.0 controller, so 5 Gbps SuperSpeed data transfers are not affected by slower USB 2.0 traffic.

* Please notice that only 3 out of 4 USB Ports are compatible to USB2 devices

1 x USB High Power Output

A special USB Port provides 5.2V/3Amps. You can connect any device that requires 5V. E.g a Raspberry PI 3/4 or Intel Compute Stick M3/M5 can receive power from this port

Compact Aluminium Enclosure

A high quality robust, blue anodised aluminium enclosure houses the electronics of the Pocket Powerbox Advance. Size is 100mm x 71mm x 24mm. Weights 250 grams.

ASCOM 6 Fully supported

Pocket Powerbox Advance fully supports ASCOM6. In combination with our main program which acts as a server you can use our latest ASCOM 6.4 supplied drivers to:

  • Pass environmental settings to supported software (e.g Sequence Generator Pro / MaximDL )  (ASCOM ObservingConditions)
  • Switch ON or OFF all 12V outputs. (ASCOM Switches)

INDI Fully supported

Pocket powerbox fully supports INDI, Bundle it with Stellarmate or any other device that can use INDILib.

Led Indications for power and failure states

Led can blink in patterns to warn you regarding important power issues (e.g over or under voltage). Moreover light can be turned off using the software. Our led is very dim but in case you don’t like it on you can switch it off via the software.

Power Cables are included in the package

Four power cable of DC 2.1mm to 2.1mm male (1m) are included in the package.

External Environmental Sensor

External temperature & relative humidity sensor is included in the package. Know exactly the environment conditions of your location.  Temperature, humidity and dew point measurements are displayed in the software.

Connect the device to your laptop/PC and control Pocket Powerbox from the supplied software or ASCOM drivers

Reverse Polarity Protection

Device has been design with a reverse voltage polarity protection. It will definitely save your night if you accidentally connect the main power supply in reverse polarity!

Watchdog

A hardware watchdog resets the device if for any reason there is no response from the controller for two seconds. A neat feature in the unlikely event of a controller freeze – when you have a remote observatory and you need to be certain that everything works as expected.

Upgradable Firmware

Device is firmware upgradable to support future features and bug fixes.

In the box

Pocket Powerbox Advance Controller
External Temperature / Humidity Sensor
4 x Power DC 2.1 to 2.1 male cable (1m)
DC Cable to Cigarette Lighter Adapter (8A fused)
USB3 Cable Type B (1.8m)