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.

Feature List of Pocket Powerbox Advance:

4 x 12V DC Power outlets for your equipment (A single channel to switch all four outputs 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 all 12V outputs (not individually).

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 Amp-meter

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

Important Note: A large number of USB3 Cameras like QHY require USB2 discovery before switching to USB3. These cameras are not going to work into USB Port1.

Please ask your camera manufacturer if your camera works into a USB3 (only) native port.

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

Expansion Port (EXT)

EXT (expansion) port is available for device expansion. This RJ12 socket allows the connectivity of current and future Pegasus Astro products. Plugged devices can be controlled from Pocket Powerbox Advance standalone software or dedicated ASCOM driver.

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.

Mounting accessories

Optional mounting accessories (brackets and top plate) are now available. Made by black anodised aluminium

Pair of Mounting Brackets

Dovetail Installation Guide

SKU: PEG-BRACK-PPBA

Top Plate for Accessories

Top Plate Installation Guide

SKU:PEG-TOPPLATE-PPBA
An example of stacking PPB Advance with USB Control Hub

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 (10A fused)
USB3 Cable Type B (1.8m)

Dimensions

Size (Width , Depth, Height)100mm x 73mm x 25mm
Weight300g

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, You can drive lots of stepper motors in the astro-market by using the eXternal Motor Controller was designed to expand the focus capabilities of the Ultimate Powerbox v2 (supports a 2nd focus controller).

Supported Motors

We have successfully tested and controlled the following stepper motors:

Please note that each motor requires its own cable due to different pin-out selection of each manufacturer. * We optionally provide any of these cables. Check cable type SKU at below table.

STEPPER MOTORCABLE TYPE
Pegasus Motor Focus (v1 & v2)Straight RJ45 Network Cable
Starlight HSM 25 / 30 / 35PEG-CMOT-HSM
Starlight MSM 25 / 30 / 35PEG-CMOT-MSM
Starizona Micro-TouchPEG-CMOT-MSM
Rigel nStep MotorsPEG-CMOT-MSM
Moonlite Stepper MotorPEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Robofocus Stepper MotorPEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Lakeside Stepper MotorPEG-CMOT-RJ45DB9
Lacerta MotorPEG-CMOT-LCRT

Yes 100%. There are native drivers for both platforms.

Ultimate Powerbox and Ultimate Powerbox v2 have a 3rd party X2 Plugin that works flawlessly with TheSkyX.

TheSkyX X2 plugin for Ultimate Powerbox v2
TheSkyX X2 plugin for Ultimate Powerbox (v1)

Please check https://pegasusastro.com/support/ for more information

No, Powerbox relays and distributes power from an external power source. It does not have batteries inside so it cannot store energy.

UPBv1: 6th USB port deliver up to 3Amps of current

UPBv2: Each USB port provides up to 2.5Amps of current.

Powerbox Advance: First USB3 native port can deliver up to 3Amps. All other USB3 ports deliver up to 900mA

Please check our powerful and dead accurate Motor Focus Kit (Universal or SCT model)

All electronic components are selected to support temperature ranges from -40 to +80 °C. Moreover, UPBv2 USB3.1 Hub controller is an industrial grade model which fully complies with this temperature range.

All of our Powerbox products have an input reverse polarity protection. Device will not power on and of course will not allow any voltage to leak to outputs.

All Powerbox products have an internal protection for their 12V outputs. In less that 5 milisecs controller will cut off the power of the output and a warning message will be appeared on the software.

Device has a USB short-circuit / overcurrent protection per port. It will instantly isolate/disable the selected USB port. Just remove the USB device and replug it to bring it to life.

We strongly suggest to use our certificed 12V/10A sealed type power supply unit.. Cheap PSU might cause voltage drops on high load and introduce ripple effect. This will cause issues and artefacts to your precious CCD Camera.
A battery (deep cycle type is suggested) is also an option but you will have to calculate your average load and the time you can use the battery.

We really don’t support this idea. Why to buy something and pay noticeable amount of money for a mini PC that will be obsolete (for its specification) after 6-12 months? We strongly suggest to just get a mini factor PC (E.g Intel NUC), plug it on a 12V output and use it as your astro-computer.! If you don’t like it after some time, buy another one with higher specs and lower price for sure! Check the user shots for an example of this approach!

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