Cyntech Pibrella for Raspberry Pi Lights Buzzer Switch I/O Pins


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About this product


  • An add-on board for Raspberry Pi with components built-in
  • Use the large traffic light LEDs and switch to send quick information
  • Built-in buzzer to make an audio alert

Product overview

• An add-on board for Raspberry Pi with components built-in
• Use the large traffic light LEDs and switch to send quick information
• Built-in buzzer to make an audio alert
• Adjust buzzer tone to create musical tunes
• Great for beginners to electronics and computing or hobbyists
• An excellent resource for school classrooms
• Eight pairs of extra input and output sockets allow for controlling motors
• Extra USB power to drive more powerful peripherals
• Compatible with all Raspberry Pi models of 26 pins or more
• Examples to guide you through using the Pibrella

What does the Pibrella add to my Raspberry Pi?
Interacting with your Raspberry Pi and seeing feedback is not normally possible without a screen and keyboard. The Pibrella is a fully assembled add-on breakout board which adds new interactive functions to your Raspberry Pi. It is half the size of the Raspberry Pi model B but houses an excellent range of components including three large LEDs styled like traffic lights and a large tactile switch for quick and simple communication.

For more complex projects, the Pibrella includes four input pairs of pins and four output pairs of pins, each with an LED indicator. The pins can drive motors and even components that are too powerful for the Raspberry Pi to normally be able to drive.

The school classroom is a great place to teach and learn about how to use the Pibrella. This is because there are immediately interactive and demonstrable parts which introduce inputs and outputs to the Raspberry Pi without need of a TV or monitor.

What can I use the Pibrella board for?
School classes and beginners to electronics can save a great deal of time by using the in-built components on the Pibrella instead of a breadboard. A lot of time can be spent trying to connect to the correct GPIO pin of the 26 available and connecting LEDs the wrong way around. The Pibrella eliminates all of these set-up problems and allows you to focus more on the processes and principles of computers interacting with the outside world.

The different components on the Pibrella are great for creating quick projects and understanding how computer programming can control electronics. Tutorials for Pibrella guide you through step by step examples with how to write programs to control the components. An example is the piezo buzzer, which has pre-set sounds that some people have used to play a doorbell jingle.

The coloured LEDs and other components are easily accessible by name when programming so that you simply need to type "buzzer" or "button" and don’t need to remember a GPIO number. The additional GPIO sockets built into the Pibrella can be powered by plugging an additional micro USB into the board. On a more advanced level, these additional sockets can be used for problem shooting electronic connections, with the Pibrella acting as a bridge to find the fault.

What kind of adaptability does the Pibrella offer?
You can adapt the Pibrella to whatever project you see fit. Example code is available in the Scratch and Python languages for you to modify and learn from to build your own project. Please see example code in Python here and example code for Scratch here. These scripts are powerful but simple to use.

The Pibrella has a micro USB port to allow you to connect extra power to the output GPIO connectors of the Pibrella. This could simply be a phone charger but if you do not have one, they are available here.

The Pibrella is compatible with Raspberry models that have Pi 26 GPIO pin or more. For 40 pin models, connect your Pibrella to the pins closest to the corner of the board.


Type of devices Add-on
Compatible with which Pi's? A, B, A+, B+ & Pi2
Pin outs -
Sockets GPIO
Voltage 3.3v-5v taken from Raspberry Pi
Current 500mA
Switching current N/A
Assembly required No
Soldering required No
Package Contents
Assembled Add-on board

I am looking to understand robotics by making a tracked 'vehicle' and a raspberry pi 2. Do I need any other 'boards'? How is this board powered? Might seem stupid questions but a novice moving into a world of new terminology and technology. Thanks

Asked by: Peter13
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Answered by: Russell
Date published: 2015-09-20
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