Comes as a kit - easy assembly with some basic soldering
This Pi Supply Switch is a self-solder kit which is quick and simple to put together even for an absolute beginner to electronics. This means as well as being a nifty little bit of kit to manage your Pi's power, it is also a great intro to electronics and soldering. As you can see from the pictures the input and output of the switch is fed by a standard USB connection. We even provide you with the USB cable. Once soldered together, is essentially 'plug-and-play' with your existing 'wall wart' power supply unit. We have even packaged the circuit into a small profile so that it fits neatly into your workstation. The Pi Supply Switch is an essential piece of kit for all Raspberry Pi users!
How does it work?
Once you have finished using your Raspberry Pi, you just shutdown using the sudo halt command, and then a couple of minutes after the full and safe shutdown the Pi Supply Switch cuts the power to the computer. From this point, once again, all you would need to do to restore power to the Pi is touch the on button.
There is also a hard power off button for use in emergencies which immediately cuts the power to your Raspberry Pi. Remember to only use this button when absolutely necessary (e.g. Pi has been frozen for a long time) as it risks corruption of the files on your SD card if done at the wrong moment.
What makes the Pi Supply Switch superior to other makeshift solutions available is that it allows you to restart the Raspberry Pi using the sudo reboot command without the power turning itself off. Perfect!
Here is a video about how to assemble the Pi Supply switch.