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Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Advance

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  • Loaded USB/EXT power hub to bring your astrophotography to the next level!
  • Up to 12 Amps of current distribution to ensure your system runs smoothly.
  • Compact body for easy and comfortable integration.
  • 4 x 12V DC Power outlets for your equipment (ON/OFF via software).
  • Auto Tune Dew Heater Channels.
  • Includes an external temperature-humidity sensor.

Product Details

  • The Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Advance is the next step above the standard Pocket Powerbox. Offering more utility and power, this Advance version is just what you'll need to take your astronomy and astrophotography setup to the next level without having to break from your familiar Pegasus Astro equipment. Make full use of the plugin hubs and integrated high-end technology that makes your imaging experience easier than before. 

    Main Features of the 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 supplies electricity to 4 outputs and 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

    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

    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)

    External Environmental Sensor

    External temperature and 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.

    Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox Advance-a1

     

  • included items

    In the box:

    • Pocket Powerbox Advance Controller.
    • External Temperature / Humidity Sensor .
    • 4 x Power DC 2.1 to 2.1 male cable (1 m).
    • DC Cable to Cigarette Lighter Adapter (10A fused).
    • USB3 Cable Type B (1.8 m) 

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05/24/2021
Adrian
South Africa South Africa
A great product with serious design flaws that could destroy the box

Apart from the USB 3.0 port issue mentioned by Klaus, there are serious design flaws with this product that can break the unit in a way that is not covered by the warrantee. In the dark it is easy to mistake the adjustable output socket for the 12v power input socket. They are located on opposite sides of the box but in similar positions. Both sockets also accept the same 5.5mm plug. I would expect the adjustable output to be protected by a diode or some other mechanism that would prevent damage in the event that the power plug is inserted here while your equipment is connected to the box. This is NOT covered by the guarantee and Pegaus Astro have confirmed that this problem is relatively common Feedback from Pegasus Astro: "The customer plugged the dc input cord to the wrong socket (adjustable output) and operated the device under this configuration. This explains why the device did that. It will not harm the device if you accidentally do that but you will cause a damage if you keep this cable there and try to power all of your equipment in this configuration. As we have seen this issue a few times we are sure 100% how this happened. Unfortunately this is not covered by warranty and customer has to contact us for repair of his unit." I would expect a better design for something that costs this much.

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05/14/2021
David P.
Canada Canada
Pricey, but worth it!

Easy to use and set up. The best option to provide 12V power & USB to the scope, if you are using a mini computer or laptop to control the scope and take pictures. - ie, using ASCOM or ? - this is the way to go.

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04/21/2021
Klaus
United States United States
A Fly In The Ointment

I bought the Pegasus Pocket Powerbox Advance for the same reason most people do, to simplify cable management and have a single hub for data and power. In principle, the PPBA does this and works well, except for one significant flaw. As stated in the Pegasus specifications, there are three USB ports that can handle both USB 2.0 and 3.0 and one USB port that is exclusively USB 3.0. What they don't say is that USB port 1 (3.0 only) is not compatible with a large number of USB 3.0 cameras. What?? This includes most ZWO and QHY cameras. I can confirm that several current USB 3.0 cameras from both manufacturers do not work with the PPBA USB 3.0 port 1. This renders the device essentially a three USB port hub. If three USB ports is enough for your setup, it won't be an issue. If, however, you need four USB ports and have a ZWO or QHY camera (don't know about other manufacturers), you're out of luck. I'm now debating whether to look for a work around, or return the device and spend less money on separate USB and power hubs. Hopefully these details will help others make an informed decision.

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04/15/2021
Anonymous
Chile Chile
PegasusAstro

Delivery was fast and secure.

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04/10/2021
Eric
New Zealand New Zealand
Awesome bit of kit

Had this arrive the other day and it is just awesome Compact form factor and managed to get everything to plug in easily enough Has made the cable management on the mount so clean and tidy and the setup was a breeze Have got it controlling/powering the mount, DSLR, guide scope and dew heaters Had a few questions about this and OPT was more than happy to help sort things out and delivery was super quick and well packaged up ... couldn't have asked for more help Would well recommend both OPT and the hardware

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02/22/2021
Jonny
United States United States
Phenomenal Cosmic Power... Itty Bitty Living Space

What an outstanding little device. It is considerably smaller than I thought it would be - even after reading the dimensions and seeing photos of it. The unit itself is well constructed of blue anodized aluminum. I especially like that Pegasus includes a number of accessories/cables with the unit. Installation is an absolute breeze as well. Wait, installation? This isn't something you NEED to do. By default, the PPBA has the 4 12V DC outs on, the 2 dew heater RCA outs are on "auto dew" and the adjustable output is set to 3V. You can just use it as is without ever installing any software. However, if you want to actually control different aspects like adjusting that DC out to 8V instead of 3, or taking manual control of the dew heater, then you need to install the Pegasus software. If, like me, you also want to control and manage it through other applications, you install the ASCOM drivers. All of this worked flawlessly. Now I've got the switch and weather available in NINA. I also want to comment on OPT and the outstanding service I received. I had a question and typed it into the live chat. Angel responded to me almost immediately and was extremely helpful. When I placed my order, the item was shipped the same day. It was packaged extremely well in an appropriately sized box with plenty of packing peanuts for protection.