A tiny power button and status indicator for the Raspberry Pi

The PowerBlockling

Introducing the PowerBlockling, a compact yet powerful solution designed to enhance your Raspberry Pi experience with a simple, yet effective power button and status indicator. This device is designed to seamlessly integrate into your Raspberry Pi setup, offering a user-friendly way to manage power without the need for soldering.

The PowerBlockling is not just a power button solution; it’s a testament to simplicity and affordability. It’s designed to be the go-to power button for Raspberry Pi users, offering a straightforward way to manage power without the complexity of soldering. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced Raspberry Pi user, the PowerBlockling is the perfect addition to your setup, providing a reliable and user-friendly power management solution.

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1. Attaching the PowerBlockling

The installation of the PowerBlockling is very simple: You just have to place the PowerBlockling with its 2×6 female pin header such that it matches the Raspberry Pis GPIO header as shown in the following image:

PowerBlockling attached to Raspberry Pi
PowerBlockling with attached power button and LED
PowerBlockling comes with 1x4 male pin header

If you want to you can fasten the PowerBlock in place with the help of the two superimposing mounting holes.

Optionally, you can install an external momentary button and/or an external status LED. The PowerBlockling shows labels for, both, the two button pins as well as for the two LED pins.

If you want, you can solder a 1×4 male pin to the PowerBlockling for an easier connection with a button and LED. The pin header comes with the PowerBlockling.

2. Attaching the Power Supply

You attach the USB cable for the power supply directly to the original power supply connector of the Raspberry Pi. The PowerBlockling does not directly switch the power on or off. Instead, it makes use of the standby mode of the Raspberry Pi and, therefore, does not need to directly switch the power.

3. Driver Installation

The installation of the PowerBlockling driver is done from within the terminal of a running Raspberry Pi.You only have to execute this single line:

wget -O - https://raw.githubusercontent.com/petrockblog/PowerBlockling/master/install.sh | sudo bash

You can find the latest version of the driver and installation script at Github.

Do we have a more advanced power button solution?

Alternatively to the PowerBlockling, we also offer the more advanced PowerBlock with more features and flexibility. Here is a comparison table:


Safe Power Button

Status Indication

Supported Button Types

Custom Script Execution at Shutdown

Logging of power button events

Optional External Signals

Configurable used GPIO pins


Safe Power Button: ✔️

Status Indication: ON, OFF (Standby)

Supported Button Types: Only momentary buttons

Custom Script: No

Logging: No

External Signals: Button, LED

Configurable GPIOs: No


Safe Power Button: ✔️

Status Indication: Booting, ON, Shutting Down, OFF

Supported Button Types: Momentary and latching buttons

Custom Script: ✔️

Logging: ✔️

External Signals: Button, LED, Status and Shutdown Signals

Configurable GPIOs: ✔️


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Original price was: $ 20.08.Current price is: $ 18.40.