What to buy for your Raspberry Pi?

Over the past year, Raspberry Pi 4 board prices have skyrocketed to $200, $300, and even . are gone $400, If you don’t already have one, you may want to look into alternatives. Such as used Lenovo, Dell and HP Micro and Nano PCs from eBay.

Currently, I am using ThinkCenter M73 (replacing broken link: ThinkCenter M73) And ThinkCenter M715q (see product review). Please read whether you can buy a Raspberry Pi 4 for less than $100.00 or already own one.

In January 2014, I tried out my first Raspberry Pi (RPi) board. Model B Revision 2, Like other RPi board owners, when I started out, I realized there were tons of third party accessories to choose from. About two years ago, I bought my first and only Raspberry Pi 4. You can see this in my home lab powering Zabbix and OpenMediaVault.

From the power supply to the cooling case, I spent a lot of time researching and testing to make sure I didn’t waste time swapping out accessories to find the best ones. So in this post, I will provide you some tips regarding quality Raspberry Pi 4 accessories.

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raspberry pi 4 power supply

raspberry pi 4 power supply

Raspberry Pi is powered by a 5v USB Type-C. The Raspberry Pi Foundation recommends a 3A (3000mA) power supply. This is a safe suggestion because on forums and blogs; You will notice that users with popular 2A power supplies often have problems with random resets and freezing. Don’t fall for the popular cheap chargers, especially if less than 3A.

Of course, how much current (mA) the Raspberry Pi 4 needs depends on what you plug into it. Also, note that many cheap power supplies provide less amperage than advertised. To avoid frustration, I recommend that you do a . go with Minimum 3A power supply,

recommended: Smraza 5.1V 3A Power Supply w/ On/Off Switch, (I have used it since December 2020)

raspberry pi 4 microSD card

raspberry pi 4 microSD

There are a lot of Raspberry Starter Kits being sold on the web and I have found that most of them include poor quality microSD cards. If you’re interested in performance, you can at least do a . would like to go with Class 10 microSD card. However, if you’re obsessed with performance, at least the V60 speed class,

Keep in mind how you will transfer data from your PC to microSD; You may need a microSD card reader or adapter. If you plan on messing around with multiple Linux distros on your RPi, make sure you have multiple cards so that you can swap them out without reformatting. Finally, a Minimum 16GB storage is recommended,

Recommended for the price: Samsung Pro Endurance 64GB 100MB/s (U1) + Adapter. (I have used it since December 2020)
Recommended for speed: Kingston 64GB MicroSD Read 285MB/s UHS-II, V90+ Adapter.

raspberry pi 4 wireless keyboard

raspberry pi 4 foldable keyboard

Chances are you already have a keyboard in the garage or closet with an old computer. If not, invest in a wireless keyboard with a built-in touchpad. I love Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400, I’ve owned it since 2014 and recommend it as a good compromise between size and usability.

I used an old wired Microsoft keyboard for months before going wireless. If You Prefer Smaller Wireless Keyboards, Check Out Country (Let me know if this link is broken again). Choose wisely, everyone’s preferences are very different, and this will often be your most-used accessory.

recommended: iClever Bluetooth keyboard with foldable keyboard, pocket-sized touchpad.

raspberry pi 4 case

raspberry pi 4 case

Most of the times, a case is not required for the Raspberry Pi 4. If you only need a case for aesthetics, any cheap case will do! However, let’s say you need a case to reduce the operating temperature of the RPi board due to installed space, CPU load, or ambient room temperature. In that case, the case makes a noticeable difference in cooling without the need for – mostly gimmicky – cooling fans.

recommended: flickr raspberry pi 4 case, (owned since 2020)

Also, check out My Ultimate Raspberry Pi 2, 3 and Zero Starter Kit!

Notice: I have replaced the broken product link in this article with an Amazon link. Over time the links will still point to products rather than broken and discontinued product pages, as has been the case with similar articles.

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