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Power Configuration

Use Device Config first

Power settings are advanced configuration, most users should choose a role under Device Config to manage power for their device and shouldn't ever need to adjust these settings.

The power config options are: Power Saving, Shutdown after losing power, ADC Multiplier Override, Wait Bluetooth Interval, Light Sleep Interval, Minimum Wake Interval, and Device Battery INA2xx Address. Power config uses an admin message sending a Config.Power protobuf.

Power Config Valuesโ€‹

Power Savingโ€‹


If enabled, modifications to settings can be made by waking the device through pressing the user button, resetting, or through the admin channel for remote administration.

When activated, this feature disables Bluetooth, Serial, WiFi, and the device's screen to conserve power. This is particularly beneficial for devices relying on low-current power sources, like solar panels. For details on which device roles have this feature enabled by default, please check the Device Config section.

Shutdown after losing powerโ€‹

Automatically shut down a device after a defined time period if power is lost.

Before setting this, ensure your board correctly detects when it is connected to external power (the "๐Ÿ”Œ" icon in the app). Otherwise, your device could shut down even when power is present. Many devices detect power status correctly, however for some devices, you will need to modify the ADC Multiplier (below).

ADC Multiplier Overrideโ€‹

Ratio of voltage divider for battery pin e.g. 3.20 (R1=100k, R2=220k)

Overrides the ADC_MULTIPLIER defined in the firmware device variant file for battery voltage calculation.

Should be set to floating point value between 2 and 6

Calibration Process (Attribution)โ€‹

  1. Install the rechargeable battery.
  2. Charge the battery until full. Indication of this state may vary depending on device. At this point, the battery voltage should be 4.2V +-1%.
  3. Input the "Battery Charge Percent" displayed on the screen or in your connected app into the calculator below.
  4. If "Battery Charge Percent" (e.g., B 3.82V 60%) is not displayed on the screen, it means that the default value of "Operative Adc Multiplier" is too high. Lower the "Operative Adc Multiplier" to a smaller number (it is recommended to decrease by 0.1) until the screen displays "Battery Charge Percent". Enter the current "Operative Adc Multiplier" in use into the "Operative Adc Multiplier" field in the calculator. Also, input the "Battery Charge Percent" displayed on the screen into the calculator.
  5. Click the "Calculate" button to compute the "Calculated New Operative Adc Multiplier", and set it as the new "Operative Adc Multiplier" for the device.
ADC Calculator

This calibration method only maps 4.2V to Battery Charge Percent 100%, and does not address the potential non-linearities of the ADC.

Battery Charge Percent:
Current Adc Multiplier:
Calculated New Operative Adc Multiplier:

Default values for ADC Multipliers are:

DeviceDefault ADC Multiplier
heltec_v1 & heltec_v23.2
heltec_v3 & heltec_wsl_v34.9
heltec_wireless_tracker 1.0/1.14.9

Wait Bluetooth Intervalโ€‹

How long to wait before turning off BLE in no Bluetooth states

0 for default of 1 minute

Light Sleep Intervalโ€‹

ESP32 Only

This setting only applies to ESP32-based boards, it will have no effect on nRF52/RP2040 boards.

In light sleep the CPU is suspended, LoRa radio is on, BLE is off and GPS is on

0 for default of five minutes

Minimum Wake Intervalโ€‹

While in light sleep when we receive packets on the LoRa radio we will wake and handle them and stay awake in no Bluetooth mode for this interval

0 for default of 10 seconds

Device Battery INA2xx Addressโ€‹

If an INA-2XX device is auto-detected on one of the I2C buses at the specified address, it will be used as the authoritative source for reading device battery level voltage. Setting is ignored for devices with PMUs (e.g. T-beams)

Convert hexadecimal to decimal

I2C addresses are normally represented in hexadecimal and will require conversion to decimal in order to set via Meshtastic clients. For example the I2C address of 0x40 converted to decimal is 64.

Power Config Client Availabilityโ€‹



All Power config options are available in the python CLI.

SettingAcceptable ValuesDefault
power.is_power_savingtrue, falsefalse
power.on_battery_shutdown_after_secsinteger (seconds)Default of 0 is off
power.adc_multiplier_override2-4 (floating point value)Default of 0 uses firmware values
power.wait_bluetooth_secsinteger (seconds)Default of 0 is 1 minute
power.ls_secsinteger (seconds)Default of 0 is 5 minutes
power.min_wake_secsinteger (seconds)Default of 0 is 10 seconds
power.device_battery_ina_addressinteger (I2C address as decimal)Default of 0 is no address set

Because the device will reboot after each command is sent via CLI, it is recommended when setting multiple values in a config section that commands be chained together as one.

meshtastic --set power.is_power_saving true --set power.on_battery_shutdown_after_secs 120
Enable / Disable Power Saving
meshtastic --set power.is_power_saving true
meshtastic --set power.is_power_saving false
Enable / Disable Shutdown after losing power
meshtastic --set power.on_battery_shutdown_after_secs 120
meshtastic --set power.on_battery_shutdown_after_secs 0
Set Wait Bluetooth Interval (Default of 0 is 60 seconds)
meshtastic --set power.wait_bluetooth_secs 0
meshtastic --set power.wait_bluetooth_secs 120
Set Light Sleep to default (Default of 0 is 5 minutes)
meshtastic --set power.ls_secs 0
meshtastic --set power.ls_secs 120
Set Minimum Wake Interval (Default of 0 is 10 seconds)
meshtastic --set power.min_wake_secs 0
meshtastic --set power.min_wake_secs 120