Back in July I did a mailbag video and got you guys to vote on which item I should do a more in-depth review of. WittyPi got about 50% of the vote by the time I had to make the decision. So here is the UUGear WittyPi review.
WittyPi is an A+/B+/Pi2B add-on that gives you a safe on-off switch and enables timed shutdowns and startups of your Raspberry Pi. It has a battery-backed realtime clock (RTC) that controls the startup times and allows your Pi to retain the correct time even if not connected to the internet. (The Pi has no on-board RTC of its own).
This is a video review, so have a look at the video to see how it pans out in full.
I used the most recent Raspbian and followed the installation instructions on page 6 of the WittyPi manual. Installation went perfectly.
Once the software was installed, I shut down the Pi, attached the hardware (I chose to use just two of the four provided spacers) and powered it back up again.
About a minute after powering up, the following message appeared…
Writing system time to RTC...
…showing me that the Pi had checked online to update the time, then passed this information to the WittyPi, which now wrote it to the RTC.
After that I tested all the features of the WittyPi including…
- Safe On/Off switch for the Pi
- Realtime clock setting
- Timed shutdown
- Timed startup
- Multiple scheduled startups/shutdowns using a script
It all worked well. There is a full explanation of the software features/functions and a walkthrough of it in the video.
WittyPi is well made, attractive and works well. It’s a very good price at £10.
If you need to be able to auto-start and auto-shutdown your Pi, this is the board for you. You can get one here.