The five Raspberry Pi accessories I'm buying on Prime Day

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The Raspberry Pi is an incredible tiny gadget that can do almost anything. They're cheap, small, and have a support community that's unmatched when it comes to any sort of DIY electronics. 

There's also a rich ecosystem of accessories that make projects using the Raspberry Pi easy to build. I use them for things like a Pi-Hole, the "brains" of my aquatic setups, streaming music and video, and even as a small-scale server for file sharing and storage. And of course, I love to build contraptions for fun using cheap parts.

Prime Day means it's a great time to pick up a few things like SD cards and cables, but I found five really cool things for the Raspberry Pi that I just had to buy while the price was right.

Keep things cool with this case

I use a Raspberry Pi and some old hard drives to keep a backup of my music collection. It's not a full-blown NAS, but it's close, and if you aren't looking for blazing-fast speed, you can save a lot of money this way. I also have a gadget called a Pi Hole as my home network's DNS server that blocks malicious ads before they have a chance to show up on my computer or phone. 

Both of these projects use a Raspberry Pi that you'll never have to touch once you've got things set up, but you still need to keep everything cool — the Raspberry Pi 4B runs a little hot. This case should be perfect for my next project.

GeeekPi Raspberry Pi 4 Armor Case with Dual Fan: $15.99

GeeekPi Raspberry Pi 4 Armor Case with Dual Fan: $15.99 $13.59 on Amazon

You need to protect your Raspberry Pi from damage and keep it cool. This case from GeeekPi does both! It uses heat sinks and a dual fan configuration inside an aluminum alloy case that has openings for all the ports and slots you'll find on the board itself.

An awesome portable display

A Raspberry Pi is a completely networked device that's designed to be programmed and administered remotely, but sometimes it's just easier to grab a keyboard and a screen and go hands-on.

You need a display for that and you'll probably want a small one that's a stand-alone unit that simply plugs in and works. I actually have this display and I like it so much I'm buying a second one with plans to use it as a visualizer for my next project. Saving $15 bucks is sweet, too.

SunFounder 7 Inch Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi: $79.99

SunFounder 7 Inch Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi: $79.99 $63.99 on Amazon

This 7-inch portable display is plug-and-play with the Raspberry Pi or any device that has an HDMI port. It's fully self-contained with a capacitive touchscreen and a 1024x600 resolution. It even has a built-in speaker and VESA mounting.

Battery backup

Unless you have a larger UPS solution for your electronics, you probably want some sort of battery backup for your Raspberry Pi. When the electricity goes out, it can corrupt data as well as the operating system itself.

I have some larger battery back up solutions and use them, but I also want a small self-contained unit that doesn't need an extension cord strung across the floor of my office or my workshop. This should give me plenty of time to send a safe power-off command if needed, or to keep power on when the mains start flickering.

SunFounder Raspberry Pi UPS Power Supply with Battery: $29.99

SunFounder Raspberry Pi UPS Power Supply with Battery: $29.99 $23.99 on Amazon

A small board that attaches directly to your Raspberry Pi and provides a few hours of battery life when the power goes out. Everything is plug-and-play and it's a full passthrough solution that charges the battery while the power is on.

A proper Raspberry Pi camera

A Raspberry Pi is a great way to monitor a 3D printer, and I'm finally going to build a "proper" OctoPrint interface and be done with it. What was holding me back was the camera, so I bought one.

You can do a lot more with a Raspberry Pi and a camera. It can make a great privacy-focused camera to monitor your home, build self-driving robots that should stay away from the stairs (ask me what happened to my last camera module), or just use it as a webcam if you build a Raspberry Pi desktop. This one is the right price, offers a high-resolution sensor, and comes with a mounting solution and cables.

RasTech Rasp Pi Camera Module: $11.99

RasTech Rasp Pi Camera Module: $11.99 $7.99 on Amazon

This camera module for the Raspberry Pi can take 2592 x 1944 photos and supports 1080p video recording at 30 fps. Included are a protective mounting case and a 20-inch cable as well as two 6-inch cables. It works with all popular Raspberry Pi operating systems.

A HiFiBerry is something I always wanted to make

A HiFiBerry is a specialized audio board that works with a Raspberry Pi to deliver awesome audio. It's a stand-alone DAC that attaches directly to the Pi and works with whichever software you use to play your music or video. I've been wanting one for a while. 

What made me finally pull the trigger and order the parts was this great deal on a pair of Klipsch bookshelf speakers and the beautiful aluminum case to house the parts. With both of them being on sale for Prime Day 2.0 I couldn't say no. I'm ready to build an awesome music player that I can control from anywhere.

anidees Aluminum Extra High Pi case: $49.99

anidees Aluminum Extra High Pi case: $49.99 $39.99 on Amazon

Designed for use with a Raspberry Pi 4B and a HiFiBerry DAC expansion board, this case is beautiful as well as functional. It features precise cutouts for all ports and plugs and a smoked acrylic cover with rubber feet for vibration dampening.

Klipsch R-41M Bookshelf Home Speaker Set: $279.99

Klipsch R-41M Bookshelf Home Speaker Set: $279.99 $109.99 on Amazon

These 200-watt reference-grade bookshelf speakers from Klipsch feature a 1-inch aluminum tweeter and 4-inch spun-copper IMG woofers. Promising excellent sound in a small package, this deal is too good for me to pass up.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.