How much Power does the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ use?

Best answer: The Raspberry Pi 3B+ uses about 400 mA while idle but this can increase dramatically under load. It's recommended to use a high-quality 2.5 Amp power supply.

Amazon: CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Power Supply ($10)

Clean and constant power is important

It might not look like it, but the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is a computer just like any desktop or laptop. That means it needs clean and consistent power to keep things up and running. The 3 B+ uses a bit more power than any previous models, and according to Raspberry Pi Foundation COO James Adams, this is due to the faster processor, Gigabit Ethernet, and dual-band wireless.

Adams recommends a high-quality 2.5 Amp power supply be used. CanaKit is an official reseller of Raspberry Pi parts and accessories and offers the correct power supply for just $10.

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