Power Input review
After reiterating our board design and going through the community feedback we decided to improve the “dummy” 5V USB-C power input. It supposedly might be all right for a prototype, but not an appropriate solution for the production version.
Why? Simply because we don’t want our users to suffer from the underpowered device which is quite likely with such a plain USB-C power input setup.
One solution could be to support a USB-C Power Delivery (PD) and/or Quick Charge (QC) with internal voltage negotiation. For example a range of 9V, 12V, and 20V (this was originally suggested by k3nal on Reddit). But such power adapters are pricey. A Ponkor 65W USB-C PD for instance, costs around 30 EUR, a 100W SPLAKS PD even a bit more than that. Would you be willing to pay that price?
An alternative option is a simple 12V input via a barrel socket with a max 5A current. This will be a solution for x4 2.5′ HDDs/SSDs. Additionally, a 12V input for external ATX PSU support.
In order to settle on a plan of action, we need your feedback. Please answer the two questions below. (We appreciate your help)