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    Why your EV3 might appear to shut down arbitrarily

    The EV3 programmable brick should be powered with 6 1.5 V AA batteries for a total voltage of 9 V.

    When total voltage drops below 5 V, you will get strange issues such as the programmable brick spontaneously shutting down.

    Connecting to Wi-Fi can quickly drop the voltage.

    If you use ev3dev, you can make it easier to learn when the EV3 is dipping below 5 V. The following is an example using ev3dev with Python.

    In a shell or script, use PowerSupply() to access the power_supply class:

    ps = PowerSupply()

    Then get the battery's voltage at the time of measuring through:


    Now you can have the EV3 give you a warning if the voltage drops below a threshold you specify. For example:

    while True:
      if ps.measured_volts < 5:
        ALL_LEDS = [Leds.LEFT, Leds.RIGHT]
        for l in ALL_LEDS:
          Leds.set_color(l, Leds.RED)"Feed me. Feed me. Feed me.")

    Read more about the available methods in the ev3dev documentation.