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Like all electronics, your M2 requires power to run. Your M2 can be connected directly to a car battery, either from the OBD2 port or some other power wire that provides 5V @ 3 Amps and 3.3V @ 1 amp.


M2 employs several circuits to protect the device from overcurrent, reverse voltage, and overvoltage.

Low power options

M2 has several low-power options. One of them is called, J1850 / ISO 9141 Low Power Control.
We have 2 microcontroller-controlled switches that allow "+12V_SW" and "+5V_SW" to be powered on or off depending on conditions.
The signal J1850_9141_ON controls this and is connected to the SAM3X pin number 120 (PB5)
The following code turns on or off the 12V and 5V rails:
pinMode(PS_J1850_9141, OUTPUT);
digitalWrite(PS_J1850_9141, LOW); // LOW = no power at +12V_SW/+5V_SW
// HIGH = power at +12V_SW/+5V_SW