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Top 3 Raspberry Pi Accessories You Gotta Have

I have three¬†Raspberry Pi’s and they work great.But I find myself adding more Pi’s and Raspberry Pi Accesorries into my shopping cart. I don’t know what it is.

Well actually I do, the problem is there are so many cool looking projects that I want to try and too many new accessories for the Pi. But I don’t want to partition my SD cards and run the risk of ruining a project that is running fine.

So I would rather take the easy way out and buy another Pi or Raspberry accessory. Sure it cost a little more but heck, I love tinkering with them, and have tons of peripherals laying around, so why not.

Through all of the Raspberry Pi projects I have found these Raspberry Pi accessories to be the most handy, novel, and fun items to go along with a Raspberry Pi.

#1 Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad

If you are like most Raspberry Pi users you have some desire to turn your Pi into a retro gaming console.

If you haven’t seen a Raspberry Pi used for old school games check out RetroPie and this video

Some Raspberry Pi users opt for an old school arcade project.

Others go for the NES style game emulation.

Either way, you need a Gamepad to bring back the nostalgia.

This Gamepad has a couple big benefits, one is feels, and looks like the old one, it is cheap, and it works.

All in all this is a great Raspberry Pi accessory for under $15

The cord for this is about 5-6 feet and it will work with both your Raspberry Pi Model B and Model B+ (Not tested yet but probably your Raspberry Pi 2 Model B)

Pro’s

It is well built and not a cheap piece of plastic

It works with minor configuration methods

Doesn’t require drivers

Good cord length

It is cheap

It works with RetroPie

Con’s

The instructions are in Japanese

Some users say it is not detected when they plug it in and they must further troubleshoot

 #2 Raspberry Pi 5MP Camera Board Module

There are a ton of projects that use a Raspberry Pi and a camera.

If you think you might be interested in a camera for your Raspberry Pi then this is the one for you.

The 5 megapixel camera comes in a little shy of $30.

The camera is capable of 2592 x 1944 pixel static images. It also supports video.

You can connect the Pi Camera to the Raspberry Pi with the small sockets on the board upper surface using the (CSI) interface.

The camera is supported by Raspian but could probably be used with other Raspberry Pi operating systems.

In terms of size, the board is rather small around 25mm x 20mm x9mm.

It is also unprotected as it can be embedded into many projects.

Here are a list of a couple camera projects to get you started.

Surveillance Camera

Point and Shoot Camera

Motion Censor Camera

Time Lapse Camera

#3 Tontec 7″ Raspberry Pi LCD Display Screen

If you are looking to extend the range of your Pi by either taking it with you or having it installed in something, then a screen to relay outputs, and interactions is what you need.

The Tontec LCD display works well with the Raspberry Pi requirements and limitations.

It supports RGB 800*480 and an aspect ratio of 16:9

The screen weighs around 14 ounces

A few other specs of interest

It uses a 5V-12V power supply (which you will need to buy separate)

Has support for HDMI as well as VGA

Comes with a backlight inverter connector

And has a 5 button switch and adjustment panel

If you want to conect this screen to your Raspberry Pi,you need a AV Cable or a HDMI Cable,or if you have a HDMI TO VGA CABLE For Raspberry pi,you can use a VGA Cable to connect your Raspberry pi to this Screen.