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uPesy ESP32 Wrover DevKit

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If you have just received a uPesy ESP32 board Wrover DevKit, I advise you to first look at the quick start guide if you have not already done yet 🙂.

The uPesy ESP32 WROVER DevKit board is based on an ESP32. This board can be put on a breadboard easily because the two sides of the board are accessible to put wires on the breadboard.

upesy esp32 wrover board compatible breadboard

uPesy ESP32 Wrover Devkit


The board has an additional 4 MB of RAM. Indeed, most ESP32 boards are based on an ESP32-WROOM-32 module, whereas this board is based on an ESP32-WROVER-B module. The two modules are very similar and are programmed in the same way; the only difference between the 2 is the addition of an external RAM for the ESP32-WROVER-B module.


For more information, see this page on the operation and use of PSRAM on ESP32.


Simplified version

This version, adapted for beginners, presents the main features of the pins.

esp32 wrover pin diagram

uPesy ESP32 Wrover Simplified Pinout

Full version

esp32 wrover full pin diagram

uPesy ESP32 Wrover Full Pinout


Pins VP, VN, 34, 35: pins GPIO36, GPIO39, GPIO34, and GPIO35 can only be used as input. They do not have internal pullup resistors either. You cannot use pinMode(36, INPUT_PULLUP) .


Unlike the Arduino, the pin number of the SPI, I2C, I2S, and SD devices indicated in the pinout is assigned by default and can be changed. For example, instead of choosing VSPI on pins 23, 19, 18, and 5, you can put it on pins 32, 33, 25, and 26.

For more details on the ESP32 pins, I encourage you to read the ESP32 pinout guide .


The technical characteristics of the board are as follows:

  • CPU : Xtensa Dual-Core 32-bit LX6 240 MHz

  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) et Bluetooth 4.2 / BLE

  • RAM : 520 Ko of inner SRAM et 4 Mo of external PSRAM

  • 4 Mo de Flash (external)

  • Different modes to limit power consumption (Modem Sleep, Light Sleep, Deep Sleep, Hibernation)

  • Hardware cryptographic acceleration for AES, RSA, SHA2

Use the external antenna

On the uPesy ESP32 board Wrover DevKit, it is possible to use an external antenna for Wi-Fi instead of the one integrated on the Wrover module. Putting an external antenna increases the gain in transmission and reception of the Wi-Fi signal. The gain is usually defined in dB.

external wifi antenna location wrover module

Location of the IPEX connector for an external antenna (in green)

You must solder the 1st generation IPEX connector on the footprint provided for this purpose, located in the green square in the picture above. Once the IPEX connector is soldered on, you can connect a standardized external antenna to it.


You can use only one antenna at a time.

esp32 wrover antenna path selection schematic

Circuit for WiFi antenna selection with 0 Ω resistors

The selection of one antenna over another is made via 0 Ω resistors. By default, the resistor R15 is placed to use the antenna on the PCB, while the resistor R14 is not present. To use the external antenna, you must do the opposite: R14 present, R15 absent. In practice, it is sufficient to rotate the current resistor by 90°.

swap resistor for external antenna

Change the position of the resistor to use the IPEX connector


A solder bridge can also replace the resistor due to its small size.

Usage recommendations

Pin tolerance

  • The ESP32 is a microcontroller that operates at 3.3V. The logic levels are therefore 0 and 3.3V and not 0 and 5V. That is to say that the output voltage of the GPIO pins is 3.3V, and the input voltage must not exceed 3.3V. The GPIO pins are not designed to have logic levels of 5V.


    Most modules/sensors can work with 3.3V logic levels, but if this is not the case, you will need level shifters (or possibly voltage divider bridges) to switch from 3.3V to 5V and vice versa.


    Since the ESP32 was not designed to receive 5V on these GPIO pins, you can damage the ESP32 pins if they are exposed to this voltage for too long.

  • The voltage measured by the ADC must not exceed 3.3V (and not negative, of course).

Powering the uPesy board

There are several ways to power the uPesy ESP32 board Wrover DevKit:

  • The easiest way is by USB in 5V, connecting the board to a computer or an external battery (power bank). We can then use the pins 5V and 3V3 of the board to supply an electronic circuit in 5V and 3.3V, respectively. The regulator of the board generates the 3.3V voltage.

  • You can also power the board directly on the \(V_{IN}\) pin via an external power supply. You must remember to connect the power supply’s ground to the board’s GND pin. There is no 5V voltage on the 5V pin, and only a 3.3V voltage is available on pin 3V3. Indeed, the 5V voltage comes only from the USB; the board does not have a 5V regulator.


    The input voltage on pin \(V_{IN}\) must be between 3.6 and 7V maximum. A voltage around 5V is optimal.

  • You can also use the first two methods simultaneously: having an external power supply connected to the \(V_{IN}\) pin while having the board connected to the computer (the two grounds must be attached). This is quite convenient for communicating with the serial monitor of the Arduino IDE while having the ESP32 powered by another external electronic circuit. It functions like so :

    • If \(V_{IN}\) < \(V_{USB}\) , with \(V_{USB}\) =5V, then it is the USB that will be mainly used to power the ESP32.

    • If \(V_{IN}\) > \(V_{USB}\) , then it is the external power supply that will be mainly used to power the ESP32.


    You must also be careful with this power supply mode to avoid irreversible damage to the ESP32 board and/or the computer’s USB port and/or the external power supply in case of an error. This operation is usually safe on the uPesy board thanks to a protection circuit that prevents back current in the power supplies. Unfortunately, this is not the case for all ESP32 boards.

Built-in protections

The uPesy ESP32 Wrover Devkit board has a set of protections to avoid damaging it. These protections are insufficient to prevent all possible handling errors: the board is therefore not indestructible.

The board includes the following protections :

  • Electrostatic discharge protection on the USB port

  • Short circuit protection on the \(V_{IN}\) , 5V and 3.3V rails: Self-resetting thermal fuses of 350 mA are used on the \(V_{IN}\) and 5V rails. It is important to avoid drawing too much current on the board; otherwise, they may trip. They are automatically activated and deactivated (polyfuse).

  • Protections against current injections on pins 5V and 3V3 to avoid inadvertently injecting a current on these power supply pins.

  • Overvoltage protection on \(V_{IN}\) pin: a passive circuit limits the \(V_{IN}\) voltage; however, the excess will be dissipated as heat and eventually trigger the self-resetting thermal fuse.

  • Protection against polarity inversion between \(V_{IN}\) and GND.


Generally speaking, if the integrated red LED does not light up when the board is powered up, there is a power supply problem: you should quickly disconnect the board to avoid damaging the board and/or the power supply itself.

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