Raspberry Pi Pico Finally Gains A Reset Button

Raspberry Pi Pico Captain Resetti
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The Raspberry Pi Pico (opens in new tab) has been with us for just a month, but one of the most common complaints heard is the lack of a reset button. UK retailer Pimoroni has come to the rescue with an aftermarket mod that adds a reset switch to the $4 microcontroller and sees Pimoroni donate part of the sales back to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

The reset button (opens in new tab) is called 'Captain Resetti' and is designed to fit atop the GPIO between the RUN and GND pins. When pressed, the RUN pin, which is normally pulled high, is connected to the GND pin causing the RUN pin to pull low and reset the Raspberry Pi Pico.

Retailing for £1.50 including taxes ($2), Captain Resetti sees Pimoroni donating £1 ($1.38) to the Raspberry Pi Foundation to help fund their outreach and educational projects. We asked Pimoroni co-founder Jon Williamson for more information, "the main reason is it's a bit of fun, offers something a lot of people want to add to their Pico, and by doing it, we can give something back to the foundation."

Captain Resetti is simple to solder on to your Pico, and it too shares the castellated edges of the Pico. We soldered one to our test Pico, and we can now reset our Pico should we need to. If you are in need of a soldering iron, then perhaps one of the best soldering irons from our list will help you.

Captain Resetti is available to purchase from Pimoroni. (opens in new tab)

Les Pounder is an associate editor at Tom's Hardware. He is a creative technologist and for seven years has created projects to educate and inspire minds both young and old. He has worked with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to write and deliver their teacher training program "Picademy".