I had two Photons that I thought were just trash since I had burnt something and saw smoke and then every time I powered it up, it heated like dangerously bad so I stopped using them, until yesterday that I read about physically removing the regulator and to my surprise it worked (after removing the regulator and connecting the Pins of 3v3 and VIN).
I am a complete noob so I would be appreciated if some few points are made clear to me:
why does this setup (regulator-less Photon) only works when 3v3 and VIN are connected?
nothing bad happens if I connect the two GND pins right?
I have been able to power up them via microUSB (from laptop and wall cellphone charger) and from wall cellphone charger but with a split wire of (+) and (-) where I connect it to Photon (to the 3v3 and VIN since I have connected these pins at all times). This leads to the questions:
3.A) I noticed that my wall cellphone “TURBO” charger but with split wire of (+) and (-), would not work and Photon D7 and main-led will blink blue and White respectively (I had a NeoPixel connected but this is probably unrelated, but don’t want to connect again like this without the NeoPixel to see if that was the problem as I doubt it), but my non “TURBO” charger with same setup works, what is happening here why TURBO charger is bad?
in the case I power from microUSB, do I get 3v or 5v output on my 3V3 and VIN pins (remembering that they are connected)? Or does this depend if I am plugged to the wall or to a Laptop?
are there risks to use this Photon without its integrated regulator, if so, which ones?
thanks, I hope most of the questions are basic enough for the knowledged and I appreciate any time put in answering this, might help to not burn the Photon dead or start a fire in my room o.o