LEGO replaced the previous LEGO Power Functions system with the LEGO Powered Up system to control LEGO sets with electronic components. One of the major features of the new system is that it is controlled by an app (although for basic functions a traditional remote is also available). As the system is still fairly new, documentation on the LEGO Powered Up app is scarce, and the information available on the official LEGO Powered Up page is outdated (see the LEGO Powered Up Device Guide here).
To provide a solution to this problem, LEGO fan Balazs Kiss from RacingBrick.com put together a full guide on the code blocks used in the app (based on the 3.0 version). This is extremely useful information for those who have been working with the LEGO Powered Up App. Balazs used the official description of the blocks when available, and filled the gaps from his own experience. And he also added some simple examples for most of the blocks to help explain their usage. He documented all the information and published them in two guides.
In the LEGO Powered Up Simple Code Block Guide, you can easily browse the blocks by image, category, name, and a brief description of their usage. To show all data corresponding to a block, click on the Green + icon next to the block’s image that will show/hide the additional information. The section also includes a glossary as a reference for the various terms used in the LEGO Powered Up system. Here is the link: LEGO POWERED UP SIMPLE CODE BLOCK GUIDE
The LEGO Powered Up Extended Code Block Guide has more information and more functions, but due to the form factor it’s harder to navigate. You can filter the blocks by columns, (use the column visibility button to toggle the columns), you can use the search text box to filter for any expression (e.g. block category), and you can change the number of rows (use the “show x entries” drop-down to change the rows displayed). This section includes some additional information, like the app version when the block was introduced, and more notes on the usage of the block. The same glossary is also included as in the simple guide for your convenience. Here is the link: LEGO POWERED UP EXTENDED BLOCK GUIDE
In the video below, Balazs goes into more detail about why he created the guides and how to use them effectively.
If you have been using the LEGO Powered Up app, and have bee struggling to understand the functions of each block, this is an invaluable guide to use as a reference, so check it out. The simple guide should be enough to give you basic understanding about the blocks, and if you want to learn more about them, you can head over to the advanced guide, and you can check out all the currently available LEGO Powered Up components at the LEGO Powered Up section of the Online LEGO Shop.
And if you would like to get a set that comes with all the LEGO Powered Up components to power a model, here is the list of currently available sets with the LEGO Powered Up system already included: #60197 City Up Passenger Train, and #60198 LEGO City Cargo Train, #71044 LEGO Disney Train and Station. Three other powered sets – the #42099 LEGO Technic 4×4 X-treme Off-Roader, the #42109 LEGO Technic App-Controlled Top Gear Rally Car, and the #42100 LEGO Technic Liebherr R 9800 Excavator – use the LEGO Powered Up Control+ system which works with a separate app. You can find them in their respective categories and at the LEGO Powered Up section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? Have you been experimenting with the LEGO Powered Up system and the LEGO Powered Up app? Have you run into any issues? And did you find the guides helpful? Would you like to have any other information included? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!
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