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DFRobotShop Rover V2 - Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (Basic Kit)

Product Code : RB-Rbo-33

Versatile, programmable robot tank kit
Onboard LiPo battery charger
Complete Arduino board built-in (Arduino Uno)
Dual H-bridge and onboard voltage regulator (only one battery needed)
Compatible with a variety of shields
Two XBee areas (2mm 10pin XBee Socket sold separately) and solder prototyping area
No soldering required

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About this product


Versatile, programmable robot tank kit
Onboard LiPo battery charger
Complete Arduino board built-in (Arduino Uno)
Dual H-bridge and onboard voltage regulator (only one battery needed)
Compatible with a variety of shields
Two XBee areas (2mm 10pin XBee Socket sold separately) and solder prototyping area
No soldering required

The DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (Basic Kit) is a versatile mobile robot tank based on the popular Arduino Uno USB Microcontroller Rev 3 microcontroller. The Rover uses the popular Tamiya twin motor gearbox and the Tamiya track and wheel set. The DFRobotShop Rover PCB incorporates a standard Arduino Uno (surface mount ATMega328), L293B motor driver (connected to pins 5 to 8), voltage regulator and prototyping area while contributing to the mechanical structural of the robot. The onboard voltage regulator allows the entire board to be powered using as little as 3.7V to ~9V*. 

Important Note: If you are using the 4xAA battery pack, please remove the LiPo jumper located at the left rear of the board.

The board does NOT include 2mm 10pin XBee Socket .
In order to make assembly as easy as possible, solderless quick connect terminals have been included to give customers the option of crimping the wires to the motors (soldering is still preferable). The DFRobotShop Rover is compatible with a variety of shields when used at the same time as the motor driver, and is compatible with all shiels when not using the motor driver. Additional features include 2x encoder connectors connected to A0 and A1 for use with the Encoder Pair for Tamiya Twin Motor Gearbox , pinout for DFRobot Bluetooth and DFRobot APC220 RF modules as well as 6x cool blue LEDs (jumper selectable) placed around the board. "DFRobotShop" = "DFRobot" + "RobotShop" (a.k.a. "DFRover").

*Note that the Tamiya Twin-Motor Gear Box included with the kit operates at 4.5V nominal. For 6V motors purchase 2x RB-Pol-202.

DFRobotShop Rover

Arduino compatible and shield stackable
Based on ATMEGA328 surface mount chip (Uno design) and L298P H Bridge
Incorporates dual H-bridge for bi-directional motor control (digital pins 5, 6, 7 and 8)
Voltage regulator included (connected to battery input and 3.5mm barrel connector)
Two XBee slots with breakout pins (switch selects which is connected to Tx/Rx) - headers sold separately
Solder prototyping area
Easy connection to DFRobot Bluetooth and APC220 wireless modules
“Universal connection point” at the front of the robot (see user guide for compatibility)
6x Blue LEDs around the board for effect (selectable via jumper LED_SEL)
In-system programming via ICSP
4x LEDs to indicate motor direction

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What's Included

• Fully assembled DFRobotShop Rover PCB
• DFRobotShop Rover aluminum frame (left and right sides) and hardware
Tamiya Twin-Motor Gear Box
Tamiya Track and Wheel Set
• 4xAA Battery holder (batteries and charger sold separately)

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• PCB Dimensions: 57mm x 195mm
• Overall dimensions: 200mm long x 108mm wide x 58mm high
• Weight (not including batteries): 250g Back to top

Supplier Product Code

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Customer Reviews

Start to fun times ahead

Review by Sean

Just what I needed to build a robot that I can add sensors to.

(Posted on 8/29/15)

Start to fun times ahead

Review by Sean

I plan on adding gas sensors I am currently developing into the rover. This rover + bluetooth module + expansion plate + servo motor should be perfect for my little side project.

(Posted on 8/29/15)

Very confusing

Review by Unsatisfied Costumer

The instructions were not clear. The video was basically a slideshow, showing how the parts look like once it was assembled but they did not show the actual procedure of putting the parts together. Also, even though other customers and the website said that Arduino was an easy start into robotics, the Arduino website says that it is an Integrated Development Environment, which when I searched that up on Google, it says that computer programmers use it for software development, not some toy a little kid can play with. If want to buy this kit, remember to learn programming language and buy the Bluetooth accessories first, so that you can control it wirelessly and not waste a lot of time. Otherwise, you will be stuck playing with it at your computer desk, because it requires the USB cable to be commanded.

(Posted on 8/2/15)


Review by Stefan_colhoun

Overall. Very happy. Kids are loving the building and programming.

(Posted on 7/30/15)

Great product

Review by Mav

This is a great kit to start with robotics/Arduino. Fun to assemble and work with, a lot of possibilities for upgrades and enhancements.

(Posted on 7/16/15)

Love the kit

Review by davidaugust

I ordered a rover arduino robot kit and was delivered exactly as advertised. All of the parts were there, and even some spares. I'm very happy with the kit, and with the service provided by Robot Shop. I would definitely recommend them

(Posted on 6/29/15)

Fun to assemble, a little trouble with the bluetooth module, great fun to program!

Review by Gene

I had the basic unit running in a couple of hours. After installing the Arduino SDK on Windows, I was pleased to fine that the SDK was quite easy to use, and you can test your Sketch program using the built in serial terminal. I had a bit of trouble with the bluetooth driver on windows, but the problem was resolved by restarting windows.

I acquired a Moto Razr on ebay, and downloaded the Arduino BT Joystick app, it connected immediately. A few lines of "sketch" code and I was driving the Rover all over the house.

My Rover is actually going to be the base of a plastic penguin that will be appearing in the local Community Theatre.performance of "The Man Who Came to Dinner". The complete package of Arduino, and Rover, and Android plus Bluetooth. looks like a winner. it will be easy to use and reliable enough for the stage crew to run. At under $200 for all parts including the Android based cellphone, it was quite reasonable.

I haven't done any embedded computer programming since the early 80's. I'm pleasantly surprised at how quickly the entire project came together. I had expected to spend weeks on it, but it only took a few evenings.

I found only three glitches in the docs; 1-- be sure to reboot Windows after installing the bluetooth driver; 2-- The Bluetooth PIN is 1234; and 3. You must remove the bluetooth module to upload your Sketch program.

(Posted on 6/9/15)

Great product

Review by db

Had a little trouble mounting the gearbox, but then taped bolts to gearbox and moved up through the Arduino board. Great product very fun.

(Posted on 6/9/15)

Great Quality and price. A lot of fun

Review by Davide

Great Quality and price. A lot of fun

(Posted on 4/11/15)

Good, but missing something

Review by Nick

The rover came on time in nice packaging. The only problem being it was missing a cool blue led! Now it just looks silly with only 5/6 of the leds. Other than this problem, it is great. Easy to use; on a nice versatile platform. I would suggest also getting encoders for the wheels so you can track how far it is going. Great fun for anyone looking to expand their knowledge of electronics and c++.

(Posted on 3/10/15)

Great purchase!

Review by Liam_tomsommoy

Fun, easy to use robot kit and incredibly cheap for what you get. I'm looking forward to doing my own side projects alongside my FRC robotics team

(Posted on 2/5/15)

Great product

Review by Mike

My 16 year son and I are working on this together, learning programming and electronics at the same time. We have had great support from RobotShop staff and there are some good videos on their site as well. Would recommend this to anyone as both a mobile platform and a static platform.

(Posted on 1/6/15)

Versatile Platform

Review by Jacob

As my first foray into robotics, this platform was a fantastic choice. It's well-constructed, sturdy, and uses a lot of standards. Being based on an Arduino Uno with plenty of expansion ports like the XBee sockets gives it a ton of flexibility. To mine, I added an ultrasonic sensor, a temperature and humidity sensor, and a security camera. I highly recommend the available expansion plate if you want to affix anything to the top of your rover.

(Posted on 7/11/14)


Review by Wade

This is very easy and simple to put together and can do a lot depending on the sensors and components you add to it. A great robot to play around with!

(Posted on 5/7/14)

Very cool

Review by Dwayne

Very nice to put together. The arduino is very easy to program. I can't wait to put a shield and some sensors on it. I think I stretched one of the treads putting it together so I am ordering a few more sets.

(Posted on 4/18/14)

Good Product

Review by Robot Fan

I like this product because it is based on arduino and can do lot of things with it and also it is a inexpensive robo.

(Posted on 11/16/13)