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Motor Controllers

Motor controllers are useful for offloading the control of speed and direction from the main logic controller. There are different types of motor controllers depending on the type of motor that is being used.


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  • Sabertooth Dual 12A 6V-24V R/C Regenerative Motor Driver
    Great product!
    Review by Reg
    I have several of these installed in various scale construction equipment models. They work excellent and offer very smooth control. My only complaint is the 1amp BEC.
    (Posted on 10/16/14)
  • Simple-H 20A, 5V to 28V DC Motor Driver
    Excellent High Power Driver Board
    Review by Ted
    Fairly straight forward. Instructions decent but didn't really mention the Enable Pin which threw me for a while. Got it working and works great with my linear actuator going in both directions.
    (Posted on 10/14/14)
  • Motor Shield Kit for Arduino v2
    Works
    Review by Mitchell
    Used to replace the older adyfruit motor shield that I fried a few months ago. Needed different libraries, drivers, etc... but I eventually got it to work. Works like a charm.
    (Posted on 10/6/14)
  • Motor Shield Kit for Arduino v2
    Nice board
    Review by matias
    Tested this with different stepper motors, servos and DC's, they all work nicely with this shield. Even managed to run 2 large stepper motors concurrently.
    (Posted on 9/21/14)
  • Big Easy Driver Bipolar Motor Controller v2
    Does the job
    Review by amir
    this driver did an excellent job by driving a 2A stepper motor (though, not to it's maximum torque due to heating issues).
    be careful when turning the potentiometer to increase the power to deliver to the motor, it can burn the driver, I personally burned two drivers.
    good complete documentation.
    Amir.
    (Posted on 9/14/14)
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Hi Pototo, Welcome to the RobotShop forum. Most Arduino Shield motor controllers feature <5A motor outputs. Here is one that has two up to 14A motor outputs: Monster ...
2014-09-11 10:02 by DiaLFonZo
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... the V-tail 500, looks awesome and I'm thinking I'll buy the $475 T-Motor package. My goals: 1. I want to improve my aerobatics, the Alias I ... connector to swap out? After adding lights, and servos, and flight controllers and vtx and etc... how do you know which battery is best? Once ...
2014-09-09 17:15 by mrclean1972
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... unfortunately doesn't currently provide complete kits for their motor controllers since the parts needed depend greatly on your application. We would recommend consulting ...
2014-08-26 14:39 by jarcand
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... you want to make, or read back. A Resolver can't be used with our controllers. This device is an analog device, and contains an encoder. The ... can use sinusoidal switching. The encoders at this time can't drive a motor on their own. The attached manual has information about the different ...
2014-08-22 18:24 by jarcand
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To clarify, you'd need two channels; if that's from one joystick up/down or the up & down from two joysticks, it's up to you, so long as the controller can do it ("mixing"). Most R/C motor controllers can, including the Sabertooth.
2014-08-22 13:20 by CBenson
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To clarify, you'd need two axis; if that's from one joystick up/down or the up & down from two joysticks, it's up to you, so long as the controller can do it ("mixing"). Most R/C controllers can.
2014-08-22 13:19 by CBenson
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... You would need an RC DC motor controller and wireless RC transmitter and receiver http://www.robotshop.com/en/rc-motor-controllers.html http://www.robotshop.com/en/rc-communications.html Ex: http://www.robotshop.com/en/spektrum-5-channel-radio-system.html ...
2014-08-15 09:32 by CBenson
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... we offer is USB only: You'll need to use four individual stepper motor controllers, controlled from a central microcontroller: http://www.robotshop.com/en/stepper-motor-controllers.html ...
2014-07-16 08:29 by CBenson
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Can you provide the specs of the motor you want to operate? Do you have any programming experience? Preferred programming language? Most motor controllers are individual or dual; a controller which can do three or four is rare. For small motors ...
2014-07-15 16:05 by CBenson
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... could they fry the controller? The Revo controller most likely was used in a number of different models, including this one. I am not sure if the controllers use pulsed DC or MOSFET control of the DC, ergo the question as to whether the Cytron would work. I hate to junk the Revo because of the ...
2014-07-09 15:43 by Bdempsey813
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If the old controller is rated at 40A, then a 13A controller likely won't cut it and would fry. Like you said, higher current DC motor controllers are more expensive.
2014-07-08 13:13 by CBenson
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... Booster-B36V2A5 , which are typically used to control the Brushed DC Motor in open-loop mode and the High Power LED(two separate H-bridges are ... you want to get a free sample? Please join the discussion! :D PS: BLDC controllers and Stepper Motor controllers are under designing ...... Please ...
2014-07-05 00:42 by gicren
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... always want to design a series of highly integrated and flexible motion controllers. One day, a structure presented in my mind, so I spent a lot ... this connector is typically applied in the high-current device, such as motor controllers. PH2.0-9P : The continuous current is up to 4A (2A for ...
2014-06-30 10:18 by gicren
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... 6WD Chassis. I am planning on using a arduino for the sensors and motor control and a raspberry pi for streaming the video. I have setup video ... or uses motors. I was hoping that someone could advise me on what motor controllers I would need to drive the motors in the Wild Thumper kit as well ...
2014-06-19 20:48 by torianironfist
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Could SSC-32 board handle motor controller, the total of 8 servos for rover's legs ( six for the front and two ... arm also ? The SSC-32 can handle up to 32 servos. You can also connect R/C motor controllers for DC gear motors. And just power the SSC-32 with two separate power sources. ...
2014-06-11 07:54 by CBenson
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