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Mini DFRobotShop Rover Kit (No Arduino)

Product Code : RB-Rbo-168

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  •  Small, inexpensive tracked platform kit
  •  Mounting for Arduino Uno (Sold separately)
  •  Frame made out of laser-cut Lexan parts
  •  Comes with the DFRobotShop Rover Mobile Robot Shield
  •  Includes LiPo battery and onboard charger
  • Please verify the polarity of the connector before using this battery as it may differ from the image

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Description

  •  Small, inexpensive tracked platform kit
  •  Mounting for Arduino Uno (Sold separately)
  •  Frame made out of laser-cut Lexan parts
  •  Comes with the DFRobotShop Rover Mobile Robot Shield
  •  Includes LiPo battery and onboard charger
  • Please verify the polarity of the connector before using this battery as it may differ from the image

The Mini DFRobotShop Rover Development Platform (No Arduino) is a small, inexpensive tracked platform which provides you with the basic tools needed to experiment with Arduino-based programming and mobile robots. An shield-compatible Arduino-based microcontroller (such as the Arduino Uno) must be purchased separately. The frame is made out of durable laser-cut Lexan parts, and the drive system is comprised of the Tamiya Twin-Motor Gear Box  (must be assembled in configuration A) and a Tamiya Track and Wheel Set .

The DFRobotShop Rover Shield is the ideal “all in one” shield for small, Arduino-based mobile robot development. The shield allows you to power your Arduino using a 3.7V LiPo battery (also included with this kit) and even has a 3.7V LiPo charger onboard, allowing you to charge the battery via USB. The onboard L298P H-bridge (dual brushed DC motor controller) is perfect for controlling two small, low voltage gear motors and allows for full control over speed and direction. Additional features include a universal IR receiver, XBee headers and analog pins broken out (for easy connection to sensors). When stacking multiple shields, or when using the shield with an Arduino-based board which has additional built-in features, be sure to check the pins which are used, as some may interfere with one another.

Mini DFRobotShop Rover Kit (No Arduino)

Mounting hardware for a microcontroller is included (Arduino Uno suggested). There is a 36mm wide x 7mm high gap in the top support plate for the 3.7V, 1000mAh LiPo battery. Foam is included so it is a “friction fit”.

Shield Features

  • Dual DC motor controller (3.5 to 9V and up to 2A per channel)
  • Onboard voltage regulator
  • 3.7V LiPo battery charger (via micro USB connector)
  • XBee headers
  • 38Khz Universal IR receiver (~10m unobstructed range)
  • On/Off switch & reset button
  • 3-pin analog headers (signal / 5V / GND)
  • Shield stacking headers

What's Included

  • 1x Mini RobotShop Rover Frame
  • 1x Mini RobotShop Rover Hardware (wire, crimps, standoffs, screws)
  • 1x Tamiya Twin Motor Gearbox (must be assembled in configuration A)
  • 1x Tamiya Tracks & Sprocket Kit
  • 1x DFRobotShop Rover Shield
  • 1x 3.7V 1000mAh LiPo battery

Dimensions

  • Width: 10.8cm
  • Length: 11.8cm
  • Height: 7cm
  • Top Angle: 5 deg
  • Weight: 135g
  • There is a 36mm wide x 7mm high gap in the top support plate for a 3.7V, 1000mAh LiPo battery. Foam is included so the battery is a “friction fit”
  • Front mounting slots are for general use.

Supplier Product Code

MINI-DFROBOTSHOP-RV

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Great kit, but be patient.

Review by Joshua
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I ordered the rover with Arduino and XBee motor controller. I didn't realize that we had to assemble the whole gearbox too ! It was a great learning experience for my son because the gearbox has several versions and we had to figure out which one we were building. There were several problems with the Arduino app not communicating, and figuring out how to get it all working. YouTube helped and we got it up and running. I ordered this kit because I wanted a learning experience-and I got it !!

(Posted on 2/16/17)

So far, great kit.

Review by Edgar
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Still assembling it, but with good online instructions, the project seems succesful. Maybe something missing to a USB charger for the LiPo battery.
Great kit.

(Posted on 6/27/16)

Good, But not much room for extra hardwear

Review by Abraham
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It works, but there is not much room for extra hardware, i had to build a small case that went over it, so i could fit my ultrasonic sensor and breadboard on top.

(Posted on 6/10/15)

Cool little rover!

Review by Kadersin
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Everything was packaged properly and arrived real fast. RobotShop support is also amazing.

I really like this little rover. It's easy and fast to put together.

The only things I could say is to take care of the small screw that blocks the shaft. It is easy to miss (as I did!). The other is to notice that the idler wheels in front are not the big ones. If it seems to fit tightly, the ones you picked are not the right ones! :-) A too tight fit will make the motors work way too hard to move the rover.

Except these two gotchas, I would definitely buy it again.

(Posted on 5/25/15)

very good and nice starterkit

Review by Lonewolf2nd
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When the kit came delivered. I unpacked de package, and was a bit surpriced about the many parts. But with the good guidance you can download from the site, I put it correct together in a couple of hours. in the Guidance is written that some batteries have the wires swapped, this was also with the battery that came with my kit. This could luckily easily be changed to the correct positions. Also at first the test programs didn't work, after a bit of playing I found the problem, because when I typed over the programs they worked. Now I'm progressing along with more things to try out with the rover.

(Posted on 3/12/15)

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