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

Product Code : RB-Rbo-33

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  • 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 
  • Please verify the polarity of the connector before using this battery as it may differ from the image

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  • 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 
  • Please verify the polarity of the connector before using this battery as it may differ from the image

The DFRobotShop Rover V2 – Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (Basic Kit) is a versatile mobile robot tank based on the popular Arduino Uno R3 USB Microcontroller 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 V2 - Arduino Compatible Tracked Robot (Basic Kit)

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

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)


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


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Good first kit but video hard to understand

Review by lucca

This is an amazing kit for beginners who are just starting robotics or are already started. It really helps you grip the fundamentals of robotics and learn a bit of coding. It was really fun to make but the construction video is a bit confusing to understand. All in all good robot

(Posted on 4/3/2018)

Good kit

Review by roger

Tracks not very easy to assemble, but overall a nice kit. Assembly video very good

(Posted on 2/1/2018)


Review by Marco

At the beginning I had a few problems with the tracks but overall it's a good product.

(Posted on 7/16/2017)

Good for beginners

Review by Jiri

Good product, easy to build. Easy to get going with sample code. But the tracks are not very good quality.

(Posted on 5/2/2017)


Review by Massimiliano

Great product very easy to build and to write code, the best Rover on the Web.

(Posted on 7/7/2016)

Excellent Kit

Review by David

I ordered this kit as an introduction to robotics with my 8-year old son. The kit is complex enough that it should challenge us for many years - but was simple enough that he could meaningfully participate in building it and get a sense of accomplishment as it drove under his "command".

We purchased the kit with the Bluetooth module - which proved to be very important for providing my son with a good sense of have a "robot" to control.

The software is simple to use, and the instructions (with the video) are adequately clear for a complete first timer such as myself. A separate document more clearly showing the installation of the Bluetooth would have been helpful - but not necessary.

When we had some troubles (with the tooth module) the thorough forums helped us track the issue and Robot Shop responded quickly and accurately to our issue.

I would strongly recommend this for anyone technically inclined looking for a simple introduction to robotics.

(Posted on 5/16/2016)

Great fun!

Review by Robert

This assembly looked daunting at first, but following the video and assembling it was a breeze. I can hardly wait to progress to the point where I can turn in into an autonomous buggy, or meld some of my R/C components in as well.

(Posted on 5/3/2016)

Easy to build, Works great.

Review by Tyson

The rover itself was easy to assemble. The gearbox instructions are in an Asian language, but the diagrams are very well done. If you can assemble Lego, you can assemble the gearbox.

It connects to the PC and the IDE flawlessly every time and the motors and treads seem capable of tackling the rugs and linoleum equally well. Using the 3.6 V motors it seems a little hesitant at times but it always seems to find the torque to get where its trying to go :)

One warning: If you are going to use the encoders that are recommended for the gearbox (RB-Rbo-122) the assembly will be more difficult. They must be installed before the back of the chassis, the gearbox and the rover circuit board can be united; balancing the aforementioned parts, plus two washers, on a screw, while not hitting the encoders with the screw driver can be.. a challenge.

(Posted on 5/3/2016)

Great beginners robot

Review by Beth

Wanted to start learning how to build/program robots so I bought this as my first one and it was great. It wasn't too easy to build and wasn't too hard which was perfect. I'm now adding new parts to it such as a distance sensor and have got encoders on the way...

Programming it with the Arduino software was also very simple :)

(Posted on 3/23/2016)

Great educational robot kit

Review by Francisco


I just assembled and tested this robot and it's a good robot kit for people thinking on some robotics with sensors, flexible enough and with Arduino support.

The kit is very comprehensive to mount, with good instructions thanks to a video in Youtube from Robotshop. It is also simple yet powerful enough to expand it with sensors and other actuators thanks to the integrated Arduino board it has. The DC motors are simple but effective with the gears and the whole structure is light but robust.

It brings also several simple programs so you can start using it after mounting it, and later develop your own robot and have even mor fun!

I posted a full review also here, and probably more later after I add more stuff to it ;-) http://letsmakerobots.com/node/47761

(Posted on 3/16/2016)

Great Educational Kit

Review by Sheng

This is a fun way to learn assembly and programming. My only suggestion is to create another assembly video with explanation instead of music.

(Posted on 11/9/2015)

Start to fun times ahead

Review by Sean

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

(Posted on 8/30/2015)

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 8/29/2015)


Review by Stefan_colhoun

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

(Posted on 7/30/2015)

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 7/16/2015)

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 6/29/2015)

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 6/10/2015)

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 6/9/2015)

Great Quality and price. A lot of fun

Review by Davide

Great Quality and price. A lot of fun

(Posted on 4/11/2015)

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 3/10/2015)

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 2/5/2015)

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 1/6/2015)

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 7/11/2014)


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 5/7/2014)

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 4/18/2014)

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 11/16/2013)

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