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Motor Controller Board Kit, Kit Format

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Teaching Notes
Key Stage 4
This board takes an 18 pin PIC, which is programmed to respond to the 4 inputs and drive 2 motors with forward and reverse control or 4 motors (on/off control).

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This motor controller board can be used in two ways. You can use your PC flowchart software to write the control application for an 18 pin PIC, or by fitting two more LEDs and downloading some free basic software on to the board you can use it as a standalone sequence controller (see for details and software). This allows students to first pick up the basics of motor direction control, using the sequence controller. Then using the same hardware they are now familiar with, move on to more advanced flowchart control.

The board has four inputs, complete with test switches and four outputs complete with debug LEDs. The outputs can drive two motors with forward and reverse control or four motors with on / off control. However please note the outputs work in pairs and this means that when using four motors, it is not possible to drive motors 1&2 at the same time, nor can outputs 3&4 be driven at the same time.

The new improved version of this board uses a motor driver IC which gives far improved motor power performance due to it’s very low output saturation (the motor output voltage can get closer to the supply voltage).

The kit is compatible with most educational PICs & software. Requires 18 Pin Processor not included.

This kit contains:

  • 1 x 3.5mm PCB mount jack socket
  • 2 x 47ohm resistors
  • 4 x 330ohm resistors
  • 6 x 10Kohm resistors
  • 1 x 100Kohm resistor
  • 4 x 5mm red LEDs
  • 4 x 4 way terminal blocks
  • 1 x 2 way terminal block
  • 1 x 18 pin IC holder
  • 1 x FAN8100N motor driver IC
  • 5 x PCB mount switches
  • 9 x 10nF capacitors, ceramic
  • 2 x 470uF capacitors, electrolytic
  • 3 x 1N4001 diodes
  • 1 x PP3 clip lead
  • 1 x 4C battery holder
  • 1 x heat sink
  • 1 x 5V red LED
  • 1 x 5V green LED
  • 1 x motor controller PCB

PCB dimensions: 110mm x 67mm.

Requires x4 C batteries, available separately. Use rechargeable or alkaline batteries with this kit, zinc carbon batteries are not suitable.

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Also available in a pre-built version.

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 This kit is designed and manufactured in the UK by Kitronik.

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Posted by H.D., Tuesday, 9 February 2016 on product Motor Controller Board Kit, Kit Format
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    Unfortunately you wouldn’t be able to use this board to drive to stepper motor. This is because this board drives the motors in pairs, so motors 1 and 2 are driven together and motors 3 and 4 are driven together. As with a stepper motor you need to drive each coil separately you need a specific motor driver chip. You could use 2 of these as each one can drive one stepper motor.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Posted by tom, Wednesday, 16 December 2015 on product Motor Controller Board Kit, Kit Format
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    To connect this up you would need to connect the required device to the selected pin, and then connect it to 0V, to turn the device on you would drive the selected pin high in the software.

    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Posted by Richard, Wednesday, 14 May 2014 on product Motor Controller Board Kit, Kit Format
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    A: Yes you can.
    Posted by Aaron Sturman on Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Posted by craig, on product Motor Controller Board Kit, Kit Format
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    A: Hello Craig, The input voltage of this board is between 5-6.5V, as such you wouldn’t be able to put 9V’s into the board as this would damage the PIC IC. However depending on your motors you may be able to run them from around 6V’s. The PIC IC that is required with this kit can be programmed via the download socket that is located on the board.
    Posted by Michael Lockhart on Monday, 2 October 2017

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