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Adafruit Motor/Stepper/Servo Shield for Arduino v2 Kit - v2.3

SKU: ADA1438

$33.95 AUD, inc GST
$30.86 AUD, exc GST

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Adafruit Motor/Stepper/Servo Shield for Arduino v2 Kit - v2.3
33.95 AUD

SKU: ADA1438

$33.95 AUD, inc GST
$30.86 AUD, exc GST
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This is one our most popular motor control shields for the Arduino! It's got everything needed to power and control motors with an Arduino board (that's 4 DC Motors or 2 Servos). This is the upgraded shield, using TB6612 drivers over the L293D darlington driver for up to 1.2A per channel (that's plenty for most maker projects). If you need a board capable of driving your motors with integrated I2C control, then don't move past this one. It's awesome!

  • Compatibility - This one isn't just compatible with the standard Uno, you can also have a plug and play experience with the Leonardo, Mega 2560 r3, Mega ADK, Duemilanove AND Due. That's realistically most of the boards you'd want for Motor control!
  • Pins Used (Stacking Shields) - The pins used by this shield are the 5V/3.3V, GND, SDA, SCL, Analog 4 & 5, and the Digital Pins 9 and 10. Everything else is available for your project to use. Also, the SDA/SCL pins are just the I2C bus pins, so you can have multiple devices on that bus with no issue.
  • Polarity Protection - You won't blow up your Arduino with a fault.
  • Servos! - You can connect 2 servos to the shield too
  • Terminal Block connections - You won't be worried by trying to connect your motors, just use the screw blocks to get it hooked up properly.
  • Reset? - The Arduino reset switch is connected up to the shield, so you'll be able to access it easily.
  • Libraries - All of the libraries are available for download, meaning you can get right into coding your motors.

Using the Motor Shield

You'll need to solder the pins to your motor shield when you get it, it comes with all of the pins you just need some basic soldering skills. Once you have that, you can download your libraries and get the Shield stacked on your dev board. It's just that easy.

Adafruit as always have an incredibly in depth tutorial that will really show you the best way to connect your board up and get it working within the Arduino IDE. You can find that full guide with detailed pictorial instructions here

Technical Specifications

  • 2 connections for 5V 'hobby' servos connected to the Arduino's high-resolution dedicated timer - no jitter!
  • 4 H-Bridges: TB6612 chipset provides 1.2A per bridge (3A for brief 20ms peaks) with thermal shutdown protection, internal kickback protection diodes. Can run motors on 4.5VDC to 13.5VDC.
  • Up to 4 bi-directional DC motors with individual 8-bit speed selection (so, about 0.5% resolution)
  • Up to 2 stepper motors (unipolar or bipolar) with single coil, double coil, interleaved or micro-stepping.
  • Motors automatically disabled on power-up
  • Big terminal block connectors to easily hook up wires (18-26AWG) and power
  • Arduino reset button brought up top
  • Polarity protected 2-pin terminal block and jumper to connect external power, for separate logic/motor supplies
  • Tested compatible with Arduino UNO, Leonardo, ADK/Mega R3, Due, Diecimila & Duemilanove. Works with Mega/ADK R2 and earlier with 2 wire jumpers.
  • Download the easy-to-use Arduino software library, check out the examples and you're ready to go!

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Customer Reviews

  1. Review by Simon verified purchaser

    I bought this genuine Adafruit motor shield from Core, because I couldn’t get a cheap Chinese clone to work reliably. Core shipped it to me really quickly and I was able to get my project working straight away with no problems. I would definitely consider ordering more of my project components from Core. Thanks! (Posted on 6/09/2018)

  2. Review by Vincent verified purchaser

    Easy to use with great library. All the possible options make this the goto shield for any motorised project. Fast and great service on top as well. (Posted on 18/06/2018)

  3. Review by Ryan verified purchaser

    Great & easy to use motor controller for arduino. (Posted on 7/05/2018)

  4. Review by Leith verified purchaser

    Very interesting board easy to interconnect (Posted on 1/05/2018)

  5. Review by Matthew verified purchaser

    Have a look at the Adafruit documentation for this shield before you purchase it. Note that you will need to solder the headers onto the board and you will also need to provide power to the shield (5 - 12v). The other components come pre-soldered. Good documentation and works well. Not stackable with the newest arduino firmware. (Posted on 29/03/2018)

  6. Review by John - Performed as expected verified purchaser

    All items received in a couple of days , and every item was what I wanted , and have performed as expected (Posted on 16/01/2018)

  7. Review by Robert verified purchaser

    It was easy to stack this on to the Arduino Uno, and so it didn't take long to connect it up to my stepper motor and get programming. (Posted on 27/12/2017)

  8. Review by John verified purchaser

    This shield has made it very easy for me attach a range of motors to my Arduinos. (Posted on 5/07/2017)

  9. Review by jaison verified purchaser

    Great product !! Met all my expectation !! Core- electronics actually delivered everything on time !!! Best service and good support !!! (Posted on 21/11/2016)

  10. Review by Ian verified purchaser

    This is really the gold plated version of a motor controller. I bought this to use in prototype testing. It is probably best suited for that situation; it would be a bit of an overkill for 2 motor bots. There are cheaper and just as effective boards available from Adafruit and Df Rpbot , for example. (Posted on 30/08/2016)

  11. Review by Domanic - The solar tracker works a treat verified purchaser

    Great product, great company and great communication 5 star (Posted on 8/12/2014)

  12. Review by Neil - Excellent Shield For Driving Motors. verified purchaser

    This shield is by far the best motor shield I have used and the price is really great. 4DC motor running off one shield makes things so much easier to manage.

    The only downside was that I had to solder the stacking headers on and I really suck at soldering so it took me a while to get them on. However I am now better at soldering so it is not that bad.

    Overall the libraries are easy to use and it is fully compatible with the UNO.

    I would recommend this shield to anyone that needs to drive a couple of motors.

    (Posted on 8/10/2014)

  13. Review by Adam - Great product, except for the polarity protection

    Really great product, with good build quality.
    I bought two of these to stack on an arduino uno, and they worked a treat. Fast to put together, easy to run. If you are using it to control steppers I highly recommend the AccelStepper library.
    The only down side is that although they claim to have reverse polarity protection on the power jack I fried one of the onboard micro controllers by accidentally reversing the terminals of my 12V power supply (so it will only run 1 stepper now).
    Aside from that, it is pretty much perfect. (Posted on 25/01/2014)

  14. Review by Justin - Easy to use motor controller verified purchaser

    These shields work great. I bought two shields to control 8x DC motors (I didn't play with steppers or servos).
    Each shield can be powered from the Arduino power jack or independently from an external power supply. I used an external regulated power supply with my project - I'd recommend this if you are planning on controlling multiple motors as well. Consider what motors you are going to be using and each motors power requirements - each channel has a nominal rating of 1.2A. The shield is intended for use with 6-12VDC motors also.
    Adafruit provides a library to use with this shield, so coding is extremely convenient. There are a few example codes which are quite helpful if you want to get an understanding of the shield capabilities.
    Each shield only comes with male header pins; if you want to make your shield stackable make sure you buy some stackable headers also. (Posted on 19/01/2014)

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