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Drive-L298N v1.0 $8.29US
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This is a dual motor controller module based on the L298N chip. Accepts and drives 5-35V / max 2A (max 25W) DC motors, with forward and reverse control. Use a voltage supply that's 2V higher than the voltage rating of the motor. Comes with cables to connect it to a digitizer and with a cable to connect it to a power supply that can deliver the voltage and amperage that is required for the motors you want to use.

Application examples

  1. Create a little robot by mounting a pair of motors with wheels on a platform and control it with a joystick.

Technical specifications

Product Drive-FR120N actuator
Version 1.0 (January 2020)
Actuator type H-bridge
Driving power 25 W
Driving voltage 5 - 35 V DC
Driving current 2 A
Driving frequency ? MHz (max)
Driving output connector two 2-position screw terminal blocks
Control power 3.2 - 40 V DC, 36 mA max
Control input connector 6 male pins in a row spaced 2.54 mm (0.100 inch)
Power supply 5 - 35 V DC, 2 A
Power supply connector one 3-position screw terminal block
Operating temperature ? to ? ºC (? to ? ºF)
Dimensions 44 x 44 x 29 mm (1.7 x 1.7 x 1.1 inch)
Mounting four 3 mm (0.12 inch) mounting holes spaced apart 37 mm (1.5 inch) width-wise and length-wise
Cable control inputs: 15 cm (5.9 inch), unshielded; power supply input: 25 cm (10 inch), unshielded, red wire = power, black wire = ground
Connector control inputs: 6 male 1x1 plugs with 1 pin in a housing 2.54 mm (0.100 inch) wide; power supply input: female barrel plug 2.1 mm (inner diameter) x 5.5 mm (outer diameter) x 9.5 mm barrel plug with center positive
Weight 39 g (1.4 oz), incl. cables
Application notes
  1. Can be used directly with the WiDig or USB-microDig actuator outputs (ie. the top row of the connector for sensors and actuators).
  2. For identification of the various pins and terminals, see the picture below.
  3. Use the included power cable to connect the Drive-L298N to a 12 V power supply like the GlobalAdapter-1201 or a GlobalAdapter-1210, or connect it to a 5 V power supply like the USBmicroB-GlobalAdapter, or your own power supply, depending on the voltage and amperage that is required for the motors you want to use.
  4. See pictures below for example wiring diagrams (left: USB-microDig, right: WiDig). Use the header wires to connect it to a the actuator outputs of digitizer. Use the barrel jack cable to connect a 5V power supply. If 12V motors are used, connect the power to the screw terminal on the other side of the ground terminal. To control the motors, use a Push3D sensor, as per below image, or 2 Push sensors. When using the Push3D, run EditorX and configure the USB-microDig or WiDig with these settings (you may need to again turn-on inputs 3 and 6). Make sure that the I-O mapping for inputs 1 and 4 is set to continuous. With the Push3D, when moving up/down one motor will run forward/backward at a speed controlled by how far the joystick is moved and the other motor is controlled by moving the joystick left/right, while leaving the joystick at rest in the middle will result in both motors stopped. As a final touch, use the Lookup table function (in the Conversion menu in EditorX) for inputs 1 and 4 to create a control function that matches your needs.
  5. Use an AdaptCableKit and/or HackPlugs to combine sensor and actuator wires.


This page was updated on Thursday 02 September 2021.
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