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Motor drivers

Motor driver

All about motor drivers

Reputable Monster Moto suppliers & testing before use

There have been numerous members reporting faulty cheap copies of Monster Moto Shields, here @SilentChill gives a good first hand account of what can go wrong with cheap MM clones: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/cheap-chinese-monster-moto-clones-and-problems.9059/

Here are member endorsed suppliers and testing procedures to ensure your board is working when it is delivered. If you find alternate quality suppliers please help others by making your own reputable supplier recommendation.

There are normally timelines to be met to be eligible for refunds on faulty boards, so it pays to test them on arrival.

You can follow @SeatTime's advise and use an oscilloscope: http://www.xsimulator.net/community...otors-mms-and-arduinos.6948/page-8#post-81280

Or do a bench test with a multimeter before installing, as @SilentChill demonstrates here: https://www.xsimulator.net/communit...of-motion-sim-project.8448/page-6#post-111669

@tombo recommends this Monster Moto supplier, though notes that: the MMs are from China so has a long delivering time; Ordered many times, parts always be working: US 11.14: http://www.ebay.de/itm/Dual-VNH2SP3...584?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item485bfc7368

And this Ebay supplier, EUR 9,78: http://www.ebay.de/itm/291515853127?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT

Normal DX.com is another supplier recommended by @tombo: Shipping time (2-4 weeks); 23,62€; If the listening ended just go to the sellers shop, there will be a new auction: http://www.dx.com/de/p/monster-moto-shield-for-arduino-red-161274#.Va5x10Y0MqI

Another recommended Ebay supplier, this time by @hape, US $9,74: http://www.ebay.de/itm/310780916584

@Vef445 had a good result with 3 MMs ordered from this Ebay supplier, 9,53 USD: http://www.ebay.fr/itm/381256283620

@Pit bought at the end of 2015 from this seller 2 pieces, both are working, the quality of these samples is pretty much better than many units he got from other suppliers earlier http://www.ebay.com/itm/191674295987


If you are thinking of using MotoMonster (MM) motor driver and an Arduino for your motion simulator project then please read the following carefully to determine if it is a good idea or not:
  • Are you are a complete noob and you defy any wiring experience? (BTW no electronics knowledge is needed)
  • Do you hate reading (easy) manuals?
  • Are you using 300W or lower powered motors with no plans to expand your system at some point in the future with stronger motors, like DC winch motors?
  • Do you have a tendency to rush into jobs?
If you answered Yes to any of the above then please consider using JRKs rather than Arduino and MotoMonster. JRKs are more expensive but are easier to setup and configure.

If you do plan on using MotoMonster and an Arduino (which is a great choice) then please ensure you read, fully understand and follow all of the guides in the FAQs before posting a question:
If you follow all these suggestions then success is guaranteed.

Do not expect community MotoMonster troubleshooting support if you:
  • Do not bother to upload videos or pictures clearly showing all wiring.
  • Expand your system by using 4 MMs - and you use any wire colors without any logic resulting in spaghetti syndrome (eg. black for "+")
  • Ignore troubleshooting advice regarding testing your components and wiring.

SaberTooth Motor Driver (max 36V)

H-bridges - DC motor controllers

Pololu Jrk 12v12 USB Motor Controller with Feedback
99$ https://www.pololu.com/product/1393
one per motor
talk directly with Simtools via USB
Pololu software for PID tuning (no coding)​

► motomonster
one board for two 12V DC motors (or one bigger by @Pit )
driven by 2 x 3 pins (1 PWM for Speed and 2 for Direction)
require to be driven by an Arduino​

test bench for chinese clones by @bruce stephen
motomonster test bench (1).jpg motomonster test bench (2).jpg

home made:
by @Spyderwash http://www.xsimulator.net/community...lator-with-rear-wipers.4896/page-2#post-76942
spyderwash (1).jpg spyderwash (2).jpg

Xilence Cooler for Moto Monster (Sparkfun)

24v motor driver - where to buy

Monster Moto Shield as a single motor driver

MonsterMoto: HowTo: more power (30A current, 60A peak) for 200-300W motors


Moto Monster HowTo: more power (60A current, 120A peak) for 600-800W motors