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Powering an Arduino + Motor Shield Project
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Powering an Arduino + Motor Shield Project

by IntelliTom on Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:38 pm

Hi Fruits

I am nearing the end of a prototype phase on a current arduino project. It's an arduino with an AdaFruit Motor Shield and it's running 1 stepper motor. The stepper motor I have is unbranded/unlabelled so I don't know it's actual power requirements. Using a variable bench power supply it seems to run best at 9v 0.50a It will take more volts, but at over 12v the motor and board started to warm up. The only other electronics the arduino is using is 4 LEDs with minimal use.

So now I want to put it all in a box with a simple 'wall wart' type power supply. I'm trying to work out how you power both the arduino and shield together. At the moment I have the arduino plugged into USB and the shield hooked up to the bench psu. Is there a way to combine the power for both? If so, how do I work out the power rating?

I am a total beginner, so would very much appreciate some advice.
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Re: Powering an Arduino + Motor Shield Project

by adafruit_support_bill on Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:07 am

If your stepper motor is running at 9v 0.5A, you may be able to run the whole thing on a 9v-1A supply like this one: http://www.adafruit.com/products/63
The easiest way is to plug the power supply connector into the Arduino and install the power jumper on the shield. This will connect the motor supply to the Arduino VIN.

Stepper motors typically don't cause as many power-supply problems as DC motors. But if you experience erratic operation, you you may need to go to separate supplies.
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Re: Powering an Arduino + Motor Shield Project

by IntelliTom on Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:16 am

Thanks AdaFruit. I shall try out your suggestion.
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