Pololu Jrk 12v12 USB Motor Controller


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99.95 USD
$99.95 ea.
$79.96 ea.

The jrk 12v12 motor controller is a highly configurable brushed DC motor controller that supports four interface modes: USB, logic-level serial, analog voltage, and hobby radio control (RC).

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I have to admit that Pololu did a real good job with this jerk. I mean jrk. Yeah, I don't know why it's called that either... Regardless of the name, the Jrk 12V12 has a fantastic feature set, and some nice support software. Here's the highlights as we see them:

  • 6 to 16VDC power input
  • 12A with 30A surge current rating (wow)
  • Can be controlled via:
    • USB
    • PWM (servo remote control style)
    • Analog joystic/potentiometer
  • Optional Feedback control via:
    • 0-5V analog input
    • Frequency signal (like a tachometer)
  • Calibrate with USB interface to Windows software
  • Configure feedback loops via software with control over
    • PID period & constants. (Proportional / Integral / Derivative - embedded!)
    • Error response
    • Learning calibration for RC / Analog interfaces
    • Programmable maximum
      • Current
      • Duty cycle
      • Acceleration

WOW - that's a huge bundle of features for a compact unit measuring only 1.35" x 1.85"!

So what make is so superior to other models of motor driver units?

  • Control the motor via a PC's USB port (as simulated serial interface)
  • Ultrasonic PWM to eliminate switching-induced motor shaft hum or whine.
  • Robust, high-speed communication protocol with user-configurable error condition response.
  • 12-bit resolution (that's 4096 levels) for smooth and flexible calibration to various input and feedback devices.
  • Current sensing and limiting.
  • Reversed power protection.
  • Field-upgradeable firmware.

The only serious limit to this unit is that it is a single motor driver. Not dual. So if you want to drive a robot, you'll need one of these per motor. But with this feature set, it'll be very easy to work with!

Motor channels: 1
Operating voltage: 6 – 16 V
Continuous output current: 12 A
Peak output current: 30 A
Auto-detect baud rate range: 300 – 115,200 bps
Available fixed baud rates: 300 – 115,200 bps
Available PWM frequencies: 20 kHz, 5 kHz
Reverse voltage protection?: Yes
USB connector style: USB Mini-B

Included Hardware:

The jrk ships with a 14×1 straight 0.100" male header strip and two 5mm, 2-pin terminal blocks. To provide maximum flexibility, none of these parts are soldered to the board.

For the most compact installation, you can solder wires directly to the jrk pads themselves and skip using the included hardware. The included hardware allows you to make less permanent connections. You can break the 14×1 header strip into an 8×1 piece and two 3×1 pieces and solder these strips into the jrk’s I/O pads.

Note: USB cable not included

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