Arduino programming platform is compatible with all low power electric motors available on the market. You can connect the following motors to Arduino platforms:

  • brushless DC electric motors with commutators;
  • brushed DC motors, the simplest DC electric motors;
  • vibration motors that generate vibrations with shaft movement;
  • stepper motors that ensure highly precise control with shaft pulses;
  • EDF drives, combining fans and motors in a single housing;
  • linear actuators that enable linear movement;
  • servo motors,
  • small vacuum and water pumps.

The parameters you should pay attention to when choosing an electric motor for your Arduino platform depend on the type of a particular actuating module. Among the most important ones are:

  • supply current [A] – the current required to properly power the engine;
  • rated voltage [V] – this is the voltage that your module will use to operate (Arduino modules typically use 12V);
  • torque [Nm] – a key parameter of every electric motor (and other motors) that determines its power: higher torque means more power;
  • rotational speed – [rpm] – determines the speed of shaft rotations;
  • mass and size [g and mm] – these parameters are especially important for lightweight modules: you must consider motor size when building them;
  • resolution [number of steps] – applies only to stepper motors and determines the precision of shaft movement;
  • line speed [mm/s] – applies only to linear actuators and determines the speed at which the motor can extend its shaft in a linear motion.
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