The RoboClaw from Ion Motion Control (formerly Orion Robotics) is an efficient, versatile, dual-channel synchronous regenerative motor controller. It can supply two brushed DC motors with 7.5 A, 15 A, 30 A, 45 A, or 60 A continuous (depending on the model) at voltages from 6 V to 34 V, and it allows for peak currents up to twice the maximum continuous rating.
The RoboClaw features dual quadrature decoding capability. A built-in PID routine can be used for closed-loop speed control, maintaining motor speeds even if the load varies, or the encoder counts and speeds can be read directly from the RoboClaw for use with an external control system. Analog feedback is also supported for closed-loop position control.
The RoboClaw has a USB interface that acts as a virtual serial (COM) port, allowing it to be controlled directly from a computer. Several other interface modes are supported by the RoboClaw as well: it can be controlled via TTL serial for use with an embedded system, RC hobby servo pulses for use as an RC-controlled electronic speed control (ESC), or analog voltages for use with potentiometers or analog joysticks.
The RoboClaw 2x7A (V5 and V5B), 2x15A (V5), 2x30A (V5), 2x45A (V5), and 2x60A (V5) have USB Micro-B connectors; older USB RoboClaws had a USB Mini-B connector.
This RoboClaw 2x7A (V5B) is a slightly improved replacement for the 2x7A (V5). Specifically, the V5 linear BEC regulator has been replaced by a higher-power switching regulator on the V5B that can deliver up to 1.2 A at 5 V, and this product now includes an optional case. In all other respects, the new version is functionally identical to the previous one.
The board size is the same and the locations of the key interface elements (e.g. buttons, terminal blocks, header pins, USB connector, and mounting holes) are unchanged, but some of the components (e.g. the large power capacitors) have changed, which could affect how the new controller works as a replacement for the V5 in designs with very tight space constraints.
|Operating voltage:||6 V to 34 V|
|Continuous output current:||7.5 A||15 A||30 A||45 A||60 A|
|Peak output current:||15 A||30 A||60 A||60 A||120 A|
|5V BEC(1) max current:||150 mA (V5) or 1.2 A (V5B)||3 A|
|Width:||1.7″ (4.2 cm)||2.1″ (5.2 cm)||3.4″ (8.6 cm)|
|Length:||1.9″ (4.8 cm)||2.9″ (7.4 cm)||3.9″ (10 cm)|
|Weight:||18 g||60 g||60 g (2x45A)
63 g (ST 2x45A)
1 Battery Eliminator Circuit
Ion Motion Control has written an Arduino library for the RoboClaw that makes it easy to interface these motor controllers with an Arduino. The library comes with several example sketches that demonstrate different methods of controlling the RoboClaw.
Note: Ion Motion Control was formerly Orion Robotics, which was previously Basic Micro. Ion Motion Control uses the following product names and number for the RoboClaw controllers:
“RoboClaw 2x7A Motor Controller”, Item Id: ION404 (replaces “RoboClaw 2x5A”, Item Id: ION403)
“RoboClaw 2x15A Motor Controller”, Item Id: ION412
“RoboClaw 2x30A Motor Controller”, Item Id: ION413
“RoboClaw 2x45A Motor Controller”, Item Id: ION418
“RoboClaw ST 2x45A Motor Controller”, Item Id: ION419
“RoboClaw 2x60A Motor Controller”, Item Id: ION414