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Questions tagged [power]

In physics, power is the rate of doing work.

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Power Supply; using a 24V battery for a 12V and lower components (duplicate)

Instead of a separate battery for motors and electronics, one 24V SLA series connection with different converters for the 12V motors, 12V camera, 5V arduino, etc Is this a practical alternative ?
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High power jumping mechanism in small robots

I recently saw this video on YouTube featuring a jumping robot: 5 Fastest Robots In The World I was curious how this is accomplished mechanically? Do they wind a strong spring or use some sort of air ...
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How to create a stable 48V 10A power supply?

I'm shopping for batteries and it's easy to find a 48V lithium ion battery that has like 30A max continuous discharge rating. However, I know that the battery supply has a variable voltage from 54V - ...
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How to calculate power supply requirements for Closed Loop Stepper Motors

I have a CNC Router table that has 4 Nema 23 stepper motor (open loop). I want to upgrade the machine and use 4 Neam 34 Closed Loop Steppers. These are the motors and drivers I'm considering: ...
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How to get constant motor RPM regardless of battery voltage?

I have a brushless motor with a propeller attached, driven by an ESC and a LiPo battery. I noticed that as the battery level drops, the motor spins slower, which makes sense. My question is is it ...
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How should I power my servo motor with the Adafruit PCA9685 chip?

So I have an Adafruit pca9685 controlling an HSB-9380TH servo and a MG-996R servo. I recently began learning about building robot so I apologize if these questions seem dumb. I literally spent a days ...
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Powering servos for quadruped spiderbot using arduino uno [closed]

I am using 12 towerpro SG90 servos. What battery should I use for powering 12 servos for my arduino uno? Can i use the 12v battery, plug it in to 12v dc jack of arduino and tap the 5v output of ...
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What is the best way to power source small Robot

I am trying to make a small robot with 4 12 v DC Motor + Raspberry PI + camera possibly a USB camera. I am very confused with power source. Is it possible to get all of them powered by a single power ...
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Powering multicopter with multiple dedicated batteries

I am in the starting phase of building a fairly large octo-copter drone. I am currently thinking about the possibility of powering my octo-copter design using 4 separate batteries where each battery ...
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Power delivery issue for our human following robot project

We are very new in the game of robotics and we are dealing with a power delivery issue for our motors. We are using two 12V DC motors to give motion to our robot. We are using the L293D motor driver ...
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PixHawk I/II not working in 'Rover' mode (firmware issue?)… HELP!

We are working in a new agricultural rover, and we opted for PixHaw-II+ROS+MavLink platform as a good control alternative. However, our project is stuck as the PixHawk seems to work only when it is ...
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Are robot's codes usually compiled or interpreted?

I would bet that usually these are compiled for better performance, and of lawful reasons (make it harder for any user to save code without decompiling), though I'm not sure. In any case, I believe ...
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Powering a robot using the 12v adapter

Hello every one hope you all alrigt I am working on a mecanum wheel robot and now I am facing a problem to afford a lipo battery which the required voltage to power my robot is 12 So I think that I ...
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What battery capacity would be required to run a component for an hour?

I have a 9.8kW Component that runs at 51.8 Volts. That means I need a battery that has about 9.8kWh of energy to run the component for an hour For the sake of simplicity, say I have some batteries ...
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Will this have more or less lifting strength

Bit of an engineering question. If a snake robot is 100 cm long, and every 10 cm is another motor. Would the robot lift more weight, the longer/more motors attached to it.. or is lifting ability ...
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Supplying power from a power bank to an arduino and DC Motors

I have a two port powerbank capable of supplying a maximum of 5V 2.1A I'm using it to power an Arduino and a L293D IC connected to two DC motors which have the following specifications: Working ...
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Can high voltage power lines provide a super highway for drones?

Is there a way to convert the EM field that surrounds high voltage power lines for direct usable electricity for air or ground drones for continuous flight or travel? Added: Yes could the EM field be ...
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2 way Switch powerbar [closed]

For some important reasons the plugged cable 1 must not be on at the same time as the the plugged cable 2. It must be idiot proof... I'm talking about regular house power north america. What is the ...
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How to power this servomotor?

I would like to use and test this type of servo motor, significantly stronger than the ones I've been using previously. However the datasheets seem to be limited and I can't exactly tell how to use ...
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How are huge industrial robots powered?

Take a look at this monster lifting a car. Now I don't think one can get that power by plugging into a wall outlet. So how are these huge robots (their servos) powered? Gasoline? How is power stored, ...
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Switching from wall power to battery and back again

I'm in the final phase of my BeerBot* project, and I'm looking for the best way to power it. BeerBot will spend most of his life sitting in a docking station, keeping his battery charged and running ...
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Power solution for Raspberry Pi robot

I am building a Pi car with 4 gear motors (190-250mAh each max). Now I want to use my 10000mAh USB power bank to power up raspberry pi along with the 4 gear motors. I can power up the raspberry pi ...
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Running a cycle on brushless outrunner motors? [closed]

Is it possible to convert a cycle into an electric bike by using brushless outrunner motors that usually are for RC planes, multicopter, helicopter, etc? If it is possible, what specs do my motors ...
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Is it possible to use a LiPo charger as a lab bench power supply?

I recently thought about building a lab bench power supply, it comes in cheaper and I love to build things... But then I also have a LiPo charger an iMax B6AC, that I had bought for my quadcopter, ...
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Measure 2 diffrent battery voltages on arduino

Is it possible to measure the voltage of 2 different batteries on arduino? Currently I am able to use a resistor divider / voltage divider of 2x 10K resistors to an analog pin to read the voltage of ...
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Is horsepower related to torque in electric motors? [closed]

Is torque related to size or power at all in electric motors? And what about gas motors too? I have a go kart that is 2.5hp and it's 50cc and its about 1ft x 2ft x 1ft in size. I also see online ...
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How can I charge a 11,1 volt LiPo akku?

I didn't found any modules to charge my 11,1 volt LiPo akku, only for 3,7 volt with 5 volt power supply. How can I handle that with a micro-USB connector on my robotplatform?
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Can we simulate a actuator with a very strong torque with a PID controller

I use gazebo to simulate a robot arm. To control its joints, I use PID controllers. As you might know, PID are sometimes pretty hard to tune and this is the case for a robotic arm. To avoid any tuning,...
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How to decide the battery power for my robot

I need my motor to be powered with 12V, 5A for 1 hour continuously. How can i decide the Ah rate of the battery. Please suggest some lithium ion battery for the specification
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Mobile phone power packs

For my robotics project I would like to utilise readily available mobile phone 'power banks' to simplify the power system for my robot. However, such power banks output 5V, great for the logic systems ...
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Solar Cells Charging a Li-Po Battery [duplicate]

Is there a way to charge a Li-Po battery using solar panels to increase the flight time of a quadcopter during its flight?
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Erratic motor behavior. Is it due to the faulty remote control or Grounding or something else?

I am using arduino mega to run 4 motors via 4 motor controllers. I am using a ps2 controller as the remote control. When the joystick is at rest, the motor should stop. The problem is the motor still ...
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Does the mAh of a battery mean longer power or more power?

If a Lipo battery has more mAh will it be slower to run out of energy or will it have larger power output? Thanks in Advance
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Best power solution for my robot

I've built quadruped robot which is using 12 servos (TowerPro SG90 Servo) and Raspberry Pi (model B 1). Right now I'm "feeding" it with 5V 2.5A charger. How can I make it un-tethered? What should I ...
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increase current draw from serial port of icreate 2

This is from the icreate 2's document: "Pins 1 and 2 (Vpwr) are connected to the Roomba battery through a 200 mA PTC resettable fuse. The continuous draw from these two pins together should not exceed ...
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Arduino Power Adapters

I'm shopping for my first Arduino with a specific goal in mind. I need to attach 3 standard servo motors, an ArduCam Mini 2MP camera, and several LEDs. I'm trying to figure out power requirements. I ...
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Powering 6 servomotors requiring 6V and 2A each

The title pretty much says it all. I'm on a team that is currently building a robotic arm for the capstone project of my engineering degree, our design is similar to the Dobot (5 degrees of freedom). ...
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Sizing high current power supplies for large robots

I'm a researcher in a lab that's starting work on some larger humanoid/quadruped robots as well as a quadcopter. Currently, we have several power supplies that have a max rating of 30V/30A and our ...
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Switching scheme for vector controlled pmac drive

I have 28 pmac motors (3-ph, 230 volt of 0.5 kw, 1.05kw an 1.21kw) in motor control center. Please suggest a time staggered switching scheme in order to avoid tripping due to voltage sag, swell , ...
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How to calculate the current consumed by a brushless motor on a quadcopter

I want to create a virtual quadcopter model, but I am struggling to come up with a satisfying model for the brushless motors & props. Let's take an example, based on the great eCalc tool: Let's ...
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Powering my robot with 12V battery which is charged by a gas/petrol generator while the robot is operating?

A have designed a robot to perform tasks in farms. But the problem now is I'm not sure on the best way to supply continuous power to my robot. All the motors are rated at 12V and only Arduino and a ...
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Extending iCreate battery power for auxilliary equipment

I plan to use the icreate as a platform to carry a tablet, or notebook PC and want to have power for some time so I need more than the 3000 mAh battery. I want all to be powered from same battery ...
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Wiring necessary to route power from any one of several rechargeable batteries

I'm looking for my robotics project to draw its power from one of 3 rechargeable batteries; basically whichever has the most "juice" in it. From the initial research I've already done, I believe I ...
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Understanding how solar panels can supply power to robotic circuits

Say I have this solar panel that outputs 6V at 330mA, or ~1.98 Watts. If I connect that to Arduino, which expects a 5V supply at (roughly) 50mA, then the Arduino as a whole requires 5V * .05A = 0.25 ...
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How to determine how long a battery will power a robotic circuit for?

Obviously robotic circuits draw different amounts of power/current. So given the same battery, say, a 9V, then connecting it to 2 different circuits will deplete it at two different rates. Robot/...
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Why do my ESCs stop working?

I'm new to robotics and this is my first time building a quadcopter. I'm unable to work out why I keep losing ESCs. Most recently in testing, I've managed to calibrate all 4 ESCs and accurately ...
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Help with ultrasonic sensors on obstacles avoiding robot

Well, I will start directly in my problem. I'm working on a project and I only have 10 days left. The idea is simple, a wheeled robot with 3 ultrasonic sensors to avoid obstacles. I've developed a ...
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Calculating thrust generated from electric engines

I wanted to calculate the amount of thrust generated from the engines. I am using the blade 180 cfx model. http://www.bladehelis.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=BLH3450#quickSpecs After some ...
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Battery system for a robot with a RaspberryPi or microcontroller

I'm building a robot which is actually a rotating ball. All my circuitry will be inside this ball. I'm using a Raspberry Pi as the brains. Apart from Raspberry Pi, I've an H-bridge IC (L298N), a 6-...
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Passing power through a motor

How would one go about passing power through a motor? Let's say we have some basic robot which has a motor that slowly spins a limb, on each end of that limb, there is a motor which again spins a ...