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Blown 5A Regulator I/O

Thought I'd post this just to help out.

Recently I was working with two Pololu 18/7 simple motor controllers and the EZ-B. After some configuration with the Pololu software I got the controllers working with the EZ-B.
I decided to try to calibrate the left controller as it didn't feel like the right while I tested it in the servo panel. After getting it calibrated again, I plugged it back in to D12 while the power was still applied to both the motor controller and the EZ-B. Simple, or so I thought. I missed the pin orientation on the servo (Motor controller) plug and shorted positive to negative. The 5a I/O regulator let out a pop and a cloud of smoke. No more 5vdc at the servo pins. The included fuse didn't blow first.
I unsoldered the LM1084 regulator and without paying close attention, order replacements. Here's what I learned: The regulator is availabe in several forms all bearing the LM1084 prefix. If this happens to you, make sure you order the LM1084-5. I ordered 10 of the LM1084-adj. Big mistake!
The versions:
LM1084-3.3
LM1084-5
LM1084-12
LM1084-adj

I had to reorder the correct -5 designation so my bot sits and waits again.

I hope this helps someone out there if they have the same problem.

Cheers!


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#1  
Sorry to hear about your "smoked" experiance:( and then double bad about ordering the incorrect regulator......but thank you so much to post the caveats! an incorrect number ..or letter can make for a bad day:( what did the "adj" mean? and why wouldn't work?
#2  
The suffix "adj" stands for adjustable voltage and the circuit for this version is just a bit different.
This has been a learning experience for sure!
#3  
The voltage output is variable based on the collector pin voltage I believe.