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H-Bridge For 4 Motors - Robot Car

I understand how to connect a IO tiny, ez-battery, ez-builder, H-bridge motor controller to two wheel robot car, easy.

Now I have a robot car that has 4 motors, do I just use 2 H-bridge controllers? 

Or is their something I am missing?

thanks for help


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You could just wire the front left and back left motors together at the left motor output and then do same for right front and back together at right h bridge motor output.
So in the H-bridge, just put one wire over the other for left and right

The h-bridge only has two places for motors
I thought that, it just sounded too simple, thanks
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Ya. I'm sure this could be done. However make sure you are not overloading the H-bridge. Look to see what the peek amp draw is on each motor then double it. If it's at or over what the H-Bridge is rated for then you will burn out the H-Bridge. 

Also all motors are not created equal. Even if they are the same motor. if you feed both the same current one will probably run a little faster or slower then the other. This will make it difficult to keep the car from driving straight. You may be happier with a motor controller that offers two channels and provides a mixed or tank setting. The motor controller will then do all the corrections and smooth turning for you. Depending on your budget consider a Sabertooth. ARC has a Sabertooth control built into it. A little less expensive alternative Motor Controller would be a SyRen 10A regenerative motor driver at $50 USD. However this is still a little pricey for a toy if that's what you're building. It's made by the same company as the Sabertooth and should work with the controller in ARC. There are probably less expensive MC's that would work also.

You could easily turn this into a money pit and drop 100's of bucks into making this car precisely controlled. Where are you going with this build and what is your budget?  You say you have 4 motors you want to control? Is this a 4 wheel drive car and do you need and want 4 wheel drive? Perhaps you can remove the two rear motors and make control less expensive and easier.  With a quick google search you can find lots of information about powering and controlling 4 wheel drive cars.

If you still want all 4 motors here's a great thread right here on this forum you should read. Towards the end (Post #28 and beyond) you see you can run many motors from one Sabertooth. Richard R really lays it out for us. Looks easily done.
Thanks for your input, this is just a cheap project to test the H-bridge -works well.

I thought about the overloading of the H-bridge the way robo rad suggested

I guess the simple way is to just use 2 motors on the 4 wheel car for now.

Don't need 4 wheel drive, lol

Thanks again,

Do what David said and hook the two motors on each side together. It’ll be fine.
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I tested my H-bridge, L298N Motor Drive Controller Board Module, Io tiny, Ez-battery - 4 motors, wheels hooked up, run well, straight, fast.

want to see a video?
Outstanding. Yes, please do a vid. Show how you wired it also.
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Here is my car going "slow" for this video

Parts:  IO tiny,  ARC,  Ez-battery -  L298N Motor Drive Controller Board Module Dual H Bridge DC Stepper on Amazon, you can get 5 of them for  12.99  

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I connected 2 motors to one side, and 2 motors to the other side

that's it!

reactions on youtube channel is dissabled?
Here is a picture of wires:

I do this not so much for the toy aspect, but to learn wiring, h-bridge, all the rest

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nomad, I just clicked the video, it plays here

looks like Dave Schulpius seem it also
for now, final picture of car, 4 motors, IO tint, ez-battery, H-bridge:

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love transparent parts.good speed too.:D