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Max Current Drain

Hi,

I would like to control some relays with the digital out ports.
What's the maximum current on those outputs ?

Best regards,

PG

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#1  
http://www.ez-robot.com/manual - contains specifications

25 mA

You can not power relays directly with the digital i/o. You will require a switching transistor. Or, you can purchase either an i2c relay device. Or a arduino relay shield. Both you can find on eBay:)
Belgium
#2  
Thank DJ for your quick answer. I overlooked the pdf... way too
enthousiastic to start off...:)
Yeah, to play it safe I was gonna use a transistor, though it would
be easy to just hook a relay up to the board as I do with Arduino.
Anyway congratz with this awesome product upon many of us have
been waiting for.

Best regards,
PG
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Synthiam
#3  
Pg, thank you and you're welcome! Looking forward to your projects:D
#4  
Another Power Drain question: I know you said in previous posts to use a separate power source for the bigger servos (MG995) which I plan on for real use. However for testing purposes, wherein I will only be using 3 of those total and maybe 3 micro servos and a ping sensor. Could I get away with that on the board if that was all I was testing?
Netherlands
#5  
I've got 4 of the Mg995 and 2 of the HTX900 so far it's working.
But when i do a lot of tricks one of the 2 transistors get warm.
#6  
Thank you Pabi!o. That's just what I needed to know. I will be using 3 of the Mg995 and 3 of the micros. It is only for testing so it seems it will work. But I will keep an eye ont he temp. Thanks!
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#7  
If you have a 5+ amp/hour battery, you should be able to get away with a few of those heavy duty metal servos. Boy they are current hungry! I'll show you how many watts they consume later today. i'll post a pic

The VR's will get skin-burning-hot so watch out! Maybe add a fan to it, like someone did on here. It was a brilliant idea! A little fan from the computer store.