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Ok, so I have yet to use an EZB controller, so this may be a seriously dumb question.... I did a quick search (read quick... LOL), but didn't find my answer... Typically the micro controllers I am used to in the past (Basic Stamp, AtomPrp) can supply about 20mA per pin... Can I assume the EZB4 is the same? If not, what is the power supply limit of the EZB4 pins?


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DJ Sures
Commented October 2013
The ezb v3 had a 5amp regulator. We had a lot of trouble with them because they didn't have enough power to supply more than a few servos. So we researched and found new heavy duty metal geared servos that are 7.4v tolerant. The decision was to provide the input voltage to all digital pins except the analog pins. So what ever power you supply to the ezb comes out of the power pins. We recommend 7.4 volts if you're driving our servos. Otherwise, we will have a power module available very soon. Jeremie had the test pcbs printed today and once they are verified, they'll be on the site.

The power modules have a voltage regulator to power 5 volt items, such as sensors.
Richard R
Commented October 2013
Thanks DJ, That makes sense... I guess I should have started off by asking can a sensor that draws more than 20 mA (such as a super bright 5V LED drawing about 140 ma) be plugged directly into the board's 3 pin digital ports (to control it) or will I need a switching 5V relay (or mosfet)?
DJ Sures
Commented October 2013
We have a switching transistor module also, which can be used for a super bright led. No microcontroller will be able to (by spec) power high current devices. You may get away with it - but we don't suggest it :)
jstarne1
Commented October 2013
Here is the standard diagram for tip120 use. Just remember it's designed to open or close the ground connection of your higher current item. Darlington switching transistors are 1amp current capable.
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Richard R
Commented October 2013
Thanks guys.... it was a question of wishful thinking and/or laziness on my part... I'll go the direction Rich and Jstarne1 suggested....

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AvatarRichard R
Asked on Saturday, October 12, 2013