SparkFun Motor Driver - Dual TB6612FNG (1A)

The TB6612FNG Motor Driver can control up to two DC motors at a constant current of 1.2A (3.2A peak). Two input signals (IN1 and IN2) can be used to control the motor in one of four function modes: CW, CCW, short-brake and stop. The two motor outputs (A and B) can be separately controlled, and the speed of each motor is controlled via a PWM input signal with a frequency up to 100kHz. The STBY pin should be pulled high to take the motor out of standby mode.

Logic supply voltage (VCC) can be in the range of 2.7–5.5VDC, while the motor supply (VM) is limited to a maximum voltage of 15VDC. The output current is rated up to 1.2A per channel (or up to 3.2A for a short, single pulse).

This little board comes with all components installed as shown. Decoupling capacitors are included on both supply lines. All pins of the TB6612FNG are broken out to two 0.1" pitch headers; the pins are arranged such that input pins are on one side and output pins are on the other.

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Get Started With the Motor Driver Hookup Guide

  • Power supply voltage: VM = 15V max, VCC = 2.7–5.5V
  • Output current: Iout = 1.2A (average) / 3.2A (peak)
  • Standby control to save power
  • CW/CCW/short-brake/stop motor control modes
  • Built-in thermal shutdown circuit and low-voltage detecting circuit
  • All pins of the TB6612FNG broken out to 0.1" spaced pins
  • Filtering capacitors on both supply lines

SparkFun Motor Driver - Dual TB6612FNG (1A) Product Help and Resources

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Basic hookup guide for the TB6612FNG H-bridge motor driver.

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Customer Comments

  • @Sparkfun, Can the 2 outputs be tied together to allow for 2A motor driving, or would the potential for delayed back-current cause trouble? I am looking for a cheap solution to drive multiple 1.5A LED strips and I prefer having considerably more current than necessary since they may be left on for hours at a time (or set to pulse).

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Using to run a throttle program on an electric train mounted on my Christmas tree. Hookup seems more complicated than it needs to be but function has been flawless.