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Kitronik Motor Driver Board for Raspberry Pi Pico

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This board allows the Raspberry Pi Pico (connected via pin header) to drive two motors simultaneously with full forward, reverse & stop control, making it ideal for Pico controlled buggy projects. Alternatively, the board can be used to power a stepper motor. The board features the DRV8833 motor driver IC, which has built-in short circuit, over current and thermal protection.

The board has four external connections to GPIO pins and a 3V and GND supply from the Pico. This allows for additional IO options for your buggy builds that can be read or controlled by the Pico. In addition there is an on/off switch and power status LED, allowing you to see at a glance if the board is powered up and save your batteries when your project is not in use.

To use the motor driver board, the Pico should have a soldered pin header and be inserted firmly into the connector. The board produces a regulated supply that is fed into the 40-way connector to power the Pico, removing the need to power the Pico directly. The motor driver board is powered via either screw terminals or a servo style connector.

Kitronik has developed a MicroPython module and sample code to support the use of the Motor Driver board with the Pico. This code is available in the GitHub repo.

Note: A Raspberry Pi Pico is not included with this board and will need to be purchased separately. Please see the Hookup Accessories section below for ordering options.

  • Length: 63mm
  • Width: 35mm
  • Height: 11.6mm
  • PCB Thickness: 1.6mm
  • Mounting Holes (Diameter): 3mm
  • A compact yet feature-packed board designed to sit at the heart of your Raspberry Pi Pico robot buggy projects.
  • The board can drive two motors simultaneously with full forward, reverse, and stop control.
  • It features the DRV8833 motor driver IC, which has built-in short circuit, over current and thermal protection.
  • Additionally, the board features an on/off switch and power status LED.
  • Power the board via a terminal block style connector.
  • The 3V and GND pins are also broken out, allowing external devices to be powered.
  • Code it with MicroPython via an editor such as the Thonny editor.

Kitronik Motor Driver Board for Raspberry Pi Pico Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Robotics

This skill concerns mechanical and robotics knowledge. You may need to know how mechanical parts interact, how motors work, or how to use motor drivers and controllers.

3 Robotics

Skill Level: Competent - You may need an understanding of servo motors and how to drive them. Additionally, you may need some fundamental understanding of motor controllers.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.

1 DIY

Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Core Skill: Programming

If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.

3 Programming

Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

2 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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