Description: This is a joystick very similar to the ‘analog’ joysticks on PS2 (PlayStation 2) controllers. Directional movements are simply two potentiometers - one for each axis. Pots are ~10k each. This joystick also has a select button that is actuated when the joystick is pressed down.
Note: Breakout board available below.
Based on 5 ratings:
1 of 1 found this helpful:
It is small and simple, but works really smoothly. And you can’t beat the price. Be sure to purchase the PC board as an accessory since it makes mounting and wiring much easier. We made an Arduino robot controller using these and it drives great. The joystick centers nicely at Vcc/2, but doesn’t have any trim feature. We handled the trim in the Arduino software so it worked fine. I’m guessing it is not the best joystick in the world, but for such a low price, you can’t beat it.
2 of 2 found this helpful:
I have used these before with great results. One has many hours of use and shows no signs of failure.
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These are nice easy to use and program joysticks that can be built into a project quickly. The only problem is that the online ad doesn’t make it clear that you need to get a small board to solder them to so you can plug them into a breadboard or Arduino - that can add quite a bit to the unit cost if you only want a few of these (I bought a load for a robotics class so it didn’t add much per stick to the cost.) All round, my students have been very pleased with them and have produced some great products. Getting them to fit into a board can be a bit fiddly but nothing beyond a minorly handy teenager.
Good joystick, remember that pcb, makes using lot easier. Button works even when moved stick and horizontal/vertical work independently. (handy for controlling servos/steppers for like remote camera stand or stuff like that)
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I prchased 5 of these and some other things and one of the joysticks came broken. The shipment and everything was fine and came on time, it just kind of shocked me that sparkfun wouldn’t check over their products to see if they’re working. Maybe it broke during shipment, everything else was fine though. I doubt that sparkfun did this on purpose, but I was still kind of shocked to see a broken product. They also don’t emphasize how YOU MUST BUY A BREAKBOARD. I’m warning everybody so they don’t make the mistake I did, one breakboard, for one joystick. The feeling overall of the material is pretty cheap, but I mean, you can’t expect too much out of a 7 dollar product (~9 plus breakboard). Other than that, nothing wrong with them so far. Fpr all the newbies out there like me, this will take up ALOT of pins on your arduino(or other microcontroller), I’m pretty sure you can only hook one arduino uno. Quite upset, hope Sparkfun will fix. But I will say, I’m loving this website.
I’m sorry one of your units came damaged. Our shipping staff does their best to avoid sending bad items. However, they do handle thousands of products each day. Sometimes a mistake slips through. I have a replacement unit on it’s way to you. In the future if you have an issue with your products, please let us know https://www.sparkfun.com/technical_assistance