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 3 ratings:
I have used these before with great results. One has many hours of use and shows no signs of failure.
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.
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.