servo question

Ben DamonBen Damon Posts: 42
edited 2004-11-21 - 16:34:14 in Robotics
Just a quick question.· Is it damaging to the servos to run them faster that norm? ( about 60-63rpm )
yah i'm still learning the basics.· (but i'm entitled to be ignorant until i'm 18roll.gif )

Thanks in advance,

Ben Damon

And may God Bless America!


  • MatthewMatthew Posts: 200
    edited 2004-11-19 - 23:52:56
    Are you going to make the servo run faster by increasing the volts supplied to the servo?
  • edited 2004-11-20 - 00:01:08
    It depends on how you do it. The Boe-Bot with a brand new set of four 1.5 V alkaline batteries will run the Boe-Bot (Parallax Continuous Rotation) servos close to 60 RPM.

    DO NOT try to use a higher voltage battery to make the servos go faster.· I have smoked Parallax Continuous Rotation servos with 9 V batteries.· Not good...

    You can safely reduce the PAUSE time between pulses to increase the servo speed. For example, full-speed forward is usually:

    PULSOUT 13, 850
    PULSOUT 12, 650
    PUASE 20

    You can change the PAUSE 20 command to PAUSE 1, and it should speed the servos up by a few RPM. The relative speed control is still accomplished with the PULSOUT commands.

    Post Edited (Andy Lindsay) : 11/20/2004 12:06:31 AM GMT
  • Ben DamonBen Damon Posts: 42
    edited 2004-11-20 - 01:07:56
    yes the volts where incresed.· But only to 6.75v.· I'm experimenting with rechargables (five 1.35v batterys to gether)· I Cannot imagine that small a increase doing damage but just wanted to make shure.

    Ben Damon

    And may God Bless America!
  • edited 2004-11-20 - 05:06:05
    That'll probably be OK.· If your Boe-Bot·has a board of Education Rev C, you can protect your servos by setting the power jumper between the servo ports to Vdd (instead of Vin).· Your servos will go a tad slower, but they'll probably last longer.· See page 52 of Robotics with the Boe-Bot v2.2, available from the Parallax -->·Downloads --> Stamps in Class Tutorials page.
  • Ben DamonBen Damon Posts: 42
    edited 2004-11-20 - 15:39:13
    Thanks for the help, it helped.

    Ben Damon

    And may God Bless America!
  • Ken GraceyKen Gracey Posts: 6,593
    edited 2004-11-21 - 16:34:14

    How about trying a high-speed servo, modified for continuous rotation?

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