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Offline NergalTopic starter

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$50 Robot Wiring Question
« on: May 04, 2010, 04:47:47 AM »
Is there a specific type of wire I should use when wiring the microcontroller? The only wire I have is 16 gauge auto wire. Will that work for this purpose?

Also, when connecting the pins together on the back, I am supposed to do this with solder, right? It seemed a bit unclear in the directions (to me, anyway) and I want to ensure that I do everything correctly to avoid having to get more parts from DigiKey.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: $50 Robot Wiring Question
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2010, 07:00:44 AM »
16 gauge is a bit heavy - that may be hard to work with.

If you have stranded wire, then a single bare strand from pin to pin might make it easier for you to wire the pins together.

Take a look here for a little more guidance: http://circuitgizmos.com/wordpress/?p=471

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Re: $50 Robot Wiring Question
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010, 05:48:36 PM »
Hi,

Is there a specific type of wire I should use when wiring the microcontroller? The only wire I have is 16 gauge auto wire. Will that work for this purpose?
If you have a short length of Cat.5 cable/"internet cable"/twisted pair cable (of the patch variety, i.e. multicore) where eg. the jacks are damaged, pull the wires (cut the outer isolation layer an inch or two and drag the wires out) and you have 8 wires of an appropriate gauge complete with isolation.

Phone extension cable  is another source (from 3 to 8 wires) and if you can find an old VCR or similar, you can probably get more wire out of it than you need.

Leave the 16 gauge for the motors and perhaps the power lines (V+ and ground).
Regards,
Søren

A rather fast and fairly heavy robot with quite large wheels needs what? A lot of power?
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