Now that you have seen a broad representation of motors and the basic code to use them on Crickit, what are the next steps on becoming more proficient? The resources presented on this page provide more in-depth information on various aspects of motors and Crickit.

More Details on Crickit

The Adafruit Learning System guide Introducing Adafruit Crickit provides a very thorough review on what Crickit is and how it can be used in many ways. Feel free to jump to various sections, especially on motors, to find additional information beyond that presented in this guide.

That guide and other guides from Adafruit will be kept up to date on expansion of the Crickit product line and how to use Crickit and various microcontrollers.

Details on Motor Specifications

On the product page of each motor Adafruit sells, there is information specific to that motor including:

  • Dimensions
  • Weight
  • Operating Current
  • Revolutions Per Minute (varies by voltage for Continuous DC motors)
  • Current (can vary from still to use to stall depending on type)
  • Steps per Revolution (steppers)

Often the product page will recommend various Adafruit products to control that type of motor - this is usually for installations not using a Crickit.

Watch out! Crickit can only power 5V motors, servos and solenoids! Check that the motor you want to use can run at 5V. If its a 9V or 12V motor it *might* work but run very slowly or weakly. On the other hand, a 3V motor can burn out fast because it's not rated for 5V!

Motor Usage in the Adafruit Learning System

The Adafruit Learning System has project guides for using a wide array of Adafruit products. If you are considering using a type of motor, look for a guide that might use that particular motor or one like it. The code may or may not be in the language you are looking to utilize, Adafruit guides are often written for one of three languages: MakeCode, CircuitPython, or Arduino. But you can glean a lot on how a product was used in one project for building another.

An example: In the Using a Standard Servo Now page, there was demonstration code for a flapping effect. Going to https://learn.adafruit.com and doing a search for "flapping" (as "wing pulls up Feather products), the following tutorials have a wing flapping motion to look at:

All of those demonstrate a servo being used to create motion which can be adapted for other use.

It might take a couple of searches in the Adafruit Learning System to find what you are specifically looking for, there are approximately 1,500 guides at the time this was written!

Have fun with your motors!

This guide was first published on Jul 04, 2018. It was last updated on Jul 04, 2018.
This page (Motors, the Next Step) was last updated on Sep 23, 2020.