How to use the H-Bridge Qik 2s12v10 Dual Serial from POLOLU

(Last Updated On: December 16, 2017)

The H-Bridge is a basic part to control motors. Here I am going to explain how I used this H-bridge, Qik 2s12v10 Dual Serial from POLOLU.

I am using it now for my Sumo-bot. I think is fairly good for medium size motors (untill 30A peak and 13 A continuous mode). The price is arround $75 plus sending.

We start talking about what is a “H-bridge”. One H-bridge is a intermediate control phase between microprocessor and motors. With this element you can convert the low intensity microprocessor signals into power signal to feed and manage the motors.

One microprocessor can only take out arround 50 mA in each out-pin and one robotic motor can consume form 150 mA to 2 or 5 peak Ampers. In this case, our powerful motors  could drain 5A in stall.
The basic circuit is make up with four transistors, MOSFET or BJT. The name of “h-Bridge come from the shape of the basic schematic diagram. See the picture below.

 

This  pololu Qik 2s12v10 Dual Serial Motor Controller is controlled by a Serial Port. Usually this kind of electronic boards are managed by PWM outputs. With this type of H-Bridge we can check, control and limite more variables like acceleration, current limitation, erros and data feedback… With one single cable ( with also ground conection of course) we can also control speed and direction.

 

All the square pins are ground (GND) and you can not feed the board from the low intensity side (left, battery output). You must connect the source or battery on the right side. ( power side)

The motors connection is:

Is recommended from the manufacturer instal 3 small ceramic capacitors (0.1 uF) on each motor, so we avoid small peaks on the current

To setup the Serial speed, you must short the 1 and 2 jumpers (like shown below), and we will work with 9600 bps. If we want use auto-detect mode, we shold send a calibration command “0x00” via Serial. For other speed you can read  user guide‘s baud rate table.

 Connecting Arduino board is quite easy, just connect Tx (transmiter) from Arduino to Rx (receptor) from H-Bridge and vice versa. We can recive data from the H-bridge like configurations, diagnosis, erros, currents, speeds…
The basic protocol we use here you can see at the image below. Sending data to the H-bridge is easy, just see the image.

 

More information can be consulted in user guide.

1 thought on “How to use the H-Bridge Qik 2s12v10 Dual Serial from POLOLU

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    ed - August 27, 2013

    I think you might have misunderstood one of the pictures you are using. The picture with the red- arrows does NOT indicate why it is called an H-Bridge, it in fact highlights what is WRONG with the design, namely that there will be a leaking current trough the NP junctions. In order to avoid that you couls switch the NPN and PNP transistors

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