I have been working with the Arduino Motor Shield. Here are some of the basic specs for theÂ shield:
- Operating Voltage – 5v to 12v
- Motor Controller – L298P, Drives 2 DC Motors or 1 Stepper motor
- Max Current – 2A per channel or 4A max (with external power supply)
- Current Sensing – 1.65V/A
Free Running stop and brake function
This Shield has 4 main functions:
|Function||pins per Ch. A||pins per Ch. B|
The last feature on the board is the Current Sensing, which you can access by doing a analogRead on the analog 0 and 1 pins. One important thing on the shield is that there are 2 soldered pins on the back that enable this feature.
IMPORTANT: When the current sense pins are soldered they cannot be used as general analog pins. You will get bad readings if you try to use A0 and A1.
This shield can run 2 DC motors
This is an example of running 2 DC Motors with Current Sense.