Servo control voltage

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Euticus
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Servo control voltage

Post by Euticus » Fri Sep 05, 2003 1:20 pm

Does the control voltage on a servo have to be at the same level as the motor voltage? I am planning to use several different micros to provide the PWM signal for the servos-one micro is 5 volts the other is 3.3. The servo will have it's own supply at 6 volts or more. (I do not want to run the servo motor at 5 volts.) I have never seen this question addressed anywhere.

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Re: Servo control voltage

Post by Rodney » Fri Sep 05, 2003 2:02 pm

If you are using standard Radio Control type servos like those from Futaba, Hitec, Airtronics etc. it is not a good idea to exceed 6 volts without risking servo damage; even then, if you stall out the servo you could ruin it with even 4.8 volts on it if it were stalled for an appreciable time.

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Re: Servo control voltage

Post by L. Daniel Rosa » Sun Sep 07, 2003 8:58 am

From what I've seen of servos (not much), they have a uC on board with TTL compatible inputs. As long as your highs are at least 2.4V and your lows are at most 0.8V you should be okay.

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