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PostHeaderIcon Raspberry Pi Robot – Connecting the H-Bridge & Motors

It has been a while since I have posted anything so here we go with a quick post on how to get the motors and H-Bridge connected up to our Raspberry Pi.

Below is an image of how my Raspberry Pi is currently Connected:

Two Motors (Tank)

 

For this project we will be using four of the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins, two per motor.  In the diagram below you will see a diagram of a L298N (hopefully yours will look the same or very similar).  Each motor will have two wires running from them, this will allow us to connect them to “output A” and “output B”.

We will be connecting our battery pack up to the +12v power terminal since we will be providing the H Bridge Motor Controller with 6v from the battery pack that is in our Zumo Chassis.  We will also want to run the ground from the battery pack and also from the Raspberry Pi to the ground terminal on the H Bridge Motor Controller.

Finally we want to run our input cables from the Raspberry Pi GPIO ports to the four input pins of H Bridge Motor Controller.  I have done them in the following order :

Pin 1: Yellow Cable should be GPIO 16

Pin 2: White Cable should be GPIO 18

Pin 3: Green Cable should be GPIO 21

Pin 4: Orange Cable should be GPIO 19

hbridge

This is all there really is to connecting your motors and motor controller up ready for coding our Raspberry Pi robot to move!

If you have an questions or suggestions please leave a comment below.