Safe to power the Thunderborg from the RPi GPIO?
I have a Thunderborg installed in my Monsterborg robot. Rather than relying on batteries all the time while I am experimenting I would like to power the Pi from the mains adapter. However when I do this I notice that the LED on the Thunderborg lights up. Is this safe or could it damage the Pi?
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ThunderBorg is a powerful dual motor control board for making awesome robots with your Raspberry Pi. The ThunderBorg is used in our MonsterBorg robot kit.
This version has the optional ThunderBorg Lid which comes with:
- A second super bright LED which can be independently controlled
- 9V style connector for either AA battery packs or 9V batteries
- Convenient power switch to disconnect the batteries
- Enough room to sit a 10x AA battery pack
- Pre-soldered directly onto the ThunderBorg by us.
All ThunderBorg versions include:
- Control BIG or small motors.
- On-board 5V regulator powers the Raspberry Pi
- Runs from any battery pack or power supply from 7V to 35V
- Proper 5A output per motor connection
- Speed control forwards and reverse
- On-board voltage monitoring for attached batteries
- Mounts directly onto most Raspberry Pi models
- Super bright LED capable of over 16 million colours
- Plug in more boards to control up to 200 motors!
- Controls 4, 5 or 6 wire stepper motors
We also have ThunderBorg without the optional lid here.
For more information on how to get started making motors move and building robots with your ThunderBorg, check out the links below :)
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