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Hi there

Im new to Arduino, and i have brought the Arduino Starter kit from Earhshine Designed plus an ekstra DC Motor.

Do i got the components to run two DC Motors? If yes how?

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How many TIP120 transistors do you have? Will need (at least) 1 per motor. 2 if you want to be able to have it change directions.
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I only got one. Cant i just plug 2 Motors to one Transistor?
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Maybe - read the spec sheet on the transistor, see what it is rated for, and compare to the current needed by the motors.
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The 2 DC Motors:
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Rated voltage 3V DC
No load current 0.34A max.
No load speed 16,400rpm ± 15%
Rated load 8.0 g.cm
Rated load current 1.07A max.
Rated load speed 13,100rpm ± 12%
Length excluding shaft 25mm
Diameter 20mm
Width across flats 15.1mm
Shaft length 9.4mm
Shaft diameter 2mm
Weight 17g approx.

The Transistor:
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TIP-120 NPN Darlington Transistor
60v
TO-220 package
In packs of 5 units
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I suppose you could, the TIP-120 seems to have good enough ratings for it.
http://www.learn-c.com/tip120.pdf
Pay attention to the pinout, make sure you have a resistor between arduino pin and the base pin, a minimum of 220 ohm should be safe. Try that, measure the voltage across and calculate the current out of the arduino (V across the R)/R = current. Find an R that keeps it around 20mA, maybe 30 if your motors aren't going full speed. You can measure it directly if you have a multimeter with a mA setting; put your meter in series with the arduino output and the resister.
You might want to put a heatsink on the transistor (bolt a bit of metal to it to help dissipate heat).
Not sure what you'd do with 2 motors spinning in unison ...
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