I have a stepper motor from an old inkjet printer that I would like to use in an Arduino project. The motor is this one:- http://www.eminebea.com/en/product/rotary/steppingmotor/pm/standard/pm55l-048.shtml
The L293D motor shields available say they can only supply up to 600mA. This motor’s specs mention 800mA in the ‘Bipolar Chopper’ column, but nothing at all in the ‘Unipolar Const Voltage’ column on that page. As all this is new to me, I don’t really understand what this means. Is it possible to control a motor in different ways, and each way might draw a different current ? …or is the manufacturer’s page just covering several sub-versions of the motor and detailing the specs in different columns ? The motor I have has six wires coming out of it.
Basically, what I’m trying to establish is whether an L293D motor shield is up to the job, or whether I need something beefier - and if so… what ?
Any help is very much appreciated !