Motor current draw for the L298N?

Hi!

I’m diving into the land of DC motors and Arduino, and have a question regarding the L298N Motor Driver and my motor’s current draw.

As I understand it (according to this tutorial), the L298N can handle peak currents of 2A per motor. I’d like to use two motors like this for a drivetrain that requires higher torque, but those motors have a stall current of 3.8A. Does that mean that it will draw too much current for the L298N? If so, is there a comparable (price-wise) motor driver that can handle higher-current motors?

Have a scan down this list for drivers that suit your voltage and current needs.

the L298N can handle peak currents of 2A per motor.

Not for any significant length of time. Pololu has the best selection of modern, efficient motor drivers.

jremington: Not for any significant length of time. Pololu has the best selection of modern, efficient motor drivers.

Got it. Thanks! Will check out Pololu.

ochoasrobots: Got it. Thanks! Will check out Pololu.

The link I gave is to Pololu's comparison table

neiklot: Have a scan down this list for drivers that suit your voltage and current needs.

This is really helpful, thanks!

Any thoughts on if this type of MOSFET Drive Module could accomplish the task?

What task?

The linked MOSFET module controls motor speed, but not direction of rotation.

jremington: What task?

The linked MOSFET module controls motor speed, but not direction of rotation.

Really for a variety of robotics applications using the motors I linked above. Controlling direction of rotation would be important in some cases, so the MOSFET module probably wouldn't work. I think I found an alternative, though. Thanks!

https://www.pololu.com/product/2960