Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback

This compact motor controller makes closed-loop speed or position (but not both!) control of a brushed DC motor easy, with quick configuration over USB using our free software.

AUD$ 63.95

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Description

Overview


With integrated support for analog voltage or tachometer (frequency) feedback, the second-generation G2 family of Jrk motor controllers makes it easy to add closed-loop control of speed or position (but not both!) of a single brushed DC motor to a variety of projects. These versatile, general-purpose modules support five different control interfaces: USB for direct connection to a computer, TTL serial and I²C for use with a microcontroller, RC hobby servo pulses for use in an RC system, and analog voltages for use with a potentiometer or analog joystick. They also offer many settings that can be configured using our free configuration software utility for Windows, Linux, and macOS. This software simplifies initial setup of the device and allows for in-system testing and monitoring of the controller via USB (a micro-B USB cable is required to connect the Jrk G2 to a computer).

Side-by-side comparison of the different Jrk G2 USB Motor Controllers with Feedback.

The table below lists the members of the Jrk family, including the original (green) versions, and shows the key differences among them.


Jrk
21v3

Jrk
12v12

Jrk G2
21v3

Jrk G2
18v19

Jrk G2
24v13

Jrk G2
18v27

Jrk G2
24v21
Recommended max
operating voltage:
28 V(1) 16 V 28 V(1) 24 V(2) 34 V(3) 24 V(2) 34 V(3)
Max nominal
battery voltage:
24 V 12 V 24 V 18 V 28 V 18 V 28 V
Max continuous current
(no additional cooling):
2.5 A* 12 A 2.6 A 19 A 13 A 27 A 21 A
TTL serial, USB,
Analogue, RC control:
I²C control:
Hardware current limiting:
Dimensions: 1.35″ × 1.35″ 1.85″ × 1.35″ 1.0″ × 1.2″ 1.4″ × 1.2″ 1.7″ × 1.2″
Price: $49.95 $99.95 $49.95 $99.95 $99.95 $149.95 $149.95
1 Transient operation (< 500 ms) up to 40 V.
2 30 V absolute max.
3 40 V absolute max.
* Reduced from “3 A” based on newer, more stringent tests. The value now is directly comparable to the rating for the newer G2 21v3.

Pololu Jrk G2 18v19 USB Motor Controller with Feedback controlling an industrial-duty linear actuator with an RC receiver.

Pololu Jrk G2 18v27 USB Motor Controller with Feedback controlling a high-power motor from USB.

Main features of the Jrk G2 family

  • Easy open-loop or closed-loop control of one brushed DC motor
  • A variety of control interfaces:
    • USB for direct connection to a computer
    • TTL serial operating at 5 V for use with a microcontroller
    • I²C for use with a microcontroller
    • RC hobby servo pulses for use in an RC system
    • Analogue voltage for use with a potentiometer or analogue joystick
  • Feedback options:
    • Analogue voltage (0 V to 5 V), for making a closed-loop servo system
    • Frequency, for closed-loop speed control using pulse counting (for higher-frequency feedback) or pulse timing (for lower-frequency feedback)
    • None, for open-loop speed control
    • Note: the Jrk does not support using quadrature encoders for position control
  • Ultrasonic 20 kHz PWM for quieter operation (can be configured to use 5 kHz instead)
  • Simple configuration and calibration over USB with free configuration software utility (for Windows, Linux, and macOS)
  • Configurable parameters include:
    • PID period and PID coefficients (feedback tuning parameters)
    • Maximum current
    • Maximum duty cycle
    • Maximum acceleration and deceleration
    • Error response
    • Input calibration (learning) for analogue and RC control
  • Optional CRC error detection eliminates communication errors caused by noise or software faults
  • Reversed-power protection
  • Field-upgradeable firmware
  • Optional feedback potentiometer disconnect detection

Details for item #3142

Basic pinout diagram of the Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback.

The Jrk G2 21v3 operates from 4.5 V to 28 V and can deliver a continuous output current of 2.6 A (5 A peak) without a heat sink. The controller supports transient operation (< 500 ms) up to 40 V, and the maximum recommended nominal battery voltage is 24 V. This version has header pins and terminal blocks included but not soldered, so soldering is required to use it.

Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback.

Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback, bottom view with dimensions.

A version is also available that requires no soldering to use as the terminal blocks and main header pins are already installed.

Included hardware

Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback with included hardware.

Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback (Connectors Soldered).

The Jrk ships with a 0.1″ breakaway male header strip and two 2-pin 3.5mm terminal blocks. You can solder the terminal blocks to the four large through-holes to make your motor and motor power connections (see our short video on terminal block installation), or you can solder a couple of 2-pin pieces of the 0.1″ header strip into the smaller through-holes above and below these larger holes.

Pieces from the 0.1″ header strip can be soldered into the small holes on the logic connection side of the board to enable use with solderless breadboards, perfboards, or 0.1″ connectors. For the most compact installation, you can just solder wires directly to the holes.

Note: A USB A to micro-B cable (not included) is required to connect the Jrk G2 to a computer for initial configuration.

Comparison to the original Jrk motor controllers

The Jrk G2 family features a number of improvements compared to our original two Jrk motor controllers (21v3 and 12v12). Most importantly, the Jrk G2 controllers support both higher operating voltages and larger output currents while being even more compact than their predecessors. Other new features include:

Comparison of the newer Jrk G2 21v3 (black PCB) with the original Jrk 21v3 (green PCB).

  • Configurable hardware current limiting on higher-power versions – the motor drivers on the Jrk G2 18v19, 18v27, 24v13, and 24v21 use current chopping to actively limit the motor current when it exceeds a software-configurable threshold (the Jrk G2 21v3 has fixed hardware current limiting and optional software current limiting)
  • More accurate speed control at low tachometer frequencies
  • I²C interface provides an additional control option
  • VIN measurement capability allows monitoring of battery or power supply
  • USB Micro-B connector (instead of Mini-B as on the original Jrk controllers)
  • Configurable deceleration limiting (the original Jrks just supported configurable acceleration limiting)
  • PID coefficients can now be adjusted on the fly over the serial, I²C, and USB interfaces

The Jrk G2 controllers are not drop-in replacements for the original Jrk controllers because of differences in their form factors and pin arrangements, although wiring changes should be straightforward. The Jrk G2 serial protocol is compatible with (and generally a superset of) the original Jrk serial protocol, so in many cases, serial interface software running on a microcontroller or computer will not need to be modified to work with a Jrk G2.


Specifications

Dimensions

Size: 1.2″ × 1.0″ × 0.3″1
Weight: 4.5 g1

General specifications

Motor channels: 1
Control interface: USB; non-inverted TTL serial; I²C;
RC servo pulses; analogue voltage
Minimum operating voltage: 4.5 V2
Maximum operating voltage: 28 V3
Continuous output current per channel: 2.6 A4
Maximum PWM frequency: 20 kHz
Reverse voltage protection?: Y
Version: G2 21v3 (28 V max, 2.6 A max continuous)
Connectors soldered?: N

Identifying markings

PCB dev codes: umc06a
Other PCB markings: 0J11316

Notes:

1
Without included hardware.
2
Powering the Jrk G2 21v3 with a supply voltage between 4.5 V and 5.5 V might cause its logic voltage to be lower than normal, which could affect operation. See the user’s guide for more information.
3
Transient operation (< 500 ms) up to 40 V.
4
Typical results at room temperature running at 90% duty cycle with VIN > 8 V. Operation from 4.5 V to 8 V reduces maximum current output.

Resources

Documentation and other information

Jrk G2 Motor Controller User’s Guide

User’s manual for the Pololu Jrk G2 USB Motor Controllers with Feedback.


File downloads

Jrk G2 Software and Drivers for Windows (10MB msi)
Jrk G2 Software for Linux (x86) (9MB xz)
Jrk G2 Software for Linux (Raspberry Pi) (6MB xz)
Jrk G2 Software for macOS (8MB pkg)
Dimension diagram of the Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback (215k pdf)
Dimension diagram of the Jrk G2 18v19 and 24v13 motor controllers (220k pdf)
Dimension diagram of the Jrk G2 18v27 and 24v21 motor controllers (208k pdf)
3D model of the Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback (11MB step)
3D model of the Jrk G2 18v19 and 24v13 motor controllers (11MB step)
3D model of the Jrk G2 18v27 and 24v21 motor controllers (11MB step)
Drill guide for the Jrk G2 21v3 USB Motor Controller with Feedback (59k dxf)
This DXF drawing shows the locations of all of the board’s holes.
Drill guide for the Jrk G2 18v19 and 24v13 motor controllers (83k dxf)
This DXF drawing shows the locations of all of the board’s holes.
Drill guide for the Jrk G2 18v27 and 24v21 motor controllers (95k dxf)
This DXF drawing shows the locations of all of the board’s holes.

Recommended links

Jrk G2 library for Arduino
This is a library for the Arduino IDE that helps interface with a Jrk G2 USB Motor Controller with Feedback using serial or I²C.
Jrk G2 software source code
This repository contains the source code of the Pololu Jrk G2 Configuration Utility (jrk2gui) and the Pololu Jrk G2 Command-line Utility (jrk2cmd). It also has drivers for Windows and build instructions.

FAQs

Does the Jrk support using a quadrature encoder for feedback?
The Jrk motor controllers do not work with encoders, in the sense that you cannot get position control over unlimited number of rotations. (The Jrks are typically used with potentiometer feedback, which allows for up to a few rotations when using multi-turn potentiometers.)

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