I am having 8 wire stepper motor rated as 12V ,0.95A, and torque=1kg cm it has coil resistance 3 to 4 ohms.

I have successfully run this motor with help of this forum.

Now i have one doubt regarding current ratings.

I am using adapter for power supply it will give maximum 0.77 A current(tested with multimeter). I could run motor with that but, still i need more holding torque so, i planned to increase current, can I use 12V 3A or 5V 1A adapter for this purpose.

Will it cause any damage to motor.?


The 12 V 3 A supply sounds appropriate, but the 5 V supply is not. If you want to maximize the holding torque, you have to allow the maximum current thru the windings. This can't be achieved at only 5 V according to the specs you quoted.


Now that you have supplied a link to the datasheet, we know the specs for sure. Your motor is rated for 1 A, 3.8 Ω DC resistance, 3.8 mH inductance, and 75 V max. I have no idea where you got the 12 V ratings from you mentioned in your question.

Since the maximum current is 1 A and the coil has a resistance of 3.8 Ω, you can only apply 3.8 V to a winding continuously. The 75 V rating is the maximum you must not exceed under any circumstances.

Since the motor coils have significant inductance, it takes time to build up current when a fixed voltage is applied. However, torque is proportional to current. This is why stepper motors are often driven with a roughly current controlled supply. The voltage will be high initially as the current in the inductor builds up, then drop to the sustaining level. If you know you are stepping the motor fast, then you can use a higher fixed voltage keeping in mind the time it takes for the current to build to the maximum level given the coil inductance and resistance. Since these parameters are reasonably well known, you can do this open loop. The usual way nowadays is to have a micro do the calculations and control the coil drive with PWM from a fixed high voltage. The duty cycle is changed such that the coil sees a apparent high voltage right after switching, which then decays down to the sustaining voltage as the current builds up. You can also use the same PWM technique but with some current feedback. This feedback is used to adjust the PWM duty cycle to whatever it takes to maintain the desired current.

  • \$\begingroup\$ @lathrop my motor rated current is 1A if i give more than 1A power supply will it cause any damage to motor. Or motor will draw only required current even though the supply is more than rated \$\endgroup\$ – vijay Mar 6 '12 at 11:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Any load will draw only the current it wants from a constant-voltage supply. In your case the specs are somewhat contraditory. You say the motor is rated for 12 V, which should mean that 12 V can be applied to the windings indefinitely. However, you also say it is rated for only 950 mA and has 3 to 4 Ohms resistance. That doesn't add up. That would draw 3-4 A at 12V. Provide a link to the motor datasheet and maybe we can clear this up. \$\endgroup\$ – Olin Lathrop Mar 6 '12 at 12:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ @lathrop here is the link for my motor its Hy200 2215-0100 sodimatel.fr/image_base/Img_1637.pdf \$\endgroup\$ – vijay Mar 7 '12 at 17:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ i have attached the link to my motor above pls see that \$\endgroup\$ – vijay Mar 9 '12 at 11:24

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