I’m encountering a problem that I would love your help with: I have a brushless DC motor rated (1.5v to 9v).
I’m feeding a range from 3.36v to 3.95v (see the video, wiring diagram, and motor specs below).

At seemingly random times, once the motor is turned off, it will not turn back on again. It doesn’t seem to correlate with how long it was last run, or the load it had. It never stalls while spinning, only once turned off.

The only pattern I can start to gather after hours of experimenting is that if it happens to stop spinning and the shaft is in a certain position, the likely hood of it starting back up, goes down drastically. There are two shaft orientations that seem to be a hang up. But…. Not always. Not every time the motor stops in those orientations does it stall. Only sometimes. The inconsistent nature and lack of pattern in this problem has me baffled.

The severity of the stall too, seems to be inconsistent. Sometimes to get the motor going again I only need rotate the shaft slightly our of the stall orientation and then apply power. Other times, this will not work and I have to apply power and manually rotate the shaft for several gentle but quick spins before the motor will begin to spin on it’s own. Other times I have to apply power and spin the shaft manually very quickly for 20 or more rotations before the motor will spin on its own, and it’s not an immediate take over… the motor will start to spin slowly and gradually accelerate to full speed.

Any ideas at what is causing this? This project is for a Halloween party I am throwing, and I plan to make 8 or so of these particular gadgets, but they need to work reliably without manually having to manipulate the motor in order to get it to work.

I would love any insight you might have. I am brand new to small electronics.

Here is the exact motor I am using: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07Q44YYKG?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details

Here is the motor issue live in a video: https://www.loom.com/share/bbf8b3978e2a49cea628d1a052894829

Here is my wiring diagram: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JgbZNAn3SsPm2d0HUFM-ipDk4i7HLMN_/view?usp=sharing

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    \$\begingroup\$ It's 'V' for volt. Welcome to EE.SE. \$\endgroup\$
    – Transistor
    Sep 8, 2021 at 0:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Brenton Wiberg. Good day. (1) I admire your TikTok. I would give it 9.5/10. (2) Just to clarify, usually BLDC has more than two wires. If it is just a two wire guy, then 9/10 that it is just a ordinary DC motor. (2) Your too precise spec of "3.36v to 3.95v" make me and even hobbyists laugh: me small electronics ninja just over power it a little bit, say to 4.5V, and the sticky motor won't statr/restart problem might disappear. / to continue, ... \$\endgroup\$
    – tlfong01
    Sep 8, 2021 at 1:09
  • \$\begingroup\$ (3) Stalling intermittently, and inconsistently at one one or more random positions usually has at least one cause: bigger fiction at those points (9/10 you don't have any gear inside the case. (4) Your question description is excellent, I would give 9/10 marks. / to continue, ... \$\endgroup\$
    – tlfong01
    Sep 8, 2021 at 1:10
  • \$\begingroup\$ (5) You TikTok is asking for "professional" advice, and that makes me hobbyist (even at ninja grade) hesitate to reply. :), (6) It is not clear if you are using a battery. If yes, then the battery usually gets tired after sometime (did you say "hours"?) . So let her take a break to recover, or give a pad on her shoulder. \$\endgroup\$
    – tlfong01
    Sep 8, 2021 at 1:20
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you remove the load, do they still stall? If not, you just need a bit more current to start them under load. A bit more voltage will do that, and/or make sure whatever's driving them can supply that current. \$\endgroup\$
    – user16324
    Sep 8, 2021 at 12:55

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Probable cause

You may have damaged the motor commutators with high voltage arcing, from excess flyback high voltage on turn off.

A flyback diode is needed for your next motor.

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Alternatively you can generate voltage with 3 anti-parallel diodes.

p.s. They might not be brushless, then the armature got burnt with carbon.

If brushless, then the Hall sensors are damaged/ degraded from reverse voltage

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    \$\begingroup\$ The ad doesn't say they are brushless, although you can get 3V BLDC motors with only 2 wires just like fans. \$\endgroup\$ Sep 8, 2021 at 1:23

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