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Hi, I'm fairly new to all this and for a while I have been making a lounge curtain opener. It is working but I would like to tidy it up a bit, in particular the power supply.

I am using the esp32 as my controller and a A4988 stepper motor driver. Currently I have a little portable USB battery plugged into the esp32 and a 12volt power supply (plugged into the wall) powering the stepper motor.

I was thinking could I get rid of the USB battery, have one 12 volt supply powering the esp32 and the A4988, but put something(a buck convertor?) to step down the voltage for the esp32.

I was wondering if that is what other people would do? Or is there a better way?

Thanks for your help

Paul.


   
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Posted by: @spe109

Hi, I'm fairly new to all this and for a while I have been making a lounge curtain opener. It is working but I would like to tidy it up a bit, in particular the power supply.

I am using the esp32 as my controller and a A4988 stepper motor driver. Currently I have a little portable USB battery plugged into the esp32 and a 12volt power supply (plugged into the wall) powering the stepper motor.

I was thinking could I get rid of the USB battery, have one 12 volt supply powering the esp32 and the A4988, but put something(a buck convertor?) to step down the voltage for the esp32.

I was wondering if that is what other people would do? Or is there a better way?

Thanks for your help

Paul.

Nothing wrong with that approach as long as the wall wart can maintain the voltage when the stepper is drawing max current. I have done similar with no problem.

 

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@zander Thanks very much for confirming, it's very useful when you are new to this.


   
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