[Sticky] Other Robot Projects
I have an mBot ( http://learn.makeblock.com/en/mbot/) that has an mCore controller.
I was thinking of replacing the mCore with an Makeblock ME Orion board.
The specs for the mCode or Orion do not say what type of connector goes to the motor pins. At least at my experience level can determine.
The mBot uses Makeblock TT Geared Motor DC 6V/200RPM
The motor connectors do not fit on the Orion board.
First question: What type of connector do both used for the motors?
Second question: Is is possible to attach the motors to the Orion?
Third question: Will I burn up the motors? 🙂
The documentation seems a bit limited in detail, but, from the picture, it kinda looks like an RJ11 or an RJ45
If you have one in front of you, you could count the contact pins for a more exact answer. If it has 6 pins, it's an RJ11, and if it has 8 pins, it's an RJ45
Both are pretty much standard type connectors used in various things. The RJ45 is typically used in CAT5 or CAT6 for ethernet (LAN, Internet, etc) and the RJ11 is typically used for business phone type things, but, neither one is something that is ONLY used for those things. If you need 8 wires from point A to point B, sure, go ahead and use an RJ45, or if you need 6 wires, then use the RJ11. They won't carry much voltage, but, they're fairly decent at carrying a data signal
I could see the mblock people employing an RJ11 or an RJ45 for a small motor signal and power. There's no rule that says that you can only use a device for the specified purpose. The only thing you need to be careful of is how they pinned the cables. Just because they might be using an RJ45 connector doesn't necessarily mean that you can use a standard CAT5 cable you bought from Best Buy. The wires inside the connectors might be connected to different pins
You could use an ohm meter and test the cables to see which pins are connected at each end on the originals and from there you'd have to determine what the wires are meant to do when compared from the mcore to the orion
followinf your links to mBot and Orion I see :
mBot : Easy and intuitive wiring with color-coded RJ25 connector
Orion : Easy to use RJ25 cable
These are 6-contact RJ connectors : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Registered_jack#RJ25
You need to know what size you want, or you could buy a multi-pack thingy