Stepper motors are widely used in the industry, and engineering students are likely to come across them a lot during their studies. These motors are a little tricky to control as compared to the regular DC motors, and some beginners might find it difficult at first. Having said that, we have made a list of the best stepper motor driver boards, you can buy that would make your life easier so have a read and let us know which one is your favorite.
10. ULN2003 Driver Board for Arduino by Elego (13.99$)
This product is shipped as five pairs of 8BYJ-48 ULN2003 5V Stepper Motor and Driver. The 4 Phase controller supports a maximum of 5V.
9. Gikfun EasyDriver Shield Stepper Motor Driver (9.99$)
A cheap board that is compatible with 4, 6, and eight-wire stepper motors. The boards versatility can be seen from the fact that it can run anywhere between 7 to 30V. Gikfun product weighs merely 0.3 ounces.
8. Qunqi L298N Motor Drive Controller Board (6.99$)
Dual Channel H-bridge driver provides an external 5V supply and works on 12V driving voltage. The stepper motor driving came with free-wheeling protection and fitted with after-flow diode to increase reliability.
7. SMAKN® TB6600 Upgraded Version(15.50$)
32 segment motor driver can work between 9-40V DC input. The board can sustain a maximum current of 4 A and can work with four / six / 8 line motors. An industrial grade product available at a very affordable cost.
6. Hobbypower StepStick 4-layer DRV8825 Stepper Motor Driver(9.76$)
If you are DIY enthusiast, then this set of stepper motor drivers are ideal to be used in a 3D printer. The four layer PCB on which these boards are made enhances heat dissipation ensuring proper working for extended period of time.
5. 5 PCS Allegro A4988 StepStick Stepper Motor Drivers(10.24$)
Another kit for your 3D printer but these are a little different from the previous ones. These controllers have three stepping modes full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16. The devices work between 3.3V and 5V logic supply.
4. Adafruit TB6612(8.99$)
When it comes to the most reliable brand for hobbyists worldwide, then one name is synonymous and that is “Adafruit”. The board can work with 1.2A of current which sometimes limits its use but its ability to connect to aa wide range of controller(Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle) gives it extra marks.
3. SainSmart CNC Micro-Stepping Stepper Motor Driver 2M542(39.99$)
A high-grade controller that has 2–64 resolutions and 16 operation modes. The board has easy to control current subdivision settings and self-speed adjustment technology.
2. Robotlinking A4988 Stepstick Stepper Motor Driver Module(10.89$)
Rated as Amazon.com best seller, this board comes in a pack of 5. These small devices are capable of working with motors having a drive voltage of 35V at 2A. The A4988 automatically selects the current decay mode.
1. DROK® L298N V3(17.99$)
The most popular stepper motor driver in the market today as it has over 100 customer reviews with a rating of 4/5 stars. The version 3 of this can work anywhere between 3 and 30V, and seeing its price along with ease of use, clearly it is the best motor driver.