Step 2: Building the circuit - power connections

USB powers the arduino, the batteries power the solenoid. A jumper grounds the two together.

just wondering if it would be possible to add another solenoid into the circuit and have it run at a different speed than the first solenoid??
<p>yep just duplicate the circuit for any additional outputs and modify the code for the extra output pins</p>
<p>thanks and do you know how i could control the solenoid at differnt speeds?</p>
what is the use of diode in the above circuit???
<p>it prevents &quot;kickback&quot; current from damaging the arduino</p>
<p>Hello!</p><p><br>What can I do when, after all of the connections are according to the tutorial, the solenoid works with voltage variation (if I change the current for example) and simply it ignores the signal sent by Arduino?</p>
<p>I have the exact same problem. Have you worked out how to fix it? </p>
I just rebuilt the circuit but basing on the photo and not on the scheme.
how to control the on/off of the solenoid? include into the coding the condition it should be on and off?
<p>where can I buy this solenoid? I am European</p>
<p>I'm doing a project in school and need to operate three solenoids independent of each other. Is there a way to manipulat this setup to do that? Can anyone please help me with that?</p>
<p>Yes u can do that.above shown procedures is for one solenoid,similarily you have to use same circuit for controlling 2 or more solenoid indiviually.use three transistor and make the three circuit indiviual.just u have to use same power supply for all the three thats all</p>
<p>you could use relay for each solenoid. and control those relay with arduino.</p>
<p>Please, I need your help, I am Using the TIP 122 and is hot when the circuits is On, same with the Solenoid, this is normal? or I need to do something?<br><br>Thanks for your answers</p>
This circuit is used to substitute a relay board???
Can look at the codes? Ryply asap.
<p>Nice project..! Do you have any code of solenoid lock or Unlock? please....!</p>
<p>I want to use the pneumatic cylinder at slightly higher switching speeds. Can I use the IN4148 diode? The solenoid valve that I am using works at 24V DC. </p>
Did you minded, if i see your schematic?
Hello - we are currently using your instructions as a reference tool for a project and are confused at the discrepancy of the Arduino board vs the Arduino One board.
<p>i need coding for this above video</p>
<p>Hello, the solenoid i'm trying to control has 3 pins. where should i connect these pins? thanks!</p>
<p>I'd be interested to know as well. I've you figured out how to wire it?</p>
<p>*Have you? (late night typing)</p>
<p>I know this question is a month old, but it might be usefull for other people.</p><p>In valves like these, you have 2 parallel and 1 perpendicular pins. The parallel ones need to be connected to your output driver. It doesnt matter which pin gets the positive/negative or live/neutral. The perpendicular pin is for grounding.</p>
Thanks for the reply :)
I believe that is a solenoid valve for water.
<p>Thank you, this is very helpful to us newbies. </p>
<p>How do you modify the code in order to run twice a day?</p><p>Every 12hrs for exaple for watering plants needs to stay open for 2 mins and repeat?</p><p>What is the difference if i use a relay instead a transistor?</p><p>Thank for sharing</p>
<p>I've used this circuit many times now to control solenoids but also to control motors via pwm. Good Stuff - Thanks for Sharing!</p>
<p>Can this be accomplished without usb power?</p>
<p>when the solenoid is active, it tends to heat a lot, what do you do with yours?</p><p>thanks!</p><p>marC:)</p>
<p>when the solenoid is active, it tends to heat a lot, what do you do with yours?</p><p>thanks!</p><p>marC:)</p>
Could an arduino control nine solenoids (though only one would be in use at any time)? I was thinking how much work it would be to make an automated whack-a-mole out of http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1270/
<p>See this link, maybe can helpyou.</p><p>sonidiario.tumblr.com/post/35689237364</p>
<p>how many solenoid valves can i trigger using ardunio......i am using it to make programmable fountain.</p><p>plzz rply soon</p>
<p>Maybe this link can help you.</p><p>sonidiario.tumblr.com/post/35689237364</p>
<p>I have done all the steps, but with a TIP126 transistor and a IN4007 diode... when I connect the batteries to the breadboard, the solenoid opens, but nothing related with the Arduino seems to work... what can I do? Is it because of the different diode or transistor?</p>
<p>Hi Kvnn,<br>I have the same problem, have you found a solution?</p><p>Thanks<br>Mike</p>
<p>I had the same problem because I had connected the diode to the GND rails rather than the SOLENOID V+ rail. </p>
<p>This was very helpful! Thanks!!</p>
<p>Nice tutorial, thanks for sharing it.</p>
<p>hello..i aldy connect all the components correctly..but when i turn on my power supply..my arduino suddenly give error..i am using 24V solenoid..and using labview interface with arduino..is it happened because the power supply is unstable?when i measure the power supply it gives 32V instead of 24V..</p>
<p>TIP122 will also work ??</p><p>thanks!<br>marC:)</p>
<p>how many solenoid valves can i trigger using ardunio......i am using it to make programmable fountain.</p><p>plzz rply soon</p>
<p>Great tutorial. If I want to control two solenoid a do I need two of everything here?</p>
yes, two of everything (transistor, diode, resistor...). then just use another output pin on the arduino.
Thanks for the reply! Can I use the same breadboard for both or do I need two of them?
<p>You can use one breadboard, just use two different rows.</p>

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