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Pager Motors Answered

Is it possible to buy a pager motor, rather than ripping it out of an old phone or pager? If so, where would I go? (And if not, where would I go...)

I'm looking to build a vibrobot http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/bristlebot, but don't have the motor.

Alternatively, is their something else I could use instead?

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Goodhart (author)2011-04-28

Besides the Electronic Gold Mine, there is also "All Electronics" and American Science and Surplus, among a few others.

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Kiteman (author)2008-04-22

What about an old electric toothbush?

I have one where the head doesn't spin, it's just the whole brush vibrates - there must be an eccentric motor in there.

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killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2008-04-22

Yes those colgate disposables.

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yep, you just have to add a weight to it

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no need they have the weight attached already.

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well all of the tooth brushes that I've ever tooken apart (my english got reallly bad there, lol) is just a motor turning a crank that moves the end up and down and in a circuilar motion, and because everything is moving it createsa virbration, no weight is attached to the motor

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Kiteman (author)guyfrom7up2011-04-28

The kind where the head actually moves around, relative to the rest of the toothbrush, have cranks, but there are cheaper ones with an actual pager motor in them, where the eccentric weight makes the whole brush buzz.

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Oh right, guess it depends on the brush, these ones seem to be specifically designed to vibrate, they're 'disposables' aimed at younger people...

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Kiteman (author)killerjackalope2008-04-22
You could construct the whole bot from just the toothbrush!


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MCzone (author)Kiteman2011-04-28

Nice, and thanks to every one, now I have a year supply of mini motors

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killerjackalope (author)Kiteman2008-04-22

Awk, I had that idea and was just hunting for the old brush I had, they're supposed to be disposable, one AA battery and a bit of wiggling will make it live again... I wish I had ideas and people didn't make them before me or before I have the ideas...

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Ha! That's the video that got me into vibro-bots!

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globemicro (author)2008-08-29
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CameronSS (author)2008-04-21

The two places I can think of are All Electronics and American Science & Surplus.

Alternatively, you could check local thrift stores (Goodwill/Salvation Army type stores here, I don't know about Canada) for old cell phones and pagers. Buy one for fifty cents and rip out the motor.

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Ooh! I love American Science and Surplus!

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gimmelotsarobots (author)2008-04-23

Go to The electronic Goldmine. You can get all kinds of stuff there. It really is a goldmine.

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Thank you so much gimmelotsarobots, that side is incredible. It is exactly what I've been looking for-random electronic components to help me learn. And they DO have pager motors!

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NachoMahma (author)2008-04-22

> Alternatively, is their something else I could use instead . Just about anything that rotates and is not balanced. Any small motor that you can unbalance should work.

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guyfrom7up (author)xACIDITYx2008-04-21

yep, that's the best place to buy them! Only thing I don't like about gold-mine is that it's like 8 bucks for shipping

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