Electric Motors




This Instructable shows you the different ways to use small electric motors. You will need a motor (duh),some batteries, and a paper clip.

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Step 1: Basic

Okay... so... just take two (2) batteries (doesen't matter what kind- except you cannot use "c" batteries. For 9v, you just need one.)Okay, so, take the batteries, take one and put it so the top is positive, and the other battery is negative. Oh yeah, almost forgot the paper clip... make the paper cip so it is touching both of the bottom terminals. Put the motor on top. Does it work? If not, make adjustments.

Or............... follow the pics. Oh yeah, its the same picture... Oh well... middle and right one.

Step 2: One Battery

Well, the title gives it away- one battery. So... get out a single battery, some copper wire, and motor.

For the rest, follow the picture. And Ps, wire needs to be stripped at both ends.

Uggg... one more thing, the wire needs to be touching the solder connection (the little copper connection thing on the motor. This needs to be held in place.)Okay, maybe two... positive terminal of battery touches one solder connection.

Okay, to finish it of, touch the other end of the wire to negative terminal of battery.

Step 3: The Only Other Way

Put solder connections in the terminals of the 9v.

Viola!!!! The only ways I know of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    oh not, you DO NOT EVER solder to the terminals of a battery. When a battery gets to hot it will explode and you will be seriously hurt.

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    that reminds me, do you happen to know how i could make take the power from 2 9 volt batterys and make them double the speed of a motor? (i dont care about the motor, ive got plenty)

    Put the batteries in series (neg. end to positive end); this will double your voltage and thus, your speed in a DC motor.

    In AC, rpm is determined by the voltage times the frequency all divided by the number of poles.

    Caution: once you let the magic smoke out of motor, it won't run ...

    clip on of the 9 volts - terminals to the others + terminal and run the motor as you normaly would sorry for the late comment, instructables has decided to stop telling me if someone comments...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Simple way to give a small motor more volume to hold only! I like it!


    Err OK... Bit of a simple thing but I suppose these would be alright for temporary stuff, bodging a fan together and such...

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    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, this is my second inst., so dont be critical!!! (my first accidentally got deleted... by me!!!!! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I was only saying they weren't much for projects that need permanent results, however they're not a bad thing for destroying rubbers...