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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

7 years ago

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

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Kiteman

10 years ago

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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guyfrom7upkillerjackalope

Reply 10 years ago

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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Kitemanguyfrom7up

Reply 7 years ago

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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killerjackalopeguyfrom7up

Reply 10 years ago

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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Kitemankillerjackalope

Reply 10 years ago

You could construct the whole bot from just the toothbrush!


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MCzoneKiteman

Reply 7 years ago

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

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killerjackalopeKiteman

Reply 10 years ago

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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CameronSS

10 years ago

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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Jackholegimmelotsarobots

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

> 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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guyfrom7upxACIDITYx

Reply 10 years ago

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