Stepper Motor and ULN2003

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In many computers the current is not enough to drive the servo!!!

If it does not work, keeps disconnecting, or rebooting the ESP the power is not sufficent and you need an extra power supply.

See SG90 Servo#Power Issues and the video on the SG90 Servo page for details how to do this.


A stepper motor is a motor where the turning can be controlled in steps.

Our motor has about 508 steps for 360° (the motor itself has 64 steps but there is a gear train on top)

more details:

Stepper.JPG Stepper03.JPG

ULN2003 driver module.


How to connect it electrically[edit]

Stepper-c.JPG Elko-stepper.JPG

We recommend to add the capacitor to keep the power supply more stable. This issue is similar to the power issue with the servo SG90 Servo.

Stepper-cables01.JPG Stepper-cable02.JPG

Required Module and Files[edit]

How to control it in MicroPython[edit]

 1 import Stepper
 2 from machine import Pin
 4 # for the ESP8266 
 5 # In1 = Pin(2,Pin.OUT) # IN1-> GPIO2 
 6 # In2 = Pin(0,Pin.OUT) # IN1-> GPIO0 
 7 # In3 = Pin(4,Pin.OUT) # IN1-> GPIO4 
 8 # In4 = Pin(5,Pin.OUT) # IN1-> GPIO5 
10 # for ESP32
11 In1 = Pin(32,Pin.OUT)
12 In2 = Pin(33,Pin.OUT)
13 In3 = Pin(25,Pin.OUT)
14 In4 = Pin(26,Pin.OUT)
16 s1 = Stepper.create(In1,In2,In3,In4, delay=10)
18 s1.step(509,-1)
20 s1 = Stepper.create(In1,In2,In3,In4, delay=1)
22 s1.step(509)

Related Tutorial Videos[edit]