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Power consumption?
« on: January 26, 2016, 02:59:41 PM »
I was wondering and a little worried about the power needed to hold the stepper motors? Don't they consume about 1 amp each just to hold it in position? With an DC motor and gearbox the power needed is zero. Anyone know how much the stepper consume?

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Re: Power consumption?
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2016, 04:10:03 PM »
Hi Ole,

I don't remember off the top of my head exactly how much power the system uses, but the driver board puts the stepper motors to sleep when they aren't moving, so they won't consume anything in that case. It's probably on the forum here somewhere, but I used a kilowatt meter to measure the power used over a period of time, and I think it worked out to be less than a dollars worth of electricity for the entire year.

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