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Having learned that Mindstorms EV3 doesn't work directly with Power Functions,

Q: Can you use Power Functions motors with the EV3 programmable brick?

A: No, the connector does not match.

I still wonder what could be possible workarounds to use them together?

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You can accomplish this with these two parts:

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8886 | (8871 & 8528) powerfunctions.lego.com/en-us/faq/default.aspx –  auselen Sep 8 '13 at 17:56
How does this accomplish anything? The cables are incompatible. Bad answer and non-helpful. @guestguy123's answer was better, even without details (which I added). –  eficker Jun 13 at 18:15

this explains how to make a conversion cable:


You take a cable from the EV3 and a power functions cable, add some resistors and solder it up. Not a tough mod, but you do have to sacrifice two cables to the cause. Although, the possibilities are worth it imo, as you can now control a lego train or other power functions sets with EV3.

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Can add details (in your answer) about how this cable is made before referring to this external link? –  pcantin Mar 9 at 15:00

You can use 3rd party modules:

Or third party cable NXT to PF Cable (however I am not 100% sure if it will work with EV3). Accoring to answer on lejos forum it should work with Lejos RCXMotor class.

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