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A category of powered LEGO products which offer direct and remote control of action bricks.

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Is the LEGO BOOST kit compatible with EV3 or PowerFunctions motors and sensors?

I'm curious if I can use my existing EV3 and/or PowerFunctions motors to extend the functionality of my LEGO BOOST set. Is this possible?
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What sets are these electrical parts from

I have been searching for a long time but I am struggling to find the origin for these parts. I think they are possibly Power Functions IR remotes & battery packs...? Thanks for any help.
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Why is the LEGO IR Receiver V2 not widely produced? Or are they?

Basically, there are 2 different major versions of the LEGO IR Receiver, the unmarked V1 and the labeled V2. I've also read somewhere there was also a small hardware upgrade to the V1 Receiver at some ...
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54950c01 vs 59510c01

What is the difference between these two battery boxes, 54950c01: and 59510c01: except for the on/off button? Which electrical connectors are compatible with each of those? Is there a counterpart ...
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How to power “Power Functions” devices from an electric wall plug?

In this video showing an example of Great Ball Contraption, we can see (at 1:35) that some trains powers are used to power Power Functions motors: That must be more convenient than having to ...
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Are there any benefits to using PF motors instead of EV3 ones?

Can someone explain to me the key differences between PF motors and EV3 ones? I understand that EV3 motors are 'regulated', presumably meaning that you can control their rotational speed depending on ...
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Custom Power Functions plug design

I'm considering the possibility of making my own Power Functions-compatible sockets for a project. I'm designing a module board for a single-board-computer with motor drivers and would like to encase ...
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My grandson wants a LEGO motor. What should I get?

My grandson wants a LEGO Power Motor to use with his gigantic box of Lego pieces. He is 11 years old and seems to know his way around the world of LEGO bricks. I, though, haven't a clue what he is ...
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How to use Power Functions with Mindstorms EV3?

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 ...
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How do I connect two models to one PF motor?

Hi there I am trying to see if it is possible to connect the Ferris Wheel AND the Winter Village Carousel to one Power Functions motor. Is this possible? Does anyone have a link to a video perhaps ...
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Remote for Holiday Train 10254 Unresponsive [duplicate]

The remote isn't lighting up to show it's transmitting. Can't get train to run when motor is connected to IR receiver. Tried connecting motor directly to battery and it runs, albeit at warp speed. ...
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2016: which Power Functions for controllable car?

I want to make a car or truck that can be driven by a controller. Q: what Power Functions sets do I need in 2016? Any other suggestions? I have no Technic nor Power Functions I'm willing to buy ...
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What electrical contact material is used for PF Connectors?

I'm designing my own PF electrical connector and I want to have the same functional characteristics as the original Lego brick. Could you please let me know which electrical contact material is used ...
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Starting Lego robotics projects low-budget with the intention of expanding later

I've been digging around for cheap ways to build and control simple devices and was looking at the Mindstorms sets when I found WeDo and WeDo 2.0. WeDo appears to be compatible with Power Functions ...
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What LEGO Power Function parts do I need to make an RC car?

I'd like to make a remote control LEGO car with steering and forward/back functionality. Looking at the LEGO Power function parts I'm assuming I need the following: A battery (8881 or 8878) A motor ...
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How much torque can a lego axle handle?

from to this question, it seems that the gears are stronger than the axles, which begs the question of how strong are the axles? if you connect one of the stronger motors, such as say the buggy motor: ...
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How do I diagnose a problem with electronic bricks and motors?

My children and I recently assembled the 42030 RC VOLVO L350F Wheel Loader (aside: with the 1,600 pieces and time investment, this set will likely survive to the heat death of the universe intact ...
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How to Motorize the LEGO Mars Rover

I am looking for some suggestions. My daughter is building the Mars Rover set (go here for the details: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=98222) for a presentation at school and I ...
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What's the best way to link two (or more) LEGO Power Functions (PF) train motors together?

Last Christmas I built an extended Emerald Night train to run around the tree. To get it to work I had to add a second Power Functions motor. I tuned both IR receivers to the same frequency and slowly ...
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How do you sync the LEGO high speed train remote?

How do you sync the LEGO high speed train remote?
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Problems with New LEGO Cargo Train

My son's LEGO Cargo Train worked the first 10 minutes and then stopped. The batteries are new, Duracell, and both, the remote and the receiver, seem to be ok. Both of them have the green light on. ...
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How much current do the LEGO motors draw?

I'm building a project with Raspberry Pi and some other electronics driving the LEGO Power Functions M-Motor (8883) and I need to know how much current those motors draw under load. Has anyone done ...
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What are the largest LEGO® Power train sets available commercially [Oct 2014]

What set(s) are the largest by number of pieces? These sets could be retired or existing. I am also curious what set(s) have the most rails pieces included.
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Wiring and Controlling an 88004 servo from a RaspberryPI

My 88004 servo does not move at all. Don't know how I should connect the wires correctly. I think the inner two cables are C1 and C2 and the outer two GND and VCC. When I connect 6.5V to the outer ...
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How to control a 88004 Servo Motor with a Raspberry Pi?

I am able to control a simple servo motor such as SG90 by using pulse-width modulation. However when it comes to controlling a 88004 LEGO Servo Motor it is simply a nightmare. By using PWM all I ...
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What are the various LEGO motors that have been produced over the years?

RCX, NXT, WeDO, EV3, Technic etc. How many different motors have been released over the years??
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At what voltage do the c1 and c2 lines run at when controlling a lego servo motor?

related: how to control a servo motor from a raspberry pi The raspberry Pi normally outputs 3.3 V signals from it's pins, however there are logic level converters for interfacing with higher-voltage ...
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Will playing with a PF train motor by hand damage it?

If one pushes a PF-motorized train by hand, will it cause damage to the motor, or any of the other parts (IR Receiver, Battery box)? It is essentially working as a generator when turned by hand, so ...
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How to fit lego power function LED lights onto cargo train (set: 60052)

can anyone out there explain / illustrate how to fit lego power function white LED lights on the blue cargo train (set number 60052)? We have assembled the engine but I cannot see where or how these ...
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Which wheels are suitable for Power Functions M-Motor

I'm attempting to build a small self-propelled LEGO robot. Initially I was attempting to use some cheap DC hobby motors but I spent a lot of time trying to attach LEGO wheels to the motor's 3mm ...
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EV3 controlled by 8879 speed control through IR sensor

Is it possible to send commands to an EV3 brick from the Power Functions Speed Control remote? Would I have to interpret the raw sensor values to do this? Are there any references that would help?
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How can I wire up the LEGO 2838?

I would like to know how to hook up the LEGO 2838 9v motor. I understand that the Power Functions extension wire is compatible with the 9v system, but how on earth do I wire them up?
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9v and Power Functions Hybrid?

I am building a train layout and I am running some of my track through a tunnel. I would like to know if I could hook up a 9v train motor at the opposite end of my train. The front will use Power ...
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Gearing down a PF XL

I'm looking for the best way to gear down a Power Function XL. I need to achieve a very slow output RPM (less than 1-2 RPM). I've tried a 625:1 gear (trough 40:8 gear). Can someone link to a well ...
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Is it possible to add the power functions to Western Train Chase?

I recently got the Red Cargo Train and it's a great Lego set but a Cars themed train going around my Christmas tree would be even better. Has anyone gotten the power functions to work on the Western ...
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Lego Motor for cycling a tool

I am curios to know if I can utilise the Lego Power range to rotate a transducer to a set point and return to its original position and if so is it able to cycle the movements repetitively? Ideally I ...
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How can I motorize City-scale wheels?

I'd like to build city-scale (6 studs wide) vehicles motorized with either PF motor or clockwork. The primary problem right now is connecting wheel(s) to motor. Are there small enough LEGO wheels with ...
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Ideas to slow down RC PF train motor (Item: 88002)

I'm wondering if you already tried to slow down such a motor. I would like the train to run slower at all the supported 7 speeds. Anyway, at speed 7, the train just flies off the tracks.
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Which LEGO Technic sets include instructions to add the Power Functions accessory box?

Some LEGO Technic sets apparently come with instructions to add a motor, using the pieces from the Power Function Accessory Box (set 8293). Is there a list of the sets which do contain such ...
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LEGO Power Functions M-Motor 8883 characteristics

I have a couple questions about LEGO Power Functions M-Motor 8883 (http://shop.lego.com/en-US/LEGO-Power-Functions-M-Motor-8883): Is it synchronous or asynchronous? It is powered by AC or DC?
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How to improve the range of an IR receiver?

I am creating a new Truck which contains two IR receivers in the front hood. With my testing I get a range of about 6 feet (I have also noticed the small Technic motors on the IR receiver are slow ...
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What is new about the IR receiver in the 4x4 Crawler 9398?

Reading a review of the 4x4 it seems the IR receiver is different from what is included with the trains. From the review all the information we got was "improved CMOS motor driver with lower power ...
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Can I remotly control the points on PF train tracks?

I'm interested in investing in power functions based trains, but want to automate switching points. Is this possible? What is the cheapest / easiest way of achieving this?
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Buying another kit instead of 8293-1: Motor Set?

I want to get some motors but don't know if it is a better idea to buy 8293-1: Motor Set or try obtain motors from some other sets. Is there any kit challenging 8293?
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Can anyone help me identify the motor/mechanism used in this?

I've been trying to recreate the Useless Machine found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdKtgfmfA7s&feature=c4-overview&playnext=1&list=TLp4R5S7LPESk In the description, there's a ...
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Is there a way to remotely operate the push-button light brick?

The push-button light brick seems to be popular with Lego at the moment, and included in quite a few sets. I'd like to find a way of being able to operate it remotely, so that I can include the ...
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Making or buying a really long Power Functions cable

I'm working on a train layout and have built 2 automatic switches for the switch track. Each switch track is powered by M-Motor. I'd like to connect the 2 motors to a single IR receiver and battery ...
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Does the PF Servo motor return to center?

Does the PF Servo motor, which was introduced in the 9398: 4x4 Crawler model, have return to center feature?
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How do you secure a power function motor to a technic extreme cruiser? [closed]

I am trying to help my son install a power function m motor in his Technic extreme cruiser. We found a good place to put the motor and if we hold it in place it does drive the rear wheels. The ...
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What is the difference between train motors 88002 and 10153?

I want to motorize my Santa Fe Super Chief. Its original instruction mentions 5300 but it's marked obsolete on BS.com and now re-released as 10153. In the same time 88002 costs few times less, e.g. $...