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

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How to power up MOC-0308, based on Technic 8297 Off-Roader?

I have built the following MOC, with details here and here. It is pretty complete, although I would have tried some servo motor for steering. But after I've finished it, I've got into trouble: ...
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AA Battery Packs 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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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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How can I improve my rackless steering design?

I am trying to build a vehicle with a sturdy steering mechanism powered by the servo motor. When I was a kid I did this all the time with a rack and pinion design, but now I don't have any of the rack ...
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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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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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Problem with running two XL motors motors

We are trying to run our Grand Prix racing car on remote control and would like to use two XL motors for the wheels. One motor on its own works fine, but when connected together the motors stop ...
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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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9V Battery instead of PF Battery Box

I want to use the PF Light Unit in a small MOC. The battery box contains six 1.5V batteries and is too large. How can I use a regular 9V block battery to power the lights (and possibly other 9V ...
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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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Running Power Functions Train Without IR Receiver/Remote

I recently bought 10254 Winter Holiday Train and wanted to get it running around the provided circle of track. I was wondering if there is any way to do this without incorporating the IR receiver and ...
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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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Drive motor via Power Functions IR with own power source

I want to see if it is possible to drive a Power Functions motor both with variable speed and forward/reverse with my own power source. I am planning to use my own power source, an IR receiver and a ...
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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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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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Does the LEGO "Power Functions Extension Wire" (8886) work in both directions between old 9V and new Power Functions devices?

Here is the LEGO "LEGO® Power Functions Extension Wire" (8886): We can see that the left connector can connect to old 9V electric bricks or wires and the right connector can be plugged to the new ...
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Is there on/off function on the 8879 IR Speed Remote Control?

Just got 8879 IR Speed Remote Control yesterday. Does it have an on/off switch? We don't see one.
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Eneloop NiMh batteries not powering 42030 loader

Is it because the batteries are only 1.2V? It works fine with Duracell alkaline batteries.
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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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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 do you sync the LEGO high speed train remote?

How do you sync the LEGO high speed train remote?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Which is faster: M motor or XL motor?

I understand that the M motor has an adequate amount of speed, and the XL motor is best known for its torque. But is the XL motor really faster than the M motor? Or is it the other way around? I am ...
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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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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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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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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 to build an automatic Lego train system?

I was wondering if anybody has ever tried using the IRLink NXT sensor to make an automated train system and if so, what kind of setup did you have to make it all work? I have been working on a train ...
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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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What is the correct input voltage for the 9v Lego train speed regulator?

I wanted to buy a transformer for the speed regulator, so based on this image, I bought a transformer with 12V DC output. It works. However, discussing this with a fellow AFOL, he pointed out that ...
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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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Battery for Trains

For those who have tried, which one is a better option: Rechargeable Battery Box and Transformer/Charger 10VDC ($50 + $25) or AAA Battery Box and a lot of AAA batteries ($13 + ?) Obviously $75 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 still ...
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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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What advanced railroad features are possible with the Lego PF train sets?

I recently got my first train set, the Constitution Chase, and it has sparked my imagination for building train layouts. My 3-year-old son has a small collection of wooden trains and we enjoy building ...
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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 ...