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A category of powered LEGO products which offer direct and remote control of action bricks via Bluetooth. This system is the successor to Power Functions.

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Can LEGO City Powered Up trains be automated?

I have a LEGO City train set (60336): The set includes a remote control as well as an app that can be used to control the train. Is it possible to automate the operation of LEGO City trains, ideally ...
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How does the motorized lighthouse rotate continuously without tangling the wire powering the light?

I'm curious about the Motorized Lighthouse (21335): As the title suggests, this set is motorized to allow the light on top to rotate continuously: From the looking at the inventory, it is clear that ...
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What are the electrical properties of electric LEGO systems?

Several electric LEGO systems exist: LEGO Trains LEGO Technic Power Functions (PF) LEGO Mindstorms (in several versions) ...? How do these systems differ in electrical properties and which systems ...
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How can I motorize the Hogwarts Express (76423)

I'd like to motorize this train set: What is the best way to accomplish this?
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Is there an API for the Duplo 10874 train set?

I intend to buy this train set for my daughter. Apparently, the locomotive can communicate with an app via a bluetooth connection. My question is: is there any documentation available so that I can ...
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Multiple Powered Up trains on 1 Bluetooth controller?

My daughter got a Passenger Train for Christmas and I converted one of my old 9v trains to run using the powered up system. Is it possible to run the 2 trains independently or concurrently (preferably ...
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What electronics are inside the LEGO Powered Up hub?

I'm curious what the internals of the new Powered Up hub look like? What components are inside?
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Alternative to LEGO CONTROL+ app

My son just received the Liebherr R 9800 excavator 42100 LEGO set. It would seem the Control+ app that is recommended for it simply won't work. It doesn't even connect to the blocks. What are the ...
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Where can I find documentation on the LEGO Wireless Protocol for Powered Up devices?

LEGO BOOST and LEGO Powered Up Smart Hubs use Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate to apps. Where can I find documentation on the communication protocol so that I can build my own app for these devices?...
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Are there additional motors and/or sensors that can be used to extend LEGO Boost?

What extra motors and sensors can be bought to extend the LEGO Boost (17101) set? I have heard the WeDo motors have the same connector but not if they are compatible with the Boost hub. Are they ...
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What internal electronics does LEGO Boost use?

What specific electronic components are present inside the Boost Move Hub?
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What is inside the LEGO Powered Up M motor?

What is inside the M motor in the new Powered Up system? How is it different from the older Power Functions motor?
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Is there any difference in the power, wheel, and track technology between 2018 trains and 2022 trains?

LEGO came out with 60197 City Passenger Train and 60198 City Cargo Train in 2018. Much more recently they released very similar sets 60337 City Express Passenger Train and 60336 City Freight Train. ...
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How to dump the micropython filesystem from the SPIKE Prime (and Mindstorms v4)?

I'm interested in tinkering with the micropython filesystem and/or firmware in the SPIKE Prime hub and was wondering: How to dump the micropython filesystem from the SPIKE Prime hub? Is there an ...
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Is it possible to non-destructively open the SPIKE Prime smart hub?

I'm referring to this part from SPIKE Prime: Note that this is the same hub that will be used in Mindstorms Inventor. There are four Torx screws on the back side that can be accessed by removing the ...
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How can I get a Powered Up motor to run without using a hub?

I'm mainly taking part in LEGO events as part of a Great Ball Contraption exhibit. Most of the modules I make, and that's true for a lot of other builders, are purely mechanical in nature and driven ...
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Options for powering Winter Holiday Train

Is there a way to make the Winter Holiday Train powered without the IR receiver or Remote Control? I only set it up at Christmas time and just want it to go around the track at the one speed. I want ...
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Are there Powered Up compatible connectors available?

I'm interested in experimenting with custom LEGO Powered Up peripherals. Are there connectors available that I can use to interface with the hub?
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What is inside the Technic Powered Up XL motor?

What components are inside the new Technic Powered Up XL motor? Is it the same as the PF XL motor, except with a different connector?
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Power for LEGO Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261)

In order to power the Creator Expert Roller Coaster (10261) can the 'Power Up' components Technic XL Motor (88014) and Technic Hub (88012) be substituted for 'Power Functions' components M Motor (8883)...
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Can several users control one Powered Up train using different devices?

According to this review of the new 60197 passenger train you can only have one Bluetooth thing talk to the new LEGO battery box at a time. The new Power Up system as it currently appears in this ...
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What's inside the non-Bluetooth Powered Up hub?

What's inside the non-Bluetooth Powered Up Hub (85825)? In particular, what sort of electronic components are present?
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60197 Passenger Train control problem

Weird problem here. My son has had the 60197 train for about a year and I decided to try out the powered-up app for the first time today. After what seemed to be some kind of software update, which ...
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How deep can the axle go in the Powered Up L motor?

I am trying to make a MOC but I can't decide how long the axle could be so it can go fully into the motor but not extending out of the other side. Could you tell me how long the axle can go in?
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LEGO train 60198 isn't working

Battery box on my LEGO train 60198 is flashing green and orange, then after few seconds it suddenly turns off itself. I've tried resetting it by pushing the button on the train until it turns purple,...
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Hacking the Bluetooth motor in the motorized LEGO® DC Super Heroes 76112 App-Controlled Batmobile

I'd like to hack the receiver / motor so I can control it from my Mac (or a PC if there is no other way). Recently LEGO released an app-controlled Batmobil - product detailed are here: https://shop....
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Which resistor value is used for which motor in Power Functions 2.0?

Based on the answer here it seems that resistors are used to detect what is plugged in with LEGO Power Functions 2.0. So which resistor values (or ranges) apply to which motors or other devices? Are ...
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Has anyone tried putting the Powered Up system in the Christmas train?

Just wondering if anyone has taken the powered-up ("Power Functions 2.0") Bluetooth system out of the Cargo Train 60198 or Passenger Train 60197 sets and put it in the Winter Holiday Train set 10254?
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Stacking motors on the Powered Up hub or Boost hub

The way the Boost/Powered Up connectors are designed, it's not possible to have multiple motors on the same output of a hub like it was possible with 9V or Power functions. However, since I only want ...
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Train with two Powered Up hubs

I'm building a motorized train. The locomotive has two Powered Up train motors, one at each end. However, no matter where I place the hub inside the locomotive, the wires on the train motors are too ...
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Lego colors that the powered up color sensors can detect

Lego currently offers two color sensors to use with Powered Up or robotic kits (Spike Prime, Spike Essential, Mindstorms robotic inventor): https://www.lego.com/en-us/product/color-distance-sensor-...
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Is it possible to power Boost or Powered Up hubs using wall current instead of batteries?

I'm working on a project using LEGO Boost that I'd like to keep it powered on for a long period of time. The Boost hub itself does not move, so I'd like to power it using an AC adapter instead of ...
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LEGO Powered Up substitution for Power Functions Motor Set 8293

We have a Volvo EW160E, for which the product description says Upgrade with the 8293 LEGO Power Functions motor set (not supplied) for a fully motorised boom and working lights. Well, looks like ...
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Are there any existing (or upcoming) aftermarket PoweredUp hubs?

I bought the Mindstorms v4 / advanced hub (in set 51515). It's a good set, and the Hub has some great features - notably a rechargeable battery, the ability to run "live" off of USB power, ...
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Electronic inside Spike Ultrasonic Sensor 45604

What is inside the Spike Ultrasonic Sensor 45604? Pictures of Top&Bottom PCB-Assembly would be helpful. PoweredUp Cable and Connector use 6-Pin, but why is there used 8-Pin connector inside "...
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What internal electronics does the Control+ Technic Hub (88012) use?

I'm interested in comparing to the other Powered Up hubs, which are already documented here: Mindstorms v4 / spike prime What internal electronics do SPIKE Prime and Mindstorms v4 use? train 6AAA hub ...
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LEGO Power Function PF 2.0 specification

Does anyone have the new Power Function 2.0 specification or pin out?
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What is the Bluetooth PIN for the LEGO train PUP remote (88010)

I'd like to use the Powered Up train remote, #88010 as a simple controller (bang-bang only, obviously). It's Bluetooth, and it shows up as a device, but the PINs 0000 and 1234 don't appear to work. ...
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Two LEGO Powered Up engines with reverse direction

I have 2 LEGO 60197 City Passenger Trains and I would like to attach both sets together and run them on the same channel. The problem with the current disposition of the bogies is that reversing the ...
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Adding custom / recorded sounds for power-up

The Powered Up application offers many more sounds than the BOOST app, but the later allows for recording of extra sounds... How could someone add / record custom sounds for powered-up App?
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Difference between the "Simple Medium Linear Motor" (45303) and the "Medium Linear Motor" (88008) Powered Up motors

What is the difference between the "Simple Medium Linear Motor" (45303) and the "Medium Linear Motor" (88008) Powered Up motors, other than the size and design? Is the performance ...
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Can the Powered Up app be used to directly control the Boost Move Hub?

I have the LEGO Boost kit, and I'm wondering if I can control it directly using the Powered Up app rather than programming it using the Boost app. Is this possible?
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Motorizing Crocodile Locomotive set 10277 - are there any sets that include hub & motor I need?

Crocodile Locomotive can be powered up by using 1 x 88009 and 1 x 88013. Reviews on hubs and motors strongly suggest it is better, financially, to buy them as part of the sets, not separately. Is ...
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What is the power of Lego Powered Up motors (M, L, and XL) and the Move Hub motors?

I am trying to build a setup that includes two propellers that can pitch up and down. I am debating whether I should use two motor to power each propeller and the other two to act as servos for each ...
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Any way to get the current motor position or angle in WeDo 2 (when accessing hub via BLE protocol)?

I have managed to write a small C# program that lets me play around with the WeDo 2 hub. I can read sensor values or set the speeds of up to two connected WeDo motors independently (I am aware that ...
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Interface A missing PCB

I have a Technic Interface A with the cables but lack the printed circuit board (PCB) for PC that I need to use it for automating my models. The card when it was for sale had markings of Lego 9771 and ...
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Issues with Move Hub and Controller: first connected device works, but not both

I'm having issues with the move hub 88006, the controller 88010 and the Powered Up app. The issue is the same on multiple devices. Basically, whatever I connect via Bluetooth first is what works, but ...
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Is the LEGO train motor 88011 waterproof?

My son has been building a LEGO RC boat and has added the motor (part 88011) from this LEGO City Train Set to drive the turbines. He's pretty keen to try it out on water but I imagine the motor is ...
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What is inside the LEGO Powered Up L motor?

What's inside the Powered Up L motor (part bb0959c01)? How do its internals compare to the XL motor and the M motor?
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How to power on and adjust speed for a PU Train 88011

I'm doing a project for my kiddos. I'm trying to find the schematics of a lego train motor 88011, I want to control them using an ESP32 through a telegram bot. I have the ESP32 and the telegram bot ...
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