Newbie looking for some Servo help!

Howdy! My name is Steve.

I’m a long time coder, but brand spanking new to hardware. I purchased a Maker Kit from Particle, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with it.

The code side has been pretty easy for me to pick up. It’s the wires and physical connection stuff that has me flummoxed.

I’m trying to connect the included servo motor (EMAX ESO8A II) to my photon, and then send commands to it. I’ve found several projects, but none show a clear photo of how to actually connect the motor to the board.

Would someone be so kind as to explain how to make that connection? And please speak to me as if I’m 5.

I appreciate your time and attention, and hope to be able to contribute to the community soon!!!


Have a look here :wink:

Wow! I had emailed Particle support to ask if a page like that existed, one that labeled all of the pieces, and they told me it did not.

You, sir, are a hero.

Another wonderful n00b question for you - when I use the headers to plug the motor into the board, does it matter which side gets the long bits? Do the long bits go into the board or into the connector on the motor?

Bless you all for tolerating these newbie queries.


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I’d think these headers are actually meant for soldering and not really for breadboard use - breadboard headers are usually a bit longer. But if you really want to use them you could push the pins through the black plastic to make them symmetric, otherwise you might not get stable contact on the short side either way.

On the breadboard I’d rather go with the jumper wires.

BTW: Each of us had to start somewhere sometime :wink: So not a matter a tolerating but of wanting to help.