Sabertooth Dual 5A Motor Driver


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  1. Input Voltage: 6V to 18V
  2. Compatible with: 6-12 cell NiMH or NiCd, 2s-4s LiPo
  3. 5A continuous per channel, 10A peak
  4. Synchronous regenerative drive
  5. Ultra-sonic switching frequency
  6. Thermal and overcurrent protection
  7. Lithium protection mode

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Category: Brushed / Brushless DC motor Driver
Tags: DC motor driver, DC Motor Speed Controller, Dual Channel Motor Driver, Sabertooth, Sabertooth 5A

Sabertooth Dual 5A Motor Driver is the motor driver of choice for small differential-drive robots. It is ideal for smaller robots- up to 3lbs in combat or 25 lbs for general purpose use. It is also a great choice for any application where you need to control two brushed motors.

Out of the box, the Sabertooth can supply two DC brushed motors with up to 5A each continuously. Peak currents of 10A are achievable for short periods. Because Sabertooth 2×5 incorporates soft current limiting and thermal protection, you need not to worry about killing the driver with accidental stalls or by hooking up too big a motor. Sabertooth allows you to control two motors with analog voltage, radio control, serial and packetized serial. You can build many different robots of increasing complexity for years to come with a Sabertooth. Sabertooth has independent and speed+direction operating modes, making it the ideal driver for differential drive (tank style) robots and more.

The operating mode is set with the onboard DIP switches so there are no jumpers to lose or complicated programming sequences. Sabertooth features screw terminal connectors – making it possible for you to build a robot without having to solder. Sabertooth is the first synchronous regenerative motor driver in its class. The regenerative topology means that your batteries get recharged whenever you command your robot to slow down or reverse. Sabertooth also allows you to make very fast stops and reverses – giving your robot a quick and nimble edge. In certain operating modes, Sabertooth can process up to 3000-speed commands per second.

Sabertooth has a built in 5V BEC that can provide power to a microcontroller or R/C receiver. It also features a lithium cutoff mode allowing Sabertooth to operate safely with lithium ion and lithium polymer battery packs – the highest energy density batteries available. Sabertooth’s transistors are switched at ultrasonic speeds (32kHz) for silent operation. Use of this motor drivers with cheap AC adapters is not recommended. Use a battery or at least put a battery in parallel with a DC supply.

Need something even easier to use in your radio controlled robot? Take a look at Sabertooth 2X5 R/C.

  1. Ant/Beetleweight combat robots
  2. Differential drive robots up to 25lb
  3. Radio controlled tanks, cars, and boats
  4. Autonomous cyborg cats


  1. Compatible with: 6-12 cell NiMH or NiCd, 2s-4s LiPo
  2. Synchronous regenerative drive
  3. Ultra-sonic switching frequency
  4. Thermal and overcurrent protection
  5. Lithium protection mode
  6. Input modes: Analog, R/C, simplified serial, packetized serial

Package Includes:

1 x Sabertooth Dual 5A Motor Driver module
1 x Mounting Nut Bolt Set
1 x Quick Start Guide Manual

Useful Links:
Application Notes:
  1. Using a SyRen/Sabertooth with an ATX (or similar) DC power supply
  2. Packetized mode with a PIC and Sabertooth
  3. Building a simple robot
  4. Using Sabertooth with Roborealm
  5. Libraries for Arduino
Driver Model

Sabertooth Dual 5A

Operating Voltage (VDC)

6 ~ 18

Peak Current (A)


Continuous Current (A)


No. of Channels


Battery Protection Mode


Over-Current Protection (A)


Thermal Protection


LED Indicator


Dimensions (LxWxH) mm

45 x 40 x 13

Weight (g):



Ultra-sonic switching frequency

Shipping Weight 0.022 kg
Shipping Dimensions 6 × 5 × 4 cm
3 Months Warranty

This item is covered with a standard supplier warranty of 3 months from the time of delivery against manufacturing defects only. This is a quality product & only manufacturing defects are covered under this warranty. Reimbursement or replacement will be done against manufacturing defects.

What voids warranty:

If the product is subject to misuse, tampering, static discharge, accident, water or fire damage, use of chemicals & soldered or altered in any way.

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Country Of Origin: China

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