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Sabertooth 2X5 R/C is a dual motor driver specifically optimized for use in radio controlled vehicles. It is suitable for small robots, cars and boats, and especially well suited for the Antweight and Beetleweight classes of fighting robots.
Out of the box, it can supply two DC brushed motors with up to 5A each. Peak currents of 10A are achievable for a few seconds. Overcurrent and thermal protection means you'll never have to worry about killing the driver with accidental stalls or by hooking up too big a motor.

This R/C version comes with an invert channel and options for exponential control, autocalibration and built-in mixing. The operating mode is set with the onboard DIP switches so there are no jumpers to lose.

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 vehicle a quick and nimble edge.

Sabertooth has a built in 5V BEC that can provide power to a microcontroller or R/C receiver. The lithium cutoff mode allows 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.


Specifications: 18g / 0.6oz

Input Voltage: 6V to 18V,
6-12 cell NiMH or NiCd,
2s-4s LiPo,
6V or 12V lead acid (not 18+V lead acid!)

5A continuous per channel, 10A peak

Synchronous regenerative drive
Ultra-sonic switching frequency
Thermal and overcurrent protection
Lithium protection mode

Size: 1.8” x 1.6 ” x .5”
45 x 40 x 13 mm
5" / 13cm servo pigtails
Documentation: Sabertooth2x5.doc (2.7mb)
Sabertooth2x5.pdf (1.9mb)
DIP switch settings.jpg (off-site link)
Example R/C vehicle wiring diagram.jpg (off-site link)
Sample RPM versus throttle graph (off-site link)
Applications: Ant/Beetleweight combat robots
Differential drive robots up to 20lb
Radio controlled tanks, cars and boats
Evil cyborg cats
Application notes: Using a SyRen/Sabertooth with an ATX (or similar) DC power supply (off-site link)
Building a simple robot (off-site link)