SPARK MAX Overview

The REV Robotics SPARK MAX Motor Controller (REV-11-2158) is an all-in-one USB, CAN, and PWM enabled motor controller that can drive both 12 V brushed and 12 V brushless DC motors. SPARK MAX is designed for use in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), incorporating advanced motor control in a small, easy-to-use, and affordable package. Configure and run the SPARK MAX through its built-in USB interface without needing a full control system.

Feature Summary

  • Brushed and sensored-brushless motor control
  • PWM, CAN, and USB control interfaces
    • PWM/CAN - Locking and keyed 4-pin JST-PH
    • USB - USB type C
  • USB configuration and control
    • Rapid configuration with a PC
  • Smart control modes
    • Closed-loop velocity control
    • Closed-loop position control
    • Follower mode
  • Encoder port
    • Locking and keyed 6-pin JST-PH
    • 3-phase hall-sensor encoder input
    • Motor temperature sensor input
  • Data port
    • Limit switch input
    • Quadrature encoder input with index
    • Multi-function pin
  • Mode button
    • On-board motor type and idle behavior configuration
  • RGB status LED
    • Detailed mode and operation feedback
  • Integrated power and motor wires
    • 12 AWG ultra-flexible silicone wire
  • Passive cooling

Kit Contents

The following items are included with each SPARK MAX Motor Controller
  • 1 - SPARK MAX Motor Controller
  • 1 - USB-A male to USB-C cable
  • 1 - 4-pin JST-PH to CAN cable
  • 1 - 4-pin JST-PH to single PWM cable
  • 1 - PWM/CAN cable retention clip
  • 1 - Data port protection cap

Special Thanks

We appreciate the assistance from the community for feedback, contributions, and testing the SPARK MAX, especially Team 195 The CyberKnights.
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