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Is it necessarly to use pull down resistor with BTS7960

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I have Arduino nano controlling a BTS7960 that is 10 meters away, and i have one 24V power supply.

Both Arduino and BTS7960 get 5V through a LM2596 step down converter.

the BTS7960 Enable pins are hooked up to 5V output of the step down converter. 

My problem is that this setup burnt the BTS7960, and before replacing it, i want to identify what made it burn. I’m suspecting :

  • the RPWM and LPWM became both HIGH (from parasites + long wire ) and burnt the driver so i should add pull down resistors.
  • or there is something wrong with this configuration and using buck converters with common GND is what caused problems

PS: When i turn on the power supply the motor rotate for few seconds even though the Arduino didn’t give orders to turn the motor on yetarduinomotordriverpulldownlong-distanceShareCiteEditFollowFlagedited 17 hours agoasked 23 hours agoSnaier111 bronze badge New contributor

  • 1Could well be a ground loop. Is the 24V supply coming from the Arduino side, or the motor side (yes, it matters). β€“ TimWescott 23 hours ago
  • I am also playing with BTN7971B, which is almost identical to BTS7970 in architecture. I also use LM2596 based step down 5V PSU (common ground with my 12V motor PSU) as logical power supply for BTN7971B. But I don’t understand why you have two PWM signals. I only give High/Low signals to IN1/IN2, and only one PWM signal for INH. But I am not sure, because it’s bed time, and I am feeling dizzy. πŸ™‚ Perhaps I can check out and let you know tomorrow. β€“ tlfong01 23 hours ago    
  • One more thing. Your motor seems taking huge current. If when power is on, and you casually disconnect the inductive motor, the back EMF might be huge and the BTS7970 flyback diodes cannot stand and therefore fired. β€“ tlfong01 23 hours ago   
  • 1@tlfong01 Two PWM for the two Direction clockwise and anticlockwise and speed, i’m afraid that my setup and long wires can generate voltages in both PWM pins at same time this will surely burn the driver β€“ Snaier 17 hours ago
  • 1@TimWescott the 24V start from the Arduino side then goes to the Driver and the motor. β€“ Snaier 17 hours ago
  • 1I would consider placing transceivers or line drivers between the arduino and the BTS7960. 10 m is a fairly long distance for the fairly weak arduino outputs. β€“ Math Keeps Me Busy 16 hours ago 
  • 1How fast are you driving the PWM? It makes a difference as to whether what you’re trying is ever going to be feasible without an Arduino right at the motor. β€“ TimWescott 14 hours ago
  • #Snaier, I am sorry, but I think your using two PWM signals to drive one motor is simply all wrong. Please read my answer below. Cheers β€“ tlfong01 13 hours ago   
  • 1@tlfong01 i didn’t choose to use two PWM the Driver need to have two signals one for each direction clockwise and anticlockwise. β€“ Snaier 5 hours ago
  • @TimWescott i’m using pins 5 and 6 980 Hz PWM, with Duty cycle Variable between 20% – 70%, i need to run the motor for 15 seconds each time then stop run it again after an hour or so (until button on 1st Arduino is pressed again) β€“ Snaier 5 hours ago 
  • @Snaier. Ah there is seems some confusion. Let me try again. (1) For L298N, which has two full H-bridges, you can control two motors, each with In1, In2 and Inh. In other words, there are 6 signals, 3 for one motor, another three for another motor. (2) Now for BTS7976, there is only one full H-bridge, form by its two half H-bride. So BTS7960 can control only one motor. Now for only one motor, you use three signals, In1, In2, InH. (3) In1 H, In2 L for CW, In1 L, In2 H for CCW (or vice versa). / to continue, … β€“ tlfong01 5 hours ago   
  • InH is to enable and disable the motor, H to enable, L to enable, and PWM to switch between enable and disable very quickly, say 1kHz, or 1,000 times per second. So you start and stop the motor repeatedly quickly, and the result is that the motor reduces speed, approx half the speed, if duty cycle is 50%. This is an over simplified picture. Ah. locking down supper time. I need to go and see you later, perhaps this late evening, or tomorrow. You might like to give me comments. No hurry though. β€“ tlfong01 5 hours ago   
  • By the way, have you played with L298N or other motor drivers before? Usually they control two motors, each with one PWM signal, therefore two PWM signals altogether. But BTS7960 controls only one motor, therefore only one PWM signal is needed. perhaps that causes your confusion, and also drive BTS7960 crazy and fried. πŸ™‚. β€“ tlfong01 5 hours ago    
  • I am curious why you use two PWM signals. So I googled a user guide from Hanson Tech and surprisingly found that it also suggests to use two PWM signals. Perhaps it uses another set of control signals not the same as the BTS7960 data sheet. I think I need to study the schematic and Arduino code to see why the difference. My apologies of wrongly commenting that you use the wrong signals. It will take me some time to find out what is going on. Cheers. β€“ tlfong01 1 hour ago   
  • #Snaier, I seem to have found the reason why your BTS7960 module was fired. Please read Appendix C and let me know if you agree what I am guessing is indeed a stupid EE design mistake. Ah bed time! See you tomorrow. β€“ tlfong01 5 mins ago   Edit   

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You probably have a ground loop, and it’s causing false signalling from the Arduino to the motor driver.

Basically, if you look at your diagram, you need to mentally substitute a string of resistors and inductors for all of the wires. The longer the wire is, the larger the resistance and inductance — and ten meters is entirely too long for a single-ended logic-level signal.

Communication over that distance, in the presence of a noisy power connection* should either be done with the very careful application of something like RS-232, or — far better — with differential signalling (like RS-422) or by carrying the signal ground on a separate wire from the Arduino to the motor driver, and then using opto-isolators at the motor driver.

With your current setup, when the motor is on, and especially when you’re driving a PWM signal to it, voltage will appear across your ground wire — but the signals you’re using to the driver board are referenced to the Arduino’s ground. If the motor ground drops enough, the signals from the Arduino can both appear to be “on”, even if they’re not. Moreover, if the driver isn’t protected, then the signals can go outside of the voltage range the chip can stand, and fry it on the input side.

Using differential signalling or opto-isolators running off of a separate reference ground from the Arduino will fix that. Using an Arduino on the left side for whatever user interaction you want, with a serial line (that itself uses RS-422) to the Arduino on the right side to drive the motor, will fix that.

You could also just generate 5V at the motor, and power the Arduino with a separate ground wire that’s well-isolated from the one driving the motor. As long as you don’t have any other ground connections, that may work — but, 10 meters is a long way for what you’re attempting.

Or you could place the motor driver right next to the Arduino, and just run your 10m wires out to the motor. That may actually be the easiest way to accomplish something that’s electrically sound.

Having a circuit at the motor driver that won’t let you simultaneously drive both half-bridges would be a good thing, too.

* Anything powering a motor is noisy.ShareCiteEditFollowFlagedited 14 hours agoanswered 17 hours agoTimWescott27.2k11 gold badge2222 silver badges5252 bronze badges

  • 1Thank you that is so helpful. if i use Two separate PSU one for the motor one for Arduino and the Driver, will it work without needing to use differential signalling and another Arduino at the driver side ? β€“ Snaier 16 hours ago
  • 1Doesn’t work that way. The signalling looks like it’s on two wires, but it’s between those two wires and ground. Change the ground voltage, and you change what the motor driver sees. β€“ TimWescott 14 hours ago
  • I had the motor driver right next to the Arduino in my first setup, the issue was the power loss in the long wire, when i attempt to run at 30% speed the driver output is somewhere around 7V but at the end in the motor side the voltage drops to 2 V and i loose all the torque β€“ Snaier 5 hours ago

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The OP’s BTS7960 DC motor driver module was fried. What can be the possible causes?



Part A – Possible causes short list

Part B – Troubleshoot tips



Part A – Possible failure analysis/causes short list

There are many possible causes. Below is a short list.

(1) Why is my PWM efficiency about 50%? Asked 5 days ago Active yesterday Viewed 330 times

1.1 My wiring setup.

1.2 My testing setup.

1.3 My input signals.

(2) Anything wrong with connecting L298Ns in parallel? Asked 17 days ago Active 12 days ago Viewed 154 times

2.1. Part 2 – How to use L298N input signals, IN1, IN2, and INH

(3) How to control DC motor speed by motor driver with PWM input? Asked 9 months ago Active 3 days ago Viewed 913 times

3.1 References: Part C – PWM Full H-bridge Motor Driver

3.2 Appendix A – L298N input signal routing diagram

3.3 Appenidx E – BTN7971B block diagram and input signals

3.4 Appendix L – Calibration of BTN7971B PWM/Duty Cycle (1kHz, 50% Duty cycle) performance

Part B – Troubleshooting Tips List

(1) KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), Divide and Conquer testing suggestion

1.1 Following my locked answer (Part 1, s1.3) I would suggest to test the BTN7971B dual half bridge modules in two parts, and test only one of the parts, as shown in the figure below:

half bridge test


  1. The right part, half H-bridge #2 in grey, is disconnected (actually only rewiring is to disconnect IN2, input to half H-bridge #2 (IS, INH is common/shared between both half-Bridges). So only the left part, half H-bridge #1, is wired up for uni-direction testing on (a) PWM vs motor speed/efficiency, (b) current measurement using the IS pin only (ie, no clumsy, not so accurate, clamp meter is needed to be used as described in Part 1 (1)).
  2. The OP’s BTS7960 dual half H-bridge module might have only one of the two half bridges fried. So lucky him might use this wiring diagram to check out if one of the half H-bridge is still alive, and try my suggested tip below to do some investigation research/feasibility studies, as a preparation for (firing) his coming, second new module. πŸ™‚

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(1) BTS7960 High Current 43A H-Bridge Motor Driver User Guide – Hanson Tech https://www.handsontec.com/dataspecs/module/BTS7960%20Motor%20Driver.pdf

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Appendix A – BTS7960 DC Motor Driver Module Schematic – Hanson Tech

bts7960 schematic

Appendix B – BTS7960 DC Motor Driver Module Control Signals – Hanson Tech

bts7960 control signal

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Appendix C – Why was the OP’s BTS7960 Module Fried?

1. I found the Hanson Tech user guide a bit weird: its control signal names do not correspond to its schematic.

2. Its control procedure is also weird: There are two direction mode enables, one for forward mode, another for backward mode.

My immediate question is this:

what will happen if both forward mode and backward mode are enabled at the same time? Won’t the module melt down?

3. So I googled to know more. I had good luck: I found a YT which has a truth table that confirms my worries. See the picture below for what I found! πŸ™‚

burn burn burn


  1. This is a very stupid mistake I never expected to see! I need to confirm the OP if what I saw is true!

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