5:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor

5:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor
Pololu item #: 1100 169 in stock

Price break Unit price (US$)
1 15.95
10 13.55
50 11.96

backorders allowed

This gearmotor is a miniature low-power brushed DC motor with a 4.995:1 metal gearbox. It has a cross section of 10 × 12 mm, and the D-shaped gearbox output shaft is 9 mm long and 3 mm in diameter.

Key specs at 6 V: 2500 RPM and 40 mA with no load, 1 oz-in (0.1 kg-cm) and 0.36 A at stall.

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These tiny brushed DC gearmotors are intended for use at 6 V, though in general, these kinds of motors can run at voltages above and below this nominal voltage, so they should comfortably operate in the 3 – 9 V range (rotation can start at voltages as low as 0.5 V). Lower voltages might not be practical, and higher voltages could start negatively affecting the life of the motor. The micro metal gearmotors are available in a wide range of gear ratios—from 5:1 up to 1000:1—and with four different motors: high-power with long-life carbon brushes (HPCB), high-power with shorter-life precious metal brushes (HP), medium-power (MP), and low-power. The HPCB version (shown on the left in the picture below) can be differentiated from versions with precious metal brushes (shown on the right) by its copper-colored terminals. Note that the HPCB terminals are 0.5 mm wider than those on the other micro metal gearmotor versions (2 mm vs. 1.5 mm), and they are about 1 mm closer together (6 mm vs. 7 mm).

With the exception of the 1000:1 gear ratio versions, all of the micro metal gearmotors have the same physical dimensions, so one version can be easily swapped for another if your design requirements change. Please see the micro metal gearmotor comparison table for detailed specifications of all our micro metal gearmotors. This dynamically-sortable table can help you find the gearmotor that offers the best blend of speed, torque, and current-draw for your particular application. A more basic comparison table is available below.

Some versions of the gearmotors are available with an additional 1 mm-diameter output shaft that protrudes from the rear of the motor. This 4.5 mm-long rear shaft rotates at the same speed as the input to the gearbox and offers a way to add an encoder, such as our magnetic encoder for micro metal gearmotors (see the picture on the right), to provide motor speed or position feedback.

Motor Type Stall
@ 6 V
@ 6 V
Stall Torque
@ 6 V

(Gearbox Only)

(Gearbox & Motor)
carbon brushes
1600 mA 3000 RPM 4 oz-in 10:1 HPCB 10:1 HPCB dual-shaft
1000 RPM 9 oz-in 30:1 HPCB 30:1 HPCB dual-shaft
625 RPM 15 oz-in 50:1 HPCB 50:1 HPCB dual-shaft
400 RPM 22 oz-in 75:1 HPCB 75:1 HPCB dual-shaft
320 RPM 30 oz-in 100:1 HPCB 100:1 HPCB dual-shaft
200 RPM 40 oz-in 150:1 HPCB 150:1 HPCB dual-shaft
140 RPM 50 oz-in 210:1 HPCB 210:1 HPCB dual-shaft
120 RPM 60 oz-in 250:1 HPCB 250:1 HPCB dual-shaft
100 RPM 70 oz-in 298:1 HPCB 298:1 HPCB dual-shaft
32 RPM 125 oz-in 1000:1 HPCB 1000:1 HPCB dual-shaft

(same specs as
HPCB above)
1600 mA 6000 RPM 2 oz-in 5:1 HP
3000 RPM 4 oz-in 10:1 HP 10:1 HP dual-shaft
1000 RPM 9 oz-in 30:1 HP 30:1 HP dual-shaft
625 RPM 15 oz-in 50:1 HP 50:1 HP dual-shaft
400 RPM 22 oz-in 75:1 HP 75:1 HP dual-shaft
320 RPM 30 oz-in 100:1 HP 100:1 HP dual-shaft
200 RPM 40 oz-in 150:1 HP 150:1 HP dual-shaft
140 RPM 50 oz-in 210:1 HP
120 RPM 60 oz-in 250:1 HP
100 RPM 70 oz-in 298:1 HP 298:1 HP dual-shaft
32 RPM 125 oz-in 1000:1 HP 1000:1 HP dual-shaft
700 mA 2200 RPM 3 oz-in 10:1 MP 10:1 MP dual-shaft
730 RPM 8 oz-in 30:1 MP
420 RPM 13 oz-in 50:1 MP
290 RPM 17 oz-in 75:1 MP 75:1 MP dual-shaft
220 RPM 19 oz-in 100:1 MP 100:1 MP dual-shaft
150 RPM 24 oz-in 150:1 MP
75 RPM 46 oz-in 298:1 MP
25 RPM 80 oz-in 1000:1 MP 1000:1 MP dual-shaft
low-power 360 mA 2500 RPM 1 oz-in 5:1
1300 RPM 2 oz-in 10:1
440 RPM 4 oz-in 30:1 30:1 dual-shaft
250 RPM 7 oz-in 50:1 50:1 dual-shaft
170 RPM 9 oz-in 75:1
120 RPM 12 oz-in 100:1 100:1 dual-shaft
85 RPM 17 oz-in 150:1
60 RPM 27 oz-in 210:1
50 RPM 32 oz-in 250:1
45 RPM 40 oz-in 298:1 298:1 dual-shaft
14 RPM 70 oz-in 1000:1 1000:1 dual-shaft

Note: Stalling or overloading gearmotors can greatly decrease their lifetimes and even result in immediate damage. The recommended upper limit for instantaneous torque is 35 oz-in (2.5 kg-cm) for the 1000:1 gearboxes and 25 oz-in (2 kg*cm) for all the other gear ratios; we strongly advise keeping applied loads well under this limit. Stalls can also result in rapid (potentially on the order of seconds) thermal damage to the motor windings and brushes, especially for the versions that use high-power (HP and HPCB) motors; a general recommendation for brushed DC motor operation is 25% or less of the stall current.

Details for item #1100

Exact gear ratio: ``(27×37) / (20×10) =bb(4.995:1)``

Gearmotor Dimensions

In terms of size, these gearmotors are very similar to Sanyo’s popular 12 mm NA4S DC gearmotors, and gearmotors with this form factor are occasionally referred to as N20 motors. The versions with carbon brushes (HPCB) have slightly different terminal and end-cap dimensions than the versions with precious metal brushes, but all of the other dimensions are identical.

Dimensions of versions with carbon brushes (HPCB)

Dimensions of the Pololu micro metal gearmotors with carbon brushes (HPCB). Units are mm over [inches].

Dimensions of versions with precious metal brushes (low-power, MP, and HP)

Dimensions of the Pololu micro metal gearmotors with precious metal brushes: low-power, medium-power (MP), and high-power (HP). Units are mm over [inches].

These diagrams are also available as a downloadable PDF (262k pdf).

Motor Accessories

Pololu wheel 32×7mm on a micro metal gearmotor.
Black Pololu 70×8mm wheel on a Pololu micro metal gearmotor.
A pair of Pololu universal aluminum mounting hubs for 3 mm diameter shafts.

12mm Hex Wheel Adapter for 3mm Shaft on a Micro Metal Gearmotor.

Black micro metal gearmotor mounting bracket pair with included screws and nuts.
White micro metal gearmotor mounting bracket pair with included screws and nuts.
Pololu micro metal gearmotor bracket extended with micro metal gearmotor.

  • Quadrature encoders: We offer several quadrature encoders that work with our micro metal gearmotors.

Magnetic Encoder Kit for Micro Metal Gearmotors assembled with ribbon cable wires.
Example of an installed micro metal gearmotor reflective optical encoder.
Encoder for Pololu wheel 42×19mm with wheel, motor, and bracket.

Note: The HPCB versions of our micro metal gearmotors are not compatible with our #2590 and #2591 optical encoders or our older #2598 magnetic encoders (the terminals are too wide to fit through the corresponding holes in the encoder boards). However, they are compatible with our newer #3081 magnetic encoders.

Pololu qik 2s9v1 dual serial motor controller (older version with large silver electrolytic capacitor).
Baby Orangutan B-48/B-168/B-328.
DRV8835 dual motor driver carrier.

We also incorporate these motors into some of our products, including our Zumo robot and 3pi robot :

Assembled Zumo 32U4 robot.
Pololu 3pi robot.

Selecting the Right Gearmotor

We offer a wide selection of metal gearmotors that offer different combinations of speed and torque. Our metal gearmotor comparison table can help you find the motor that best meets your project’s requirements.

Some of the Pololu metal gearmotors.

People often buy this product together with:

10:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor 10:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor
Pololu Micro Metal Gearmotor Bracket Pair - Black Pololu Micro Metal Gearmotor Bracket Pair - Black
Pololu Micro Metal Gearmotor Bracket Extended Pair Pololu Micro Metal Gearmotor Bracket Extended Pair

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