Step By Step : How To Wire A Linear Actuator


Published on August 17th, 2018

People who are just starting to work with linear actuators often wonder how to wire it. Actually, a linear actuator is one of the simplest mechanisms that allow its user to create a moving motion when it comes to different types of projects.

This can be used in robotics, making a simple robot move its limbs, or in a doorknob to automatize the household and make everything work quicker and more efficient. So how to attach a wire to your linear actuator if you are a newbie?

First of all, you need a wiring kit that will allow to wire your linear actuator properly. There is nothing difficult in this task, just buy it online or at a local store. Using a wiring kit is significantly easier- it has only two wires, red and black.


1. Cut Your Wires


To begin with, you need to make a couple cuts on your wires and make sure they are loose enough to be attached to a device at the end of your project.

What you really need to do is to cut two wires – red and black – and make sure you are able to reach a power source which will initially play a leading role in your build. Put two wires on the points where they are connected and switch on the battery.


2. When you have cut the wires, it is time to connect them with your linear actuator

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What you need to do is connect your protector with a rocker switch, so you will be able to get a good result from the first try. And don’t forget to work on both sides. It can be rather tricky as you need to remember to check if the fuse is sitting tightly in the fuse holder.

This measurement will prevent the device from burning from the intensively quick motor movements. You can use electric connectors for this purpose. Connect two-fold connectors with your linear actuator. It is better to connect to terminal four that is sliding near the terminal three. Be attentive as they look and perform pretty much the same.


3. Attach Your Wire To The Battery

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When you have completed the task of cutting your wires and attaching everything to the linear actuator, it is finally time to attach the new-created device to the battery. How to do it properly?

Attaching your wire to the battery is the easiest task – just plug red wire to the positive cable and the black one to the negative respectively. Only if you switch on proper sides, the motor will perform backwards and upwards motion.

Some people complain that they switch on the battery and attached the wires, but the devices seems to fail to be working. Well, the answer is relatively easy – you just mixed the wires and plugged the red one to the negative and the black one to the positive.

Detach the wires and try again, it should be working immediately. After you have performed all the necessary manipulations, you should be able to control your linear actuator with a rocket switch. But if you are not satisfied with how the job is done, just try another linear actuator, a different type that might suit you better for a certain purpose.

One more trick is to use a control box as a power source, because it can turn alternative type of current into the direct one. This will solely depend on the model you choose.