ZeroBorg - Tiny robot controller for your RPi Zero based robots

The ZeroBorg is our new add on board for controlling motors using the incredible $5 computer the Raspberry Pi Zero.


The ZeroBorg with a Pi Zero and battery


Its small size means it fits neatly below a Raspberry Pi Zero and opens up endless possibilities for tiny robot designs!
A Raspberry Pi Zero, ZeroBorg and a 9V battery weigh as little as 65g!

The ZeroBorg can control 4 motors independently and gives you whole new ways of moving your robots.
Take our Mecanum robot we built to test the board (see it in our ZeroBorg Kickstarter video).
Each wheel can be driven independently meaning you can go forwards, backwards, tank steer and strafe like a crab.


The ZeroBorg next to our Mecanum robot


ZeroBorg technical specification

Each board has:
  • 4 full H-Bridges
  • Capability of driving 4 motors or 2 stepper motors
  • 2A peak or 1.5A RMS per bridge
  • An on board fast blow fuse at 5A
  • Designed to run off a 9V power source Max range 2.7V to 10.8V (To power the RPi Zero 7V minimum)
  • 2 analogue inputs, which are great for sensors
  • I2C communication, allowing daisy chaining to other boards
  • Fully soldered and ready to use

ZeroBorg Formats

ZeroBorg basic (KS1)

Base ZeroBorg model capable of controlling four motors


Base ZeroBorg


£18.00
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ZeroBorg complete supplied loose (KS2)

Complete setup for the Raspberry Pi Zero

This has the following additional features:
  • DCDC regulator which powers the Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Infrared sensor allowing control from most TV remotes
  • 9V battery clip (PP3) for powering the Raspberry Pi Zero and the ZeroBorg
  • Secondary I2C header for daisy chaining to other boards such as our UltraBorg or PicoBorg Reverse

Complete RPi Zero robot version


This version is supplied with the 9V and daisy-chain header loose for mounting flat to a robot.

Loose vs soldered option


£30.00
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ZeroBorg complete supplied soldered (KS2)

Complete setup for the Raspberry Pi Zero

This has the following additional features:
  • DCDC regulator which powers the Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Infrared sensor allowing control from most TV remotes
  • 9V battery clip (PP3) for powering the Raspberry Pi Zero and the ZeroBorg
  • Secondary I2C header for daisy chaining to other boards such as our UltraBorg or PicoBorg Reverse

Complete RPi Zero robot version


This version is supplied with the 9V and daisy-chain header soldered ready to use.
£32.50
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ZeroBorg tripple stack supplied loose (KS3)

Triple stack of ZeroBorgs to control 12 motors

The bottom board has:
  • DCDC regulator which powers the Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Infrared sensor allowing control from most TV remotes
  • 9V battery clip (PP3) for powering the Raspberry Pi Zero and the ZeroBorg
  • Secondary I2C header for daisy chaining to other boards such as our UltraBorg or PicoBorg Reverse
The middle board has:
  • Two female I2C headers to allow communications between the three boards

Triple stack of ZeroBorgs


This version is supplied with the 9V and daisy-chain header loose for mounting flat to a robot.

Loose vs soldered option


£63.00
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ZeroBorg tripple stack supplied soldered (KS3)

Triple stack of ZeroBorgs to control 12 motors

The bottom board has:
  • DCDC regulator which powers the Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Infrared sensor allowing control from most TV remotes
  • 9V battery clip (PP3) for powering the Raspberry Pi Zero and the ZeroBorg
  • Secondary I2C header for daisy chaining to other boards such as our UltraBorg or PicoBorg Reverse
The middle board has:
  • Two female I2C headers to allow communications between the three boards

Triple stack of ZeroBorgs


This version is supplied with the 9V and daisy-chain header soldered ready to use.
£65.50
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Lead free solder

2 meters of lead free solder, perfect for assembling kits.
97.1% Tin, 2.6% Silver, 0.3% copper. Added to 2.2% flux (intended to be no clean) and drawn out to 0.5mm diameter.
Has a lower melting temperature (217 deg C) than most lead free solder (~227 deg C)
Please ensure adequate ventilation and safety whilst soldering.

£3.00
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5V DC/DC regulator

OKI-78SR-5/1.5-W36H-C DC/DC regulator 7.5Watts, 5V at 1.5A. Ideal for use with BattBorg. Provides 5V from a 7 to 36 volt input.

£6.00
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Raspberry Pi mounting kit

Nylon mounting kit for mounting any model of Raspberry Pi with mounting holes.

Each kit contains:
4 M2.5 Nylon Nuts
4 M2.5 Nylon screws
4 M2.5 Nylon posts

£3.40
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6 pin female header block

6 pin female header ready to solder for connecting to a male cable or male header.

£1.00
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6 pin male header block

6 pin male header ready to solder for connecting to a female cable or female header.

£1.25
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Infrared (IR) sensor

Infrared sensor module used for receiving TV remote signals.

£2.00
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9V battery connector pair

Pair of 9V connection terminals for use with a 9V battery or battery clip.

Comes with one male and one female connector.

£3.00
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