Pololu 1000:1 Micro Metal Gearmotor (LP 6V)

Product Code: 0459
Manufacturer Part Number: 1596
Manufacturer: Pololu
Availability: In Stock
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This gearmotor is a miniature low-power, 6 V brushed DC motor with a 986.41:1 metal gearbox, making it a great choice for applications requiring fine control at very low speeds. 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. (Note: stall torque and current specifications are theoretical values; stalling the motor will damage the gearbox.)

Key specifications:
  • Voltage: 6 V
  • No-load Performance: 13 RPM, 20 mA
  • Stall Extrapolation: 5.5 kg⋅cm (76 oz⋅in), 0.36 A

These tiny brushed DC gearmotors are available in a wide range of gear ratios—from 5:1 up to 1000:1—and with five different motors: high-power 6 V and 12 V motors with long-life carbon brushes (HPCB), and high-power (HP), medium power (MP), and low power (LP) 6 V motors with shorter-life precious metal brushes. The 6 V and 12 V HPCB motors offer the same performance at their respective nominal voltages, just with the 12 V motor drawing half the current of the 6 V motor. The 6 V HPCB and 6 V HP motors are identical except for their brushes, which only affect the lifetime of the motor.

The HPCB versions can be differentiated from versions with precious metal brushes by their 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).

Versions of these gearmotors are also 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, to provide motor speed or position feedback.

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 datasheet (2MB pdf) for more information, including detailed performance graphs for each micro metal gearmotor version.

Details for item #1596

Exact gear ratio:

These tiny, high-torque gearmotors have the highest gear ratio of any motor we sell, which makes them a great choice for applications that require extremely low motor speeds. With no load, the gearbox output rotates at approximately 13 RPM at 6 V, and we were able to achieve a smooth rotation speed of around 1 RPM at 0.6 V on a test unit.

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.

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


Size: 10 × 12 × 29.5 mm1
Weight: 10.5 g
Shaft diameter: 3 mm2

General specifications

Gear ratio: 986.41:1
No-load speed @ 6V: 13 rpm
No-load current @ 6V: 0.02 A
Stall current @ 6V: 0.36 A3
Stall torque @ 6V: 5.5 kg·cm3
Extended motor shaft?: N
Motor type: 0.36A stall @ 6V (LP 6V)

Performance at maximum efficiency

Max efficiency @ 6V: 24 %
Speed at max efficiency: 10 rpm
Torque at max efficiency: 1.2 kg·cm
Current at max efficiency: 0.09 A
Output power at max efficiency: 0.12 W


1. Output shaft adds 9 mm to the 29.5 mm length
2. D shaft
3. This is a theoretical value; stalling the gearbox output shaft will damage the gearbox


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