I was looking for a descent solenoid to create force feedback in a project I’m working on. I found one that looked promising and was very surprised that the supplier were located in Downers Grove, IL. If you haven’t run across this company Trossen Robotics has a great selection of parts and kits and you can tell by their youtube videos they are passionate about what they do.
When buying a solenoid online you are normally confronted with a bunch of overseas suppliers that have limited information about the product and shipping times and return policies are sketchy at best. Dealing with Trossen Robotics it is the exact opposite. Just check out these data sheets on the solenoid I bought……
This is their video on the solenoids they offer.
Here is my arbitrary testing of the solenoid at 12V and 24V. This little guy has some power!
I love finding good companies but as a mid-westerner I also love finding local businesses that are operating right in our own backyard. Trossen offers local pickup if you call ahead so give them a shot and I don’t think you will be disappointed.