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The different types and terms used to describe brushless motor controllers (including ESCs, controllers, drivers and more)


Fundamentally all of the various types of brushless motor controller that we discuss below all do basically the same job, making a brushless motor operate in the way that you would like it to. Some of these are much simpler than others and all have certain pros and cons both technically speaking and commercially speaking. So, let’s get started then….


  1. Brushless ESC - a Brushless ESC standards for a brushless electronic speed controller. The term is used quite widely for the lowest cost type of brushless motor controller. Essentially these are low cost simple drivers for brushless motors which translate incoming power into the correct sequence required to successfully drive a brushless motor using discrete components. We sometimes use this phrase in relation to the ZDBL Series of Sensorless Brushless Motor Controllers as a useful shorthand for certain applications.

  1. Brushless Motor Controller - a brushless motor controller will typically feature more in depth and powerful control over the brushless motor and is often based around an intelligent microcontroller which can deliver increased reliability, improved energy efficiency and greater control over particularly difficult aspects of brushless motor control such as starting a sensorless brushless motor under load. Where a brushless ESC will typically convert an incoming voltage into the right drive pattern for a brushless motor, a brushless motor controller can be much better optimised to deliver a range of performance advantages, including closed loop control using back EMF to deliver constant speed under a variable load. It is important to note that a brushless motor controller may be designed specifically for a sensored brushless DC motor (as opposed to a sensorless brushless motor). Always remember that a sensorless brushless motor controller can drive a sensored or sensorless brushless motor but a sensored brushless motor controller can only drive a sensored brushless motor.

  1. Sensorless Brushless Motor Controller - a sensorless brushless motor controller is a motor controller which is designed to operate specifically with a sensorless brushless motor. For more information on what a sensorless brushless motor is please CLICK HERE. The cruz of the matter is that a sensorless brushless motor does not include sensors which can tell the controller where the rotor within the motor is. Sensorless brushless motor controllers therefore typically operate an open loop system but can be used in an closed loop by using back-EMF to sense where the rotor is. For more information on this please CLICK HERE.

  1. BLDC Motor Driver - As you probably know, the phrase BLDC is shorthand for Brush Less DC. A BLDC motor driver is generally very similar to a Brushless ESC in the sense that it is designed to drive the motor and control its speed without adding any additional control intelligence.


Now you know about all the different terms which are used to describe brushless motor controllers, why not browse our ZDBL Series of Sensorless Brushless Motor Controllers? Alternatively, if you have any questions about what is right for your application you can browse our FAQs or give us a call to discuss your application.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a sensorless brushless motor ?

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What are the advantages of using brushless DC motors?

Can I maintain a fixed speed under a variable load?

What are the different types of brushless motor controller?

Why choose brushless motors?

There are a huge range of applications which can be effectively dealt with using sensorless brushless motor controllers. You can explore some of our stock range of BLDC motor controllers and if you have a particular application that you would like to discuss please get in touch and our engineers will be happy to help.

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