The L293 Motor Shield is a great and quick way to control DC motors, servos or even stepper motors. It has the capability of controlling up to 2 stepper motors, 4 DC motors. and 2 servos. We think this shield would be a good start for beginners because of its versatility for its price range.
Feature: - Four H-Bridges: Two L293D Motor driver chips - L293D is rated at 0.6A per bridge (1.2A peak) with thermal shutdown protection, internal kickback protection diodes. - Motor Voltages from 4.5VDC to 16VDC. (up to 36V if C6 and C7 are upgraded) - Up to 4 bi-directional DC motors with individual 8-bit speed selection (256 speeds) - Up to 2 stepper motors (unipolar or bipolar) - Pull down resistors keep motors disabled during power-up - Separate Logic and Motor power connections - Terminal block connectors for motors and power - 2 connections for 5V 'hobby' servos