Everything You Should Know About Micro 2 Axis Joysticks

As you may already know, the micro 2 axis joysticks are those that contain two independent potentiometers. They have a potentiometer for each axis. These joysticks also contain a spring that help the joystick to return to the center automatically. This is, however, not all the information you need about these joysticks. Here are answers to common questions about those joysticks.

How do they work?

The first thing most people want to understand is how the micro 2 axis joysticks work. Here is how. When you move the joystick, the handle moves along a narrow rod that sits on a gimbal (two rotating shafts). One potentiometer records the X-axis which is left and right while the other records Y-axis (up and down or back and forth). Once you release the joystick, the loaded spring moves the joystick back to the center.

How does a 3-axis joystick differ from a 2-axis joystick?

3-axis joysticks are considered multi-axis joysticks. This is because they offer more control options. When you move the node, you get the same inputs as those on a 2-axis joystick. The key difference is that you get additional options. For example, turning the knob of the joystick helps move on a third axis.

Is the potentiometer a joystick?

The answer is no. The potentiometer is just the internal component that translates analog input into digital signals. It is connected to the joystick shaft so that when it is pivoted, the shaft rotates the contact arm. That way, the potentiometer translates the physical position of the stick into an electrical signal. This signal is then passed through the joystick port into the computer.

In industrial micro dual-axis joysticks, the potentiometer is connected to each joystick shaft. Pivoting the shaft will rotate the contact arm. Whenever the stick is moved, the potentiometers’ contact arms produce a corresponding turn. This varies the resistance of the potentiometer.

What can you do with 2-axis joysticks?

Dual-axis joysticks offer more control than single-axis joysticks. You can move back, forward, side to side. These joysticks can also be used to pan, tilt or pan cameras. In addition to being a small proportional joystick that can be used by persons with weak or poor muscular power, micro dual-axis joysticks can be used in industrial applications.

Irrespective of what you are buying a joystick for, you must pay attention to brand reputation as well as durability. You must also consider where you will be using the joystick. If your joystick is too sensitive to vibrations or interference by radio frequencies or magnetic fields, it will be unreliable. Find a joystick that works for your environment.

Micro 2 Axis Joysticks