I have made a simple circuit having an IR receiver and a Servo motor. Here is the diagram:

arduino circuit

Red wire: power

Black wire: ground

Orange wire: digital signal

And here's the code:

#include <Servo.h>
#include <IRremote.h>
int receiver = 13;
IRrecv irrecv(receiver);
decode_results results;
Servo myServo;
int pos = 0;
void setup() {
  // put your setup code here, to run once:

void loop() {
  // put your main code here, to run repeatedly:
  if (irrecv.decode(&results)){
    if (results.value== 0xC0000C){
      for (pos = 0; pos <= 90; pos += 10) { 
        // in steps of 1 degree
      for (pos = 90; pos >= 0; pos -= 10) { 

It rotates the motor 90 degree and back when a button on a remote is clicked.

Here comes the problem: This is working perfectly when connected to my PC, but it doesn't when I connect it with my 9-volt (cuboid shaped) battery. The lights on the Arduino board still light up, but the circuit does nothing when I press the remote button.

I have also observed that the servo vibrates a little bit, but doesn't move.

Is this a problem in my circuit, or is it just that my battery power is low?

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    As many already have experienced, a 9V block can simply not deliver enough current for powering any significant load. You will have more luck with, for example, a 4- or 6- cell AA battery pack.
    – StarCat
    Commented Jun 28, 2020 at 6:03

1 Answer 1


A 9V battery has both low peak current and low total power (low mAh rating). It is not a good choice for any circuit that draws more than ≈100 mA. (I pulled that number out of thin air, but it's probably a decent guess)

Build a battery pack from 6 AA alkaline cells instead. That will provide enough peak current. Or for much longer run-time, use 6 D sized cells.

  • you don't like the answer on the duplicate? or why you didn't vote for it?
    – Juraj
    Commented Jun 28, 2020 at 17:13
  • I missed the duplicate vote. You're right, that would have been better than another answer.
    – Duncan C
    Commented Jun 28, 2020 at 18:41

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