Vacuum Pump 12 v - ideal for Robotics!

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12V Vacuum Pump, ideal for robotics! - Sparkfun ROB-10398

This vacuum pump operates at 12V  and has enough suction for most small projects. This pump is also perfect for your robotics projects - use it to make an automatic Lego picker-upper, like the one we are trying to make right now!
We love this 12v Vacuum Pump because of its reliability, This is why we've used it in lots of projects from covering Richard in blue dyed water to automatic resistor cutters!
It's quite loud during operation (see the videos below for an indication) but it does such a great job we can forgive it!
Make sure to connect the pump correctly, the red dot on the side of the pump shows the location of the positive terminal.

Connecting it up!

You'll also need a decent 1A minimum 12V supply to drive this pump which you can connect to in a couple of ways:

  1. If you don't mind losing the male barrel connector, simply chop it off using a pair of cutters, separate the two wires and remove some of the insulation plastic using some wire strippers.
  2. Alternatively, if you want to keep that male barrel connector intact, simply pick up one of our female barrel connectors with screw terminals, then you can plug this supply in, and using some red and black hookup wire to connect to the rest of your project

Check out our excellent 12V vacuum pump videos below for more details.


  • Part No.: D2028
  • Free Flow Range: 12 ~ 15LPM
  • Vacuum Range: 0 - 16"Hg (>350mmHg)
  • Pressure Range: 0 - 32PSI (-70KPA ~ -220KPA)
  • Standard Motor Voltage Options: 12V DC
  • Power: 12W
  • Motor Construction: Iron Core-Oil Bearing
  • Diaphram Material Option: EPDM
  • Operating Temperature Range: 0 ~ 50°C
  • Life Expectancy: 500hrs
  • Noise: 65db


PPROB-10398 12V Vacuum Pump dimensions


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20 Reviews

  • 5
    Title of review 52711

    Posted by Richard McWilliam on 1st Oct 2021

    Very loud! but provides reasonable vacuum

  • 5
    Title of review 52710

    Posted by Martin Holmes on 2nd Sep 2021

    As other reviewers have stated, this can be used for years when combined with filtration on the air inlet side

  • 5
    Title of review 52709

    Posted by Lesley Martin on 2nd Jul 2021

    would be nice if it came with tubing attached as it is difficult to get on

  • 5
    Title of review 52708

    Posted by Simon Gregg on 1st May 2021

    used it to great effect to drive mechanical items on model railway

  • 5
    Title of review 52707

    Posted by Paul Hobb on 13th Mar 2021

    Very well packed and sucks better than expected

  • 5
    Title of review 9826

    Posted by Bob Todd on 27th Jan 2020

    Great little pump. Ear defenders aren't required, but it is a little louder than expected! Does the job nicely though

  • 5
    Title of review 1014

    Posted by Nigel Amey on 27th Dec 2017

    very good quality and works well<br /><br />Thanks

  • 5
    Title of review 1013

    Posted by Richard Hagger on 19th Dec 2017

    arrived today . Works well & is ideal for what I require it to do .Excellent value.

  • 4
    Title of review 1012

    Posted by Geoff Shirtliff on 12th Mar 2017

    Have left a review before as have been buying these for some years now have proved totally reliable in service as long as a good filter is fitted on the suction side otherwise they will clog with particles and stop working motor seems bullet proof have not had any burn out and I am using about 20 of them

  • 5
    Title of review 1011

    Posted by Simon Greer on 6th Feb 2017

    Bench tested and does what it says on the tin. Hope to fit in situ shortly to lift residual water fom base plate on boat after bilge done its job.

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