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I'm trying to use a power relay (PR26MF) to turn on and off a device. The device takes a 9v supply and typically draws ~250mA. I'm finding that the relay turns on just fine, but when I try to turn it off, it won't: it remains latched in the on state.

The datasheet mentions that a snubber circuit across the load may be necessary. I tried adding one (with a ~2ms time constant). It had no effect.

I measured the resistance across the output port of the relay without the load attached; it works as you would expect: ~inf resistance when it's off and low resistance when on. It seems to turn on and off just fine in that setup.

I tried a different load - using the SSR to drive a 5V mechanical relay. The SSR still exhibited the latching behavior.

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One big question is whether this is an AC load or not. The solid state relay you are using is meant to switch AC loads only and WILL NOT shut off until the zero crossing occurs.

If you are using it for a DC load, then it'll stay on once switched on, and will not turn off until the current goes to 0 (usually at zero crossing with an AC power supply).

If it is an AC load, then you may need to design your snubber more carefully to match your load and power supply. You haven't given us enough information to help you with that part, though.

If you are trying to switch a DC load, then you need a different type of solid state relay.

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That's the ticket! I actually had another ss device here and had already determined it wouldn't work for that very reason. Doh! –  Shawn J. Goff Mar 29 '10 at 18:02
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