I recently sought (and received much great help) help with a brake light project from this site. That project went well and I installed it a week ago. Everything seems to be working as intended thus far. However, I am interested in playing around with some potential variations to the design of the circuit.
I ordered most of my parts for that build online from Digi-Key and Mouser. However, I did not have enough extra VN10LP N Channel MOSFETS to complete an identical circuit.
I went to my local RadioShack today and got 4 N-Channel power mosfets to hopefully use in place of the VN10LP mosfets.
My application is straightforward: the n-channel MOSFETs are being used simply to provide HIGH or LOW signal to pins on an Octal Counter IC.
Looking at the ratings of the power mosfet, all of the ratings are more than adequate for the circuit's current and voltages.
Therefore, are there any potential pros/cons to using a POWER MOSFET versus a regular MOSFET in a simple, low speed switch application??
Data sheets for each:
VN10LP N Chan MOSFET VN10LP
IRF510 N Chan POWER MOSFETIRF510