# Do I need to protect buck converter when switching to alternate power source?

Noob question here; please pardon my ignorance. I am trying to power some 12v devices, (e.g. Peltier cooling device and fan ~4A), optionally from one of two power sources:

1. 12v DC In
2. DROK Waterproof DC Buck Converter Voltage Regulator 8-22V to 1-15V 5V 12V 3A Adjustable Output Power Supply Transformer

There are times when I want full power, and others where I believe 7v-9v would be more appropriate. Since the buck converter would consume power even if not used, I'd prefer it was off unless selected. I also want to try to control selection with one switch. My desired solution is to use a DPDT On/Off/On switch as follows:

• inputs are +/- 12v source
• switch center: off (obviously)
• switch up: +/- power goes directly to +/- load terminals (12v option)
• switch down: +/- power goes to buck converter input (9v option), buck converter output goes directly to the same +/- load terminals

My concern reflects my lack of knowledge, that being whether 12v power (switch up) would cause damage since buck converter outputs would be connected to the same load terminals. Thus, when switch is up:

1. Would current flow into the output of the buck converter and cause damage to buck converter or downstream due to some power build up (e.g. a capacitor)?
2. If I need to protect the buck converter, would a diode (e.g. Schottky) on the buck converter output (+) wire fix the problem? If so, what spec should I be concerned with?
• DPDT switch .... connect the common to load Mar 28 '18 at 6:56