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Questions tagged [switches]

Devices to interrupt or route a signal or power one of several ways.

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Tactile switch actuator extension methods?

I am not a 100% sure this is the right place to ask this, but I couldn't figure out another, more appropriate community. I am designing a PCB for a product, which will have a tactile switch. The PCB ...
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Charge Injection Confusion

I'm having some trouble understanding the effect that charge injection has on capacitors - more specifically, when there is unequal charge on a capacitor. Consider the following circuit: My ...
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Snubber for Relay Contact Switching Resistive Load

I am working on a redesign of some circuit boards and am looking for a way to save space and potentially switch to surface mount parts. Some of the largest through hole parts in use are for an RC ...
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Split Power Plane when using Load Switches?

To do power saving for a battery operated product, I am using couple of load switches to shut down peripheral power when not using that. PCB stackup - Signal(component), Gnd, Power, Signal -- 4 ...
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The best type of electronic switch to control the signal coming from a pickup coil on a motorcycle

So, my motorcycle has an ignition system that's not really secure, all someone has to do is pull the ground wire going to the ignition coil and anyone can start it up. The only other way to stop it is ...
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How to isolate a RLC circuit with MOSFET switches?

I'd like to isolate, with high-side and low-side switches, a RLC circuit after the inductor has been energized with a current of 2-3A from a 12V source (see sketch). When the RLC circuit is isolated ...
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Hook up an automatic transfer switch with two phases only

We have a house in Haiti connected to the shore line. The shore line isn't always working so we bought a generator. I wanted to ground one of the two phases to create one neutral, one phase and a ...
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LEDs driven by GameBoy sound

My circuit does not work as I thought it should and I'm really confused now. What I want? Two LEDs which will pulse to audio LEFT and RIGHT channel separately. And same for display BACKLIGHT, but ...
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Problem with signal edge in schematics containing high speed IC switch

I am trying to design the following schematics: There are two kOhms resistance which are connected serially. One is load and another is device resistance. I need to apply the voltage in a the ...
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What's inside a reed switch that cannot be tested with a multimeter?

I'm shopping for reed contacts that are rated for 230V AC, because I don't want to use an always-on power supply just for a relay and a reed switch. This is surprisingly difficult, but I found this ...
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Circuit Design: Momentary switch long press ON, short press OFF

I'm trying to create an accessory controller for my 2001 BMW motorcycle. To those who aren't familiar with the older BMWs, there is a separate "turn signal cancel switch" on the handle bars that when ...
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Voltage controlled switch simulation

I'm trying to short two pins on a chip when an audio signal is received and float them otherwise (same effect as a tactile switch). I thought the best way would be to use a voltage peak holder and a ...
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How to get NodeMCU to detect an external switch closure of an unknown voltage?

I'm getting really into home automation as a side project of mine and one of the next things I would love to automate is my doorbell. Short question: If I have a switch (momentary button in the form ...
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Mosfet as a Power Selector Switch - Value of a Resistor & Other Clarifications

I'd like to breadboard a simple circuit which implements a mosfet pair to emulate a mechanical SPDT switch. The circuit schematics can be found here. The circuit looks identical to one that can also ...
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mosfet n-channel high side switching considerations

I know high side switching is normally done with a pchan mosfet but i don't want have to invert my control signal. So i am curious if i want to source 10mA through the 28V rail on a n channel mosfet ...
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Help in identifying two parts

I need to identify two parts that I need to replace, but I'm having a hard time doing it. These are the parts: Part 1: From my research I think it is a trigger switch (http://www.jiaben.com/en/pro....
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design of a startup switch

I have made the regulated charge pump of -6V and it will be connected to the PWELL region only. But for the startup case, when we power on the chip we want the charge pump should be 0. I want a ...
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Replacement for a P-Channel Depletion MOSFET

I've read some of the questions about P-Channel Depletion MOSFETS and I understand their availability is very limited and often expensive. So what I'm hoping to discover with those that view and ...
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Proper SPDT switch wiring

Apologies in advance if this has been asked before, but I haven't been able to find anything like it. Please let me know if it has. I'm curious about the proper/standard way to connect a SPDT switch ...
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Using NPN transistors as switches for low-current, 3VDC infrared transmitter device

I'm currently trying to hack up an IR remote for electric holiday candles so that I can use Amazon Alexa or Google Home to turn them on or off. To do so, I need to trigger the switches on the hand-...
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changeover normally closed to normally open

I have a switch that is used for setting tool lengths on CNC Mill. The switch operates normally closed, and breaks the signal when a tool touches it, which sets the length via a macro. The control ...
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Analogue multiplexer using JFET for small signals

I'm working on a circuit with a non-inverting amp and I would like to switch between two reference voltages, both with low output impedance. So in effect i want something like this: simulate this ...
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Using a MCP23017 for detecting open door/window

I'm not a hardware guy. My plan is to read input states using an MCP23017 connected to a Raspberry PI. My doubt is about the switching circuit. My plan is to use Ethernet cable pairs to wire the ...
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Automatically connecting LiPo batteries in series (for charging)

I have a battery charger capable of balance charging up to 10 cells in series (10S), but most of the batteries I use are somewhere between 1 and 4 cells. I have plenty of experience charging the ...
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Switch CB Radio mic with SPST button

I'm a beginner with this type of electronics, but want to try this. I have a CB radio with a 6-pin mic/controller. The pinout looks like this: There is a DPDT switch in the mic that switches ...
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Current across high speed mechanical switch contact even if it can’t be measured?

If I am cycling a mechanical switch at a frequency higher than the bandwidth of a current amplifier and biased using a DC source, is current actually flowing across the contact? The following ...
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test 0.5A inductive load through switch circuit

We are a switch component manufacturer and typically run life cycle tests with resistive loads through our switch circuits. Can someone recommend a circuit diagram set up to test an inductive load ...
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FET Default on, Turn off with Optocoupler

I am relatively new to electronics and having trouble designing a circuit for a redundant power supply, which I would like to switch to battery if the voltage regulator turns off. This will be ...
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Latching and Momentary Combo Switch

I am looking to recreate a switch circuit I have seen on an intercom system. The switch allowed for two functions, while using one momentary switch. When the switch was pressed and emetily released, ...
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P-Ch high side switch output drop?

I am making a cutoff switch for a SLA battery using the this circuit V2 is the SLA battery, V5 is 0V or 5V coming from a some other logic circuitry. The simulation comes out fine. I understand that ...
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momentary push switch triggering twice

I have a momentary push switch connected to my mbed microcontroller. The switch is used to trigger an interrupt which changes a setting on the device. At the moment the button works around 70% of ...
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Optimal power supply for RF switch

I am planning to use an RF switch to pulse a signal >1GHz. Specifically, I'm interested in the ZASWA-2-50DR switch from Minicircuits (http://194.75.38.69/pdfs/ZASWA-2-50DR+.pdf) due to the low rise ...
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Modifying a N64 controller to connect to a switch

I am trying to make a game, and I need to turn my N64 controller on and off from a micro controller (STM32F4). My microcontroller has an output pin that outputs approximately 5V, for testing reasons I ...
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Low-noise SPDT switch

I need to produce an extremely low noise SPDT switch. This switch will take two different inputs to a single 16 bit ADC. The inputs are 50 ohm BNC outputs from trans-impedance amplifiers. The ...
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Convert a NO push button into an On/Off button

I'm building a boombox, and it needs a couple of switches for main on/off, voltmeter on/off and LED lights on/off. Since I don't have any metalworking tools I am going to buy a premade front panel, ...
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MOSFET Behavior During Pulsed Operation

I am trying to use back-to-back MOSFETs/IGBTs to isolate my pulsed supply from my load. In theory, I will switch on the MOSFETs, and the pulsed supply will be attached directly to the load (but not on ...
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Switching cold cathode fluorescent lights on and off without relay?

I have a few sets of 2-in-1 CCFLs that are designed to be powered off the 12V rail of a computer PSU. I'm planning to build a large 7-seg display using them so I'd like to be able to switch them on ...
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How can I trigger an LED with ultrasound

CASE: I would like to trigger a few independent LED's wireless-ly as cheap as physically possible. It is simply a LED connected to a battery. (The LED-part must be cheap, the transmitter does not ...
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Control DC circuit with an AC lock switch

I am currently adding circuit with a horn and some lights powered by a motorcycle battery. The circuit should be using about 12v 18A. What I want to do is control the circuit with a lock switch. I've ...
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Amperage auto cut on and off switch

I’m looking at setting up a 12v motor or a small ac motor on an inverter to run multiple wind turbine generators (2 or 3 3200 watt or five or six 350 watt) wired in series through a connector box with ...
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Any Self-turning switch?

I am looking for a switch, which can turn between 3-4 stages and also do it by itself. Do you guys know what I should search for? Thanks :)
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Non-overridable timed autocut switch

I need a switch which upon a single press turns off for a fixed, constant duration (here 8 hours) and even if the user manually represses the switch during this duration or keeps it overpressed, it ...
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What types of mechanical switches are appropriate for a 200 V DC 20 mA circuit

I have looked at many switches, most recently I considered snap action switches (micro switches). What I prefer to use is a PCB mounted switch, but I cannot find any that can tolerate the V DC ratings ...
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Can a MTS 101 2 pin ON-OFF switch rated for VAC be used in a DC circuit?

I'm currently looking at buying a bunch of MTS 101 rocker switches which are rated for: AC 125V 6A, AC 250V 3A For DC the rating is not available http://www.massuse-relay.com/details/MTSSeries.pdf ...
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Power switch - IN and OUT connected all the time

A while ago, I asked about detecting whether a power jack is connected or not, in order to select power source from USB or DC jack. You can see the question here: Power selection circuit for USB or ...
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Raspberry Pi + L293D to switch 12V solenoid valves

I am porting an Arduino project to Raspberry Pi. On the Arduino I switched two 12V solenoid Valves with the help of a L293D IC. It worked perfectly. Now I am porting this system to a Raspberry Pi. ...
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Turning on/off power to NeoPixel Ring with MOSFETs from ESP12-F

I am creating a pcb with ESP12-F which will contain Neopixel Ring 12. As this will run 24/7 and Neopixel even when completely off drains about 15-20mA and I will have several of those the consumption ...
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Working with NLAS4684, NO2 does NOT work

I'm working with Dual SPDT Analog Switch NLAS4684(ON Semiconductor). First I'll attach a pinout: I just want to short COM2-NO2. (Vcc = 5V) In the datasheet, it says Yes, apparently, if IN1 = IN2 = ...
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What is the connection pattern for multi-pole push button switches like this one?

It does not appear to be one of the two obvious choices - one side common or button down connects terminals across from each other. Used on an HVAC unit. It is busted so I can not probe it out. ...
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Drive 12v 40a relay with peak 3.3v pulse

I bought a Viper 5806v keyless entry/alarm for my car recently. My car uses a reverse polarity mechanism for door locks. It is not nessacery to install like this, just shorting the lock/unlock wire to ...