Category Archives: Switches

Rotary Switches: Construction and Use

A rotary switch is a kind of switch that has a rotating shaft attached to a terminal. That terminal is able to make or break a connection to one (or more) other terminals. Rotary switches may feature different switch positions that can be set by rotating the switch spindle in one or another direction. Some common examples where a rotary switch might be used is in a multi-speed fan or as a band selector on multi-band radios. Until the early 1970's, rotary switches were used as channel selectors on Read more [...]

Five Easy Steps to Selecting the Right Switch

Although it is often one of the last components considered, selecting the correct switch is important when designing electronic equipment. Designers must be aware of the various options available in order to choose the most appropriate switch for any given application. The procedure of selecting the correct switch can be summarized this way: The requirements of the end user should be given consideration first The engineering aspects like load, contact materials, terminal type, voltage, circuit Read more [...]

Tact Switch – SKPFABA010

We've been selling a lot of this one particular switch - it's called a long travel tact switch; manufactured by ALPS. Here are some of the features of this switch: -- Dimensions: 8mm x 8mm -- Suitable for automotive applications due to its high operational force -- Malfunctions are prevented due to it having a longer travel than most conventional tact switches -- Easily mounted on a PC board with snap in leads -- Some of the output terminals can be used as jumper leads which makes the circuit Read more [...]