Switches - Mechanical

Mechanical Switches

Mechanical switches are one of the most common electrical devices as they allow power to be turned on or off.

Switches are rated for the amount of current and voltage they are suitable for. For switching low power and low currents like using a switch as an input to a microcontroller just about any switch will do. When using a switch to control power from a battery or turn a motor on then care should be taken to ensure the switch is rated to the expected current. For high power uses an electronic solid state switch can be better.

Mechanically switches are varied. Momentary switches are either on or off while you hold them like buttons while others will maintain the state until switched back like toggles or sliders. Like relays, switches can be SPST (single pole single throw), DPDT (double pole double throw) or lots of other variations.

 

Button Pad 4x4 - Breakout PCB

Code: SKU-000139

This a simple breakout board for the button pads. Each LED and button is brought out to the side connectors. The connectors are soldered to the back side of the PCB. We recommend trimming the connector leads on the button side as short as possible to reduce the deflection of the pad.

$11.95

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders:
Ship 206 units in 7 days

Button Pad 4x4 - LED Compatible

Code: SKU-000122

This is a translucent silicon rubber button pad with 16 buttons originally inspired by the folks at monome.org . Each button has a hole underneath that accepts either a 3mm or 5mm standard LED.

$7.95

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders:
Ship 56 units in 7 days

Cherry MX Keycap - R2 (Opaque Black)

Code: SKU-005490

Cherry MX switches are great for building your own keyboards. Whether you are looking to build a full sized 108-key keyboard, your own 10-key, or just a custom input for your computer Cherry MX switches give you that satisfying keyboard click.

$1.20

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders:
Ship 511 units in 7 days

Cherry MX Switch

Code: SKU-002260

Cherry MX Keyswitches are top-of-the-line mechanical keyboard switches. They’re satisfyingly “clicky”, reliable up to tens-of-millions of key presses, and a standard in gaming and programming keyboards across the globe.

$1.95

Out of Local Stock

Back orders: 0 available

 Notify Me

Concave Button - Red

Code: SKU-000386

This is a 35mm concave momentary push button similar to the ones you find on arcade games. Simple screw in design. Perfect for mashing. This button has a great tactile, ‘clicky’ feel.

$4.20

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders:
Ship 253 units in 7 days

Foot Pedal Switch

Code: SKU-000920

Put the pedal to the metal with this metal foot switch. This is the same kind of foot pedal you might find switching the power supply for a tattoo machine or as a sustain pedal on an electric piano.

$9.95

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders:
Ship 152 units in 7 days

Keypad - 12 Button

Code: SKU-000219

A basic 12 button keypad for user input. The buttons are setup in a matrix format. This allows a microcontroller to ‘scan’ the 7 output pins to see which of the 12 buttons is being pressed. Check the examples below for correct pin-outs and such.

$5.95

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders: 0 available

Metal Pushbutton - Latching (16mm, Blue)

Code: SKU-001216

This is a perfect choice if you are in need of a heavy duty push button! These metal push buttons are a very tough, small, panel-mount latching switch with an illuminated blue LED ring. It is a SPDT with 16mm threading and 1mm pitch. This button is perfect for basic On/Off functions.

$11.95

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders:
Ship 69 units in 7 days

Metal Pushbutton - Momentary (16mm, White)

Code: SKU-001214

This is a perfect choice if you are in need of a heavy duty push button! These metal push buttons are a very tough, small, panel-mount momentary switch with an illuminated white LED ring. It is a SPDT with 16mm threading and 1mm pitch. This button is perfect for basic On/Off functions.

$11.95

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders:
Ship 9 units in 7 days

Metal Pushbutton - Momentary (16mm, Yellow)

Code: SKU-001213

This is a perfect choice if you are in need of a heavy duty push button! These metal push buttons are a very tough, small, panel-mount momentary switch with an illuminated yellow LED ring. It is a SPDT with 16mm threading and 1mm pitch. This button is perfect for basic On/Off functions.

$11.95

In Stock: Ships Today

Back orders:
Ship 130 units in 7 days