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.

 

Switch SPDT Snap Action with 50mm Lever

Code: SEN-10022

This single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch can be used as a general-purpose micro switch, but the long lever arm makes it especially useful as a tactile bump sensor for your robot (e.g whiskers or antennae). The switch body dimension is 20.0 x 6.4 x 10.2 mm, and the lever arm is 50 mm long.

$ 2.35

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Tactile Button Assortment

Code: SKU-000642

12 clicky tactile buttons in 6 different colours. This is a handy pack of breadboard friendly buttons. The pack contains 2 each of red, green, blue, white, yellow and black.

$ 11.95

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Toggle Switch SPST - 3A DC - Simple On-Off switch

Code: SEN-10055

Heavy duty SPST toggle switch makes a good in-line or board mounted power switch. 6A @ 125VAC, 3A @ 250VAC

$ 4.25

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Toggle Switch with Cover - Illuminated Red 20A, 12V and SPST

Code: CCW-20146

This SPST heavy duty high current toggle switch has a red illuminated cover for switching loads up to 20A at 12V. It looks great and has an air of danger!

$ 5.95

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Toggle Switch: 3-Pin, SPDT, 5A

Code: SKU-002573

This heavy duty single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) toggle switch makes a great power switch or state selector for user interfaces. It is rated for 5 A at 125 VAC and 2 A at 250 VAC.

$ 2.95

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5-way Tactile Switch

Code: SKU-000568

Sometimes you want a small input and a single button just won’t cut it. A 5-way tactile switch allows for a joystick-like interface in a very small package. These are surface mount, but easily soldered. Documents: Datasheet

$ 2.70

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Arcade Joystick - Short Handle

Code: SKU-000347

4-way Pacman type arcade joystick. Heavy duty design gives this joystick a great feel! Features: ABS plastic and solid alloy construction Uses 4 microswitches to detect on/off position Unique handle design Spring return to centre Very rugged construction Rated 5A @ 125V, 3A @ 250V Dimensions: Ove...

$ 31.95

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Big Dome Pushbutton - Blue

Code: SKU-000944

It’s the end of the world, and you need a button to press. This is it. A 100mm diameter (outside diameter) dome illuminated push button comes with an LED, securing nut and a pre-installed long life horizontal microswitch.

$ 21.95

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Big Dome Pushbutton - Green

Code: SKU-000945

It’s the end of the world, and you need a button to press. This is it. A 100mm diameter (outside diameter) dome illuminated push button comes with an LED, securing nut and a pre-installed long life horizontal microswitch.

$ 21.95

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Big Dome Pushbutton - Yellow

Code: SKU-000943

It’s the end of the world, and you need a button to press. This is it. A 100mm diameter (outside diameter) dome illuminated push button comes with an LED, securing nut and a pre-installed long life horizontal microswitch.

$ 21.95

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