Microswitches

Microswitches are mechanically operated electrical switches designed with an actuator and terminals called common, normally open and normally closed. A micro switch is also known as a snap action switch, they operate by using a spring loaded lever to open and close a set of internal contacts inside the unit.

How does a microswitch work?

Power is typically attached to the common terminal, this leads into the switch and energises the spring and because the spring is touching the normally close pin it sends power out here, this is called a resting state. Once the arm is moved the power is then transferred to the normally open pin.

Where would you find them?

Microswitches are differentiated by their electrical characteristics. These are small devices and generally only designed to carry low current and voltages. These switches are very commonly employed as safety devices, as they are reliable, inexpensive and can open up a circuit when needed, preventing a machine from being turned on or a door from closing when someone is in the way.

Actuator types

There are various types available but the operating principles are the same, switches are actuated by a plunger, a button, a roller or a lever.

What is their operating life?

Microswitches operating life is generally very high, being measured in millions of cycles, in most cases. Consumer products generally have lighter-duty microswitches than industrial products, but the low cost of these parts makes it easy enough to upgrade to higher mechanical life expectancies when required or when it's simply beneficial to do so.

Standards

We offer a range of high quality sealed miniature and sub-miniature microswitches that meet industry standards and RoHS compliance.

What type of applications need microswitches?

Microswitches are used in consumer devices and industrial equipment. Common application for these devices are in door interlocks, microwave ovens or where a door has to be shut before the power to the device will turn on. Microswitches are also used in levelling devices, such as those used on vending machines. In an elevator, these devices are used in the door as a safety switch.

Microswitches can be designed to be very sensitive. Such designs can be used in very precise equipment, such as that which measures the flow of air or other gasses through a system. These devices are used extensively in industry, often in control circuits.

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RS Stock No. 515-684
Mfr. Part No.V15H16-CZ100A03
BrandHoneywell
kr 51,74
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Long Leaf Lever - 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 338-282
Mfr. Part No.BZ-2RW82-A2
BrandHoneywell
kr 216,28
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Roller Lever Screw 15 A @ 125 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.97 N - - - - - - 0.21N -
RS Stock No. 820-7473
Mfr. Part No.BZ-2RQ1-A2
BrandHoneywell
kr 106,63
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Plunger Screw - Single Pole Double Throw (SPDT) IP65 - - - - - - - - -
RS Stock No. 515-757
Mfr. Part No.V15T16-CZ100A03
BrandHoneywell
kr 25,90
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Long Leaf Lever Tab 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.98 N -25°C +125°C - Silver Cadmium Oxide Polybutylene Terephthalate PET Thermoplastic 5000000Operations 0.25N -25 → +125°C
RS Stock No. 820-7417
Mfr. Part No.1TB1-2
BrandHoneywell
kr 570,55
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Pin Plunger Solder 10 A @ 250 V ac DPDT - 1.95 → 3.61 N -55°C +125°C - Silver Phenolic 7000000Operations 1.11N -55 → +125°C
RS Stock No. 515-690
Mfr. Part No.V15T16-EZ100A06
BrandHoneywell
kr 42,71
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Roller Lever Tab 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.98 N -25°C +125°C - Silver Cadmium Oxide Polybutylene Terephthalate PET Thermoplastic 5000000Operations 0.25N -25 → +125°C
RS Stock No. 338-298
Mfr. Part No.BZ-2RW80-A2
BrandHoneywell
kr 167,49
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Lever Screw 15 A @ 125 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.7 N - - - - - - 0.14N -
RS Stock No. 334-404
Mfr. Part No.BZ-2RW822-A2
BrandHoneywell
kr 157,65
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Short Roller Lever Screw 15 A @ 125 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 1.67 N - - - Fine Silver - - 0.42N -
RS Stock No. 515-739
Mfr. Part No.V15T16-CZ100
BrandHoneywell
kr 42,07
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Plunger Tab 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.98 N -25°C +125°C - Silver Cadmium Oxide Polybutylene Terephthalate PET Thermoplastic 5000000Operations 0.25N -25 → +125°C
RS Stock No. 842-6450
Mfr. Part No.BA-2RB-A2
BrandHoneywell
kr 112,14
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Plunger Screw 20 A SPDT - 3.89 → 6.12 N -55°C +85°C - Silver Phenolic 20000000Operations 2.78N -55 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 334-397
Mfr. Part No.DT-2R-A7
BrandHoneywell
kr 1 343,63
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Plunger Screw 10 A @ 250 V ac DPDT-NO/NC - 5.56 N - - - - - - 0.56N -
RS Stock No. 842-6661
Mfr. Part No.BZ-2RQ18-A2
BrandHoneywell
kr 255,54
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Plunger Screw 15 A SPDT - 2.5 → 3.61 N -55°C +85°C - Silver Phenolic 20000000Operations 1.11N -55 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 198-8428
Mfr. Part No.BZ-2RQ181M-A2
BrandHoneywell
kr 556,28
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Plunger Screw 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 3.63 N -55°C +85°C - Silver Phenolic - 1.08N -55 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 842-6693
Mfr. Part No.BZ-2RQ77
BrandHoneywell
kr 258,47
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Plunger Screw 15 A SPDT - 2.5 → 3.61 N -55°C +85°C - Silver Phenolic 20000000Operations 1.11N -55 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 842-1717
Mfr. Part No.V7-1C13D8-201
BrandHoneywell
kr 36,06
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Roller Lever Quick Connect 15 A SPDT - 1.72 N -40°C +85°C V7 Housing Silver/Gold Plated/Gold Alloy Thermoplastic 10000000Cycles 0.19N -40 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 842-1789
Mfr. Part No.V7-1Z19E9
BrandHoneywell
kr 42,37
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Pin Plunger Quick Connect 25 A SPDT - 2.21 N -40°C +85°C V7 Housing Silver/Gold Plated/Gold Alloy Thermoplastic 10000000Cycles 0.2N -40 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 515-779
Mfr. Part No.V15T16-CZ100A02
BrandHoneywell
kr 42,19
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Leaf Lever Tab 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.98 N -25°C +125°C - Silver Cadmium Oxide Polybutylene Terephthalate PET Thermoplastic 5000000Operations 0.25N -25 → +125°C
RS Stock No. 820-7408
Mfr. Part No.1TB1-1
BrandHoneywell
kr 573,63
Each
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Pin Plunger Solder 10 A @ 250 V ac DPDT - 1.95 → 3.61 N -55°C +125°C - Silver Phenolic 7000000Operations 1.11N -55 → +125°C
RS Stock No. 842-1711
Mfr. Part No.V7-1C17D8
BrandHoneywell
kr 21,98
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Pin Plunger Quick Connect 15 A SPDT - 1.47 N -40°C +85°C V7 Housing Silver/Gold Plated/Gold Alloy Thermoplastic 10000000Cycles 0.24N -40 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 842-8721
Mfr. Part No.BZ-2RS-A2
BrandHoneywell
kr 106,08
Each
Units
Plunger Screw 15 A SPDT - 2.5 → 3.61 N -55°C +85°C - Silver Phenolic 20000000Operations 1.11N -55 → +85°C