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loosen toggle switch

I'm trying to build a "most useless machine" with the dpdt method.  I found a dpdt mini toggle, but its still hard to flip.  anyone know a way to make it easier to flip

Question by Rob311    |  last reply

switch help

I'm doing a school contest with a car which requires a toggle switch. I'm gtoing to use a dcd to dc converter to give me an edge. The only problem is that it needs to be a momentary switch. whenever you push the switch down it goes on. Whenever you push it down again it turns off. Any idea for a circuit so that a spdt (3 pins) toggle switch will act like a momentary switch each time it's flicked for a time like a second?

Topic by guyfrom7up    |  last reply

Help wiring a toggle switch??

Hi there, i need some advice on how to wire a toggle switch between a battery voltage monitor and a battery so that I can switch the monitor on and off as required. My problem is that i need to pass 4 seperate wires through the toggle switch however I do not know enough about how a toggle switch works to achieve this. Here is a video that shows what I am trying to achieve;;=feedlik This is a voltage monitor for a lithium polymer battery for use on an Airsoft Electric Gun (AEG) the battery is stored inside a plastic box ,which is shown below, and i would like to insert the voltage monitor inside the plastic box with a toggle switch for turining it on and off I have some pictures attached to show what exactly it is I am using and to hopefully explain more clearly. Any advice at all would be greatly appreciated as I am at a loss about how to approach this.

Topic by dwelby101    |  last reply

Toggle switch for linear actuator

Hi I'm new here - I'd be very grateful if someone could give me some tips. Apologies if I'm asking something that's already well covered. If so, please direct me.I'm building a TV lift cabinet that will use a 12V linear actuator to lift the TV. It is likely to take somewhere between 1-2 minutes to fully extend and retract the actuator. I want to be able to control the raising and lowering of the TV using a 3-way toggle switch that returns to the central 'off' position by itself. I want a nudge of the switch in one direction to operate the actuator for, e.g., 75 seconds (by which time it should be fully extended), and a nudge in the other direction to operate the actuator with polarity reversed to retract it. The timings are not critical, as the actuator will shut off automatically when fully extended/retracted.Many thanks, Chris

Question by sirsh42    |  last reply

el wire toggle switch?

I am going to ordering some el wire that comes with an adapter and i want to just use the power source but a toggle switch instead for a on/off switch. i want to use a radio shack toggle switch how would i do this? should i use a different power source and the switch? any help would be great

Question by jason805    |  last reply

A self switching switch? Answered

Does any one know a switch that switches or toggles to another output after each one has had 1 turn  

Question by techxpert    |  last reply

How do I switch a Push button Switch to a toggle switch?

I bought EL wire and the power is a push button switch and would like to know how i could change it to a toggle switch also if anyone knows how to change it from battery powered to powered by the car ild greatly appreciate it for that I was thinking of using a fuse tap though

Question by alphashark45    |  last reply

Multi circuit switch

I'm sure everyone on here has seen a million post on switches but this is a bit different... maybe. I need a switch that has 3 positions on-off-on. I have seen these. The only thing is I need it with multiple circuits. I don't know how to explain it, but I think I need something different. More like 4 pins instead of 3. Im very new to the DIY scene so if this is a absolutely stupid question let me know. I'm sure I'll have more to come! lol

Topic by Foreverhex    |  last reply

Latching switch to a momentary switch?

Basically I want to make a toggle switch to trigger a circuit from on or off. its hard to explain but when the switch is in the on position it triggers a circuit momentarily. When I switch the switch off i need it to trigger the circuit again. Its for a 4 wheel drive module for my bronco and its momentary push buttons that I want t o convert to a toggle switch.

Question by catsnw    |  last reply

router bypass (/w toggle switch)

Hello, it's been a while. This problem requires someone with IT experience, and basic wiring. (the two go hand-in-hand really.) An ethernet cable is made up of 8 color-coded cables. the colors are brown, brown-white, blue, blue-white, orange, orange-white, green, and green-white.(for ease of coloring, I didn't differentiate between the mixed/solid wires) The principle works similar to that of a lag switch. The solid orange cable handles the data flow, and in lag switches it is "cut" by a  simple on/off switch. But here, Instead of the solid orange cable being "cut" by the switch, it simply switches the input. Hence the toggle switch.  **I realise you can do the same thing with port forwarding, but however hard I try, it does not work. Even software made to do it won't let me. Before i go out and by 4 ethernet cables that i don't need, i was wondering if this concept would work. From the modem out, the ethernet cable is spliced into two wires, which had two paths: path 1: directly to the router, out a router port and to the switch (red line picture 2) path 2: directly to the switch. (red line picture 3) from the switch, the cable goes directly into the computer tower. with a simple flick of the switch,  the input to the switch would either go through or bypass the router. although the green and blue current (amps) is split, the amperage is joined again at the switch because of Kirchoff's current (?) law. although the orange is split, it cannot flow through both wires at the same time because one will not have any place to flow. because the internal wires are twisted to reduce interference, I would use the required minimum of 2 feet for any segment. Q1: would this work? Q2: if so, would this effect the router because the power is split.  Q3: if so, would an 8-pole toggle switch be the solution? Q4: would this have any negative effects with the power going moving at different rates (destructive interference) Q5: would an alternate setup be more plausible? (see picture 4) Thanks in advance -Pyro

Topic by ich bin ein pyro    |  last reply

how to toggle two LEDS with transistors? Answered

For my electronics class, we had to program an arduino and build a simple circuit. I opted for a traffic light that switches its lights when a bathroom is being occupied. For the real project I used a bipolar relay switch, which I can toggle with just one output from the arduino. This system is now built in in my local coffeeshop. The thing is, I have to do an assessment about this project, and  it is not possible for me to use the original system, and I don't have a relay laying around. I do however have multiple transistors. Since these are electronic switches, just like relays, it seems possible to me to use these to turn one LED on and the other off and vice versa, with only one signal. I can't come up with the proper schematic for this.. can anybody help me?

Question by bobiebob    |  last reply

help needed to wire a series of toggle switches

Can anybody please show me how to wire a series of 7 toggle switches. The switches are 3 amp 2 or 3 pole, a diagram would be very helpfull with an explanation. Or a video

Topic by Woodycrafts    |  last reply

Is a toggle switch necessary for this USB Solar Charger? Answered

Hi all! I am a newbie with a simple question. In the instructable below, is the toggle switch necessary or just a design feature? I thought the circuit would only be complete once the USB device is plugged in, acting as the switch so to speak? It is a 6V solar panel to 3 AA rechargeable batteries, then to a DC boosting converter with a 5V USB output. Also, a big thanks to Joshua Zimmerman. Love your instructables!

Question by Stevemills04    |  last reply

Help needed on wiring with a 3position toggle switch?

Hi I'm trying to create a circuit using a 3position toggle switch with the centre position being off, it's to control 2sets of light. basically I got some mini rally lights for my car, in one position on the switch I want the outside lights to come on and then in the other position I want all 4lights to come on. Can some one help me out on how to achieve this?? I have attached a photo of some lights in the same position ill be having mine set out.

Question by Del2012    |  last reply

Switching voltage inputs with a chip

I have a small project I'm working on that uses rechargeable batteries.  However I want the device to stop drawing from the batteries whenever an external power source is plugged in.  (The external power source would then power the internal battery charger and the main device.)  Is there a chip or circuit that could be used for this?  My only alternative is to modify the power supply port to include a micro spdt that will switch when plugged in.  But I'd rather like to avoid that.

Topic by stalledaction    |  last reply

Best way to switch multiple circuits?

Hi, all - first time posting. I have limited knowledge with electronics and have come across a scenario where I basically need a kill-switch for a cable with 9 ends. I can't find any sort of toggle switch (SPST, DPDT, etc..) that would accommodate that many wires. I started reading up on digital bus switch IC's. It seems a 10-digit one like this would work, leaving one unused.,118/568-8418-1-ND/2765135 My question: is this the easiest solution? I simply don't know what all options exist, so any advice from someone more experienced would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. -Caleb

Topic by calebpaul    |  last reply

Dalek Gun Toggle Shooter

I'm trying to make a Dalek gun that uses a toggle switch to push & pull the gun's shooter in & out. I made a simple toggle & the shooter only moves half an inch. I need some help to make a toggle with a gear system or extra levers to push out the shooter further.

Topic by elkaddalek    |  last reply

Audio switch with four inputs and push button toggle?

I'm looking to create a device similar to this instructable: However I need four inputs and I would be using a push button as the means to jump between inputs. If I could also have some sort of indicator LED that would be helpful. Not quite sure how to tackle this project.

Question by Nameless37    |  last reply

On/Off/On Toggle switch to 2 separate power sources?

I am trying to setup up LED/s on my motorcycle. I am just wondering how to wire it correctly to 2 separate power sources. The On/Off/On should operate like this: Left "on" : LED's powered by Bike battery Center "Off" Right "on" : LED's powered by 12v DC Battery Pack Anyone know how to set this up? The 3 function toggle switch I have only has 3 prongs.

Question by dperuyero jr.    |  last reply

Automatic Vacuum Toggle Review? Answered

I'm working on building an automatic vacuum toggle to use with power tools. I'm basing the design on what I found here I have modified the base design to allow a little more flexibility and to make the switch box portable: The part I'm most unsure about is the simple RC network that is acting as a time-delay for the big relay. I've done a bunch of reading but it seems like ever RC delay diagram I find is different. I have the big parts on their way and will be stopping by a local place for the small stuff. I'm planning on posting a detailed instructable once I get the thing working.

Question by edalquist    |  last reply

Toggles, LEDs, and Ultimate Frisbee

So here is my challenge. I play an ultimate frisbee pickup game every week (Tuesday at the Harvard commons in Cambridge, MA, at 7PM stop by and play!). We have a great LED frisbee that extends the games into the night, but once it gets really dark telling teams apart becomes challenging. I hit upon the idea of making LED 'throwies' for one's body. Take a little 3v watch battery, tape the leads of the LED on with some electrical tape, and then use a safety pin clip it onto to clothing, and blamo!, you have an LED pin that makes playing ultimate frisbee in the dark surprisingly easy, fun, and colorful. There are some problems with this. First, it takes a little time to wire up the LEDs. It is a fun group activity to start with, but this is a pickup game so people wander in all of the time to play, and each time this happens someone has to run off to make some more LED pins. It would be awesome if I just had a bag of them ready to go. Second, I have to pull the pins apart after each game. Third, my red and yellow LEDs (blue and green are fine) really need a resistor as they tend to go dull. Finally, I would really like to make these guys a little more robust by fixing the leads on more solidly. So, with that said, here are some things I could use some ideas on. 1) Cheap toggles. I needs them. I would be willing to toss a few more dollars at these pins if I didn't have to tear them apart each time. Toggle switches would mean I wouldn't have to tear out the battery each time. I am having a really hard time finding cheap small toggles on the inter-tubes. Does anyone know of some good places to look? There is also the added challenge of finding a way to attach the toggle in a mildly robust manner. 2) I am looking to rig these pins up into something a little more sturdy. I was pondering soldering the LEDs to the 3v coin batteries I am using and then super gluing the solder. Is this workable, or should I just break down and buy some battery holders? If battery holders are the answer, again, does anyone know of a cheap place to look? Finally, does anyone have any other interesting suggestions? I am willing to drop a little money into the project, but I really don't want to be spending 5 dollars per pin. In my ideal world my final product would look like an LED, a battery, and switch mounted on a safety pin in such a manner that if someone sticks it to their shirt and rolls into the ground it doesn't break. Getting all of those things to come together in an even vaguely cost effective manner is proving to be a bit of a challenge. Any ideas would be great!

Topic by JonnyProton  

Flip Flop 4 input 4 output

How to make a flip flop/toggle with 4 input and 4 output when one On, rest will be off automatic

Question by jasveerg  

How to hook up 2 LED each with their own toggle switch to a battery? Answered

Im looking to install two toggle switches in my car. when the switch is placed in the on postion i want a LED light to turn on. I planning on using one red led light 1.8v 20ma and one yellow light 2.1v 20ma. Where im getting lost is the toggle switch has three metal tab label power acc and ground. Looking at using a 9v for the power source. So what the best route to wire this up. Or should i just use a seprate power source for each light and switch. As for the three tabs on the switch i guess that the postive wire goes to the power, but then would the acc go to the led postive side, and both the switch ground and the led ground go to the point on the power?

Question by mobow213    |  last reply

I'm trying to make an alarm clock with a wireless toggle/snooze switch. Can anyone help me identify what to wire?

So my concept is to rewire the alarm off switch for the clock so that I can use a wireless doorbell chime as a wireless snooze switch which I can place far away (that way I can't just turn it off and go back to sleep). I already cracked both of them open and took a look at the wiring. I'd just like some help to know which parts of the chime I can use as a trigger for the alarm clock. The clock i'm using has a push button for the snooze and a 4-way switch for the alarm on/off and settings. I figure it'll be a lot easier if I just tap into the snooze.

Question by Moshmast  

Toggle between front and rear view cameras on one display in car?

I installed a front and rear view camera in my car, have a display that only accepts 1 RCA input, and want to be able to toggle between the two video feeds.  I've seen pictures of other people that have done this with what appears to be a simple toggle switch but I can't find any wiring diagrams/instructions.  Can anyone shine some light on this for me and explain how to do it? 

Topic by mrwd40    |  last reply

Electronics Question: Double Switch

I figure that this is a simple question, but I have a pretty limited knowledge of electronics. Would it be possible to hook two switches up (in parallel) to an LED, so that if either switch was toggled, the light would go on? I'm almost definitely sure it would, but just wanted to make sure. Thanks!

Topic by Bran    |  last reply

Can I use a DPDT Toggle Switch, To switch a Transformer output from series to parallel?

Hello,  I am working on a project were I need to use both 24V and 12V ( one at a time ). The project originally calls for a Radio Shack 273-1512 but I needed a smaller pcb though hole mount transformer for my use. My transformer outputs 24V @ 1.5A in Series and 12V @ 3A in Parallel. Is it possible to wire up a On-Off-On DPDT Toggle switch so I may flick back and forth between the two? If so, would you be so kind as to provide a diagram. I have a feeling I am over thinking this and just need to take a step back to see the whole picture. I thank you for your help and advice in advance. Transformer I have -Hammond 164J24 115V Here is a link to the data sheet. DPDT switch I have -NKK S7A-RO Here is a link to the data sheet.

Question by kyo-89    |  last reply

Where to buy switches and components?

Hello Community, Radioshack has closed and my stash is dwindling. What is the best plac to buy switches, LEDs, resistors and other such components?

Question by N1020    |  last reply

Replacing switch and extending them.

I have this extension cord from panther, Now, I am planning to replace its rocker switches to toggle switches and extend it because of a wooden table project. This wooden table will have its power control panel mounted on its front and the power outlet will be hidden inside the table. My idea is just to copy its wiring for the new switches once I acquire the materials needed . Here is its inside btw.  My problems are I don't know if this idea of mine will work or if it will, what kinds or specifications of toggle switches and wires I'm gonna need. Once I thought that I could just make an ordinary multiple outlet/extension cord with individual switches but I need the panther's features. So that I wouldn't have problems in breaking the appliances connected to it due to some electrical problems. I have almost 0 knowledge when it comes to electronics.

Topic by l0rens13.    |  last reply

What's the easiest way to set up a wired remote power switch for my cable modem that constantly needs to be reset? Answered

I'm tired of reaching back and pulling the cable out. I have never done any of this before but am really interested in learning. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Question by paintedbull    |  last reply

3-way LED Circuit? Answered

I recently published an instructable on how to make an LED bike light, and I want to make some improvements. I want to use a 3-way toggle switch to give the LEDs three modes: on, off, and flashing. I know I will need a 555 timer, but I do not know how I would wire this to the switch. Thanks! Adam

Question by Adambowker98    |  last reply

Wiring relay with limit switch to limit revolution of 12vdc motor to single revolution using a momentary toggle switch? Answered

I am attempting to wire (with my limited electronics knowledge) a 12vdc motor under a hopper to limit the revolution of the motor to single revolution each time the momentary toggle switch is activated.  The motor is connected to a cam that has a hole partially through it that, when the switch is toggled, should fill with product from the hopper, rotate taking the product with it and allowing the product to drop out of the bottom side.  This is designed to dispense a metered dose of product from the hopper each time the momentary switch is toggled.  I have a spst limit switch in place that works as intended mechanically, it is not hooked up.  I also have a 12v relay and momentary toggle switch I intend to use with this project. My problem stems from my lack of electronics knowledge, I have no idea how this relay, limit switch and toggle switch should be wired together and to the motor and power source.  Any guidance would be GREATLY appreciated!  --MIKE

Question by MikeM392    |  last reply

Replace DPDT switch with relay

Hi there, I'm currently using a DPDT switch to toggle between power sources (gray dots) I'd like to replace this with a relay, I've added blue dots to my drawing to show (how I think) that should look. Is this correct? My main concern is if I should take the coil resistance into account. What kind of relay would you recommend? Would any 12V 2A relay work? Kind regards, Niellles P.s. the 560 ohm resistor is on the other side of the led...

Question by Niellles    |  last reply

Touch switch circuit not working?

Hey, i'm making a touch switch for a USB powered desk lamp, and the touch switch isn't working. The circuit diagram, layout and pictures are below. I used the circuits from the following two websites to design the circuit: the 4th circuit.     I've joined the output of the touch switch to a transistor that should activate the toggle. But the output of the touch switch appears to be constantly on. Can anyone see a problem with my circuit design or circuit?

Topic by Detective Inspector Me    |  last reply

Multi touch switch for house lights

Hello Everyone, I have seen that we can make a touch sensitive switch using the TTP223 or TTP224 Module but most of the instructables show you using them with an Arduino and on small LEDs. I was thinking of using the same module to act as a substitute for the regular switch for lighting in our homes without an Arduino. However since I'm new to this, I don't know if this can be achieved or not. Additionally I have read in the documentation of the TTP223 that the module supports two types of operating modes one is a momentary switch and the other one is the toggle mode. But I haven't seen any instructions on how to achieve the toggle switch mode. Request your help in getting this to work the way I want them to work. Thanks

Question by harry4774    |  last reply

On/Off/On Toggle switch to 2 separate power sources to power one device?

I have a device the i want to have an on-off-on switch power the device switching from 12AC adaptr to off to powered by 12DC battery. the switch that I have has a 6 terminals

Question by jagoabn    |  last reply

Wiring a 12v remote switch?

Hi all, I have a small 12v forge blower which runs off a golf cart battery, at the moment it just has a toggle switch on the + to turn it on and off. I'm looking to show off at a meet up (for fun I'm not really a show off) and really want to wire it up to one of those car key fob type remote switches. I'm a complete noob when it comes to this type of wiring and would really be grateful if someone explain how to do it properly and what the correct switch to use is. I have looked at a few schematics but I don't know how to follow them properly. Thanks in advance Adam P.s it needs to one press to turn on and stay on and one press to turn off.

Question by Squibo    |  last reply

what are the coolest things to do in a car using a bunch of wire and a toggle switch? Answered

I have tons of wire, toggle switches and some talent wiring, what i lack is creativity. i want some ideas for some cool unique things to do in a car, using this kind of thing.

Question by Emberblade    |  last reply

wireless doorbell to wireless light switch?

Perhaps some have expereiance with these, id like to change the led light in my wireless doorbell to toggle rather than go off after a coulpe of seconds,  is there a way to bypass or remove or add components to achieve this what should i be looking for,  if no-one knows right off the bat i'll post a picture and go from there?  im not interested in the sound, ill remove the speaker.

Question by QSDR    |  last reply

How do i make use of the output of a PIR sensor to toggle a switch?

Currently I had build a board according to this schematic, . I was told that a edge triggering monostable 555 timer will allow me to have a stable high/low signal. Problem is how do i make use of the output to generate the switch from the edge triggering 555 timer?

Question by Acronymm    |  last reply

LED relay switch... maybe?

First off thanks for looking and helping if you decide to. I have only been working with computer electronic in a DIY since for about a year. My question is, do I need a relay for what I am trying accomplish and if so what kind? What I am trying to accomplish is: I have two push buttons (momentary contract switches). And I want it so that when I press the first button (orange) the first LED turns on. And when I hit the second button (blue) the first LED turns off and the second one turns on. Kind of like a toggle but only with the LEDs. The buttons are also connected to a board that is connected to my computer via USB. Which is where the power is coming from for the LEDs. I can use another source if necessary. I drew a little picture to help describe what I am trying to describe.

Topic by Foreverhex    |  last reply

How to wire a lamp with two switches and one power feed?

I would like some help on lamp wiring. I want to be able to control two light bulbs with seperate toggle sitches with one power feed. Thanks

Question by Lance Stunning    |  last reply

how to add a little on/off switch to this meter?

Hi, quick question, how do i connect a little toggle switch to this meter? what/where do i connect the switch to? i want to set it up to override the push button. Thanks

Topic by HTF    |  last reply

Need suggestion for clap "push Button" instead of a clap switch.?

Well I want to make a circuit that send out a "high" pulse instead of being "high" continuously and getting "low" after next clap,just like pressing a push button and not like toggling a switch a circuit that turns toggle switch signal to a single pulse

Question by Suraj Grewal    |  last reply

how can i incorporate toggle switches as volume control instead of a dial in a radio? Answered

I'm a beginner to electronics. soldering leds to resistors to wires to battery holders is my only experience but i found a radio kit when i was tidying the house i don't know what brand the label is faded to yellow. is it possible to use toggle switches as a volume control? say 5 switches and the first on means 1/5th volume second means 2/5ths etc. thank you

Question by Scotty3000    |  last reply

Where can I find cheap key switches?

I need a momentary key switch, like the ones in car ignition switches for an upcoming project. I also need one that toggles. Like these, but from a cheaper source.

Topic by Gamernotnerd    |  last reply

Best way to wire "PlasmaGlow" "El Wire" together to a single ON/Off Toggle switch?

Application is for car interior. Plasma Glow sells their EL Wire in 5ft and 10 ft lengths. I currently have this set-up in my car: 10 ft dash board x2 10ft rear doors (a 10ft per door panel) x2 10ft front doors (a 10ft per door panel) X2 5 ft front doors (a 5ft per door panel) as you can see, that's 7 separate lengths of EL Wire! I WANT them all to be wired up to a single toggle switch. Both the 5 and 10 foot wires have a car plug (cigarette lighter type) and then have a "music box" that allows you to select the wire to be either solid on, or to pulse with music........... I DID splice 3 wires together by cutting between the plug and the box, but something burned out, or shorted so Im asking for all you electrical wizards to help me out. The included pictures show the plug and music box.... I want THE SIMPLEST way to wire these all up to a car's 12V DC battery. I have a 6 fuse holder, and could possibly use this??? I included the pictures of the music box open in case maybe someone can figure out why the EL Wire wont light up without it, or why it shorts out (whats the weak link?) and maybe can I wire all 7 wires up to one box? Once again, looking for the best possible solution.... im no wise guy and have absolutely no clue, so I hope u guys can help..... **Im using a RS illuminated toggle switch and have a voltmeter.... how do I test the resistance/ latency of ALL the wires hooked up to know the switch can handle them without actually messing anything up? Anyway.... thanks for your help..... im the mean time I will be installing a new polished chrome billet grille in my car when it arrives! Peace

Question by killarowa    |  last reply

How to switch between 2 outputs. Answered

Hi. I will try my best to make this intelligible. I have a chaser circuit and I am trying to get all 8 LEDs on at once when power is applied and then the chase circuit to start. At the moment I have a toggle switch which I use to switch between all LEDs on and the chaser if that makes sense. In other words, I put the switch to the left, all LEDs on. Then I switch to the right, all LEDs go off and the chaser goes on. My question is, is there a way to do this without my manual switching?  Hope this makes sense because it's doing my head in trying to explain.  Many thanks for any input this may receive.  Kind regards

Question by LED Maestro    |  last reply

"nuke switch" to power up laptop?

I have been searching the web for so long trying to find a way to do a potentially awesome mod. I have a Toshiba Satellite® L755D-S5204 laptop, and I was wondering if I could (and HOW to) use a "nuke toggle switch"  to power it up or shut it down, and hopefully from USB, as I loathe taking apart computers. The reason is that sometimes I end up crashing my pc from running too many things at once, so I figure if all I have to do is flip a switch, it would be easier than holding the power button for 5 seconds to shut down and another 5 or 6 to power it up. Plus, I think it would look cool. Any suggestions appreciated, thanks

Question by 5H4D03    |  last reply