DPDT Switch???

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Gauzz, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Gauzz

    Thread Starter Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hello, I'm trying to alternate (open/close) a couple circuits for an electronics project with a single switch and I believe that a DPDT switch will do but I'd like your advice, since I'm such a noob and maybe other type of switch is more adecuate (DPST)?

    I'm thinking about a DPDT switch with no "Off" position.

    This is what I'm trying to do: http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/9083/dpdtswitch.png

    The idea is that when Circuit1 is open Circuit2 is closed and the other way around.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  2. #12


    Nov 30, 2010
    I believe you have it correct with the imageshack picture.
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  3. whatsthatsmell

    Active Member

    Oct 9, 2009
    I hate to be contrary, but I see smoke looming on your horizon.

    First, you usually don't need to switch both the positive and negative sides of the circuits, so you should be able to get by with a single pole double throw switch.

    But if you decide to go with the DPDT, terminals B and E (per your diagram) can not be tied together as shown. These are the feed terminals for the outputs on the switch, and will create a direct short and a lot of smoke! :p
  4. Ron H

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 14, 2005
    You are assuming the two circuits have a common node, and you may be correct, but to do strictly what he asked, his circuit will do what he wants.
    For example, assume circuit 1 is a battery, a resistor, and an LED, all in series. Circuit 2 is the same thing. This switch arrangement will close one circuit or the other, while keeping them totally isolated from each other.

    PS AFAIK, switches don't have "feed terminals".:)
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011
  5. Gauzz

    Thread Starter Member

    Jan 5, 2011
    Hey thanks for your answers, I think I should have put "Ground" instead of "-" :rolleyes: but the circuits won't make any kind of smoke since I have it all wired and the tracks are closed already, what I need is a way to have one open while the other is closed and viceversa. I know I'm making the switch work kind of backwards :) since terminals B and E are tied together.

    I'll give a try to the DPDT.

    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011