My first breadboard....


Joined Jul 17, 2007
Sure, DIP switches are very convenient. I thought you were talking about momentary-type, though.

I don't know offhand of a "larger" version of a DIP switch. They do come in different configurations, though. Some are sliders, some are recessed sliders (you need a probe tool such as a pen tip to move them), some are rocker type which are easier to toggle. I think Radio Shack's DIP switch is a rocker type.
I see that some reviewers don't like that particular switch very much.

Electronic Goldmine has a much better assortment of DIP switches:
Check out this one; a Grayhill 9-position rocker for $0.69:
Grayhill's been around forever. So has AMP, both are good manufacturers that make good quality equipment.

The small sliders can be troublesome to flip on and off, which is compounded if you're in a hurry (like when the magic smoke is being let out of a component). Rockers are relatively easy to turn off in a hurry.

DIP switches really aren't designed to be turned on and off constantly. They'll stand up to maybe 500 cycles or so. The momentary pushbuttons I posted previously are designed for things like keypads, which might have hundreds of thousands of operations. They won't last nearly that long in a relatively higher-current environment though.

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Joined Sep 9, 2008
Ha, the slide switch looks exactly what is on the training lab machine (whatever its called). How do i tell what will fit on a breadboard? Is there some description that will tell me if goes in?


Joined Jul 17, 2007
Standard DIP switches have a 0.1" pin spacing. This is also the standard spacing for breadboards.

The DIP switches on Electronic Goldmine all look pretty standard. If you have doubts, I suggest that you E-mail or call them and ask if the pins of the particular switch you're interested in have 0.1" spacing.

I don't know which switch you are currently looking at.

There is one that is a "right angle mount", #G7732 - I suggest you avoid it; it would not be as rugged as the other switches when inserted in a breadboard.