Panel mount button onto a PCB

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Msahyouni, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Msahyouni

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    hello guys,
    can one use a DPST panel mount type switch on a PCB?! i need a DPST switch to switch ON/OFF two 12Vdc batteries(5Ahr each). i need it from farnell and it has to be cheap (my professor wants me to use cheap components) . the only cheap ones i found that could withstand this current and voltage were panel mount type, therefore the question>

    thank you
  2. Pencil

    Senior Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    How about a link to the switch you are considering?

    I would think there would be a way to mount it. Seeing
    the switch would probably bring some ideas.

    Are you making the PCB yourself? How many boards
    will be made?
  3. Msahyouni

    Thread Starter New Member

    Feb 16, 2012
    this one maybe:

    and no im not doing its myself, its getting sent off to a company to be made. and its only one 4 layer board.

    also feel free to recommend any "cheap" DPST if you know of one. from farnell that is.

    thanks man
  4. luvv


    May 26, 2011
    Looks like the one you linked was made to used w/ a socket.

    You could get out the dremel and file, or solder on some leads,slip some shrink tube up around the leads and hot glue the thing in place.

    Or if the container/mounting of the pcb allows it, you could cut the rectangle out of the pcb and slip it in till the tabs lock then just run insulated leads to the solder points on the board.

    just the 2 cents of a kludger..

  5. Pencil

    Senior Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    If you were doing it yourself you could probably get it to work but,
    getting a board made with some sort of unusual, out of the
    ordinary features would seem to be problematic/expensive. I have
    never had a board made but, in my experience with other types of
    custom/semi-custom manufacturing this is usually true.

    How about a readily available PCB mount switch used to turn on
    a DPDT relay? The relay could be mounted on the board or mounted
    somewhere else.