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Micro-switch for DIN connectors

Discussion in 'Electronic Components' started by [email protected], Mar 4, 2007.

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  1. Guest

    I've recently bought a round 13 pin DIN connector (PCB mountable).
    I noticed that there's a "slot" in it which looks like it could hold a
    micro-switch (for detecting when a matching plug has been inserted or
    removed). If that's the case, what kind of micro-switch will I be
    looking for?

    Here's some photos I've taken of my 13 pin DIN connector:

    http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/3631/din131oj4.jpg

    http://img365.imageshack.us/img365/9937/din132ld2.jpg

    http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/4610/din133dj6.jpg

    http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/3956/din134sr0.jpg
     
  2. You might get by without it, if there's a spare pin, which can be linked to
    another wire in the plug so its presence is detected by stuff connected to
    the socket.
     
  3. Guest

    There's no spare pin.
    I need to add a switch, and was hoping that the slot would allow for a
    specific switch insteadof me having to modify the switch by cutting
    etc.
    Any suggestions for a switch that might fit?
     
  4. I don't know of one, so I can't suggest. Look at each of your 13 lines. Is
    it possible that any one of them has a voltage or current that changes in a
    well-defined way depending on whether or not that plug is inserted? If so,
    you might easily detect it with a single transistor or FET, and that could
    be cheaper than a microswitch, let alone the trouble of getting one so
    specific. Failing that, look at a few cheap switches and think what is the
    easiest to adapt with minimal cutting of plastic.
     

  5. Do you know who made the connectors? They should know,


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    Michael A. Terrell
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