Ultra reliable high current electronic switch using a toggle designed for our gliders, £22
We're always scouring round for good accessories and if we can't find them for our beloved gliders then we'll make them or get them made for us! Here's one we've done exactly just that.
It’s a tiny high current electronic switch we spec’d up exclusively for Sloperacer for use in moulded gliders. It’s called the Secure Switch Harness.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em the humble switch along with batteries are the most common source of failure in our high tech, ultra sleek and not to mention expensive composite gliders. Digi Servos can draw much higher currents when asked and this can cause greater wear in the contacts, whether it’s a switch or a simple plug.
The 'Sloperacer Secure Switch Harness' (yes I know, SSSH!) is designed to deal with higher current, in fact up to 20a continuously, far more safely and reliably than the mechanical switches we all have used. The beauty is that the power to the RX doesn’t go through the ‘switch’ at all- only a tiny current is used here and that is just to ‘switch’ the electronic switch contained in the harness. So it looks like a normal toggle switch and works like a normal switch but if this toggle fails, it defaults to open so you still have power going to your radio gear. There’s a blue light to tell you when it’s on and you have a normal charge lead. When you turn it off, the light goes off, simple!
Of course we could have bypassed the toggle switch and used a fancy 'magnetic switch’ instead but for me at least, I like to flick switches to know it’s on and I’ll probably loose or forget the magnet!
We have been using them a while. Apart from the big blue light which illuminates the fuse (which sadly we find looks very cool!) the only difference we found is that there is a tiny current still being used by the electronic switch when the toggle is switched off. We’re told it will drain a freshly charged 2000mah battery in 1000hrs. That’s about 40 days. So like any other electronic switch I would simply unplug for long term storage. Tech sheet below but other features are high quality universal plugs for Futaba and JR type (just remove small side tabs first), 200mm total length with 100mm leads (all 22swg) that will be enough for most skinny gliders. Available now, £22 incl post and packing in UK, overseas + cost of airmail letter.