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AC Solid State Relay - 280V 20A Zero-Cross Turn-on

ID: 3953_1
Recommended for new designs: This product (or a similar replacement with a compatible form, fit and function) is estimated to be available for ten years or more.

This SSR switches up to 280VAC / 20A and connects to a PhidgetInterfaceKit 0/16/16 or OUT1100.


Quantity Available: 606

Qty Price
5 $14.40
10 $13.80

Product Description

For AC switching applications, this solid state relay is economical and reliable. Using the digital outputs from a Phidgets device such as the OUT1100 - 4x Digital Output Phidget, you can control the relay to silently switch an AC circuit at 280V/20A or less. This relay has a Zero-crossing turn-on, which means it waits for the AC signal to cross zero before switching on. For an explanation of what this means, please visit this section of our SSR primer.

If your SSR is overheating, you should consider getting a heat sink for safety. See the Connection & Compatibility tab for a list of compatible heatsinks. This SSR comes with a heat transfer pad that can be placed between the metal base of the SSR and the surface it's mounted to in order to help encourage heat flow. It also comes with a varistor that can be used to protect your SSR against voltage spikes in some applications.

Comes Packaged with


This SSR comes with a heat transfer pad and a protective cover. Use the heat transfer pad whenever mounting the SSR on a heat sink or metal surface. We recommend that you use the plastic cover if there is any risk of a person or conductive material accidentally touching the load side contacts. The other AC we relays we've sold in the past have come with an external varistor. This relay has additional protective circuitry inside, so an external varistor is not needed.


This relay can be controlled using a Phidgets relay output board. See the Connection & Compatibility tab for details.


  1. If you're running the SSR close to it's maximum current rating, you'll probably need to mount it to a heat sink or a surface that can function as a heat sink.
  2. Use the heat transfer pad between the SSR and the heat sink. Failure to do so can cause overheating and could damage the relay.
  3. Make sure that the SSR terminal screws are tight. If the screws are not tight, the SSR will get damaged by heat generated when the power is ON.
  4. When an SSR fails, it most often fails permanently closed - leaving your load powered, and possibly creating a fire or safety hazard. Be sure to have failsafes in these situations.
  5. Make sure that you use the relay within the product specifications.
  6. Ensure that the relay terminals are covered or protected when switching high voltage loads.

Digital Output Boards

This SSR can be controlled either by using a high-power digital output (such as those on the OUT1100 - 4x Digital Output Phidget) or by using an open-collector digital output and a 5V source, which can be done with the 1012 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 0/16/16.

Product Board Properties
Image Part Number Price Controlled By
1012_3 $95.00
OUT1100_0 $15.00 VINT


If you're switching high current devices or circuits, we recommend that you use a heatsink. In some applications, you may be able to mount the relay to a metal surface which can act as a heatsink by itself. This relay comes with a heat transfer pad that you can sandwich between the relay and the heatsink or mounting surface. When screwed on tight, it will eliminate any air gaps and ensure that the heat conducts from the relay to the heatsink. In cases where the heatsink cannot dissipate heat fast enough, you should add a fan to one end of the heatsink so that air is constantly moving through the fins.

Product Heatsink
Image Part Number Price Thermal Resistance
3955_0 $5.50 2.4 K/W
3961_0 $18.00

Product Specifications

Electrical Properties
Isolation Method Photoelectric
Dielectric Strength 4 kV AC
Control Voltage Min 4 V DC
Control Voltage Max 32 V DC
Load Voltage Max (AC) 280 V AC
Load Current Max (AC) 20 A
Load Surge Current 200 A
Relay Turn-on Type Zero-crossing
Turn-on Time Max (1/2 cycle plus) 1 ms
Physical Properties
Length 58.6 mm
Width 45.7 mm
Height 26.5 mm
Operating Temperature Min -30 °C
Operating Temperature Max 80 °C
Other Properties
Manufacturer Part Number KS15D-24Z20-Y
Customs Information
Canadian HS Export Code 8536.49.00
American HTS Import Code 8536.49.00.75
Country of Origin CN (China)

* - For an explanation of what this means, please visit this section of our SSR primer.


Here's a list of our AC solid state relays:

Product Electrical Properties
Image Part Number Price Load Voltage Max (AC) Load Current Max (AC) Relay Turn-on Type
3953_1 $15.00 280 V AC 20 A Zero-crossing
3962_0 $15.00 280 V AC 20 A Random Turn-on