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The Dual Relay Board allows you to control larger loads and devices like AC or DC motors, electromagnets, solenoids, and incandescent light bulbs.
Note: This board is not suitable for switching signals. It takes at least 100mA of current to bridge the oxide layer that forms on the relay contacts, and most signals will not meet this requirement. If you need to switch signals, check out the 1017 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 0/0/8.
This relay board can be controlled with Phidget digital outputs. For more details, see the Connection & Compatibility tab.
This board requires an analog port for power and a pair of 5V digital outputs to trigger the two relays. Below is a list of Phidgets that have both of these features. If you are planning on using a VINT Hub, you should buy two REL2001 boards instead of the 3051.
|Product||Digital Outputs||Board Properties|
|Image||Part Number||Price||Number of Digital Outputs||Digital Output Current Max||Digital Output Voltage Max||Controlled By|
|1010_0||$80.00||8||16 mA||5 V DC||—|
|1011_0||$50.00||2||16 mA||5 V DC||—|
|1018_2B||$80.00||8||16 mA||5 V DC||—|
|1019_1B||$110.00||8||16 mA||5 V DC||—|
|1203_2B||$70.00||8||16 mA||5 V DC||USB (Mini-USB)|
|OUT1100_0||$15.00||4||16 mA||5 V DC||VINT|
A Phidget Cable is needed to connect this device to a Phidget Hub or InterfaceKit. You can solder multiple cables together in order to make even longer Phidget cables, but you should be aware of the effects of having long wires in your system.
|Image||Part Number||Price||Cable Length|
You can protect your board from dust and debris by purchasing an enclosure. An enclosure will also prevent unintentional shorts caused by objects touching the pins on the bottom of the board or any terminal screws.
Welcome to the 3051 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:
Next, you will need to connect the pieces:
Now that you have everything together, let's start using the 3051!
In order to demonstrate the functionality of the 3051, we will connect it to the 1018, and then run an example using the Phidget Control Panel on a Windows machine.
The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines. If you would like to follow along, first take a look at the getting started guide for your operating system:
Linux users can follow the getting started with Linux guide and continue reading here for more information about the 3051.
After plugging in the 3051 into the 1018, and the 1018 into your computer, open the Phidget Control Panel. You will see something like this:
The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:
The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.
Double-click on a Digital Output object in order to run the example:
General information about the selected object will be displayed at the top of the window. You can also experiment with the following functionality:
A relay is an electrically-controlled switch. Although many types of electrical switches exist, a relay's mechanical nature gives it the advantage of reliability and current-switching capacity. The main disadvantage to using mechanical relays is their limited life-span, as opposed to solid state relays who do not suffer from this drawback. For more information on mechanical relays refer to the Mechanical Relay Primer
Relays have a connection scheme determined by the arrangement of contacts within the relay. Because relays are a type of switch, they are defined in the same way other electromechanical switches are defined. In switch schemes, the number of poles represents the number of common terminals a switch has, and the number of throws represents the number of switchable terminals that exist for each pole. The relays used in the Dual Relay Board are SPDT relays: single pole, double throw. The internal construction of this type of relay is depicted in the diagram to the right. Many other types of relays exist: SPST, DPDT, and DPST, to name a few. In an SPDT relay, one of the throw terminals is labelled Normally Closed (NC), and the other is labelled Normally Open (NO). As the name indicates, the normally closed terminal is the terminal connected to common when the relay coil is not powered. When the relay coil is energized by the relay control circuit, the electromagnetic field of the coil forces the switch element inside the relay to break its contact with the normally closed terminal and make contact with the normally open terminal. The switch element would then connect the normally open terminal and the common terminal.
When a relay is in one switch position for a period of time, oxidation of the open contact(s) can occur. Depending upon the internal coating material of the contacts, oxide films of varying density will be displaced upon the surface of open contacts; this film acts as an insulator to current flow. When the relay is switched, a certain amount of current flowing through the contacts, known as the wetting current, is required to remove the film of oxides and ensure proper conduction. Because of this requirement, these relays are not reliable for signal switching. See the device specification on page 10 for detailed requirements.
If highly inductive loads are used with the Dual Relay Board, it is recommended that a noise limiting component be used to prevent damage to the device. An MOV, TVS diode, or kickback diode (for DC applications) shunted across the load will assist in dissipating voltage transients.
The Phidget Cable is a 3-pin, 0.100 inch pitch locking connector. Pictured here is a plug with the connections labelled. The connectors are commonly available - refer to the Analog Input Primer for manufacturer part numbers.
This device doesn't have an API of its own. It is controlled by opening two DigitalOutput channels on the Phidget that it's connected to. For a list of compatible Phidgets with Digital Outputs, see the Connection & Compatibility tab.
You can find details for the DigitalOutput API on the API tab for the Phidget that this relay connects to.
|Switching Speed Max||20 cpm|
|Recommended Wire Size (Control)||16 - 26 AWG|
|Recommended Wire Size (Load)||12 - 24 AWG|
|Operating Temperature Min||0 °C|
|Operating Temperature Max||70 °C|
|Controlled By||Digital Output (5V)|
|Current Consumption Min||14 mA|
|Current Consumption Max||180 mA|
|Supply Voltage Min||3.3 V DC|
|Supply Voltage Max||12 V DC|
|Dielectric Strength||1.5 kV AC|
|Contact Resistance Max||100 mΩ|
|Load Voltage Max (DC)||* 30 V DC|
|Load Voltage Max (AC)||277 V AC|
|Load Current Min||100 mA|
|Load Current Max (DC)||7 A|
|Load Current Max (AC)||12 A|
|Turn-on Time Max||10 ms|
|Turn-off Time Max||10 ms|
|Canadian HS Export Code||8473.30.00|
|American HTS Import Code||8473.30.51.00|
|Country of Origin||CN (China)|
*Note: Switching this relay at voltages higher than 30V will result in a reduced product lifespan.Please Note: This relay cannot be switched at its maximum AC voltage and current at the same time. Ensure that total power of the load does not exceed the switching power for the relay. For example, you can switch this relay at 277V AC and 6.3A (1750VA), or at 145V AC and 12A (1750VA), but not at 277V and 12A (3324VA).
The lifespan of the relays on this Phidget vary depending on how much current you're switching and whether it's AC or DC. The following graph illustrates the relationship between load current and relay lifespan:
The vertical axis is the lifespan of the relay (number of actuations) and the horizontal axis is load current in amps. As you can see, increasing load current from 5A to 10A can reduce relay life by more than half.
|Date||Board Revision||Device Version||Packaging Revision||Comment|
|October 2007||0||N/A||Product Release|
|September 2008||1||N/A||Bigger connectors, Bigger board|
|September 2020||1||N/A||B||Removed Phidget Cable from packaging|
|Image||Part Number||Price||Load Current Max (AC)||Load Voltage Max (AC)||Load Current Max (DC)||Load Voltage Max (DC)|
|1014_2B||$55.00||12 A||277 V AC||7 A||* 30 V DC|
|1017_1B||$85.00||2 A||250 V AC||2 A||* 120 V DC|
|3051_1B||$17.00||12 A||277 V AC||7 A||* 30 V DC|
|3052_1||$15.00||2.5 A||28 V AC||2.5 A||40 V DC|
|3053_0||$30.00||(per channel) 9 A||28 V AC||(per channel) 9 A||40 V DC|
|3054_0||$10.00||500 mA||28 V AC||500 mA||40 V DC|
|REL1000_0||$30.00||12 A||277 V AC||7 A||* 30 V DC|
|REL1100_0||$25.00||—||—||8 A||30 V DC|
|REL1101_0||$50.00||—||—||8 A||30 V DC|
|REL2001_0||$10.00||12 A||277 V AC||7 A||* 30 V DC|
|REL2002_0||$12.00||2 A||240 V AC||2 A||120 V DC|
|REL2103_0||$15.00||10 A||30 V AC||* 10 A||30 V DC|