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16x Isolated Solid State Relay Phidget

ID: REL1101_0
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.

Add 16 PWM-enabled solid state relay outputs to your hub. This module is isolated from input to output.

$50.00

Quantity Available: 407

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10 $45.00
25 $40.00
50 $35.00
100 $32.50
250 $30.00
500 $27.50
1000 $25.00

The REL1101 is a PWM-enabled solid state relay. The relay is great for controlling LED strips, DC motors, power relays, fans, and other small circuits. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub.

Features:

  • Sixteen Relays
  • Control power for a circuit or device up to a maximum of 30V and 8A
  • Pulse Width Modulation - rather than simply switching on or off, you can select a percentage duty cycle to limit the circuit power to a specific level.
  • Low-Side Switching - Each solid state relay switches an external circuit to ground when enabled
  • Requires external Power Supply

Technical Details:

  • Quiet, quick and Long-lasting - Solid-state relays switch silently and quickly, and last much longer than mechanical relays.
  • Isolation - A Power surge on the load side of the relay will not damage the VINT Hub or computer
  • Failsafe Protection - Set the device to turn off automatically if your program becomes unresponsive

VINT Hubs

This Phidget is a smart device that must be controlled by a VINT Hub. For more information about VINT, have a look at the VINT Primer. You can use a Phidget Cable to simply and easily connect the two devices. Here's a list of all of the different VINT Hubs currently available:

Product Board
Image Part Number Price Number of VINT Ports Controlled By
HUB0000_0 $30.00 6 USB (Mini-USB)
HUB5000_0 $60.00 6 Local Network (Ethernet or Wi-Fi)
SBC3003_0 $120.00 6

Phidget Cables

Use a Phidget cable to connect this device to the hub. 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.

Product Physical Properties
Image Part Number Price Cable Length
3002_0 $2.00 600 mm
3003_0 $1.50 100 mm
3004_0 $3.00 3.5 m
3034_0 $1.50 150 mm
3038_0 $2.25 1.2 m
3039_0 $2.75 1.8 m
CBL4104_0 $1.75 300 mm
CBL4105_0 $2.00 900 mm
CBL4106_0 $2.50 1.5 m


Part 1: Setup

Welcome to the REL1101 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:


Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

REL1101 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the REL1101 to the VINT Hub using the Phidget cable.
  2. Connect the VINT Hub to your computer with a USB cable.
  3. Connect the circuit to one of the relay terminals.


Now that you have everything together, let's start using the REL1101!

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the REL1101, the Phidget Control Panel running on a Windows machine will be used.


The Phidget Control Panel is available for use on both macOS and Windows machines.

Windows

To open the Phidget Control Panel on Windows, find the Ph.jpg icon in the taskbar. If it is not there, open up the start menu and search for Phidget Control Panel

Windows PhidgetTaskbar.PNG

macOS

To open the Phidget Control Panel on macOS, open Finder and navigate to the Phidget Control Panel in the Applications list. Double click on the Ph.jpg icon to bring up the Phidget Control Panel.


For more information, 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 REL1101.

First Look

After plugging the REL1101 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

REL1101 Panel.jpg


The Phidget Control Panel will list all connected Phidgets and associated objects, as well as the following information:

  • Serial number: allows you to differentiate between similar Phidgets.
  • Channel: allows you to differentiate between similar objects on a Phidget.
  • Version number: corresponds to the firmware version your Phidget is running. If your Phidget is listed in red, your firmware is out of date. Update the firmware by double-clicking the entry.


The Phidget Control Panel can also be used to test your device. Double-clicking on an object will open an example.

Part 2: Using Your Phidget

About

The REL1101 has 16 PWM-enabled solid-state relays. Control up to 16 devices that require up to 30V and 8A. You interact with the REL1101 through the Digital Output Channel Class to turn on and off power to your circuit or device. Using the Duty Cycle feature you can limit the power being supplied to a specific level. This allows you to control devices as a dimmer would.

Since this Phidget behaves like a switch to ground, you’ll need an external power supply to power your connected circuit or device.

Explore Your Phidget Channels Using The Control Panel

You can use your Control Panel to explore your Phidget's channels.

1. Open your Control Panel, and you will find the following channels:

REL1101 Panel.jpg

2. Double click on a channel to open an example program. Each channel belongs to the DigitalOutput channel class:

Digital Output Isolated: Switches the output to ground

In your Control Panel, double click on "Digital Output Isolated":

REL1101-DigitalOutput.jpg

Part 3: Create your Program

1. Setting up your Programming Environment

2. Phidget Programming Basics

Part 4: Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting

How do I know what channel, serial number, or hub port to use in my program?

Before you open a Phidget channel in your program, you can set these properties to specify which channel to open. You can find this information through the Control Panel.

1. Open the Control Panel and double-click on the red map pin icon:

The locate Phidget button is found in the device information box

2. The Addressing Information window will open. Here you will find all the information you need to address your Phidget in your program.

All the information you need to address your Phidget


See the Phidget22 API for your language to determine exact syntax for each property.

Failsafe Feature

Starting from firmware version 110, using Phidget22 library versions 1.0.0.20190107 and later, this device supports the use of a failsafe feature to put your device in a safe state should your program hang or crash.

With this feature, each Digital Output channel on this device has its own independently settable failsafe timer.

If the failsafe is not enabled, the device will behave as it did before the addition of this feature, maintaining the last state or duty cycle it received until it is explicitly told to stop.

Enabling the failsafe feature for a channel starts a recurring failsafe timer. Once the failsafe timer is enabled, it must be reset within the specified time or the channel will enter a failsafe state. Resetting the failsafe timer will reload the timer with the specified failsafe time, starting when the message to reset the timer is received by the Phidget.

For example: if the failsafe is enabled with a failsafe time of 1000ms, you will have 1000ms to reset the failsafe timer. Every time the failsafe timer is reset, you will have 1000ms from that time to reset the failsafe again.

Diagram of the failsafe behaviour when set to 1000ms

If the failsafe timer is not reset before it runs out, the channel will enter a failsafe state. For Digital Output channels, this sets the output to a FALSE state. On the REL1101 this opens the relay contact. Once the channel enters the failsafe state, it will reject any further input until the channel is reopened.

To prevent the channel from falsely entering the failsafe state, we recommend resetting the failsafe timer as frequently as is practical for your applicaiton. A good rule of thumb is to not let more than a third of the failsafe time pass before resetting the timer.

Once the failsafe has been enabled, it cannot be disabled by any means other than closing and reopening the channel.

When you use a failsafe in your program, we strongly recommend setting up an error event handler to catch the Failsafe Error Event, to allow your program to catch the failsafe event.

If you want your program to try to automatically recover from a failsafe state, you can close and re-open the channel from the error event handler after determining a failsafe condition caused the event.

Using the REL1101 for Basic Switching
REL1101 Load Diagram.jpg

To switch a load with the REL1101, connect the load and power supply to any pair of output and ground terminals, as pictured. The load could be a larger relay, a solenoid, LEDs, light bulbs, motors, or some other circuit. Check the specification table on the product page for your Phidget to ensure that the voltage or current required by your load does not exceed the maximum.


Using the REL1101 Switching Multiple Circuits
REL1101 Multi Diagram.jpg

Multiple circuits with multiple supplies may be controlled by the REL1101 at the same time. Just be aware the grounds of all switched circuits will be shared, as all ground terminals on the REL1101 are connected internally.


High Power Applications ( > 50W )

The Isolated Solid State Relay Phidget is capable of switching loads of up to 240W. However, for power higher than 50W, you will need some form of cooling to keep the heat of the transistors down at normal levels. This Phidget's strengths lie in its multiple, high switching speed outputs. For high power projects, a hockey puck type SSR may be a better choice.


Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By VINT
Current Consumption Min 4 mA
Current Consumption Max 45 mA
Relay Properties
Number of Relays 16
Contact Resistance Max 35 mΩ
Turn-off Time Max 100 ns
Switch Type Low Side MOSFET Switch
Turn-on Time Max 100 ns
PWM Frequency Max 28.5 kHz
PWM Resolution 0.5 %
Electrical Properties
Load Current Max (DC) 8 A
Load Voltage Max (DC) 30 V DC
Switching Power Max (Real) * 240 W
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 16 - 26 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 85 °C

* Note: At switching powers powers higher than 50W, external cooling may be required. For high power applications, a hockey-puck style SSR may be more appropriate. See the "Other Relays" tab for more details.

Documents

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
June 2017 0 102 Product Release
May 2019 0 110 Added failsafe timer functionality

Software Objects

Channel NameAPIChannel
Digital Output Isolated DigitalOutput 0 - 15

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Have a look at our relay boards:

Product Electrical Properties
Image Part Number Price Load Current Max (AC) Load Voltage Max (AC) Load Current Max (DC) Load Voltage Max (DC)
1012_2B $95.00
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_1 $19.00 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

Hockey Puck Relays

For applications with a higher switching power, Hockey Puck style relays are the more robust choice:

Product Electrical Properties
Image Part Number Price Control Voltage Min Control Voltage Max Load Voltage Min (DC) Load Voltage Max (DC) Load Voltage Max (AC)
3950_0 $20.00 4 V DC 32 V DC 30 V DC
3951_0 $25.00 4 V DC 32 V DC 50 V DC
3952_0 $30.00 4 V DC 32 V DC 30 V DC
3953_1 $15.00 4 V DC 32 V DC 280 V AC
3958_0 $45.00 3 V DC 32 V DC 5 V DC 120 V DC