Products for USB Sensing and Control
Products for USB Sensing and Control

PHIDGETS Inc.

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Relay Phidget

ID: REL2001_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.

Use a VINT port with this relay to switch power to a circuit running at up to 210 watts DC or 1750 volt-amperes AC.

$10.00

Quantity Available: 1000+

Qty Price
5 $9.50
10 $9.00
25 $8.00
50 $7.00
100 $6.50
250 $6.00
500 $5.50
1000 $5.00

The REL2002 is a simple, easy to use, mechanical relay. This Phidget connects to your computer through a VINT Hub.

Features:

  • Rated for 210W of DC power or 1750 VA of AC power
  • DC applications - switch a circuit of up to 30V at 7A.
  • AC applications - switch up to 12A or 277V AC, as long as the total power doesn't exceed 1750 VA

Technical Details:

  • Isolation - A voltage spike on the load side of the relay will not damage the control side

VINT Hubs and InterfaceKits

This Phidget can be controlled by a VINT Hub or any other device with a digital output. 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 and Phidget InterfaceKits that can be used with this device:

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
Product Voltage Inputs Digital Outputs Digital Inputs
Image Part Number Price Number of Voltage Inputs Number of Digital Outputs Number of Digital Inputs
1010_0 $80.00 8 8 8
1011_0 $50.00 2 2 2
1018_2B $80.00 8 8 8
1019_1B $110.00 8 8 8
1203_2B $70.00 8 8 8

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 REL2001 user guide! In order to get started, make sure you have the following hardware on hand:


Next, you will need to connect the pieces:

REL2001 Functional.jpeg
  1. Connect the REL2001 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 the the "C" and "NO" terminals


Now that you have everything together, let's start using the REL2001!

Phidget Control Panel

In order to demonstrate the functionality of the REL2001, 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 REL2001.

First Look

After plugging the REL2001 into your computer and opening the Phidget Control Panel, you will see something like this:

REL2001 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 REL2001 is a mechanical relay suitable for both AC and DC applications. You interact with the REL2001 through the Digital Output Channel Class to turn on and off power to your circuit or device.

Explore your Phidget Channels Using the Control Panel

Double click on the Digital Output channel class under the port your REL2001 is connected to.

REL2001 0 Panel Example.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.

Mechanical Relays

This relay is an electrically-controlled switch. For more information about how mechanical relays work and how to use them, visit the Mechanical Relay Primer.

Product Specifications

Board Properties
Controlled By Digital Output
Relay Properties
Switch Type SPDT
Load Current Min 100 mA
Turn-off Time Max 5 ms
Turn-on Time Max 8 ms
Contact Resistance Max 50 mΩ
Dielectric Strength 1.5 kV AC
Electromagnet Coil Resistance 70 Ω
Electrical Properties
Load Voltage Max (DC) * 30 V DC
Load Current Max (DC) 7 A
Load Voltage Max (AC) 277 V AC
Load Current Max (AC) 12 A
Switching Power Max (Real) 210 W
Switching Power Max (Apparent) 1.8 kVA
Current Consumption Min 0 A
Current Consumption Max 70 mA
Physical Properties
Recommended Wire Size 12 - 24 AWG
Operating Temperature Min -40 °C
Operating Temperature Max 70 °C

*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).

Estimated Relay Lifespan

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:

FUNCTIONAL

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.

Documents

Product History

Date Board Revision Device Version Comment
June 20170N/AProduct Release

This device doesn't have an API of its own. It is controlled by opening a DigitalOutput channel 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 sensor connects to.

Code Samples



Example Options


Downloads

				Make your selections to display sample code.
					

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