Description: Solenoids are a great way to induce linear motion for pushing, pulling or controlling switches and levers. This smaller solenoid is designed to work directly with 5V which makes it a great match for embedded projects. It has a throw of about 4.5mm and 2 M2 mounting holes on the body.
The wire lead is about 2" long and is terminated with a 2-pin JST PH connector.
Note: The mounting holes on this solenoid are actually 1.6mm in diameter. This will allow you to tap for an M2 screw. Also, although the datasheet lists a throw of 6mm, the actual throw appears to be closer to 4.5mm.
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I used these for my Robotic Glockenspiel project, as the hammers that hit the chimes. They seemed to need 9V (rather than 5V) to operate well, but I’m careful to keep the power dissipation below the rating in the specifications. I removed the snap ring and spring to reduce the noise of operation - letting gravity bring the slug back down after hitting the chime.
I like these solenoids because I can run them from the Arduino 9V Vin (with a 1000uF cap to avoid drawing the power supply down). I use a TIP 120 transistor to control the power to the solenoid.
A few wishes to make it even better for me: tap the holes rather than leaving them untapped, and don’t go to the trouble of adding a connector to the solenoid wires.
These have turned out to be nice, inexpensive hobby solenoids I can easily play with. I like them a lot.
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If you give this guy 12v quickly, it’s got a great punch to it.
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it does not have a force of 8 ounces as was indicated. misled just for a sale–bad business or you don’t know what u r selling
Hi, Specs are stated by the manufacture. We have not tested them in house against the rated spec, however I have heard that these can be below that indicated 8 ounce force. So sorry for the confusion.
we used the solenoid in a science project to pop open doors and it worked wonderfully.
It was much smaller than I thought and throw to short so I couldn’t use it in my project
It worked well for me. in raspberry they can work in 3v as well.. very good material and well done connector..
I used one to tap on a wooden birdhouse, simulating a woodpecker pecking on a tree. I glued it down and wired it in place. I ordered 2 more for future projects. Note - It is a push type…NOT a pull . You can see it working here - https://youtu.be/yhX_9fFmt0Y
I bought this solenoid as part of an engineering design lab at Drexel University. It works exactly as we hoped and I’m so excited for the end result of the project!
If anyone is interested, I measured a series resistance of 5.1Ω and inductance of 2359.25µF.
Give me a little more time, please. Maybe I can send you a video?
Didn’t work, don’t know I’d it was defective or not. Most items I have bought from Sparkfun have been of pretty good quality.
So sorry it didn’t work. If you would like to contact us about a replacement check out https://www.sparkfun.com/returns
And I mean that literally. I’m driving a 9v pulse to the solenoid to give it some extra kick and it’s working wonderfully!
It’s very well built, and works without a hitch. I’m using it in a wireless bell ringer system, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.
Needed a pull solenoid; there’s no way to convert this from a push solenoid to a pull solenoid. (There isn’t enough metal extending beyond the C-clip to attach something.)
works well but I lost the spring and the E clip. My bad, I’ll need to improvise
small but powerful when you use a 12v source