Description: Your 5 volt system can wield great power with this big beefy relay board. How does 20 amps at 220VAC sound? The SparkFun Beefcake Relay Control Kit contains all the parts you need to get your high-power load under control.
The heart of the board is a sealed, SPDT-NO 20A Relay. The relay is controlled by 5V logic through a transistor and an LED tells you when the relay is closed. This is a kit, so it comes as through-hole parts with assembly required which makes for some nice soldering practice. Screw terminal connectors on either side of the board make it easy to incorporate into your project.
Note: There are some pretty beefy traces connecting the relay to the load pins, but the 2-pin terminals are only rated for 8A max! If you plan on connecting a larger load you’ll need to solder directly to the board. As always with high current and voltage, play it safe and use your judgment when deciding how much of a load you want to put on a board.
Note: Although we have revised this PCB to provide better isolation for the high voltage traces, this board is really meant for someone with some experience. If you’re uncomfortable soldering or dealing with high voltage, please checkout the PowerSwitch Tail II. The PowerSwitch Tail II is fully enclosed making it a lot safer.
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The quality of these relays are fantastic, I trust them much more than the alternatives you can find online from Chinese distributors. However, even for a person somewhat experienced at soldering it can pose a real challenge due to the size of the pins from the relay.
This would be best sold as a preassembled unit to assure proper connections when dealing with such high voltages/amperages.
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I really like this little guy. It works well for most of my needs. However, I’d much prefer it also expose the NC contact. For one of my applications where I need to default to ON, I need to cut the load tracing and add a wire to the NC contact. Nearly every other “similar” offering exposes both contacts. It’s just odd this one does not. That being said, this works better for me than any other I’ve tried at this price point.
I’ll pass your comment along for future consideration if we revise this product. Thanks!
The board seems to work well. It was relatively easy to put together. The only issue I had was that none of the LEDs in the four kits I purchased worked, even by themselves in a breadboard. I ended up using my own LEDs which seemed to work just fine… maybe a bad batch?
This was thought out very well. It was easy to solder and get up and running. I really like the LED that indicates when the switch is closed, so you can do testing without have a load attached.
The device was put together with ease and worked as expected. These will be used on my CNC machine that I am building from the ground up.
“Click.” If you know which end of a soldering iron to hold on to and can tell orange from brown, this is a simple way of getting your microcontroller to switch high voltages and/or currents.
Suggestion to SFE: Next rev, why not simplify the BOM and use the same connector type as the LV/LC side? That way the HV/HC side can be set up as NC-COM-NO and satisfy people who want connected devices to default to “powered” (Or if they want one device to be on when the other is off.)
I’ve used a number of these for Electric Imp based control needs and they’ve worked flawlessly. I hope these continue to be offered so I don’t have to find an alternative.