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Description: A solid state relay (SSR) allows you to control high-curent AC loads from lower voltage DC control circuitry. Solid state relays have several advantages over mechanical relays. One such advantage is that they can be switched by a much lower voltage and at a much lower current than most mechanical relays. Also, because there’s no moving contacts, solid state relays can be switched much faster and for much longer periods without wearing out.

This particular SSR can switch current loads of up to 40A with a 3-32V DC input and a zero cross trigger control method. Each one of these relays is equipped with four screw terminals (for use with ring or fork connectors) and a plastic cover that slides over the top of the relay to protect the terminals.


  • Trigger Current: 7.5mA/12V
  • Control Voltage: 24-380V AC
  • Input Voltage: 3-32V DC
  • Zero Cross


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Customer Comments

  • Wrote an arduino library, now at


    ACZCPWM makes accurately controlling these possible (and easy). I have a glass kiln with temperature control within 0.1 degrees in 1000 degrees.

  • Sparkfun, where do you get your SSD’s from? http://www.instructables.com/id/The-inner-workings-of-Counterfeit-FOTEK-SSRs/[/url]

  • Just a warning to any folks that are planning to purchase this: I’ve confirmed that this unit doesn’t exactly work with 3V, as the datasheet suggests. It looks like the minimum reliable trigger voltage, without unintentional modulation, is around 4V. Of course, I discovered this a little later than I’d have liked to.

    TL;DR you cannot reliably trigger this with a 3.3V GPIO (it will be modulated or not trigger at all).

    • Bummer to hear that it doesn’t work with a 3.3V input, I wish I had seen your post before I ordered one. I was planning on using one with and ESP8266 to PID control a crock pot (as a Sous Vide cooker) using my cellphone as the user interface. But I was thinking about controlling the input at a high frequency, say 1000 kHz, so may be that won’t be a problem? The datasheet doesn’t seem to mention the upper limit for the switching frequency, but hopefully it’s way more than 1000 kHz…

  • Going to buy two of these tonight, also going to buy a thermocouple and thermocouple breakout. I am planning on designing a Photon controlled toaster oven reflow. Does the zero-cross trigger mean that a simple IO needs to be toggled in order to switch the SSR from on to off, or do I need to put a PWM signal that corresponds to the AC line? In that way also, could a PWM signal be used in order to vary the output load current? Thanks!

  • I want to control a CFL using this relay. I have to control the same CFL in two modes, one is using an AC switch and the other is using this relay. That is, switch and relay should be connected in parallel like a LOGICAL OR GATE. If the switch or relay is on, CFL should turn on. My doubt is, when the switch turn on, AC terminals of relay get short circuited. Will this damage the relay or is there any chances for other damages ?

  • The datasheet shows a leakage current of 3mA. Is that a typo? I thought leakage currents are usually in uA for good SSRs?? For switching mains power, this doesn’t sound safe even if it’s in the off position.

  • What would be the main difference between using this and say the KIT-10684 Solid State Relay Kit from SFE? https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10684 The kit is more than twice the cost, and this one does not require me to build it. Pros/Cons?

    • The big difference is the current rating. The kit is rated for 8 amps this is 40 amps, although that requires a heat-sink.

    • Really only tree pros I could see about the kit versus this: * The kit is substantially smaller. * The kit gives people opportunity to practice their soldering (yes, a bit of a stretch). * Heatsink is pretty much optional. You do not expect to run much with one this small, so you do not push it. The big relay you DO drive lots of power (I do at least since I have one of these from a prior source), so you need a nice size heatsink. Cons of the kit: * Expense. * Much lower overall Amperage it can handle. * Much more limited range on the control voltage.

      Sorry, could not get the formatting to work and gave up.

  • Will this work to relay DC? I need a few for an automotive project, relaying 12V with 20 and 30 amp loads. I know that the coil versions are specific to AC but what about this one?

  • Any word as to when these will be back in stock? Me and Mrs. Jonesing.

  • It is not clear from either the datasheet nor from the SFE description whether this is an auto-zero-cross switching SSR, or if it is a phase-angle switching version? There are advantages and disadvantages either way, but we need to know which it is to properly identify what it is suitable for?

    • If you look at the diagram below the chart on page 3 of the datasheet, there is an internal block labeled “Zero Cross Circuit” so it looks like this is a zero-cross version. (some of the text above makes it a bit unclear, as it almost reads like they recommend zero-cross triggering but don’t state that it’s built in… I guess some of it was lost in the Chinese translation…. )

  • I ordered 10 beefcake relay kits a while back. I should’ve waited for these I guess. Crap.

  • These work great but suggest a heatsink or at least monitor the temperature for loads of more than a couple hundred watts. Purchased same or similar from elsewhere and found that the back plate quickly got too hot for comfort in my application… I saw heatsink specifically for these types of SSR online so I tried rigging an old CPU heatsinkg … but still didn’t feel safe until I moved my 240 volt 1500Watt (6.25 AMP) load back to a beefcake relay :-) … maybe SF can source us a good matching heatsink those that need high speed switching or high switching count :-)

  • Datasheet mentions 1.6v drop on the AC side at room temperature. At 40A load, that’s 64 watt of power you need to dissipate via heat sink! The datasheet shows you the recommended heat sink for this product. I’d recommend basing your heat sink calculations on something higher - 100-150 watt so it doesn’t get so hot and can rely on convection rather than needing a fan to cool.

    • Your post implies you’ve used these before.

      For those curious about “failure modes”, my experience is that when they fail (due to overheating), they fail in the “closed” (ON) position – i.e. the triac shorts. I generally calculate the load current and multiply that by two, and then use a heat sink anyway.

      One thing I always look for, though, is the “zero cross” switch. That’s particularly important if you’re trying to control something like a hot plate, which invites a huge current surge when switched on as the input AC approaches a peak value.

  • Pros/Cons over the PowerSwitch Tail kit? (besides SSR)

  • I’m using a similar relay to control the heat bed on my 3D printer I’m building. My heat bed is running on AC and the relay is in the primary of the step down transformer I’m using. My relay requires at least 12v to trigger so I had to use the RAMPS board mosfet controlled 12v output, using one of these I could have made use of any logic output.

    BTW is the heat sink tab isolated from the logic input ground (it BETTER be isolated from the power line!)?

    • The type I’ve used (stone age vintage, but they look the same) in good working order had the heatsink (bottom metal plate) insulated from everything.

      The caveat to that, though, is if/when they fail due to overheating (see dnear1’s post) is that you can’t tell what’s going to be connected to what after meltdown (literally for me, in one case several years ago).

      In that particular case, nothing in the controller circuit got damaged, but I did measure several megohms resistance between the control inputs and the AC inputs (and shorted AC output) after meltdown. I chalked it up to carbonized plastic. May or may not be worth keeping in mind for your circuit.

  • If I wanted to control a normal 240V circuit, would I need two of these? Basically, there are 2 legs of 120V offset by 180°. Theoretically, it should work with just one, as there would be an open circuit unless the relay was closed.

    Also, is this NO or NC?

    • Note that it won’t actually be strictly ‘Open Circuit’, even with one in each phase. There will still be a very slight leakage through the Snubber circuit, so never touch the wires with it connected, even if the relay is ‘off’, always make sure it’s unplugged before working on it.

    • It is NO. To control 240V, you would need two. If the load doesn’t use the neutral, you could get away with one, but that would be against NEC and a safety hazard as the load would still be live with respect to ground or neutral when turned off. If you are in a country where one side of the 240V is ground-referenced, then you would only need one.

    • Just one would do for controlling a 240vac device. after all as you say if either is disconnected its an open circuit and thus not working.

      out of the datasheet i read its Off below 1v input and On when above 2.4v (so NO). Remember to always read the datasheet when uncertain. in its parameters and connection diagrams your questions may already been answered.

  • Every SSR that I’ve found online at this current level ( for a reflow oven ) requires a heat sink. There’s no mention of a heatsink being required in the description.

    • If you’re putting 40A into it, yes, you will need a heatsink. I’ve found that using one of these with ~4-10A of current will cause the relay to get pretty warm, but simply bolting it to a piece of metal helps tremendously, as the whole bottom plate is metal. If using for intermittent use (pump, fan, etc), you could probably get away with open air.

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This SSR is suitable to switch with out click sound and high power consumption product like heater, Thank you

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I will be using these for all my AC voltage projects.

I used an Arduino Nano with one of these to build a cycle timer. This unit is sturdy and built really well. Mounting is easy and the terminals are full size so you can simply split right off the power cord very easily with the peace of mind that the connections will remain solid.

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works great

I have it driving two stove eyes in a homemade oven. It handles it with no problems and no heat even without a heatsink

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perfect for what I needed

Picked up several of these when I was planning my home automation system. What I liked was that it was able to work with the raspberry pi at 3.3v without a problem. a lot of the other relays i looked at needed 5v for input. with this one I was able to connect it to a GPIO pin and when that pin went high the relay turned on. no muss no fuss. I have sence switched to esp8266 modules and it works with them as well.

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Simple and robust

I’ve used a few of these with PID controllers to switch heating elements (in a sous vide cooker, and an espresso machine, both 120 V AC) – it handles lots of AC current, silently; even with high loads, the SSR doesn’t get very warm. My sous vide cooker is about 1200W, and when the full load is going through the SSR as it initially brings things up to temp, it still isn’t hot to the touch. It’s easy to put a radiator on the back - there’s a nice metal plate, just add a couple mounting screws and some thermal paste - but I haven’t needed to do so.

The input is easy to switch with an Arduino or other 5V microcontroller output, to control e.g. heaters, pumps, lights.

The indicator LED is useful to check that the SSR is getting the control signal. The screw terminals work nicely with either bare wire or spade connecters.

The one I have in my espresso machine is inside the machine’s case, and routinely sees 220 deg F; the heat so far has not affected functionality at all. This is a robust device, at a good price.

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Great SSR

I’ve used this with 5V DC from Arduino to switch on/off a light at 240 VAC and (separately) an irrigation system at around 30 VAC. I like the heat sink and plastic cover for safety. Also easy to wire up.

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Easy to set up, and works

Did not cause unnecessary troubles.

Does the job

Good price for this item!

Works great!

I used this item to build a controller for my woodworking shop vacuum. Activates well with only 3vdc current, and handles the large AC current fantastically

Works every time with Particle Photon IOT

Our MakerSpace has a classroom where the only light switch is at the opposite end of the room from the entry. As it would not be easy or inexpensive to re-wire the lighting and it is a MakerSpace, I decided to fabricate an IOT solution using a pair of Particle Photons, this SSR and a NO push button. This relay works as advertised, is completely silent and runs cool to the touch. The 3.3VDC output from the Photon activates the relay every time and the Particle cloud is easy to use and monitor. For remote switching of non-trivial AC applications, this relay can’t be beat.

Perfect for my application at a reasonable price!

Wired this into an outlet box to turn on outlets using the 12V trigger from my surround sound receiver. This way my subwoofer would turn on and off with the receiver using a Crown Power Base 2 amplifier.