Relay Shield v2.0

This Relay Shield v2.0 from Evil Mad Scientist is a simple Arduino add-on that gives your Arduino the ability to control a single electromechanical relay for switching loads of up to 24VDC or 40VAC. Each Relay Shield comes equipped with a single pole - double throw (SPDT) sealed relay which can handle a current load of up to 5A. This means that when current is applied to the coil it throws a simple changeover switch, terminating the connection from the NC (Normally Closed) contact to ground and closing the NO (Normally Open) contact. Use them to switch high voltage/high current devices. As this is a shield, it is powered straight from the 5V power supplied by your Arduino, simply slide it into your Arduino or shield-compatible board (like the RedBoard) and you will be good to go!

The relay shield is controlled through pin Digital 4 on your Arduino via a transistor labeled "Q1". When output Digital 4 on your Arduino is low, the relay shield will connect the NC pin to the "Common" pin of the screw terminal. When output Digital 4 goes high, the “Coil On?” LED will light up and the relay shield will instead connect the NO pin to the "Common" pin of the screw terminal. Version 2.0 of this shield adds the ability to control the mechanical relay from a pin other than D4.

The Relay Shield is sold as an easy-to-assemble kit and includes everything listed below with clear assembly instructions listed in the documents section.

  • 1x Relay Shield PCB
  • 1x GSLA SPDT 5A Relay
  • 1x Red LED, 3mm
  • 1x 100uF 10V Capacitor
  • 1x 0.1uF 25V Capacitor
  • 1x 2N4401 Transistor
  • 1x Screw Terminal, 3-pos
  • 1x Arduino Header Set
  • 2x 1000 ohm 1/4W Resistor
  • 2x 1N5817 Diode

Relay Shield v2.0 Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

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2 Soldering

Skill Level: Rookie - The number of pins increases, and you will have to determine polarity of components and some of the components might be a bit trickier or close together. You might need solder wick or flux.
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Core Skill: DIY

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Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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  • Member #1605764 / about 4 years ago / 1

    Easy to put together even for someone like me who has never built a shield before. Instructions were clear and easy to follow.

    Pass through header pins are a bin flimsy compared to other shields so be careful when detaching the shield.

    Use is super easy, connect controlled circuit to proper NO/NC ports and change control pin high/low setting. Ability to set/change control pin is nice though I am using default pin D4

  • Member #670926 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Just got this relay shield and the relay is too long. Its body is too long and it interferes with the three wire screw connector. There is no way to shift the connector around to make the relay fit. Either a smaller length relay is needed or new holes for the connector need to be drilled. I wrote evil made scientists about this and hope to hear from them first but i'm interested in Sparkfun's thoughts.

    • Member #670926 / about 7 years ago / 1

      I just wanted to update this post. Evil Mad Scientist's replied to my email within 15 minutes. They are correcting the problem. Hats off to their terrific customer service!

      Sparkfun- You might want to check the kits you have in stock because EMS said several kits went out with this relay fitment issue.

  • Member #894191 / about 7 years ago / 1

    Hi The links for the documentation (assembly instruction, etc) do not work. Could you provide a working site address, please?

  • ftc / about 8 years ago / 1

    I have a 6 amp 110V sump pump that I would like to switch on and off. Looking at the data sheet for the relay it say 10 amps max, is it safe to switch the sump pump with this? Does 6 amps max mean that the sump pump will not draw more than 6 amps or that it takes 6 amps when it is running?


  • bi3nary / about 8 years ago / 1

    Is that supposed to read "40VAC"?

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