Parallax 5-Position Switch

The 5-Position Switch is a normally open contact switch that provides directional output to your project.

This switch has a nice snappy feel, and returns to the center/un-pressed position immediately when it is released. By monitoring the input state of five pins, it’s easy for any Parallax microcontroller to detect whether the switch is in the up, down, left, right, or pressed position. It is possible for more than one position to make contact at a time, such as pressed+right, left+down, or pressed+right+down, for a total of 18 input states.

SKU: PLX-27801

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  • 8-pin DIP module is ready for breadboard or through-hole projects
  • 10 kΩ pull-up resistor included on each positional pin
  • Simple communication with any Parallax microcontroller

Application Ideas:

  • Video game input
  • Robot Control

Additional Info

Additional Info


Key Specifications:

  • Power requirements: Supply voltage = output signal voltage. Set supply voltage for compatibility with your microcontroller's inputs
  • Communication: Single bit high/low output for each position
  • Dimensions: 0.70 x 0.95 x 0.78 in (17.8 x 24.1 x 19.8 mm)
  • Operating temp range: +32 to +158°F (0 to +70°C)

Downloads & Resources:
5-Position Switch Documentation v1.1 (.pdf)
BASIC Stamp 2 Example Code (.zip)
Propeller Example Code (.zip)
Bill of Materials (.ods)
Hardware Files (.zip)

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SKU PLX-27801
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