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Joeman
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So where can i get a little 12v inline switch from??

kind of like an inline fuse, but a switch. Closest thing i can think of is the switch on a bedside lamp, but smaller and for 12v bike wiring.


anyone know what im talking about?? anyone seen anything similar??


Bit like this, but a switch....

http://www.rapidonline.com/catalogueimages/module/M071472P01WL.jpg

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Have a browse on maplins, a 240V one will work fine, especially as the bikes 12v wiring will be fairly thick externally so will be similar to the individual wires in mains cable. They probably do a proper 12v one though which would be ideal.

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thanks guys, but i still cant seem to find anything that wouldnt look out of place on my bike...

Waterproof would be useful too... just like the rubber waterproof inline fuse holders..

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The voltage isn't really important Joe.......unless you're going the other way and trying to use a 12v switch on high voltage.....as the insulation resistance would then be important.... :wink:

The current capability of the switch is important.......so, if you're trying to switch a 30A circuit with a 2A rated switch you'll be in trouble...... :wink:

What about these?:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ON-OFF-Round- ... 3cce81c4fe


Marine suppliers would be a good place to search mate...... 8-)

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The voltage isn't really important Joe.......unless you're going the other way and trying to use a 12v switch on high voltage.....as the insulation resistance would then be important.... :wink:

The current capability of the switch is important.......so, if you're trying to switch a 30A circuit with a 2A rated switch you'll be in trouble...... :wink:

What about these?:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ON-OFF-Round- ... 3cce81c4fe


Marine suppliers would be a good place to search mate...... 8-)

 

yeah i know the theory, i was just hoping someone might make a sealed switch, (no terminals to solder, or casing to worry about) that i could splice inline on a 12v low current circuit, just like you can splice in the inline fuses.


With all the switches i've found so far (like the marine switches you linked to), i'd still be left with exposed terminals on the back which i would need to cover in heat-shrink, or mount the switch in a container of some sort making it bulky. Also, they are not really "in-Line" so would not hide away as well.


Basically, i have an alarm on my bike with a hidden switch that lets me cut the power to prevent battery drain. the switch i have at the moment is not great, so i was looking to replace it, and didn't want anything too large. Ideally something like an inline fuse holder, but a switch would be great.. I guess i could just use a fuse holder and pull the fuse, but thats not ideal as i could easily lose the fuse :oops:

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Hi, placed out of the way under the seat this one should do

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Vehicle-2 ... 2648830%26

Cheap enough at that!

 

yep, pretty close, but still looks like it has spade connectors on the back that could fall off :(

I guess i could just solder some wires onto a switch and using some heatshrink to cover the terminals..

I think im being too pedantic!! LOL

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Hi, placed out of the way under the seat this one should do

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Car-Vehicle-2 ... 2648830%26

Cheap enough at that!

 

yep, pretty close, but still looks like it has spade connectors on the back that could fall off :(

I guess i could just solder some wires onto a switch and using some heatshrink to cover the terminals..

I think im being too pedantic!! LOL

The whole of your bike is cluttered with strip, bullet and spade connectors if fitted correctly they don't come off.

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The one found above is the best I can find too...


But I agree, use some quality connectors and you'll probably have a better set than there is on the rest of the bike :lol:

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Thanks for the research guys!!

Ive ended up ordering some of these:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/190838294390

And some of these:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290913242340


Hopefully one of them will be suitable...!


I reckon i should be able to cut the wire, solder on each side of the switch, heatshrink over the top, and be left with a nice, flush mounted inline switch that i can cable tie to the frame...

Thats the theory anyway!! just got to wait for them to arrive from HK.

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I took one look at them and remembered I have a new parts tray in my workshop to store electrical bits from relays to switches and just bought some myself.


Good find but you're a bad influence :lol:

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I took one look at them and remembered I have a new parts tray in my workshop to store electrical bits from relays to switches and just bought some myself.


Good find but you're a bad influence :lol:

 

Yes, hope they are good quality!!

Buying electronic components is weirdly addictive isn't it!!??

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It is... I can't be trusted in Maplins, even if it is all over priced.


This link has made me decide I need to litter my workshop with little gadgets and bits everywhere, and oddly a design of a small lit up switchboard for my FZR600 I'm working on just wormed it's way into the design. :lol:

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