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Relays FAQs

Q How can I tell what relay I need?

You can try to identify a relay by the number of terminals or by checking the internal circuit schematic.

Q What do NO and NC mean with reference to relays?
A Normally Open (NO) means the high current contact is open with the relay at rest (i.e. no power applied to the coil) and closed when the relay coil is energised. A  Normally Closed (NC) relay is the opposite. Normally Open relays are the more common type.
Q How much energy will the coil draw?
A A relay coil typically draws a very small current somewhere in the region of 100-300 mA, making them ideal for use with low current switches to turn a higher current circuit on and off.








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