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What is a DIP Switch?

What is a DIP switch? DIP Switches are manual electric switches that are packaged by group into a standard dual in-line package (DIP). This type of switch is designed to be used on a printed circuit board along with other electronic components to customize the behavior of an electronic device in specific situations. DIP switches are also known as toggle switches, which mean they have two possible positions -- on or off. (Sometimes instead of on and off, you may see the numbers 1 and 0 on the DIP Switch.)

Types of DIP Switches

There are many different kinds of DIP switches and at Future Electronics we stock many of the most common types including rotary, slide, and rocker switches. We also offer a selection of DPDT dipswitches, SPDT dipswitches, low profile dipswitches, miniature dipswitches and micro-switches.

Rotary DIP Switches contain multiple electrical contacts. The way it is used is by rotating the switch to align it with a number printed on the package. These may be large like thumbwheels, or small enough to require a screwdriver.

The slide and rocker types of switches, which are very common, are arrays of simple SPST (single-pole, single-throw) contacts. These can be either set in an on or off position allowing for each switch to have a one-bit binary value. The values of all switches in the DIP package can also be interpreted as one number. For example, seven switches offer 128 combinations, allowing them to select a standard ASCII character. Eight switches offer 256 combinations, which is equivalent to one byte and so on.

It’s really easy to hone in on the electric switch you need using our parametric filters. You can use them to quickly refine your Switch search results by switch operation, circuitry, termination style, actuator style, number of positions and package style.

DIP Switches Packages

DIP switch packages consist of socket pins or mounting leads to provide an electrical path from the switch contacts to the circuit board itself. While circuits can use these electrical contacts directly, it is more common to convert them into low and high signals. It’s important to note, in the case of a dipswitch that a circuit board also needs interface circuitry for the DIP switch to function. This can consist of a series of pull-up or pull-down resistors, a buffer, decode logic, and other components, which we offer at FutureEelctronics.com.

DIP Switches Applications

Typical Dip Switch applications include: Telecommunications, Computer Motherboards, Remote controls for frequency setting (like garage door openers) and other electronic devices requiring option settings.

DIP Switches in R&D quantities or production ready packaging

With our state of the art facility in Memphis and FutureElectronics.com, you have the option to order the exact number of dipswitches required for your R&D or electronic project needs without the unnecessary surplus of buying full reels or boxes dipswitches.





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Featured Dip Switch Products


Manufacturer Part Number Description
C&K Components BD06AV BD Series Side Actuated SPST 6 Position Right Angle Through Hole DIP Switch
Grayhill 94HAB08T 94H Series 8 Position Through Hole Coded Rotary DIP Switch
C&K Components TDA06H0SB1 TDA Series Ultra Mini SPST 6 Position Surface Mount Half-Pitch DIP Switch
C&K Components SDA02H0SBR SDA Series Low Profile SPST 2 Position Surface Mount Sealed DIP Switch
CTS 209-3LPST 209 Series SPST 3 Position Auto Insertable Through Hole DIP Switch
Grayhill 78K02ST 78 Series Raised Slide DPDT 2 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
Grayhill 78H01ST DIP Switch, 4PST, raised slide, 1 position, tape seal, RoHS Compliant
Grayhill 90HBW07PRT 90HB Series Low Profile SPST 7 Position Surface Mount DIP Switch
TE Connectivity 1825057-7 8 Position SPST Extended Slide Non-Sealed 2.54 mm Pitch Through Hole DIP Switch
Grayhill 76RSB04ST 76 Series Recessed Rocker SPST 4 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
Grayhill 90HBW04PRT 90HB Series Low Profile SPST 4 Position Surface Mount DIP Switch
Grayhill 947705-017 Actuator Knob, Gray Ratary DIP Switch
E-Switch KAJ01LAGT KAJ Series SPST 1 Position Extended Actuator Through Hole Low Profile Dip Switch
CTS 206-8ST 206 Series Multi Functional SPST 8 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
C&K Components TDA08H0SK1 TDA Series Ultra Mini SPST 8 Position Surface Mount Half-Pitch DIP Switch
TE Connectivity 1571983-1 GDH Series 2 Position SPST Recessed Rocker Outside L Sealed DIP Switch SMT
CTS 218-2LPST 218 Series SPST 2 Position Auto Placeable Half Pitch Surface Mount DIP Switch
Grayhill 76SD01T 76 Series Raised Rocker DPDT 1 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
CTS 206-2LPST 206 Series Multi Functional SPST 2 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
TE Connectivity 5435640-5 8 Position SPST Rocker Non-Sealed 2.54 mm Pitch Through Hole DIP Switch
CTS 208-2 208 Series Multi Functional SPST 2 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
CTS 206-4ST 206 Series Multi Functional SPST 4 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
C&K Components BD08 BD Series Top Actuated SPST 8 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
C&K Components BD03 BD Series Top Actuated SPST 3 Position Through Hole DIP Switch
CTS 208-3 208 Series Multi Functional SPST 3 Position Through Hole DIP Switch

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