• Welcome to our site! Electro Tech is an online community (with over 170,000 members) who enjoy talking about and building electronic circuits, projects and gadgets. To participate you need to register. Registration is free. Click here to register now.

High Current Switch

Not open for further replies.


New Member
hey guys,

I'm making a circuit which is controlled via a 5V TTL signal. Its 48V @ 6.8A. I need to be able to switch this circuit very quickly. Previously, I was using 28V and was using a small relay, however, since increasing the voltage I cannot find a cost efficient :D relay which will handle [email protected]

Does anyone know of another way of switching this circuit? Or know of a relay which I can use? I have transistors which are rated for much higher voltages and current, but they wouldn't do it either which using them as a switch.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.



A power mosfet can switch that load quickly and with very little loss. An IRF540N (only used that as an example b/c the part is easy to get) has an on resistance of 0.044 ohms and can handle something like 30A and 90V or so. You would lose around 2W of power in the mosfet and have about a 0.3V drop across it using your specs. But this is the most straightforward way to build a fast high current switch. If that loss is too much, you can parallel them to get a lower on resistance or buy one with a lower on resistance. You would need a simple interface circuit to connect your 5V trigger to the gate of the mosfet.
Not open for further replies.

Latest threads

EE World Online Articles