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What are Slide Switches?

RJS Electronics Ltd - Slide Switches

PCB, Slide switches are a great alternative to Push Button switches. With Slide switches, you can see exactly if the device is on or off without needing secondary indicators such as LED illuminated indicators or pilot lights or any illuminated PCB or component.  Additionally, Slide switches are can be ideal in setting precision when it comes to control and monitoring a feature or action and in a fun way too. For example, a slide switch can be used ideal to use an ‘on/off’ switch or ideal for something that requires control e.g. volume.

Slide switches are available in a variety of sizes (select from miniature – sub-miniature or standard size), configurations (Poles and Throws) and IP rating. If you’re thinking of a slide switch, we have it!

What are Slide switches?

Essentially, Slide switches are used to manage a level of current by sliding one way or the opposite direction to either turn ‘on’ or ‘off’ or a function. Commonly the slider switch is used to turn an electrical device ‘on’ or ‘off’, by making or breaking the circuit, the circuit can be interrupted by moving the switch.

How to find the right Slide Switch?

We can provide a range of Slide switches, suited for a wide range of application. Here are some of the key features of our Slide switches to consider when selecting the correct Slide switch for your design. We have categorised our Slide switch series into Slide switch, Miniature, Sub-miniature and Ultra-sub miniature because size matters. Additionally, we can provide Slide switches with vertical and right angle positions, terminal configuration and IP rating.

We have 6 key slide switch series. (Download and save the PDF from the single product page).

6M Slide Switches Single Pole

  • 6M Slide Switches Series – Miniature slide switch

5F Slide Switches Single Pole

  • 5F Slide Switches Series – Sub-miniature Slide Switch


5M Slide Switches Single Pole

  • 5M Slide Switches Series – Slide Switch


5SE Slide Switches

  • 5SE Slide Switches Series – Sub-miniature Slide Switch with IP67 rated.


SS Slide Switch: SS3-CM

  • SS Slide Switches

MSS Slide Switches

  • MSS Slide Switches Series – Ultra-miniature slide switch


SJ Slide Switches

  • SJ Slide Switches Series – DC Power + Slide Switch


Basic features explained: When choosing a Slide switch, here are some of the key and basic features to consider.

Mounting style: Slide switches are designed to be compatible with a variety of circuit setups. Our Slide switches are available as SMD (surface mount meaning they sit directly on top) or THT (through-hole meaning they are threaded through) style.

Position: After determining the mounting style or perhaps moving straight towards the position of the Slide switch. We can provide Slide switches which are either vertical, horizontal and right angle.

IP Rating: Let us give you a break down of the IP ratings. Click to save or screenshot the table, for future reference. Many of our PCB and panel mount  Slide switches are IP rated. For more information about IP ratings, click to read our blog about IP rating.


IP65 Rated


Dust tight, protected against water projected from a nozzle.



IP66 Rated


Dust tight and protected against powerful water jets.




IP67 Rated


Dust tight, protected against water immersion for 30 minutes between depths of 150mm to 1000mm



IP68 Rated


Dust tight and protected against continuous water immersion.


Our Slide switches are IP rated (from the front) which means that our Slide switches are sealed and/or waterproof, making them hardwearing and durable in a range of conditions.

Configuration: By configuration, we are referring to ‘Poles and Throws’. A switch will have two terminals for the current to flow through, to come in and come out. The Poles and Throws determine how many separate circuits the switch can control and the Poles indicate how many switch poles It can be connected to.

Pole and Throw Configurations

RJS Electronics - SPDT explained

We have a range of Slide switches which support a range of poles and throws. Slide switches are commonly referred to as single pole and double pole which relates to the number of circuits that are controlled by the switch. The throw defines how many positions the switches poles can be connected to.

  • SPSP – single pole single throw
  • SPDT – single pole double throw
  • DPST – double pole single throw
  • DPDT – double pole double throw
  • 3PDT – Three poles double throw
  • 4DPDT – Four poles double throw

SPST Slide switches make or break the connection of a single conductor in a single branch circuit. This switch type typically has two terminals and is referred to as a single-pole switch.

SPDT Slide switches make or break the connection of a single conductor with either of two other single conductors. These switches usually have three terminals and are commonly used in pairs. SPDT switches are sometimes called three-way switches.

DPST Slide switches make or break the connection of two circuit conductors in a single branch circuit. They usually have four terminals.

DPDT Slide switches make or break the connection of two conductors to two separate circuits. They usually have six terminals are available in both momentary and maintained contact versions.

Function: Unlike push button switches available in momentary or latching function to operate a device or function.  Slide switches are available as Latching or (maintained) function to turn on/off. This means that when moved into position the Slide switch will stay in place and will require to be moved again to perform the next function.

Although this is a push button metal switch, this is a latching function.

RJS Electronics Ltd, Slide switches are commonly used in many applications for larger industrial controls or smaller hand-held or battery-operated devices. The application can include consumer electronics, instrumentation, computer servers, test and measurement.  They come in single or double pole options and have multiple actuator height options and offer a range of IP rating to protect from dust and water.* Here are some of the application Slide switches are used for and suitable for, but not limited to.


  • Audio
  • Broadcast
  • Beauty
  • Medical
  • Industrial Controls


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