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LEGO® Power Functions Control Switch

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Take control of your LEGO® Power Functions motors!

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Add even more control to your models with LEGO® Power Functions with this control switch! Build it into your model to change the direction of a motor with the flip of a switch or lever.
  • Change the direction of a motor with the flip of a switch!
LEGO® Power Functions Control Switch is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well, does its job, but lacking pinholes... The switch is not only directional but also has a moderate length cable which is super helpful when making any PF driven system. In fact, you can overcome the limited current output of IR receiver (note that IR receiver V1 cannot operate any stacked LEGO PF motors in full power unless you dedicate more than 2 channels to the motors) with this switch + a servo motor. It's actually how hobby grade RC models worked before the speed controller was affordable. 1 servo controls steering, the other one controls Acceleration with a switch connected to drive motor. But!! It doesn't have any Technic pin holes... You must get some stud parts to install it onto your Technic model properly. But most of Technic models are stud-less today... ouch!! So, LEGO!! add some pinholes!!
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from works but not compatiable with 7 speed IR This is a straight current 3 pole switch that allows forward, stop, reverse ( there's also a black microswitch to reverse the switch's polarity). If this switch is between an "on" AAA battery pack and a motor it can put the motor in forward or reverse or it can turn the motor off . If this switch is between an "on" AAA battery pack and an IR remote unit, this switch will be fixed in the "ON" state (i.e. the allow the pulse modulated current from the IR remote unit to go through no matter what position the 3 pole switch is in) when the 7 speed IR sends a signal to go on. I was trying to use this switch as a kill switch for an IR controlled conveyor belt - until I realize this switch would not work with a pulse modulated current. .
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works good I ran out of options with a Mindstorms project. I needed another touch sensor to detect when a part reached the far end of travel and needed to be reversed. This switch worked great for that application. The placement of the second connector right next to the switch caused a few problems. It would have been better to have a straight wire with the switch in the middle and a connectors at each end.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful with NXT! If you would like to control different types of motors with the NXT, here is your chance! You can attach the polarity switch directly to one of your NXT motors. The switch has the following options: foward, off, and reverse.
Date published: 2009-01-28
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