Switches Reduce Explosion Risks


Honeywell’s Micro Switch series is designed for use in household appliances and hazardous locations where flammable gasses may be present. The V15W2 Basic Switch is an explosion-proof-rated, snap-action, electromechanically sealed switch designed for applications such as commercial appliances, valves and actuators, commercial refrigeration, ice makers, and HVAC/R (furnace, refrigeration, and ventilation). In a typical household refrigerator, these switches can be used to control the production of ice in a freezer or turn on an interior light when the door is opened.


The independent component testing organization DEKRA has certified the switches with an explosion-proof rating in accordance with the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres (IECEx System). This is the first low-cost sealed switch to receive this explosion-proof rating globally.

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Micro Switch components feature:

  • An ambient temperature range of -25°C to +85°C
  • 5A electrical rating
  • A service life of more than 1 million mechanical actuations
  • Gold contacts with low-energy circuits
  • Quick-connect terminals
  • Repeatable, consistent performance within a wide range of difficult environmental conditions


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