- Jul 23, 2011
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- Butte, Montana
That’s true, it doesn’t need to be g-rated, but it does need to be able to withstand gee forces without opening the contacts.NO - Don't be silly.
YOU DO NOT need a fancy G-rated switch.
I've addressed this before - read the thread.
The Switchcraft switches you buy at surplus may not have a gee rating on their data sheet but Switchcraft switches are very high quality switches that have been used frequently in government electronics. I would feel very comfortable with them.
On the other hand I’ve personally seen Radio Shack switches fail. Many people used to use the push on-push off switch with the 3/8 inch red button. I watched as my buddy Dale launched a dual deploy rocket at RocLake. As I recall, it came down under chute, but when he retrieved it it wasn’t beeping the altitude. He opened the avbay and the switch had come apart. He never trusted those switches again.
So selecting the right switches is important.