SW12V 12 V Power Switch Assembly


The SW12V is a power switch that enables your datalogger datalogger to determine whether 12 Vdc power is passed onto an external device.

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Benefits and Features

  • Allows an older datalogger to supply power to an HMP45C or HMP155A temperature and RH sensor only during measurement, thereby reducing current drain


Detailed Description

The SW12 provides similar functionality as a datalogger's switched 12 V terminal. Therefore, this power switch is typically used with older dataloggers (e.g., CR510, 21X, CR7) that do not have a switched 12 V terminal.

The SW12V consists of a cable that connects to the datalogger, and a terminal block for connecting the external device.

The SW12V has a shrink wrap that lists the function of each wire by color. Wiring to the power source should be red to positive (12 V), black to ground, and green to control (on a Campbell Scientific datalogger this is a control port labeled with a “C” or a universal port labeled with a "U."). Power out (to the device being powered) requires a 12 V connection and a ground connection.

Power is distributed to the remote device when the control wire is activated. Wire the power (+ lead) from the device being powered to a connection labeled “SW12V” on the SW12V green connector. Wire the ground (─  lead) to the G terminal on the SW12V green connector.


Current Ratings
  • 0.9 A (@ 20°C)
  • 0.65 A (@ 50°C)
  • 0.36 A (@ 85°C)
Control Line Voltage Range 4 to 16 Vdc
Cable Length 17.7 cm (18 in.)


Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.


Product Compatible Note
21X (retired)
CR10 (retired)
CR10X (retired)
CR200X (retired)
CR206X (retired)
CR211X (retired)
CR216X (retired)
CR23X (retired)
CR295X (retired)
CR500 (retired)
CR5000 (retired)
CR510 (retired)
CR9000 (retired)

Additional Compatibility Information


The SW12V is primarily used with the redesigned HMP45C relative humidity probe (effective May, 2004) and the HMP155A relative humidity probe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to SW12V: 4

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  1. Yes, this is possible. Keep in mind, however, that a common ground between related devices is essential for obtaining a good measurement.

  2. The maximum voltage sourced through the SW12V is 16 Vdc.

  3. The maximum current is dependent on temperature:

    • 0.9 A @ 20° C
    • 0.65 A @ 50° C
    • 0.36 A @ 85° C

    These limits are set by the polyfuse incorporated in the device.

  4. The control line voltage range is 4 to 16 Vdc. A drive current of < 0.5 mA is required.

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