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Questions And Answers On Tilt Switches

What Is A Tilt Switch?

A tilt switch is a sensor and activation device that responds to changes in angle. They are applied to systems to automatically trigger a response when an object moves beyond a set range.

They are sometimes called tip-over switches or ball switches. They have many applications, including within safety systems on household appliances and as disabling mechanisms on munitions.

What Is A Tilt Switch Used For?

A tilt switch will provide an automatic response when an object is moved beyond a preset angle. They are applied to safety shutdown systems in various appliances and are used for safe-arming mechanisms on larger munitions.

Tilt switches are used as anti-rollover devices on automobiles. They are also used for anti-handling, safe-handling, and security devices.

What Is A Ball Bearing Tilt Switch?

A ball bearing tilt switch is a common type of tilt switch. A ball bearing is used as the conductive element within the switch. When the switch is tilted past a set angle, the ball contacts the switch’s leads.

This closes a circuit and activates a response. They have been widely used to replace mercury tilt switches.

How Does A Tilt Ball Switch Work?

A tilt ball switch works by using a ball bearing as the switches conductive element. When it rolls in response to a change of angle, the ball will contact the switch’s leads and close a circuit.

When this happens, a response will be triggered. These switches can also interrupt a circuit using a reverse of the same configuration.

Do Tilt Switches Contain Mercury?

Tilt switches of the past used mercury as the conductive element. The mercury would roll within the switch and contact the leads to either interrupt or close a circuit.

For safety reasons, modern tilt switches use ballbearings or an electrolyte-rich liquid to perform the same function. These are sometimes specified as mercury-free switches or ball tilt switches.