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General-purpose Relay: What is the Maximum Switching Current

FAQ No. FAQ02104

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What is the "maximum switching current"?


It's the maximum current that can be switched by the contacts. Relays cannot be used if this value is exceeded.

Example of the Switching Section (Contacts) Specifications

LoadResistance loadInductive load
(cos Φ = 0.4, L/R = 7 ms)
Rated load220 VAC 5 A
24 VDC 5 A
220 VAC 2 A
24 VDC 2 A
Rated carry current5 A
Maximum switching voltage250 VAC, 125 VDC
Maximum switching current5 A
Contact formDPDT
Contact structureSingle
Contact materialAg