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I want to switch on and off a motor with arduino, used for pumping water. I need to have a idea which relay could be used with arduino.

Here is a photo of a similar motor: Motor

  • In this case an image does not tell a thousand words. In order to get a proper answer, we need to know the specifics of this pump. Voltage? Amperage? AC / DC? How does it work? Perhaps a datasheet? – Len Jul 14 '16 at 7:05
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    You need a relay that can handle the amount of current the motor uses. So check the Amps ratings of the motor and of the relay. – Gerben Jul 14 '16 at 7:47
  • @Gerben it must handle Starting current. I think some small opto-isolated relay module and big contactor would be the best. – KIIV Jul 14 '16 at 8:39
  • A relay must also be spec'ed for the voltage it will be switching, to prevent arcing and burning its contacts when they make and break. – JRobert Jul 14 '16 at 11:05
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Fairly cheap and quite reliable relays which operate at 5V (5mA to switch closed/open) can be had at a decent price. Mine have an upper limit of 10A, either 250VAC or 30VDC.

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