# What are the 4 pins on a relay?

## What are the 4 pins on a relay?

The difference between a 4 and 5 pin relay is that a 4 pin relay is used to control a single circuit, whereas a 5 pin relay switches power between two circuits. 4 pin relays use 2 pins (85 & 86) to control the coil and 2 pins (30 & 87) which switch power on a single circuit.

## How many circuits does a 4 pin relay have?

4.1 The Main Difference between 4 or 5 Pin Relays A 4 pin relay controls a single circuit, whereas a 5 pin relay switches power between two circuits.

What does pin 86 do on a relay?

Realizing that 85 and 86 are the coil pins, these pins will be transferring the current through the coil. 85 will be used to ground your relay, while 86 will be connected to the switchable power. 87 and 87a will be connected to your controlled accessories that you wish to turn on and off with your relay.

How do you read a relay number?

Numbers of a Relay Note that each pin is numbered. 85 and 86 are the coil pins while 30, 87, and 87a are the switch pins. 87 and 87a are the two contacts to which 30 will connect. If the coil is not activated, 30 will always be connected to 87a.

### What is 87a on a relay?

Numbers of a Relay 85 and 86 are the coil pins while 30, 87, and 87a are the switch pins. 87 and 87a are the two contacts to which 30 will connect. If the coil is not activated, 30 will always be connected to 87a. Think of this as the relay in the Normally Closed (OFF) position.

### What does 87a mean on a relay?

Numbers of a Relay Note that each pin is numbered. 85 and 86 are the coil pins while 30, 87, and 87a are the switch pins. 87 and 87a are the two contacts to which 30 will connect. If the coil is not activated, 30 will always be connected to 87a. Think of this as the relay in the Normally Closed (OFF) position.

What is number 30 on a relay?

Terminal 30 is connected to the battery. So when the electromagnet pulls the two internal switch contacts together, current flows from terminal 30 out terminal 87, which is connected to the device we want the relay to control, in our case an electric motor. Since the motor is grounded, this causes the motor to turn on.