Eight RELAYS
8-Layer Stackable Card
for Raspberry Pi

Regular price $30.00

FEATURES

  • Eight RELAYS with Status LEDs and NO/NC contacts
  • Eight layer stackable to 64 relays
  • Pluggable Connectors 30-16 AWG wires
  • All relays have NO and NC contacts
  • 120VAC/8A or 24VDC/8A on each contact
  • LED indicators on each relay
  • Software self-test
  • Command Line
  • Python Library
  • Node-Red nodes

    DESCRIPTION

    8-RELAYS for Raspberry Pi

    Perfect add-on to your project when you have to control large number of loads. Stackable to 8 layers, the card can add up to 64 relays to each Raspberry Pi in a compact form factor.

    Pluggable connectors make the 8-RELAYS card easy to use when multiple cards are stacked up. All relays have NO and NC contacts and can switch 120VAC/8A or 24VDC/8A.

    Status LEDs conveniently grouped on one side of the board show when relays are on or off. A power LED shows when power is applied. A reset switch permits shutting down the Raspberry Pi without the use of a keyboard and monitor.

    COMPATIBILITY

    The card is compatible with all Raspberry Pi versions from Zero to 4. All stacked cards share the I2C bus using only two of the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins to manage all eight cards.  This feature leaves the remaining 24 GPIOs available for the user.

     

    POWER REQUIREMENTS

    The 8-RELAY card needs 5V to operate and can be powered from Raspberry Pi or from it's own 2 pin pluggable connector. The relay coils are also powered from the 5V.  The card draws 10mA with all relays off. Each relay needs about 80 mA to turn on. If power is applied to the barrel connector, no other power supply is needed for the Raspberry Pi.

    STACKING MULTIPLE CARDS

    Up to eight 8-RELAY cards can be stacked on your Raspberry Pi. Each card is identified by jumpers you install to indicate the level in the stack. Cards can be installed in any order. The three position jumper  selects the stack level.


    For your convenience, two jumpers are provided with each card. For complex Home Automation tasks you can add to the stack one or more Home Automation cards with analog and digital inputs and outputs.

    REVERSE POWER SUPPLY PROTECTION

    The board is protected to accidental reverse power supply with a 5.8A, 39 mOhm MOSFET which breaks the ground line if reverse power is applied. 

    RESET PUSHBUTTON

    Shutting down the Raspberry Pi by turning off the power can result in SD Card failure. To prevent this, a shutdown command needs to be used before power cut-off. But this requires a monitor, keyboard and mouse connected to the Pi. 

    A momentary on push button installed at the edge of the board provides a convenient way to shut down the Raspberry Pi. The button is routed to pin 37 (GPIO 26). You need to write a script which monitors this pin, and if pressed for more than a desired time, issues the shut-down command.

    CARD LAYOUT

    8-RELAYS for Raspberry Pi Layout

    ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    • Power Supply: 5V/8A pluggable connector with reverse polarity protection
    • On board resettable fuse: 3A
    • Relays: NO/NC contacts, 8A/120 VAC - 24 VDC
    • Electrical endurance: minim 105 cycles at 1,800 operations per hour, full load
    • Mechanical endurance: minim 107 cycles at 18,000 operations per hour, no load

    MECHANICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    8-Relays for Raspberry Pi dimensions

    DOWNLOADS

    Open Source Hardware Schematic

    2D CAD drawing

    SOFTWARE

    SOFTWARE INTERFACES

    You can write your own application using the Command Line or Python Libraries provided. No programming is required if you use the Node-Red nodes we supply. You can drag-and-drop the functional blocks to design your application. Examples are provided at GitHub.

    RELAY SELF TEST

    The card can be tested before installation by running a simple command from the command line. The card will cycle each relay on and off at 0.5 seconds interval. The clacking noise of the relays and the lighting of the LEDs will assure that all relays are functioning.

    ACCESSORIES

    DIN-RAIL MOUNTING

    The Home Automation card can be installed parallel on a DIN-Rail using the DIN-Rail Kit Type 1, or perpendicular using the DIN-Rail Kit Type 2.

    YOUR KIT

    When you purchase the 8-Relays Card you will receive the following items:

    1. 8-RELAYS add-on card for Raspberry Pi

    8 Relays for Raspberry Pi

    2. Mounting hardware

    • Four M2.5x18mm male-female brass standoffs
    • Four M2.5x5mm brass screws
    • Four M2.5 brass nuts
    Brass Mounting Hardware

    3. Two stack level jumpers

    Stack level jumpers
    4. Connector plugs
    8-Relay connector plugs

    QUICK START

    1. Plug your 8-RELAYS card on top of your Raspberry Pi and power up the system.
    2. Enable I2C communication on Raspberry Pi using raspi-config.
    3. Install the 8-RELAYS software from github.com:
      • ~$ git clone https://github.com/SequentMicrosystems/8relay-rpi.git
      • ~$ cd /home/pi/8relay-rpi
      • ~/8relay-rpi$ sudo make install
      • ~/8relay-rpi$ 8relay
    The program will respond with a list of available commands.