Elite Power Sliding Touch Switch for Voltario & Jeti Devices

he Elite Sliding Touch Switch is an electronic device that can be used to turn ON and OFF the electronics in your RC model.

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It can replace any electronic or mechanical switch that uses a logical voltage level on its output. Features configurable touch sensitivity, last power-on status is stored in the internal memory, and very low standby current.

You do not need any additional tools to power up your model (such as a magnet in the case of a magnetic switch). The advantage of an electronic switch is that it offers a virtual unlimited ON/OFF cycle, unlike mechanically operated switches.

The faceplate contains an integrated LED to indicate the ON/OFF status of the switch. Should any of the devices become disconnected from the switch, the device will stay ON and switch will remember its last state.

Easy installation, place the Touch Switch anywhere on the aircraft fuselage - either outside or inside the fuselage. Please note, that if you install the switch inside the fuselage, the maximum allowed surface thickness must not exceed 1/8" (3mm) and the material must be non-conductive (plywood, fiberglass..).

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Jun 12, 2020, 11:46 AM
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What's wrong with the good old fashioned mechanical slide switch? I see this thing killing a LOT of receiver batteries and just seems needlessly complicated for zero gain. It's no lighter than a slide switch, it's got parasitic drains slide switches don't have, it has special mounting restrictions slide switches don't have, it doesn't display system voltage or anything like that...
Jun 13, 2020, 09:40 PM
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What's wrong with the good old fashioned mechanical slide switch? I see this thing killing a LOT of receiver batteries and just seems needlessly complicated for zero gain. It's no lighter than a slide switch, it's got parasitic drains slide switches don't have, it has special mounting restrictions slide switches don't have, it doesn't display system voltage or anything like that...
Yeah, the old KISS principle. I use these 4 pole locking type toggle switches for my RC use. And, I've made up a bunch of them for my RC club mates. About as bullet proof as it gets. These switches are designed for high vibration locations, and use pure silver contacts.

Digikey Locking Toggle Switch This switch has a mechanical life of 100,000 operations. That's 100 operations a day for nearly 3 years.
https://www.digikey.com/product-deta...871-ND/1006949
Jun 15, 2020, 04:10 PM
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The switch draws about 50 micro amps in standby (off), you could go months before it discharges a RC flight battery pack setup. But as I understand it, the switch sends a signal to the powerbox telling it to apply power or not. The real electronic switch is inside the powerbox.

The main advantage of a electronic switch is it will fail on if it does somehow go bad. No moving parts, thus no contacts to wear down like you get with a regular on off switch. That is the big draw for electronic switches,

Those sliding on/off switches do go bad and do wear out. Depending on how much you fly the switches may have to be replaced annually or even more often. it depends on the plane, engine, vibration, how much it gets used, etc. Vibration is probably the biggest killer of the mechanical switches.

it became more of a problem with the gasoline engines, especially the gas engines that vibrate a lot.

But you guys are correct in the KISS principle though. Keeping it simple is sometimes a good thing.
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Jun 21, 2020, 03:22 PM
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What's wrong with the good old fashioned mechanical slide switch? I see this thing killing a LOT of receiver batteries and just seems needlessly complicated for zero gain. It's no lighter than a slide switch, it's got parasitic drains slide switches don't have, it has special mounting restrictions slide switches don't have, it doesn't display system voltage or anything like that...
You cannot use mechanical switch for electronic devices, this is not your old 40 size glow trainer anymore.

Look this will blow your mind, wireless switch. ON/OFF from your transmitter.

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Jun 23, 2020, 08:34 AM
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You cannot use mechanical switch for electronic devices, this is not your old 40 size glow trainer anymore.

Look this will blow your mind, wireless switch. ON/OFF from your transmitter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzRI354GPA8
I have used remote switches for years in other applications. They allow a very low voltage switch to control much higher currents and add the benefits of fail "on". I also like not having to route heavy gauged wire to my desired location.

I am a real fan of remove before flight pin switches. Could the remote touch switch be swapped out with a pin switch ?
Jun 23, 2020, 10:54 AM
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I have used remote switches for years in other applications. They allow a very low voltage switch to control much higher currents and add the benefits of fail "on". I also like not having to route heavy gauged wire to my desired location.

I am a real fan of remove before flight pin switches. Could the remote touch switch be swapped out with a pin switch ?
Jeti has the magnetic pin switch. it has a flag on it like you like, for turning the radio on and off. The finger switch is pretty neat though. But they have a wireless remote switch setup that you can use to turn the airplane on from your TX. I am sort of partial to it. The magnetic switch is handy for those scale builders who want to hide the switch so it doesn't mar the appearance of the scale model. But then the wireless switch beats that method out though.

Esprit Tech sells the Emcotec power switches and they have a pin switch like you mentioned. Also a magnetic fuel cap power switch setup too. They have a flag on the switch like you use too. But I don't know if the Emcotec stuff is compatible with the Jeti stuff.
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Jul 09, 2020, 10:14 PM
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The switch draws about 50 micro amps in standby (off), you could go months before it discharges a RC flight battery pack setup. But as I understand it, the switch sends a signal to the powerbox telling it to apply power or not. The real electronic switch is inside the powerbox.
That's still 50 microamps more than an old school toggle switch draws when switched off.
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Those sliding on/off switches do go bad and do wear out. Depending on how much you fly the switches may have to be replaced annually or even more often. it depends on the plane, engine, vibration, how much it gets used, etc. Vibration is probably the biggest killer of the mechanical switches.
I'm sorry, what? Hold on a minute here. Hold on. Are you seriously saying our switches only last less than 25 cycles?!

No. Just no. Patently false. I have switches >40 years old that work just fine. These things last for hundreds of thousands of cycles without issue. This argument is 100% total bull and you know it.

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But you guys are correct in the KISS principle though. Keeping it simple is sometimes a good thing.
And KISS is what keeps my planes in the air, so hey.

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You cannot use mechanical switch for electronic devices
Yes, you bloody well can, and I do this with every RC I own. Even my CA-10 scale truck, which has a 540 brushless motor in it. Hard switch in the main hot line. Works fine. ESC remembers its programming just fine, my Futaba radio systems don't lose their bind if they lose battery like DSM systems are prone to do...you actually can do exactly this.
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this is not your old 40 size glow trainer anymore.
My best flying plane is a decade or more older than I am and is running a 50 year old engine on the nose. I've got a bunch of builds in the works right now and every single one of them is as old school as it gets. Two Kaos builds, one for a Fox 049 FAI and a 40-size long kit, got a 4*20 build in the works, working on affixing an OS 46AX onto the nose of an H9 Valiant 10cc I got for free, got a 4*64 on order that's getting a Saito even-fire boxer for power, a 60-size Intruder to restore, gonna be slapping an FS70 Surpass onto a Tower Kaos 60 ARF once they restock them....see a common theme here? Hell I'm so dedicated to old school cool that I've put an FS26 Surpass on a bloody Flite Test Simple Scout.


All I fly is glow. I don't use FCs. I don't use gyros. But even if I did I would have all of these devices switching off with a proper mechanical switch just like I do my old school balsa nitro burners.

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Look this will blow your mind, wireless switch. ON/OFF from your transmitter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzRI354GPA8
Oh wow. What an absolutely ing stupid idea. Dumbest idea to hit model aviation since the last time someone tried to make a prop out of some scrap aluminum and an angle grinder. I'm just dying to introduce a means wherein I can command my airplane to go out of control from my radio! It's totally not at risk of being fatfingered on accident, oh no, totally impossible...if I catch someone using one of these at my field I'm packing up and going home before I take an airplane to the head.

I've about had it with soft switches like this on my phone. I sure as hell ain't using one on my airplane.
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All I fly is glow. I don't use FCs. I don't use gyros. But even if I did I would have all of these devices switching off with a proper mechanical switch just like I do my old school balsa nitro burners.

Oh wow. What an absolutely ing stupid idea. Dumbest idea to hit model aviation since the last time someone tried to make a prop out of some scrap aluminum and an angle grinder. I'm just dying to introduce a means wherein I can command my airplane to go out of control from my radio! It's totally not at risk of being fatfingered on accident, oh no, totally impossible...if I catch someone using one of these at my field I'm packing up and going home before I take an airplane to the head.

I've about had it with soft switches like this on my phone. I sure as hell ain't using one on my airplane.



You sure going to hate this, by the way do not forget to feed horses road to the flying field is long.
How do you shutdown your car? And all those switches, sooooo confusing AC and other stuff.

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