How to measure the other switches in your mouse

How to measure the other switches in your mouse

There are more switches then just the main button switches in your gaming mouse, for example side button switches or extra button switches, and getting the proper sized replacement switch is important.

The size of a micro switch may seem negligible, but even the smallest variation can have a significant impact on your mouse's performance. Issues such as buttons not pressing, staying pressed, or failing to engage at the right moment can all be traced back to a wrong sized micro switch. To avoid these problems, it is crucial to measure the dimensions of the switch accurately.

Step by Step: To guarantee you order the correct replacement switch for your mouse, follow these steps to measure your micro switch accurately:

Length, Width, and Height:
  • Using a ruler, caliper, or micrometer in millimeters
  • Measure the length of the micro switch from end to end.
  • Measure the width, which is the distance across the switch.
  • Measure the height from the bottom of the switch to the top of the plunger, excluding the switch pins.

Switch Measurement

Switch Pins:
  • Pay close attention to the number of pins on the micro switch. Count the number of pins – is it 2, 3, or 4? This Information is vital for ensuring compatibility.

Why Pin Style Matters: The number and style of pins on a micro switch determine how it is connected to the circuit board. The pins facilitate the electrical connection, and choosing a replacement switch with the same pin configuration is essential for proper functionality.

Surface Mount Style (SMD):

  • Determine if your micro switch is a surface mount style switch. Surface mount switches are soldered directly onto the circuit board, and recognizing this style is crucial for selecting the right replacement.

Understanding Surface Mount Style: A surface mount style switch is soldered directly onto the circuit board, providing a more compact and space-efficient design. When identifying this style, ensure that your replacement switch is also a surface mount type.

When faced with a malfunctioning switch, don't leave anything to chance. Take the time to measure your micro switch accurately, considering dimensions, pin styles, and whether it is a surface mount switch. Armed with this knowledge, you can confidently order the correct replacement, ensuring your mouse operates at its full potential.

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