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Plastic Water Solenoid Valve - 12V - 1/2 Nominal


$11.95 AUD, inc GST
$10.86 AUD, exc GST

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Plastic Water Solenoid Valve - 12V - 1/2 Nominal
11.95 AUD


$11.95 AUD, inc GST
$10.86 AUD, exc GST
6 reviews 0 5 4.7
In stock, ships same business day if ordered before 2PM
Delivered by Mon, 22nd of Jan

Control the flow of fluid using the flow of electrons! This liquid valve would make a great addition to your robotic gardening project. There are two 1/2" (Nominal non-taped National Pipe) outlets. Normally, the valve is closed. When 12VDC is applied to the two terminals, the valve opens and water can push through. The valve has a gasket arrangement inside, so there is a minimum pressure requirement of 0.02 Mpa (3 PSI). Also, liquid can only flow one direction.

Adafruit tried this solenoid at various DC voltages and found Adafruit could actuate it down at 6VDC (although it was a little slower to open). Here is the current draw table for various voltages. We suggest a TIP120 or N-Channel power FET with a 1N4001 kickback diode to drive this from a microcontroller pin. For a power supply, Adafruit's 9V 1A or 12V 1A power adapters will do the job.

If you want a beefier water valve, We also carry a brass version which does not have a minimum pressure requirement and can be used with liquid flow in either direction.

Voltage Current
6V 160 mA
7V 190 mA
8V 220 mA
9V 240 mA
10V 270 mA
11V 300 mA
12V 320 mA

These solenoids are not rated for food safety or use with anything but water.

Technical Details

  • 1/2" Nominal NPS
  • Working Pressure: 0.02 Mpa - 0.8 Mpa
  • Working Temperature: 1 ℃ - 75 ℃
  • Response time (open): ≤ 0.15 sec
  • Response time (close): ≤ 0.3 sec
  • Actuating voltage: 12VDC (but Adafruit found it would work down to 6V)
  • Actuating life: ≥ 50 million cycles
  • Weight: 4.3 oz
  • Dimensions: 3.3" x 1.69" x 2.24"

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Documentation and Resources:
  • The Maker Revolution
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  • Controlling a Solenoid with an Arduino
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Product Comments

Customer Reviews

  1. Review by Rodger verified purchaser

    Great worked well with town water pressure of my 12 volt battery. (Posted on 11/01/2018)

  2. Review by Brendan verified purchaser

    Shipped and received quickly.
    The 1/2" ends fit the 15mm socket in the Bunnings irrigation supplies, there is a slight leak that could probably be fixed with some plumbing tape.
    I couldn't get it to fit any of the 15mm female to 13mm barbed products - the threads wouldn't take to each other. (Posted on 8/11/2017)

  3. Review by Robbie verified purchaser

    Intended purpose .. cat shower ( for backyard pussies ) .. useing 12v DC PIR motion detector, activating the solenoid before an impulse sprinkler. Project not finished as I am waiting for the arrival of a quality PIR.
    If interested will send pics when I'm satisfied with the result. Regards Robbie (Posted on 26/07/2017)

  4. Review by Peter - Works just how I need it to! verified purchaser

    Works just how I need it to! Service and delivery outstanding, and will order another two!! (Posted on 12/12/2016)

  5. Review by Isaac - Not recommended for small-scale use verified purchaser

    The valve works fine, however if you are running low pressures through it (like a gravity feed or a weak pump) you may be disappointed. The minimum operating pressure means that it is more suited for medium pressures. (Posted on 17/11/2014)

  6. Review by Iain - Positive verified purchaser

    Excellent unit . Will connect to 12volt timer , and the Garden will be watered automatically .
    Thank you .... (Posted on 11/10/2014)

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