How do I determine what duty cycle is needed for my application?

Duty cycles are calculated as a percentage of “on time” vs. the “off time”. A typical calculation is as follows: [(30 seconds on) /(30 seconds on + 90 seconds off)] x 100% = 25% Duty Cycle
 

  • Continuous Duty is typically defined as 100% duty cycle
  • Intermittant Duty is typically defined as 25% duty cycle for D-Frame Solenoids, and 10% for Cylindrical Solenoids
  • Pulse Duty is typically defined as 10% duty cycle (max on-time does not exceed 100ms)