The microswitches are electric switches that are not going to require much effort at all to actuate, and they will usually use a tipping point mechanism. The switch is nothing new. In 1932, Peter McGall from Freeport, Illinois invented the switch. Though they’ve been around for some time, they are actually very reliable, which is one of the reasons that they are popular. The facts thatthey are durable and low cost are two other reasons that they are popular in many different devices today. With the regular microswitches, you should be able to get at least a million cycles through the device. When you upgrade to a heavy-duty model, they could have as many as ten million cycles. The microswitch has only a small movement at the actuator area, yet it is capable of creating a much larger movement at the contacts.