Questions regarding Constant Current supplies, devices and applications. As opposed to Constant Voltage supplies. Voltage will vary while Current remains the same. Common in LED lighting applications.

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12V regulator for 100W LED

I want to make a 100W high power LED headlight for bike, but the problem is that LED releases a lot of heat, and I'm using a 150W boost converter to convert 12V to 30V ( minimum operating voltage of ...
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Constant current source to heat thermistor rapidly

My goal is to heat a thermistor as rapidly as possible. The thermistor has a resistance value of 10k Ohms at 25 degrees C, and a negative temperature coefficient. If I apply a constant voltage of ...
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Battery powering two LED's with a led driver

Currently I am working on an application that is battery powered. I have two reflective sensors (RPR220 and RPR220-PC30N) which I am comparing to eachother. As a power supply I use 4 AA none ...
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Discrete LED Driver Topology

I have drawn the above schematic by reverse engineering a locally available LED Bulb. I was expecting to find an IC in the driver board but instead found this discrete circuit. Googling "Discrete ...
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Current Regulator IC/Transistor [duplicate]

Can anyone suggest a Current Regulator that can bring down 2A to 40mA... I'll be needing 40mA to power my arduino... I'm not that keen in electronics so pls use simple terms in explaining things to me ...
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Driving an LED with a low amplitude square wave as an input of MOSFET switch

I am trying to drive an LED with a square wave. I've made a circuit like below: The problem is, an equiment can generates a square wave with a limited amplitude up to 1.7 V. After some experiments, ...
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Why use a transistor for getting a Constant Current Source in a circuit with an op amp?

I have used the above simple circuit for a constant source where \$V_{\text{in}} = -5\$V, \$R_{\text{in}} = 390\Omega\$, \$R_f\$ is the load which ranges from \$110\$ to \$170\Omega\$....would using ...
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Ac current amplifier with pwm current control

I'm starting to build a piece of test equipment to test a trip device for switch gear breakers. I need to amplify an Ac current source. When the breaker is in service the trip device receives it's ...
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please help choose mosfet, npn, pnp, diode for my circuit

I developed a circuit which uses charge pump to supply a current mirror. Simulation works, I was able to get 40V and constant 10 mA at load < 4k. I breadboarded each charge pump and current ...
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How to get constant current across varying Rload in h bridge

My I is a constant source of 10 mA from Vsupply of 50V, so my Rload can max at 5k at 10mA. I load is going both directions. My Isource is constant, but Iload is changing with varying Rload, why is ...
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Understanding this LPF in opamp feedback loop

I'm using a basic opamp driven mosfet to implement a precision low current sink for an LED: This seems to work just fine within the range that I want it (10mA or so). I've seen other circuits that ...
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How to drive a sensitive, constant-current, 1MHz resistive device?

I am currently working with sensors which are mostly resistive (100 to 600 ohms on average) and need to be fed with a controllable bidirectional constant current (from -1mA to +1mA with a resolution ...
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Why is PWM used to control LEDs even when they're only used On or Off?

I've noticed on cars with LED tail lights that they have a flicker to them - I presume because they're PWM controlled. But I've seen it on vehicles where brake lights and tail lights are separate ...
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help with auto shutoff circuit with negative voltages

I have a circuit that has constant current but the load drops in resistance over time. I need to be able to shut off the circuit once a voltage level drop is reached. The voltage starts at -95vdc and ...
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rgb led current limit

I am working with RGB LED, my question is will it burn up / get damaged I have already chosen resistors proper for each color of R G B to draw 20mA, but running R G and B at same time draws lots of ...
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how to calculate solar panel size needed to run circuit

Iam doing a project and want to calculate what size solar panel to use to run my circuit. the only thing is that I have some size constraints involved cant be bigger and \$5\times5\$ in. I have a ...
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Current Regulation in LED Driver and PFC Circuit

Datasheet: http://diodes.com/datasheets/AL6562.pdf I am trying to understand how this IC works block by block and I am confused about over-voltage protection in the error amplifier - specifically ...
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Powering LED Strips with a Constant Voltage Supply and Constant Current Driver

I have a LED strip (16ft Hitlights Luma5 warm-white high-density) powered by a constant voltage supply. I'm considering adding PWM dimming with a Maxim MAX16820 constant current driver. The PWM signal ...
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Help please! I need to give constant current to an LED from a Lipo battery

I'm trying to drive an LED from a Lipo battery. The useable voltage range of the Lipo goes from 4.2V down to 3.4V, and the forward voltage of the LED is 3.2V. With a resistor in series with the LED, ...
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Discharge constant 2A-3A current from a battery

I am supposed to drain a constant current of 2A or 3A from a battery (most probably a NiMH battery). What could be a possible way to do that ? Purpose of doing it is to calculate the battery's Energy ...
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Did Capacitative Loading Kill My Op Amp?

I've been playing with various constant current source configurations to help control the current output of my bench power supply and my latest efforts centred around the op amp and MOSFET approach. ...
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Can I cross the output inductor trace with input power line?

I'm attempting to learn a little more about SMPS design while referring to existing designs and posts such as this one: SMPS PCB Design Critic I'm implementing an AL8805 based constant current buck ...
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CNC stepper motor driving CC vs CV

I am trying to design a small CNC maching for milling PCBs. I am using unipolar stepper motors driven by a microcontroller, but I am unsure of what tehnique to use to drive them. I once read that ...
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How do I build a 10uA current source/limiter?

I need a constant current of 10uA through a variable resistor in the 100k values. I need to inject the current into that resistor and I need the resistor to be connected to Ground such that I can ...
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Charging Batteries in Series

So I am working on charging 2 batteries in series, and have an odd situation that I'm hoping to get answered. I have a single bank charger that outputs 8A and a dual bank charger that is 20A total ...
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Parallel Transistors in Constant Current Load

I'm designing a constant-current dummy load for testing my power supplies. This load should be able to handle a maximum of \$2\mathrm{A}\$ at \$24\mathrm{V}\$. My current design, so far, is loosely ...
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Buffering a constant current source IC to increase maximum voltage rating

The actual question: Which of these configurations, if any, is the most effective for my goal of increasing the maximum voltage rating of the outputs of a constant-current driver IC? As established ...
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Facing to real world feedback designs (here, Constant Current Generator)

I still work on a current generator made with 2 opamps and a nMOS. If I find the bias point to understand how much my LED can be driven, I still have problems to find an affordable way to derive the ...
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Meaning of TLC59281 LED supply voltage rating

TL;DR: Does the max VO of 17V refer to the LED supply voltage or only to what's left after the diode drops? TI's TLC59281 is more or less a device that combines two 74HC595-like shift registers with ...
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Practicality of driving LEDs with high voltage?

After watching someone build a fairly wasteful project, I wondered if there was a better way. The LEDs are cheap chinese variety, with a forward voltage of around 34-36V @3A, and they throw off about ...
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Calibrating buck LED driver by altering Vsens

Many switch mode buck LED drivers use a current mode scheme with a sense resistor back to a Vsens or Current Sense input on the chip. A good example is the LM3404. Here's the typical use circuit: I ...
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Driving an infrared LED from a coin cell

I am designing a remote-control type IR transmitter that will be powered by a coin cell battery (i.e. CR2032) and commanded by a microcontroller. The LED is pulsed at around 40kHz. How can I ensure ...
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Triangular wave generation using consant current

I am trying to design a circuit, that will generate a triangular wave from charging/discharging a capacitor with a constant current, but am stuck. I have a power supply of +-12V and +5V, the circuit ...
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How to improve current control loop in power supply?

I'm working on MCU programmable bench power supply. Its range is 0-50V and 0-3A programmed in 10mV and 10mA increments. It will be published as open hardware and source code that anyone can use it ...
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Can I get constant current at the output of a buck convertor (to drive a LED)?

I want to drive a LED with a buck converter circuit as shown in the schematic below. In order to keep the circuit simple, the system will run open-loop (i.e.; there won't be any voltage or current ...
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Capacitors vs buck/boost converters

I'm trying to drive high power LEDs with a laptop power supply, and wondered if I should use resistors to limit the extra current, or something like this to limit the current. If I did use that ...
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Can I turn an LM2596 switch mode PSU into a constant current source?

I have a cheap LM2596 switch mode regulator from eBay: Which I can power with a dual cell LiIon supply (6 to 8.4V). I would like to use this supply to create a variable current source for an LED ...
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Sourcing current with sink LED driver

I'm using an existing keypad with 8 LEDs that source power. I was hoping to use and LED driver of sorts, but all of the ones I find only refer to sinking power. Is it possible to use these drivers to ...
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Constant Current Square Wave through LED

I am running a somewhat powerful LED, on the order of 3.5V 500mA, off of an ~11V battery using a constant current switched mode power supply from Ebay that uses the LM2596. What I need to do now is ...
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How do I keep my constant current source constant?

So I am trying to created a current source that will be used to drain a battery at specific time intervals for a specified duration. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using ...
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Component usage in this constant-current source circuit

In the April 2014 edition of Elektor magazine, they present a circuit for a high-precision current source device (page 42). It allows the user to select a constant-current between 10nA and 20mA. They ...
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how to create a high current source?

I'm looking to observe magnetizing offsets of various current sensors. The idea is that when you pass a high current pulse (close to the rating of the device) through a current sensor and then return ...
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Constant current LED driver min / max current rating explanation

I currently have a 150-1500mA led driver that I sue to power a 30W LED. Driver has adjustable maximum current pins that I can use to change to match the maximum current. I have it set to 1050mA. I am ...
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Back EMF and Source EMF, stabilizing current?

In a circuit where there is change in a magnetic flux, Back EMF is induced. When back EMF is increases it reduces the source EMF( or oppose it) and therefore, the current is reduced, in order to ...
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3x CAT4101 parallel with CREE LEDs

I've tested the LEDs with one CAT4101 and they work great, but now it's time to dial it up a notch. I've now got three CAT4101's wired up in parallel to give me 3A to drive two 10W CREE LEDs in ...
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Switched-mode constant current supply with Schmitt Trigger

I'm planning on building a small constant current power supply for charging lithium-ion batteries on the go. While they normally use constant current AND constant voltage, I've elected not to include ...
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How can I tell if my current is continuous in a first order DC circuit with a switch

Assuming this circuit has been running for a long time (switch SW1 is closed), and in t=0 the switch (SW1) opens, and I'm being asked about the current that runs through the inductor L1. I know that ...
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Constant current circuit

I'm back for another question, this time shorter than the wall of text I posted last time! Here is my question: How does the red (rot) LED at the input to the base provide a constant current to ...
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Standard current and discharge current

I've been looking into batterie's datasheets and don't understard what 2 of the specifications mean: continuous standard current and maximum continuous discharge current. Could someone explain this to ...
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Is it possible to increase voltage without changing the current? [closed]

If we have a certain power applied to a circuit, and we would only like to increase the voltage applied by large factors... can this be done? Maybe by increasing only the resistance? Or maybe by ...