I am using an LM2577 as a step-up boost converter (to boost 7V to 12V).

I would like to be able to turn it on/off (there are certain times when it needs to be turned off).

I have tried a transistor (BC516, BC517, 547B):

  1. on Vin pin: only get 1V instead of 7V so the converter only outputs 2V
  2. on Switch pin: converter only outputs 6V instead of the 12V I want.
  3. on GND pin: transistor overheats
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    \$\begingroup\$ Matt, it's always a good idea to post a link to the datasheets of the parts in question. It saves time and clicks. Folks out here appreciate it. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 27, 2014 at 21:36

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The problem here is that it is a boost. So, if you were to just turn off the LM2577 somehow, there would still be Vin on the output. You will need to use a P-channel FET to turn off the input voltage to the whole boost circuit.

Something like this could work.

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As long as Vin is more than 5V and less than 10V the FET should switch correctly. Of course, now you have to explicitly turn the boost circuit on by applying ~5V to "On" .

  • \$\begingroup\$ Excellent point. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 27, 2014 at 21:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yup good answer. I was thinking/musing to raise the feedback pin a volt (or so) by injecting a dc level but, ya still got Vin coming thru the inductor and diode. +1 \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Feb 28, 2014 at 0:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why P-channel FET? is it important? \$\endgroup\$
    – Roh
    Feb 28, 2014 at 4:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Roh P-channel FET is the easiest, but a pnp BJT would work too. \$\endgroup\$
    – gsills
    Feb 28, 2014 at 20:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Roh: Since this is high-side switching, a P-type device is easy mode. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 28, 2014 at 21:51

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