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Selecting input voltage for 7805

I generally use switching 12V power supplies for my circuits since they are so common, but I understand the 7805 can take a lower input voltage. If I gave the 7805 a lower input voltage (i.e. 9V), I ...
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Reducing voltage drop over 7805 regulator?

I have several projects (clocks) that require 12V and 5V supply. The 5V is for TTL ICs and the 12V powers a SMPS(Switching Mode Power Supply) to give HV(High Voltage) for a tube. The 12V pulls less ...
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Positive and Negative Voltage Regualtors

I was wondering whether I could use a negative voltage regulator, specifically a 7905, as a drop-in replacement for a positive one, 7805. On closer inspection of the datasheet, I realized that pin 1 ...