Welcome to a new voltlog, today we are building a very simple constant current regulator based on the LM338 linear regulator. This is a very robust and stable classical regulator that is being manufactured by many big names like ST and TI, it has quite a high output current rating of 5A continuous, it even comes in a TO-3 can package but today we’re going to use a TO220 which is more commonly available.
To make a constant current regulator out of this, is very simple, the datasheet gives us the circuit we need to use and we only need a low value resistor to do that plus the optional input bypassing cap which is 0.1uF. We’re going to use this formula to calculate the value of the resistor, so the output current is equal to the Vref divided by the value of the resistor.
Welcome to another Voltlog, today we’ll be taking a look at what I’ve been receiving in the mail recently. As much as you guys like watching this stuff, I also like getting all these electronic modules from China. I find it interesting every time I get my hands on a new circuit.
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In this video I am taking a look at this compact BQ24650 Charging MPPT Module made by YZX Studio in China. You can use this module to improve the efficiency of your solar system while charging your battery.