# 7805 regulator question

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Ken, Dec 18, 2004.

1. ### KenGuest

There was not enough explanation on the spec sheet for me to
understand its full workings: How high an input voltage do I need to
ensure 5 volts out? E.g., will it output 5 volts if the input voltage
is 5.5 volts? What volage figure tells me the minimum input voltage?

Also, if the DC in is clean, will the DC out be clean?

Ken

2. ### Robert MonsenGuest

For a 7805, the datasheet recommends 7 to 20V.
The point of the regulator is to 'clean up' the output. However, if the
input dips below 7V, the output will reflect that.

One tip in the datasheet is to use a capacitor on both the input and the
output. A 0.33uF on input, and a 0.1uF on output is customary.

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3. ### John FieldsGuest

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According to the data sheet at:

http://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/KA/KA7805.pdf ,

7V