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battery powered opamp circuit

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by stijn, Jan 21, 2004.

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  1. stijn

    stijn Guest

    Hi all,
    I built an EKG amplifier that only exists of an INA121 opamp. I
    powered it using 4 9V batteries (2*18V for a LM2940 and LM2990 for
    The problem is, after one days of use the batteries run out of power,
    which is just way too soon since the amp is used several days a week.
    Are there other ways to get power out of batteries, but that last
    Thx in advance
  2. John Larkin

    John Larkin Guest

    Find out where the current is going. The '121 only needs 450 uA
    quiescent, so the batteries should last for weeks. Maybe the load is
    gobbling current.

    You also don't need +-15 volts, and probably don't need regulators
    either. Put the batteries in parallel for +-9; that alone will more
    than double battery lifetime.

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