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Can someone point me to an efficient easy to make led circuit that is efficient on batteries?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by SA Development, Mar 10, 2005.

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  1. Hi,

    I need to have a regular LED (doesn't need to be anything special like a
    superbright LED) stay lit as long as possible on either a single D cell or
    two D cells. D cells are rated for about 20.5A if used down to 0.8V. I'm
    assuming I would need some sort of regulator to do this... I think a
    regular LED is 20ma forward voltage 1.9v ?...


    SA Dev
  2. PeteS

    PeteS Guest

    You are corect in the forward voltage assumption. Note, however, that
    different colours have different forward voltages. Most green, red and
    yellow (amber) LEDs are in the range of 1.6-2V when fully on.
    If you don't need much current (you don't), you could use a switched
    capacitor boost driver, or even a flying capacitor device. These things
    are all over the place - look at Maxim (,
    National Semiconductor ( and Linear technology
    ( for typical devices.

  3. dB

    dB Guest

    You will need two, not one, cell.

    Experiment with values of series resistor, and choose the highest
    value which will give you an acceptable light intensity.
  4. PeteS

    PeteS Guest

    This can be done with one cell if a switched capacitor boost regulator
    is used. One might even use a low power/low voltage RS232 converter
    from maxim (output typically +/-5V).


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