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Switching voltage regulator question

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Glenn Ashmore, Nov 18, 2007.

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  1. I have four 3.6V 800mAh LI-Po prismatic cells that I want to build into a
    pack for a radio control receiver/servos and video unit. It is carried
    aloft by a kite so weight and space are the governing variables. Power
    density is important. The receiver and servos require 5V and will draw an
    average of 150 ma. The video Xmitter requires 5V at 250 ma for a total of
    about 400 ma. I have found a couple of micro switching voltage regulators
    that claim 85% efficiency converting 14.4V to 5V..

    I am thinking I could assemble the cells into a 14.4V 800 mAh pack and feed
    the devices through the regulator. My question is what is the effective AH?

    Here is the way I figure it:

    14.4 V * 800 mAh = 11.52 watt hours
    11.52 Wh * 85% efficiency = ~9.8 Wh
    9.8 Wh / 5V = ~1,960 mAh
    1,960 mAh / 400 ma = ~ 4.9 running hours (say 4 hours)

    Is my logic correct? Does a switcher convert the excess voltage into
    additional amp hours?

    Glenn Ashmore

    I'm building a 45' cutter in strip/composite. Watch my progress (or lack
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  2. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest

    "Glenn Ashmore"

    ** Yep.

    No just catch your switcher.

    ........ Phil
  3. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

  4. The switcher converts input power (input volts times input
    amperes) times efficiency to an output power (output volts
    times output amperes).

    power in * efficiency = power out

    The difference between input and output power is lost as heat.

    Since your load is about 2 watts, the switcher will require
    about 1/.85 times that much input power or 2.35 watts, and
    the .35 watt difference is the heat lost from the switcher
    as it performs this voltage and current conversion from the
    input 14.4 volts at 0.163 amp drain current.
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