# zener diode

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by niyaz432, Sep 1, 2015.

1. ### niyaz432

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Hi Guys... How exactly zener diode used as voltage regulator... if i want to vary or change the voltage i will change the value of resistor. what is the use of zener diode in the below circuit. can you please explain. Vs=10V , R1=200 ohms

2. ### Old Steve

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The Zener diode will have a voltage rating. Let's assume it's a 4.7V Zener.
The output of the first circuit will be 4.7V
The output of the second circuit will be 6V.
ie (10V / (300 +200)) x 300

3. ### niyaz432

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Thanks for your reply, But what is the use of zener diode...i will always use second circuit to vary my voltage...i will change the resistance value from 300 ohms to 400 ohms or 100 ohms as per requirement.
But practically zener diode will use as voltage regulator . I am not getting this one

4. ### Old Steve

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A Zener can be used a a low current shunt regulator as shown or it can provide a reference voltage that remains reasonably constant when the supply voltage changes, or it can be used as protection to keep a point in a circuit from going higher than a given voltage.

If your 10V supply was not regulated and varied between 8V and 12V, for instance, the Zener would keep the output at approximately 4.7V, (if a 4.7V Zener is used).

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5. ### Harald KappModeratorModerator

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6. ### davennModerator

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good explanation, Old Steve

Dave

7. ### niyaz432

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it means that if any fluctuations in my supply voltage ,by using zener diode i can ge
Thanks a Lot.
It means that any voltage fluctuations in supply voltage , may be will not get required output voltage, so we need to use zener diode.
if i want to maintain my output voltage 4.7V or 5V i need to choose a zener diode which is having VZ=5.0V or VZ=4.7V rating, so my output voltage will be always 4.7v or 5v.

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Thanks Dave.

9. ### davennModerator

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yup, exactly

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10. ### Old Steve

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Yes. Keep in mind, though, that a Zener is only a crude regulator, and it's voltage will vary slightly with changes in supply voltage or with changes in load. Check out Harald's link. It has good info on the subject.

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11. ### Harald KappModeratorModerator

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An improved version of a zener diode stabilizing circuit uses a transistor to decouple the load current from the current through the zener diode, see e.g this article.