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LM317 Regulators CALCULATOR

In the event of we need to build a variable DC power supply that output of 1A and can adjust up to about 30V.
Most people will use LM317 because high-efficiency, easy to apply and cheaper

It have an adjustable 3-terminal positive voltage regulator designed to supply more than 1.5 A of load current with an output voltage adjustable over a 1.2V to 37V range.
It has a internal current limiting, temperature detect shutdown, and safe area compensation.

pinout of LM317T on TO-220

Figure 1 pinout to use LM317 on TO-220

-Output current in excess of 1.5A
-Output-Adjustable between 1.2V and 37V
-Internal Short-Circuit Current Limiting or Output is short-circuit protected
-Internal Thermal Overload Protection or Current limit constant with temperature
-Output-Transistor Safe Operating Area Compensation
-TO-220 Package like 2SC1061 transistors.
-There are 1% output voltage Durability
-There are max. 0.01%/V line regulation(LM317), and 0.3% load regulation (LM117)
-There are 80 dB ripple rejection
typical application of LM317
Figure 2 the basic circuit diagram

Basic circuit diagram
If power supply filter has distance from IC-regulator too much, should insert Ci to lower noise before IC-input. Next in figure circuit, Co is not needs if you do not high-efficiency, but we put it better, it is use for lower a output ripple.

As Iadj is controlled to less than 100uA, the little error Unimportant in most applications.

The input voltage to the LM317 must be at least 1.5v greater than the output voltage.

LM317 calculator

This calculator will work for most DC Voltage Regulators with a reference voltage (VREF) of 1.25. Typically, the program resistor (R1) is 240 ohms for the LM117, LM317, LM138, and LM150.

LM317 heat sink calculator

What is the size of heat sink enough?

While The LM317 is running. It is so hot. Though it has over temperature cut-out. But we do not need it hot. We always install the heat sink.

Someone ask me. How much should you use the smallest heat sink? LM317 has a maximum temperature of 50 °C/W  without a heat sink.

I found this site it good with LM317 heat sink calculator.

LM317 Heat sink, how big?

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Thank’s & GBU this EC member .

  2. sir i want 5v,2a power supply circuit with calculation from 230

  3. pleasr can this idea be used to build solar charge controller?

  4. Pls suggest any simple circuit which supplies output of +12V , -12V dual output with current rating of 1A
    I/p supply is +24V DC .


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