9v to 5v using leds?

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by Dentsu, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. Dentsu

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    I remember someone telling me that this is possible using led and some resistor. I'm working on a project that will be using 2 led so I am thinking of using this method to keep the size as small as possible. The source will draw I think around 80 mAh. What are the plus and minus of this method?
     
  2. ErnieM

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    The minus is you need two big leds to handle that much current, and you will not get 5 volts; maybe close, not exact and not steady.

    The plus is you can't put your eye out doing this.

    Perhaps if you share more details of your project a better solution will be suggested.
     
  3. LDC3

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    You could use 5 diodes instead. The diodes will give you about 3.5 V drop and the correct ones will easily handle the current (some can even handle 1 A).
     
  4. Dentsu

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    I am trying to power a wireless camera transmitter module. It take 5v and connected to a camera that take 9v with 6 original led removed. I have a few 5mm 20ma led that I want to use instead with some resistor and what stock I have (ln4740 10v diode?). This is my last camera to test on, I already fried a camera (cheap 8v was out putting 14v). I am using a standard ni-mh battery to power it.
     
  5. Dentsu

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    What is the spec of led should I purchase instead? I have a voltage regular on the way but need to get this working in a days or two. I am thinking of using a 33 ohmish resistor and the 2 standard 5mm led (series) in the meantime and hopefully that will be enough to convert 9v battery to power a 5v transimitter.
     
  6. t06afre

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    Use a voltage regulator and you will not fry the camera unit. Using LEDs sounds dodgy to me:eek:.
     
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