How to amplify 5V to 15V using a Base Common Amplifier

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by zarabotkalesna, Nov 22, 2015.

1. zarabotkalesna Thread Starter New Member

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Hi guys! I want to amplify 5V to 15V using a Base Common Amplifier (because it has a high voltage gain), but I'm not succeeding... Cah you please help me? Thanks in advance.

2. Papabravo Expert

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Doesn't look like a Common Base configuration to me. am I missing something?

3. zarabotkalesna Thread Starter New Member

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I think it's it. Feel free to change anything and give me some suggestions!

Please note that the input signal is DC (USB 5V source), not AC.

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Hello,

The circuit is a common base circuit.
The Base is AC grounded by the 1 uF capacitor.
I assume the 5 Volts source on the right is the signal input.
It will NOT amplify the DC voltage as shown.
It also will never reach 15 Volts on the output as the powesupply shown on the lefty is only 5 Volts.

Bertus

5. ScottWang Moderator

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Ib1 = 1.36 mA - 1.34 mA = 0.02mA
I_2.46K = 1.57 mA
I_728Ω = 1.56 mA
Ib2 = 0.01 mA
So why the Ib1(0.02 mA) ≠ Ib2 (0.01 mA)?

6. Alec_t AAC Fanatic!

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The cap on the emitter of the transistor will block your 5VDC 'input signal'.
You can't get 15V out of that amplifier, since its supply voltage is only 5V.

7. Papabravo Expert

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I guess that's because all the grounded base circuits I've worked with had the base connected to GND or Vcc. I thought that blocking the supply on the right didn't make much sense as well.

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9. zarabotkalesna Thread Starter New Member

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So, is there a way that I can use my USB port as an input (which is DC), and how much voltage should I apply as Vcc (on the left in my circuit)?

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Hello,

What kind of signal do you expect from the USB to amplify?
It will not be an AC signal, like audio.

Bertus

11. Alec_t AAC Fanatic!

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In a word, no: unless you are prepared to build a switch-mode inverter?

12. zarabotkalesna Thread Starter New Member

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I want a DC signal in both input and output.

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Hello,

Then you would need a boost regulator as Alec_t also mentioned.
Keep in mind that the power output will NEVER be more than the input power.
There will ALWAYS be losses in such a circuit.

Bertus

14. zarabotkalesna Thread Starter New Member

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And will I achieve the same goal if I use an Op-Amp instead of Common Base Amp?

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Hello,

For what do you want to use the created 15 Volts?
You can amplify 5 volts to 15 volts using an opamp, but you will need a powersupply to feed the opamp.

Bertus

16. zarabotkalesna Thread Starter New Member

Nov 22, 2015
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I have a bunch of CPU fans and I want to play with them

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Hello,

The power output of USB will be only 300 mA and 1 A when there is a request done.
This will likely be not enough to power the fans.

Bertus

18. zarabotkalesna Thread Starter New Member

Nov 22, 2015
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I understand. Thank you all guys!!

19. ian field Distinguished Member

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Yes - the decoupling capacitor on the bottom of the base bias divider.