# Voltage divider - Wrong volt.....

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by TheDag, Mar 27, 2012.

1. ### TheDag Thread Starter Member

Jan 1, 2010
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Hi,
I Have Output voltage of 7.67v and i put 240 and 270 ohm resistor to divide the voltage...
but instead of 3.7v output, its 2.2v...
Why ??

2. ### evilclem Member

Dec 20, 2011
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Double check your input voltage. If it's from a battery then it will drop when loaded.

3. ### TheDag Thread Starter Member

Jan 1, 2010
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What do you mean its will drop when loaded ?
its from 7v of 555 timer

4. ### BillB3857 Senior Member

Feb 28, 2009
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Post your circuit. Where is the 7V coming from? A 555 timer is not a voltage source. If the source is a battery and it is old or weak, when power is requested from it, the voltage output may go lower. Think of a flashlight with weak batteries. The light gets dimmer because the weak batteries can not supply the proper voltage/current.

5. ### TheDag Thread Starter Member

Jan 1, 2010
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Its output from 555 as monostable....
And the battery stay stable,
The voltage divider splits the voltage to 5.44 and 2.23 (together 7.68), instead of 3.622v and 4.058v....

6. ### mrmount Active Member

Dec 5, 2007
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I would double check the resistor values then.

7. ### TheDag Thread Starter Member

Jan 1, 2010
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I Double checked it, its 233 ohm and 261 ohm,
Still the voltage is not make sense....

8. ### shortbus AAC Fanatic!

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Measure the out put voltage at the 555 with the divider in use and see what that voltage is(this will be the actual input voltage to the divider, you can then refigure you divider using that voltage.)

9. ### TheDag Thread Starter Member

Jan 1, 2010
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Dont understand what you said...
The circuit is ok, why its different volts??

10. ### crutschow Expert

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The 555 has an output impedance of its own which will cause its output voltage to drop some when it is loaded. As shortbus said, measure the output voltage of the 555 with the divider connected.

11. ### TheDag Thread Starter Member

Jan 1, 2010
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I Just did!
its 7.68v....

12. ### djsfantasi AAC Fanatic!

Apr 11, 2010
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I still want to see a schematic...

13. ### Eric40McCowan New Member

Mar 27, 2012
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If the source is a battery and it is old or weak, when power is requested from it, the voltage output may go lower.

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14. ### TheDag Thread Starter Member

Jan 1, 2010
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the voltage is not going lower....
The resistors divide it into 5.44 and 2.239...
Thats mean the battery is full!

15. ### TheDag Thread Starter Member

Jan 1, 2010
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Problem Solved!
I Used LED indicator, and I think its do some trouble while measuring volts...

16. ### BillB3857 Senior Member

Feb 28, 2009
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Proper test methods means a lot. How many of us old timers have never done anything like that????

By the way, ...... What kind of LED voltmeter do you have that will read 3.7 volts or 2.2 volts or do you mean you had an LED tied to the circuit? If so, the LED was loading the circuit to its forward voltage drop.