7815 regulator IC circuit

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by gobi615, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. gobi615

    Thread Starter Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    HI , How to select 7815 regulator capacitor C1 and C2 value . Also for 7805 . I saw LM7805 datasheet it mentioned C1=0.33uF and C2=0.1uf . I saw different C1&C2 value in different circuit how these value are picked. Is there any formula to calculate it. Or any application note for both 7805 and 7815 to calculate C1 and C2.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2013
  2. tracecom

    AAC Fanatic!

    Apr 16, 2010
    All LM78xx 1 A regulators should have a .33 μF capacitor on the input and a .1 μF capacitor on the output. A 10 μF electrolytic on the output is good. In addition, if the input is not well filtered, a 1000 μF electrolytic is good.

    Attached is the schematic that I use for all LM78xx 1 A regulators.
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  3. crutschow


    Mar 14, 2008
    Note that the 0.33μF and 0.1μF capacitors should be mounted close to the respective input and output pins they are decoupling. The larger caps can be mounted further away.
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  4. gobi615

    Thread Starter Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    what should be the voltage rating of capacitor ?If input 20V for 7815 then capacitor rated to 20V and for 7805 if input is 10v then 10V rated cap enough am i right?
  5. paulktreg

    Distinguished Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    You need a safety margin so something like 50V for the 7815 and 25V for the 7805.
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  6. Evil Lurker


    Aug 25, 2011
    Agreed on the .3 on the input and .1uf on the output. In addition, I have seen many actual regulators using 470-1000uf on the input and 100-220uF on the output, with and without a protection diode in place.

    I am starting to think the main thing is you just have to hook up a scope to your circuit and see how low you can get the ripple by adding or removing bulk capacitance.
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  7. gobi615

    Thread Starter Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Thanks Evil Lurker i understood the point .