Buck led driver do not stabilize current

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stevetto

Joined Apr 11, 2019
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Hello,

I have been working on a LED buck driver for a while but unfortunately without any succes.
This is the design, based on a MAX 16820 chip:

I use an attiny13 to generate the pwm signal for the MAX 16820. This part seems to be ok, I can change the pwm's duty cycle.
As the duty cycle changes the LED current also changes.
But if I change the input voltage the led current also changes, so the driver do not stabilize it.

At first I tested it with an XHP70 led, than I changed it to an xm-l2 (the current sense resistor was also changed) but I still have the same issue.

I would really apprieciate any suggestions.
 

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kubeek

Joined Sep 20, 2005
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What max average current through the led do you get? My calculations say it should limit at about 4.6A.
What is the supply voltage?
 

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stevetto

Joined Apr 11, 2019
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Yes it is ok.
I used an XHP70 6V led. It needs about 4.8 A. So the current sense resistor is 43mOhm.
For the XM-L2 (3,3V 3A), I used a 68 mOhm resistor.

I also tried different inductors. For the XHP-70. At first I used a coilcraft XAL 7070 4,7uH than changed it to 10uH.
The same 10 uH was used for the XM-L2.

I also attached the calculation of maximintegrated's and my own excel sheet.
 

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stevetto

Joined Apr 11, 2019
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The power source is an adjustable power supply, but I also tried 2-3 cell lipos.
In the future I would like to use 3 cell lipos, but now I would like to make a driver for 2 cells only.
 

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stevetto

Joined Apr 11, 2019
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At first I changed the voltage within a small range to simulate as the battery discharging.
When I changed the input voltage higher, the led burnt out.


And at higher currents (close to 5A) the driver gets smooking hot.
That is why I replaced the XHP70 by an XM-L2. To see what happens....

I have uploaded a movie here:


The movie shows an XHP70 test at 3 modes (25%, 50% and 100% pwm)
 
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