Minimum current for 4N26 optocoupler

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Jack Kotze

Joined Mar 3, 2009
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What is the minimum forward current to ensure that the transistor will turn on in a 4N26 optocoupler? The datasheet shows that the typical forward voltage is 1.18v @ 10mA. Is 10mA enough?
 

bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

There is a transfer curve for the 4N26.
The collector current of the transistor depends on the current in the LED.



The text sample A and sample B expains the marges of spreading.

Greetings,
Bertus
 

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Jack Kotze

Joined Mar 3, 2009
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What's the difference between Sample A and Sample B?

If I'm getting this, then based on Sample A, a forward led current of 10mA will "bias" the transistor just enough to pass slightly more than 10mA? Not sure if "bias" is the right word?

I was thinking of using the 4N26 as a switch on the output of a monostable 555 circuit. The output will be used to close the shutter of a digital camera. Do I need to measure the voltage drop when the camera's switch is open and the current when it's closed?

Thanks for the help.
 

bertus

Joined Apr 5, 2008
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Hello,

The difference between Sample A and Sample B is the difference in specifications that can will happen during the production.
If you want to have a optocoupler that fuctions with higher tranfer gain, take a look at the SFH620A - 3.

Greetings,
Bertus
 

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