Is Lm386L is the same LM386 or LM386N-1?

Are these the same, from the datasheet it looks identical to the LM386N-1 and I read the L is just a certain manufacturers way of saying it is lead free.

So does anybody know if they are the same and if so which it is comparable to? I.e just the 386 or the N-1, N-2...etc.

Can I use this directly in the same circuits as LM386N-1s.. I can't see why not from looking at the datasheets.

datasheet for the 'L' chip

LM386N-1 datasheet:

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CameronSS5 years ago
Anything after LM386 is a manufacturers description of a particular variant. As you discovered, it can mean lead free, or maybe the package shape, or plastic/epoxy/ceramic case. Unless you're doing VERY advanced stuff, they're fundamentally the same, and you won't be able to tell the difference between them.
mdog93 (author)  CameronSS5 years ago
Yeah well I know the differences between the N-1 and N-4 and those between is the power outputs and that's about it, and from comparing the datasheets, the power output of the ones I bought is the same as the N-1 so I'm guessing there'll be little or no difference.
JackG581 year ago

The L stands for lead free.

KaranB211 year ago

is there any difference between lm386 and lm386n as when I tried to make an amplifier with proper joints as shown in video but it wasn't working . should I try it with lm386 or with any other

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Dylon1244 years ago
But I tried to do to monobox project for makezine, but the project needed ab Lm386n. However, I used an LM386L, and the output sound was this annoying buzzing sound. I make sure that all the audio plugs were in but It still was making a buzzing noise even when the music was playing! Why is that?

It's not of the LM386L, I have built an amplifier with the L myself, sounds great. You may be misplacing components in the circuit. Try adding a 100uF decoupling cap between the power supply + and -, also be extra careful when grounding, you have to separate the grounds for the audio input, the power supply and the speaker, otherwise it will make a buzzing noise. There are good videos on that.

mdog93 (author)  Dylon1244 years ago
were you running the amp from battery or ac/dc adapter, transformers can introduce a hum to the sound, that happens with mine because i haven't included a regulator yet. If you think it may be that see my question here the answers are quite good:
AlecD3 years ago see page 3

Part of your answer is under the table electrical characteristics.

*-1 *-3 operates between 4v-12v (*-3 having greater output wattage)

*-4 operates 5v-18v

The letter after lm386 represents how the chip is mounted. You probably want an LM386N-3. Operates great at 9 volts and snaps to a bread board.

The only reason I wouldn't get the LM386N-4 is because the output is at 32 ohms. Not typical for audio but then again it depends on the application. When in doubt buy both. Only 1$ IC

There is any similar for this one guys?