diode? Answered

Can  i use several diodes in4007 alike to lower the PSU voltage to say 3vdc  from 5vdc to power a radio? also can I do the same to build a laptop psu just to charge out of a lcd psu gives 25v DV , can I use drop voltage bu using same diodes since each one 0.7v drop? thanks Al

Question by celalboz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Rectifier Diodes

My friend took apart his broken Kenwood amplifier. He used his multimeter to find the broken part,  then removed the RM4Z rectifier diode. I've been searching for about an hour, but I cannot find any websites that sell the RM4Z diode. The closest I have found was one from Hitachi, but I read that the RM4Z was from a Chinese company. Suggestions?

Topic by freethetech 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Diode Help

Hi, i have a bunch of diodes laying around, can somebody explain the diode function on multimeter? sure, there's numbers on the multimeter, but what do they mean? maybe give me a formula? Thank You!

Topic by Sandisk1duo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Diode question

I need help with diode. Actually a question: if you put diodes in series for example 2 diodes of 300 V will they act as one diode of 600 V?

Topic by Dantex 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Zener diode. Answered

What is the voltage drop across a 3v, 0.5W Zener diode?

Question by Ahtasham Ahmad Mohtashim 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Type of diode

Hey everyone, I recently had an ASUS laptop to repair and after troubleshooting, found some damaged components among which is this surface mount diode (kindly see picture). I looked around for a datasheet but cannot find anything. Am also unable to find out exactly what type of diode it is from its code marking. I've had results varying from a 'leakage diode' to '3.3V zener diode'. However, I am suspecting it might be a schottky diode since it was in what looks like a boost circuit. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Code marking: 100 98FP1  j Thanking everyone in anticipation. Kind Regards, Nawaz

Topic by Nawaz 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Laser diode

I need a laser diode from 18x or more dvd writer or blue-ray writer.please help me.I dont have a credit card to buy them from e-bay

Topic by Rhsameera 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


zener diodes????????????? Answered

I know that Zener diodes will only let pass a given voltage.Say for example a 3 volt zener diode lets pass 3 volts or higher only(not below).But recently I came across an instructable where a zener diode lets pass voltage when it falls below a range.Back to the 3 volt diode,it allows voltage to flow through it only when its below 3 volts.But how??are they different types of diodes.Please give me a brief idea to clarify my doubts.Hope you get my question

Question by Adarsh_tronix 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Laser Diodes? Answered

 So, I have 2 laser diodes, but I don't know what the voltage/amperage/wattage on them is. Anybody know how I could figure this out?

Question by iBurn 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


diode change

I'm building a picmicro programmer, and I'm fcollowing the schematics from this from sparkfunhttp://www.olimex.com/dev/images/pic-pg2c-sch.gifthey want a BZV55C5V1 diode, but the closest thing that I could find on mouser was a BZX55C5V1 diodehere's the link for the BZV55C5V1 datasheet, just click one, they're all the samehttp://www.datasheetcatalog.com/datasheets_pdf/B/Z/V/5/BZV55C5V1.shtmlhere's the link for the BZX55C5V1 datasheethttp://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/BZ/BZX55C5V1.pdfPROBLEM SOLVED THANKS TO THE CITIZENS OF INSTRUCTABLES

Topic by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


diode logic

I'm making a giant adding machine using only resistors(miscellaneous), switches SPST (for input) LEDs (for display) and diodes(for logic). NO TRANSISTORS I have it so that it can recognize 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, but if it recognizes 8, then it recognizes it as all the other numbers. If it recognizes 0, it recognize 1, and 7. If it recognizes 6 it recognizes 1, and 5. If it recognize 9 it also recognize 7. If it recognizes 3, it also recognizes 7. basically if you take a 7 segment display, any number on it, it'll recognize all the numbers in the number. I need help sorting it ou so that if it recognizes 8, it only recognizes 8. If it recognizes 3, it only recognizes 3. Etc...

Topic by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how can i make a simple circuit with this photodiode?

I want to make a simple circuit and not a arduino powered robot.

Question by Tawhid K 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Diode current ratings Answered

How can I determine the current rating of a diode  A forward current of 2 amps is needed and the reverse voltage is 12v                                                                hopefully   Gordon                                                                                                   Thank you

Question by GordonT3 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


LEDS vs Diodes? Answered

I had a thought: Since LEDs are a form of diode, can LEDs be used instead of diodes with similar properties in a circuit?

Question by robotguy4 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


500 Glass Diodes

Selling 500 assorted glass diodes. To purchase go to "http://cgi.ebay.com/500-Assorted-Glass-Diode-/260660715619?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash;=item3cb096e063#ht_500wt_1154" Thanks

Topic by tinstructable 8 years ago


What is the type of this Diode?

Hi,all Please help me with a specific type of diode unidentified.it's symble is like a zener diode or Schottky diode.

Question by gada888 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


tunnel diode,s

Can you tell me a place that sells tunnel diode,s? I found one tunnel diode in a jvc radio but I lost it.:-( can you tell me the best free schematic drawing programs for Win XP,also.Thanks

Topic by maker12 11 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


"Shunt" diodes with resistors? Answered

I'm making diode bridges to have a nice supply of DC. I'm making a high voltage bridge for a 7.5kv nst and a low voltage bridge for regular 120v wall outlet . My high voltage bridge im going to make with several 1N4007 but i read that they should be "shunted" with 10Mohm resistors im not sure what is meant by this. Does it mean resistor, diode, resistor, diode or does it mean diode and resistor, diode and resistor. The pic says it better than i do.  Also, do i need resistors for a bridge for 120v bridge?, im going to use the diodes from a fluorescent light power supply.

Question by jaydenr 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Reversed Bias Diodes?

I really want  some clarity on "reversed bias diodes" whats the point of having a reversed bias diode? when would a person want to apply it to a circuit? if current can't flow through it, wouldnt it just mess up the circuit? Please shed some clarity on this subject for me, it would be greatly appreciated! -Grizzly

Topic by Grizzly_Bear 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Laser pointer diode

I was making a laser trip wire, but I was looking online for diodes which I found, by which one would be best to get, I dont care for the color, in fact I am better off with red and the intensity can not put off heat to harm anyone. Anyone have any laser diode recommendations or have a site that I can buy them from?

Topic by bprins 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Diode Calculator will not work

I've been working on a diode only (well, plus switches for input [numbers, yet there's only one pad! not one for each digit], resistors for various things, and LEDs for the display) calculator that could add two two digit numbers (xx+xx=xxx) for a while, putting countless hours into it.I have deemed it impossible.There's so many problems with a mass diode resistor network that is just won't work. As some and gates conduct then some other gate (like it's suppose to) conducts, and eventually causes a voltage divder (with the pull up/ pull down resistors) and the output gets wacky and there's no wway of amplifying the signal.The diode adder is dead

Topic by guyfrom7up 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Diodes for Bridge Rectifier?

 Please Help! I need to make a bridge rectifier for a shake charging flashlight which also include using a 5V regulator - so it won't be a very high voltage, if that matters.  What type of diodes do I need for this bridge rectifier?  HELP!  thank you! patti :)

Question by mckywer 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Blocking Diode Recommendation

So I want to charge some rechargeable batteries with some solar cells I bought and I heard I should use a blocking diode to prevent the batteries from discharging at night. I have 3 6V, 50mA solar cells in parallel for a 6V, 150mA total. Does anyone have a recommendation for the model number or kind of diode I should use? Preferably one with a very low voltage drop. Or is my solar setup too small to require a diode? I have never done this sort of thing before, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

Topic by msh21 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Laser diode driver? Answered

Dear all.. I would like to use this circuit (please see photo) for driver a laser diode to  engraving wood  -Item Name:ML101U29-25 (Mitsubishi) Power output: CW 300mW Pulse Power: 400mW Working Current: <340mA Working Voltage:2.2-3.0V  I know about this formula I = V/R But in this circuit I am not sure for calculate current .So please could you help me to know how many (mil.amp) I must setting for 9 volts power with maximum output 300mW (with safe laser diode ). -Or you show me other best circuit Many thank you.

Question by lam 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Help with zener diodes? Answered

I'm trying to get a better grasp on how to use a zener diode. I have plenty of information about what they do (allow current to flow one way until the voltage is high enough, then reverse the flow), how they work and even how they are made, but finding basic information about how to use it is harder. I am trying to connect a Keyboard Encoder to an Arduino. The Encoder runs on 3.5v and the Arduino runs on 5v. When a pin on the Encoder is connected to ground it outputs a keystroke to the computer. I have an Arduino pin set to HIGH (5v) as normal and under some conditions it changes briefly to LOW (ground) which is when I want the Encoder to output to the PC, and then back to HIGH (5v) again. To protect the encoder from the higher voltage coming from the Arduino I think I need to use a zener diode. If my understanding is correct it should work as described in the diagram. When the Arduino pin is High (5v) the Encoder reads as 3.5v and any voltage over 3.5v is drained to ground rather than pushing against the Encoder. No keystroke is passed. When the Arduino pin is LOW (0v) the Encoder reads 0v, the zener diode adds resistance and voltage runs to the Arduino. The Encoder sends a keystroke to the PC. My main concern is that once the voltage is over the 3.5v all of the power will drain to ground rather than maintaining the 3.5v before the zenner diode. I can't find anywhere which will tell me either way. If you need more information on my set up please let me know. I'm really struggling to get my head around this! Thanks!

Question by RandomIdeaMan 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Mosfets and zener diodes?

Backstory: I'm in the middle of modifying an ac welder to dc and plan on doing my first ibble using it as the topic.   Sorry for writing a book here,  I didn't want to be too vague and just confuse everyone.  I have most of the parts for the DC power supply,  I'll be using a bridge rectifier,  and LC filter consisting of 4x22000uF 63v caps, and a self wrapped torroid inductor.  It'll also have a bleeder resistor if some undetermined resistance. I'll be adding the rectifier to the secondary output,  and adding the caps in parallel with the gun and work leads,  and adding the inductor to the work lead.  It occurred to me today that by making this mod,  the gun tip will be hot for some time until the caps are drained by the resistor.  It's not the end of the world,  but I'd like to see if I can figure out a way to mitigate it with your help.  In its current state,  the trigger on the gun closes a circuit which contains a relay.   That relay closes the circuit on the primary coil of the main transformer,  and starts producing the stepped down ac voltage for welding..  I want to do 3 things: 1. Initiate a short across the relay supply to the relay drain and closing the transformer circuit until the caps reach a certain voltage. (Nice to have but not critical) 2. Insert a switch between the caps and the gun, it should be closed when the relay is closed (must have) 3. If I can get both of those working,  I can have the bleeder resistor on an open circuit while the welder is on,  and close it when is turned off to start bleeding the caps. I think all three of these can be done with some combination of resistors and transistors.  For the cold tip,  can I use a mosfet?  FDP030N06-ND looks pretty close. The ac supply is 38v 60A(low) or 19v 120a(high), I expect the dc to be close.   The caps I have are 63v though.  Will the extra few volts burn out the transistor since it's only rated for 60v? I know nothing about zener diodes,  but was reading that they should be used to protect the mosfet from back voltage caused by induction in the circuit. How do I size it? For charging the caps,  I believe I can tap the main power to a transistor which classes a circuit bridging the -/+ of the caps, with a resistor to only allow voltage to pass once it reaches a certain potential. If there is enough voltage it would trigger the gate on a transistor and close the short across the transformer relay.  Would this work,  am I over simplify ing it? Last,  to drain the caps when power is off,  I think I can use a transistor to be open while the main power is on,  and close when the power is shut off, letting the bleed resistor is doing is job.   Do they work like this?  What type would it be that is normally closed,  and opened when the gate is powered?  I'll see if I can create a circuit diagram and attach tomorrow,  but please bear with me,  I'm a total noob to electronics, it may be pretty bad.   

Question by DonaldF9 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Does a zener diode work the same as a rectifying diode? Answered

I am making a solar charger and I can only find zener diodes and the voltage and amps I need, do they work the same as a rectifying diode? Thank You!

Question by JaredsProjects 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Low Voltage Disconnect diode anyone please help. Answered

Dear Fella's I'm having problem with my Solar Panel charger, because I made a solar charger but in times of bad weather, my battery charge keeps losing out. I have known about the function of the LOW VOLTAGE DISCONNECT which requires a particular diode or something that has  to be connected to the panel in series towards the battery charger. Can anyone please help me find out what particular diode should I use in order for me to have the LVD function. Guys your help would mean a lot for my experiment and hopefully I could post it here as soon as it is done. Thanks in advance...

Question by mitchiko 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


I am looking for a great good book about wiring small electronics and appliances

Does anyone know what book I can get?

Question by commercial free 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can you power an LED diode using headphone wiring?

If I were to cut up a pair of headphones for the wiring, would I be able to us them to power an LED diode and connecting one end of the chopped off wiring to the LED and the other to a 9V battery. Would it work? 

Question by ViktorS16 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Can you connect low rated high voltage diodes so they = to the high voltage power supply? Answered

If you have a high voltage diode that is rated to low for your power supply, can you conect several of them to mach your power supply. For example take 5 5kv diodes and connect them to make a 25kv diode.

Question by electricfan 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wanted: very simple project

Hello. I'm biginner and I need very very simple project, I mean the simplest possible.  I need to make something in digital electronics, something using protoboard and some diodes, transistors and resistors and use that to make something useful but very simple... can you please think of something that is so simple and let me know? I will pay

Topic by dario1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Circuit Design Help: LED Circuit that can be powered if positive and negative are reversed? Answered

Hi there, I am looking to design a circuit with: • Has 10 LEDs               o 5 LEDs in Series, with two of these sets connected in parallel. • I want the capability of the LED array to illuminate if one end of the PCB is powered by the positive and the other end is in contact with the negative.  And vice-versa, meaning the first end is now touching negative with the other end in contact with positive.                o I was told that I can use diodes, but I’m not sure by what configuration. I've attached something I've found online.  Will this work?  if so, can you provide an explanation of how it works?

Question by ThompsonGenie 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 weeks ago


I want to convert 220V AC (From my home socket) to DC Current.

Actually, I want to make a Coil Gun for which I require high Current and EMF. So, I went online looking for step-up generators but they are too expensive! So, I thought that why not convert my home output (220V AC) to DC and use it. Please tell me how to make a circuit that converts 220VAC to 220VDC and what components are required. I currently have the following components: 1. Capacitor: 350SV 160uF 2. 1N4007 Rectifier Diodes x10 3. AC Capacitor 250V 1.1uF And I have many more components such as transistors, capacitors, etc. I'll try to get the components that you tell me to, But please help me!!

Question by IshaanP5 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


How to connect 10 lights or LED's in sequence having all lights on when the switch reaches 10?

I want to construct a panel with a 10-position rotary switch that lights a vertical column of lights or LED's.  At position 1 the bottom light is on, at position 2 both lights 1 and 2 are on. At position 8, lights 1 through 8 are all on until at position 10 all 10 light are on.  The bottom lights will be green... then middle lights yellow, and finally red lights at the top.  I was going to use LED's but for 10 it seems I may need 24v supply?  If I use 6-volt lamps, maybe I can get then to stay on with a 6-volt lantern battery or 9v battery ?  Can I simply use a rotary switch and blocking diodes to keep the next light from coming on too soon?  This is such a simple idea but I have not found a simple solution yet - any help will be very much appreciated.

Question by DaveG3 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Solar panel diode and battery ? Answered

Hello, I have 5V solar panel which will charge my 18650 3400mah Panasonic 3.7V battery. I will use Voltage step up to 5V and I don't know which diode should I use between panel battery? I have all these diodes. IN4148 Diodes IN4007 Diodes  IN5819 Diodes IN5399 Diodes  FR107 Diodes  FR207 Diodes IN5408 Diodes IN5822 Diodes

Question by muratm7 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Laser scanner laser diode

Can I extract a laser diode from a scanner. If so will it be as strong a if I got one from a DVD burner/player?

Topic by laserblast 10 years ago


Problems with Laser Module Diode

So I have a 5mw laser diode module that I am trying to get open so that I can install a 250 mw diode in its place. Problem is, the diode won't come out, the manufacturer glued it in, and I keep buying new modules from different sellers only to find inexplicably the stupid diode backing slathered in glue. Is there a way of getting this thing out? I don't care if the diode is broken, I don't need it, but I want the driver intact.

Topic by thedonquixotic 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Do I need a diode? Answered

I am wiring 8x 5 mw lasers in parallel, powered by a 3.7v Li-Ion rechargeable battery. I was told that I would need a diode, specifically a 1n4001 diode to regulate polarity. I know what a diode does in theory (control the direction of electron flow), but I'm not 100% where in the circuit the diode needs to go. I'm assuming it goes between the positive battery lead and the output devices. Can someone clarify?

Question by h4xs4w 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Diode recovery time question? Answered

Hello, I have a little question about regular diodes. I know that when we connect a high frequency signal to a diode (in series with a resistor), that diode won't fully cut off the current as soon as the voltage becomes negative. (see picture) But what happens if we're not working on high frequencies, but we do create the same negative flank like in the picture? (so just the same as half the cycle of that high frequency signal, but we only do it once?) will the diode still have that same recovery time if the signal goes from positive to negative Very quickly? if that is so, that means that every regular diode fails at blocking a negative voltage pulse? Greetings, Electorials

Question by DELETED_Electorials 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Laser diode driver question

I'm planning on building an on building an IR light source for a DIY night vision setup. to do thus I'm using a 300 mw IR laser diode. the diode needs to be powered by 2.2 volts. I'll be using a LM317T to adjust to voltage but my question lies in the current needed. I'm familiar with powering LED's but not with diodes. since the power is 300 mw and the voltage is 2.2 V would i be powering it using about 130 mA? in addition to that how would I achieve this? I know the LM317 can be used as a current regulator but how is this done? any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Question by senortaco 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Determining values for zener diode

Hi guys, I am quite noob in electronics. I would like to know how to determine resistors and zener diodes values for a battery life indicator similar to this :https://www.instructables.com/id/9v-battery-status-indicator-circuit/ And if I want to use a battery source of 1.5V, how will the values change? Thanks!

Topic by kurtselva 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Firmware for RAMPS without diode? Answered

HI. I have already lost an Arduino. So I want to remove the D1 diode in my RAMPS 1.4 to protect the Arduino Mega from over voltage.Can  I run the printer powering the arduino from my laptop's usb? Also do I need to change anything in the firmware for this? I am using the sprinter firmware. 

Question by SowmenD 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Diode for world's smallest shocker

Does it matter what type of diode is used to make a small electric shocker because on the tutorial I found they use one from a camera but I'm just buying/using parts I already have 

Question by Divergence 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Help me read this diode!

Hey guys, I just tested a few diodes and they all seem to be blown (reading 5Mega Ohms in forward bias direction) I was able to find the part numbers for all but one. The one in question only shows the following on it: "4.3A  3A" The 4.3A is in slightly larger font than the 3A Does anyone have any idea what this could mean? This one gives me NO resistance value at all. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Topic by daveman2010 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Zener diode Regulator Assy

I am in need of assitance for assembly instructions for building a 5V power supply from a 12v power supply using axial components. I am not sure of the orientation & solder method of components. Thanks for any help. MCD

Topic by mcoanarmen 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Choosing the right zener diode? Answered

Hi Guys, I want to make a power bank kind of thing that can charge my laptop. Its not at all efficient and a powerbank or rechargable batteries would be better but its a challenge kinda thing. Due to my research I found out that zener diodes can not only prevent backflow but also limit the current. So I was wondering if you guys could help me choose a zener diode. I have attached a picture of the schematics. Please don't comment saying that its not efficient and stuff, I know that. ( Extra info: laptop requires 20 volts 2 amps) Thanks in advance :). -Prickly Potato

Question by The Prickly Potato 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Diode laser cutting capabilities??

Hey guys, Im starting to build a 2 axis CNC for a laser. I was going to try the DVD burner laser and just cut through some paper for now but im wondering what the capabilities of the higher wattage lasers are. I know there are several 1-2+ watt lasers on ebay, what could they mange to cut through? Could I cleanly cut cardboard? What about vinyl for making stuff like decals and stickers? Im wondering if spending the extra money on a better laser would be beneficial or not so if anyone has some good comparisons or ideas let me know. Im on a tight budget for this build so a co2 laser is WAY out of the question. This is my first CNC build so its mainly to learn but the more capabilities of the CNC the better.

Topic by jdavis-9 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


what is a diode and how is it used in electronics ? Answered

I recently salvaged a motherload of switches and other random electrical parts from a broken dvd player. i found a black cilinder with a silver band painted around it. i went online and found out its a diode but it did not clarify what its function is to a extent that a less experienced person would understand it just tell me what does it do and whats it used in (put it in lamens terms so i can get a good understanding)

Question by albylovesscience 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What type of capacitors for Voltage Multiplier Circuit?

I want to make a voltage mutiplier circuit to get 30kV+ DC from 12kV AC, I'm not sure what type of capacitors to get or diodes. Also how many times does it multiply the voltage, for each set of 2 diodes and 2 capacitors

Question by JunaidA44 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago