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Old 02-27-2010, 03:05 AM #1
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Default Can drivers be wired in together?

I am trying to double up my red for an rgb and curious to know if I can wire two drivers together in series, so as to be able to use a higher votage battery source, or in parallel, to be able to use just one battery source in general. The drivers I have came with a diy blue ebay kit and were designed to run off of a 9v. I have them running reds instead, with a 4.8v 150mAh Ni-MH battery, which is to small to run one for very long...let alone two. Can I run them both off of one 9v perhaps? Thanks in advance

Almost forgot...I have a 12mm pbs cube that will sit atop the aluminum standoff.
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Default Re: Can drivers be wired in together?

Are you simply talking about powering two drivers from one power source?

That's how I might do it. It really depends on the needs of the drivers you are using.

What kind of drivers are you using? Are they buck/boost? Or a linear setup?
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Running that thing without heat sinking the modules will result in overheating fast if you leave it on for any length of time.
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I am trying to double up my red for an rgb and curious to know if I can wire two drivers together in series, so as to be able to use a higher votage battery source, or in parallel, to be able to use just one battery source in general. The drivers I have came with a diy blue ebay kit and were designed to run off of a 9v. I have them running reds instead, with a 4.8v 150mAh Ni-MH battery, which is to small to run one for very long...let alone two. Can I run them both off of one 9v perhaps? Thanks in advance

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Yes, you can run them in parallel from a single source...

I have done this using a 7.4 volt LiPo battery. You will need at least that much voltage. But capacity is needed as well. That is why I went with the LiPo.

Those LM317 based drivers will take over 30 volts supply, but you only need about 7.5 for reds, or 9 for blu-ray.

If you have more voltage than you really need. The drivers will get hotter...
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