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Old 11-24-2008, 04:43 AM #1
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Default Need some help with driver

Okay, I have a little dilemma here; I want to run a case positive diode in a Kryton groove. I figured the easiest way would be to reverse the battery so that the kryton case will be positive.

The problem however is the driver; most drivers regulate the positive going into the diode and the negative simply goes to the Kryton case(negative). Would it be possible to use a normal DDL circuit or something? If not, are there any that will regulate through the negative side of the battery(a negative end regulator I believe they're called)?

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I am still thinking about it....
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Default Re: Need some help with driver

I think it might work if you made the DDL driver small enough ... im not sure though.....oh that post you made was smexy... ;D ;D ... if anyone would know it would be rog good luck
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Default Re: Need some help with driver

OK, I have come up with a plan Trouble is I do not own one of Kens hosts so this may not work.

The batteries go in the other way round and the drive circuit goes behind the clicky.... you will need to work out the contact to the case but the flashlight PCB.s usually have an outer ring that is press fitted to the body.
The clicky conection needs to connect between the pos battery pad and the input to the driver, I cannot believe that the easier "switch the output to the driver" would be safe.

You will need to add a capacitor discharge resister to avoid zapping the LD when you replace the batteries.......


Best I can come up with at the moment..... might work :

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Thanks for the input. I've considered putting the driver circuit behind the batteries but I'd like to try utilizing the space meant for the driver.
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Default Re: Need some help with driver

Would hooking up the driver up backwards and control the current returning to the battery work??

Say you hook the negative of the diode to the positive input to the driver where the battery positive would usually go. *Hook the driver positive output (where the diode + would usually be) to the negative of the battery. Plus of battery to case, + of diode to case, in - and out - of the driver to the case.

In my head it seems like this would work at least for a simple driver like ddl...What does someone more experienced think?... I guess it could be prototyped with a test load to see..
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Would hooking up the driver up backwards and control the current returning to the battery work??
Thanks! That's what I've been trying to say all along; just didn't know how to say it... No it probably wouldn't work. The LM317 only regulates the current going into the diode...
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[quote author=chopper link=1227505403/0#6 date=1227740251]Would hooking up the driver up backwards and control the current returning to the battery work??
Thanks! That's what I've been trying to say all along; just didn't know how to say it... No it probably wouldn't work. The LM317 only regulates the current going into the diode...[/quote]


This is true, but by regulating the current into the diode it is regulating the current through the entire circuit... so it might, *I'm just not an expert and haven't tried it. Though this would only have a possibility of working with a linear driver that does not require the load to be in the feedback portion of the circuit.
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Default Re: Need some help with driver

I ran simulation in Multisim and it seems to work for a DDL driver, but one or two changes must be made.

The reverse polarity protection diode (1N4001 labeled D1) must be switched in polarity from an original DDL circuit. *Also if you use a polarized electrolytic capacitor for C1 it too must be reversed to have the proper polarity. *Otherwise the simulation suggests that it would work fine.

In this circuit the LED and R4 are the dummy load with a 5v Vf on the LED. *XMM1 is a virtual voltmeter. *Remember the small side of the battery symbol is - and the big side is +. *I used 12V, 9V and 7.2V for tests.
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