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Old 05-29-2012, 06:45 AM #1
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Default Help with an Lm317 driver design

Ok, I would love to get some help to make a driver to put out 380mA of current. I made a driver to run a LPC-815 diode that operated at 270mA but now I'd like to use an LPC-826 and I've read that they run at a higher current of about 380mA. What can I do to modify the circuit I have used to get the new desired output current? Here's my circuit on this "instructable":

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My LPC-815 worked with this build using two trustfire 14500's for quite some time until it just recently quit. (I'm not exactly sure why) but, I wanted to replace it with something similar but a tad different and I found that in the LPC-826. So, if I could get some pointers in the right direction on how to modify this circuit to get it to produce 380mA I'd be extremely grateful.

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You better use this link to read the theory behind the LM317. You can set the current by changing the resistance. The formula is 1.25/R=I

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Put a 3.3 ohm resistor or 3x 10ohm resistor
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Thank you. Of course there never really is a way to do something other than going through and actually knowing the theory. Thanks for the link!
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