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5V Regulation

Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:59 am

I just wanted to make sure this setup is safe before I try it.

Using a pack of 8 alkaline batteries (12V) or 8 NiMh Batteries (9.6V), and a 5V regulator, probably with a heatsink:


I've heard some people say you should add capacitors, but some places say you don't have to. Is it necessary in this case?
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Re: 5V Regulation

Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:29 am

I would use the 9.6 V batteries if you can because not as much power is wasted as heat.
The 7805 efficiency drops off dramatically at higher input voltages.
You probably don't need capacitors if using batteries.

I would look into using switching or 'buck' type regulator instead.
Kind of expensive but you won't need a heat sink and your batteries will last way longer.
Efficiency is nearly the same in relation to the input voltage so higher input voltages don't matter nearly as much.
They also typically have a lower dropout voltage.

Here is one example of a completely self contained 'buck' type switching regulator:

5V version:

or adjustable version:
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Re: 5V Regulation

Tue Feb 19, 2013 7:48 am

Few months back, I had tried to power the pi from a battery using step down method. I never could complete the project. But here are few details on it.
LM317 and 7805 are old linear ICs and their efficiency is very low, they get heated up very fast.
LM2596S-ADJ (switching regulator IC) would be the best choice. (original discussion here http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 63&t=26532)
You also get ready made DC to DC Step Down Adjustable Power Supply Module using LM2596S such as this one http://fabtolab.com/index.php?route=pro ... uct_id=142. Its very cheap.
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