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Old 4th October 2009, 10:10 PM   #1
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Default LM3886 thermal pads/insulators

I did a search on this but came up more or less empty handed.... I prefer to use thermal pads on my projects and have searched high and low for thermal pads to fit these. They are TO-220-11 size. Although I realize I can go with the completely insulated version of the 3886 I still feel I prefer to use the metal tab version for a number of thermal reasons. What have all you chip amp builders been using for insulators or thermal pads???

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Old 5th October 2009, 02:34 AM   #2
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Mica. We get it cheap locally, and I cut a TO3 pad to size and separate the layers. One TO3 pad usually yields enough insulation for three chips
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Old 5th October 2009, 02:44 AM   #3
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Well, I don't kow where to get Mica around here locally although I know where there are a cople of abandoned Mica Mines out in the West Desert. I was thinking of Kapton insulation or Kapton tape... I know where to get both of those but I'm not sure of it's thermal characteristics... although it's an excellent insulator and very heat resistant. I wish Bergquist made thermal pads for these.... perhapos I'll call them tommrrow and inquire...

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have to cut a hole in the PAD..I've used successfully for LM3876
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Kapton tape is very good for semiconductor insulator use, in fact the only usual problem is its price. To cover an LM3886 you would need something like TO-264 sized pads.
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To cover an LM3886 you would need something like TO-264 sized pads.
NO !!!! the LM3886 is larger than To247
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Why don't you use the insulated LM3886TF? This package will work for most people.
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NO !!!! the LM3886 is larger than To247
jaycee reffered to TO264, which is actually bigger LM's package.
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Old 5th October 2009, 04:42 PM   #10
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I thought about just using the insulated version but I don't think the thermal transfer ability of plastic is all that good. I will just go the route of the Kapton since it is easily available... even WW Grainger stocks it. You can also get Kapton tape at just about any Powder Coating facility. Since it is extremely heat resistant they use it for masking off things to be powder coated.

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