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Old 10th October 2010, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default Sanity check on B+ regulator

Hello,

Before blowing stuff into little pieces, I'm going to ask before building... is the following regulator ok (nothing new here, it's a well known tubecad design) ? The only real change is the replacement of the TIP50 by a TIP152 (400V darlington with hfe of 200, see datasheet: http://www.datasheetcatalog.org/data...pec/TIP151.pdf ). The 40uF caps are mkp.

It will be placed after a 330-0-330, 85mA transformer and an EZ81, to provide 70mA@300VDC (headphones amplifier).

Thanks in advance for any comment.
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Old 10th October 2010, 02:30 PM   #2
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Won't you have about 430v after that EZ81 ? ( (330 x 1.41) - the rectifie voltage drop)
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You're right. Under a 85m load, the xformer actually gave 415V. However, I'll add 100ohms resistors in serie with the plates of the EZ81 and that should drop quite a lot of voltage (there were none in the scope I've pulled it from). I'll also add a RC filter to get to 360V, whose value will depend on the actual voltages I'll get.
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The voltage will still be high until the load begins to draw current. You might be better off installing a bucking transformer on the primary of your power transformer.
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Old 10th October 2010, 04:04 PM   #5
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A cheaper way is to use a string of 4 100V/5W zener after the RC cell. They'll pull the voltage down at startup and will then sit completly out of the way afterwards.

I still wonder how bad that would be, considering the slow warm up of the rectifiers.
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