Constant Current Diodes

A constant current diode, also called a current limiting diode (CLD), is an electronic device that regulates or limits current to a maximum value. This is important as it protects your circuit from harmful effects in the event of a short-circuit.

How do constant current diodes work?

Constant current diodes are made from a junction field effect transistor, the simplest type of three-terminal semiconductor transistor which functions like a current limiter. They allow the current running through them to rise to a certain point and level off at a specific value. Unlike zener diodesconstant current diodes maintain a constant current instead of the constant voltage.

Applications for constant current diodes

Constant current diodes can be used in several circuit applications. Examples of devices using constant current diodes include waveform generator circuits, timing circuits and battery chargers. Constant current diodes can also be used as a constant current source for LED driversand can be used to replace holding coils in telephone connection devices.


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Description Price Diode Configuration Maximum Regulator Current Number of Elements per Chip Maximum Peak Operating Voltage Minimum Dynamic Impedance Maximum Limiting Voltage Mounting Type Package Type Pin Count Dimensions Length Width Height Maximum Operating Temperature
RS Stock No. 145-0208
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
MYR13.56
Each (In a Tube of 78)
units
Single - 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-223 3 + Tab 6.71 x 3.71 x 1.8mm 6.71mm 3.71mm 1.8mm +125 °C
RS Stock No. 779-9615
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
MYR17.505
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
Single - 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-223 3 + Tab 6.71 x 3.71 x 1.8mm 6.71mm 3.71mm 1.8mm +125 °C
RS Stock No. 535-9098
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
MYR1.966
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single 10mA 1 40V - - Through Hole TO-92 3 5.2 x 4.19 x 5.2mm 5.2mm 4.19mm 5.2mm +70 °C
RS Stock No. 121-8833
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
MYR3.224
Each (In a Box of 1800)
units
Single - 1 40V - - Through Hole TO-92 3 5.2 x 4.19 x 5.2mm 5.2mm 4.19mm 5.2mm +70 °C
RS Stock No. 461-9434
Mfr. Part No.REF200AU
MYR35.71
Each
units
Complex Array - 3 - - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 4.9 x 3.91 x 1.58mm 4.9mm 3.91mm 1.58mm +85 °C
RS Stock No. 253-730
Mfr. Part No.E-301
BrandSEMITEC
MYR9.262
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 100V 4MΩ 0.8V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 253-746
Mfr. Part No.E-501
BrandSEMITEC
MYR9.262
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 100V 2MΩ 1.1V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 253-796
Mfr. Part No.E-272
BrandSEMITEC
MYR9.262
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 100V 0.15MΩ 2.7V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 822-5869
Mfr. Part No.LT3092IST#PBF
MYR19.32
Each (In a Pack of 2)
units
Single - 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-223 3 + Tab 6.71 x 3.71 x 1.6984mm 6.71mm 3.71mm 1.698mm +125 °C
RS Stock No. 920-0060
Mfr. Part No.LT3092IST#PBF
MYR15.348
Each (In a Tube of 78)
units
Single - 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-223 3 + Tab 6.71 x 3.71 x 1.6984mm 6.71mm 3.71mm 1.698mm +125 °C
RS Stock No. 826-9288
Mfr. Part No.BCR410WH6327XTSA1
BrandInfineon
MYR0.507
Each (In a Pack of 100)
units
Single - 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-343 4 2 x 1.25 x 0.8mm 2mm 1.25mm 0.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 165-5616
Mfr. Part No.BCR410WH6327XTSA1
BrandInfineon
MYR0.498
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
Single - 1 - - - Surface Mount SOT-343 4 2 x 1.25 x 0.8mm 2mm 1.25mm 0.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 253-768
Mfr. Part No.E-102
BrandSEMITEC
MYR9.262
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 100V 0.65MΩ 1.7V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 693-4025
Mfr. Part No.S-562T
BrandSEMITEC
MYR9.143
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
Single 6.5mA 1 100V - 4.5V Surface Mount SMD 2 2.6 x 1.6 x 0.7mm 2.6mm 1.6mm 0.7mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 253-825
Mfr. Part No.E-562
BrandSEMITEC
MYR9.262
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 100V 0.04MΩ 4.5V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 693-4022
Mfr. Part No.S-183T
BrandSEMITEC
MYR4.76
Each (In a Pack of 10)
units
Single 20mA 1 40V - 4.6V Surface Mount SMD 2 2.6 x 1.6 x 0.7mm 2.6mm 1.6mm 0.7mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 761-8627
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ITS8#TRMPBF
MYR19.36
Each
units
Single - 1 40V - - Surface Mount SOT-23 8 2.9 x 1.75 x 0.9mm 2.9mm 1.75mm 0.9mm +125 °C
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RS Stock No. 197-7487
Mfr. Part No.REF200AU
MYR40.71
Each
units
Single 100µA 3 40V 500MΩ 40V - SOIC 8 - - - - -
RS Stock No. 465-0003
Mfr. Part No.E-103
BrandSEMITEC
MYR9.262
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 30V 0.17MΩ 3.5V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 155-7505
Mfr. Part No.LT3092IDD#PBF
MYR14.161
Each (In a Tube of 121)
units
Single - 1 - - - Surface Mount DFN 8 3 x 3 x 0.75mm 3mm 3mm 0.75mm +125 °C
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