yes i am using capacitorsThis is an LT1086CT charging circuit with current limit, as I described above a one-off in a robot project I'm working on:
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Do you have suitable size decoupling capacitors at the regulator inputs and outputs? The data sheet examples are concepts and not always functional in themselves, you need to look at all the requirements.
Without the caps, the regulators can oscillate at high frequency and give what appear to be nonsensical voltages..
(There are some 0.1uF ceramic caps underneath that board, not just the visible electrolytics).
The limiting mechanism - pulling the adjust pin down - is the same in mine as Crutschow shows, but my circuit senses the positive input rather than negative as the ground is shared with other devices & I find this configuration more versatile.
A quick sketch without values or capacitors etc., just for the concept:
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