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Help with 700ma LED driver Ckt

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samboy2005

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hi Guys .
I have to design a circuit that would drive a 3.2 Volt LED @ 700ma from a 4.8Volt NiMh battrey Pack for atleast 5 hours , doing the math i think min. battrey capacity needed would be 4000mAH .
But the problem is driving the LED at a constant current of 700ma as the voltage drops down .

Can anyone help please??

Thanks
 

mramos1

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That is some LED to pull almost 3/4 of an amp. What is it being used for. Can you pulse the LED to extend the battery life?

Can you provide more details.
 

Hero999

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Are you sure it's designed to run at 700mA continuously or is that just the absolute maximum rating?

Obviously the LED will need a heatsink.

I'd recommend a switched mode power supply, even if it's a simple open-loop design. Using four 4000mAh C cells and an 80% efficient switching regulator it should last about 7 hours.
 
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