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. 121-8833
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
TWD12.30
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. 535-9098
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
TWD29.00
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. 779-9615
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
TWD151.50
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. 253-780
Mfr. Part No.E-202
BrandSEMITEC
TWD76.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 100V 0.25MΩ 2.3V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 693-4029
Mfr. Part No.L-1822
BrandSEMITEC
TWD152.00
1 Pack of 5
Pack(s)
- 22mA - 30V - 3.9V Through Hole - 2 10.5 x 4.1 x 9.8mm 10.5mm 4.1mm 9.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 165-8354
Mfr. Part No.AP2502KTR-G1
TWD4.30
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
Single - 1 6V - - Surface Mount SOT-23 6 3.02 x 1.7 x 1.3mm 3.02mm 1.7mm 1.3mm +85 °C
RS Stock No. 253-819
Mfr. Part No.E-452
BrandSEMITEC
TWD76.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 100V 0.07MΩ 3.7V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 921-0477
Mfr. Part No.AP2502KTR-G1
TWD12.40
Each (In a Pack of 30)
units
Single - 1 6V - - Surface Mount SOT-23 6 3.02 x 1.7 x 1.3mm 3.02mm 1.7mm 1.3mm +85 °C
RS Stock No. 253-803
Mfr. Part No.E-352
BrandSEMITEC
TWD76.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 100V 0.1MΩ 3.2V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 858-0898
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ETS8#TRMPBF
TWD141.40
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Single - 1 40V - - Surface Mount TSOT-23 8 2.9 x 1.75 x 0.9mm 2.9mm 1.75mm 0.9mm +125 °C
RS Stock No. 693-4025
Mfr. Part No.S-562T
BrandSEMITEC
TWD75.80
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. 919-9238
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ITS8TRMPBF
TWD89.30
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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
RS Stock No. 761-5472
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-3/NOPB
TWD91.40
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 40V - - Through Hole TO-92 3 5.2 x 4.19 x 5.2mm 5.2mm 4.19mm 5.2mm +100 °C
RS Stock No. 133-3345
Mfr. Part No.BCR421UW6Q-7
TWD11.10
Each (In a Pack of 20)
units
Single - 1 40V - - Surface Mount SOT-26 6 3.1 x 1.7 x 1.3mm 3.1mm 1.7mm 1.3mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 168-9536
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-120QP1-7
TWD7.50
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
units
Single - 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 253-746
Mfr. Part No.E-501
BrandSEMITEC
TWD76.80
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. 253-831
Mfr. Part No.E-822
BrandSEMITEC
TWD76.80
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 30V 0.32MΩ 3.1V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 921-6819
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-3/NOPB
TWD42.40
Each (On a Reel 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 +100 °C
RS Stock No. 253-796
Mfr. Part No.E-272
BrandSEMITEC
TWD76.80
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. 693-4022
Mfr. Part No.S-183T
BrandSEMITEC
TWD75.80
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