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. 779-9615
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
TWD141
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. 145-0208
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
TWD105
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. 253-780
Mfr. Part No.E-202
BrandSEMITEC
TWD29
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. 461-9434
Mfr. Part No.REF200AU
TWD210
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. 253-803
Mfr. Part No.E-352
BrandSEMITEC
TWD27
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. 921-0477
Mfr. Part No.AP2502KTR-G1
TWD6
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. 165-8354
Mfr. Part No.AP2502KTR-G1
TWD5
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. 693-4029
Mfr. Part No.L-1822
BrandSEMITEC
TWD152
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. 253-819
Mfr. Part No.E-452
BrandSEMITEC
TWD37
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. 761-5472
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-3/NOPB
TWD84
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. 170-5384
Mfr. Part No.PSSI2021SAY,115
BrandNexperia
TWD13
Each (In a Pack of 25)
units
Single 50mA 2 75V - 73V Surface Mount SC-88A 5 2.2 x 1.35 x 1mm 2.2mm 1.35mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 921-6813
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-6/NOPB
TWD19
Each (In a Tube 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. 253-825
Mfr. Part No.E-562
BrandSEMITEC
TWD37
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. 155-7505
Mfr. Part No.LT3092IDD#PBF
TWD108
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
RS Stock No. 761-5476
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-6/NOPB
TWD45
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 30V - - Through Hole TO-92 3 5.2 x 4.19 x 5.2mm 5.2mm 4.19mm 5.2mm +100 °C
RS Stock No. 156-5698
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ETS8#TRMPBF
TWD102
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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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. 822-5869
Mfr. Part No.LT3092IST#PBF
TWD118
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. 253-730
Mfr. Part No.E-301
BrandSEMITEC
TWD37
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. 921-6819
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-3/NOPB
TWD42
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. 253-847
Mfr. Part No.E-123
BrandSEMITEC
TWD37
Each (In a Pack of 5)
units
Single - 1 30V 0.08MΩ 3.8V Through Hole - 2 3.9 x 1.8 x 1.8mm 3.9mm 1.8mm 1.8mm +150 °C