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. 253-780
Mfr. Part No.E-202
BrandSEMITEC
$3.53
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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. 535-9098
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
$1.338
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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
$0.605
Each (In a Box of 1800)
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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. 693-4025
Mfr. Part No.S-562T
BrandSEMITEC
$1.656
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 465-0003
Mfr. Part No.E-103
BrandSEMITEC
$3.53
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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. 253-768
Mfr. Part No.E-102
BrandSEMITEC
$3.53
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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. 253-730
Mfr. Part No.E-301
BrandSEMITEC
$3.53
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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. 253-825
Mfr. Part No.E-562
BrandSEMITEC
$3.53
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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. 921-0477
Mfr. Part No.AP2502KTR-G1
$0.586
Each (In a Pack of 30)
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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
$0.205
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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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. 693-4022
Mfr. Part No.S-183T
BrandSEMITEC
$3.49
Each (In a Pack of 10)
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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. 253-819
Mfr. Part No.E-452
BrandSEMITEC
$3.53
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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. 461-9434
Mfr. Part No.REF200AU
$13.62
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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. 253-796
Mfr. Part No.E-272
BrandSEMITEC
$3.53
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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. 535-9082
Mfr. Part No.LM334M/NOPB
$1.58
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Single - 1 40V - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.45mm 4.9mm 3.9mm 1.45mm +70 °C
RS Stock No. 121-8832
Mfr. Part No.LM334M/NOPB
$1.36
Each (In a Tube of 95)
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Single - 1 40V - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 4.9 x 3.9 x 1.45mm 4.9mm 3.9mm 1.45mm +70 °C
RS Stock No. 145-0208
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
$4.297
Each (In a Tube of 78)
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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
$6.51
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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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. 253-803
Mfr. Part No.E-352
BrandSEMITEC
$3.53
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 761-8627
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ITS8#TRMPBF
$7.09
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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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