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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RS Stock No. 253-780
Mfr. Part No.E-202
BrandSEMITEC
$2.426
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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. 779-9615
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
$6.955
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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. 145-0208
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
$4.624
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. 253-825
Mfr. Part No.E-562
BrandSEMITEC
$2.042
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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. 168-9536
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-120QP1-7
$0.582
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Single - 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 170-4833
Mfr. Part No.PSSI2021SAY,115
BrandNexperia
$0.211
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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. 253-847
Mfr. Part No.E-123
BrandSEMITEC
$3.076
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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
RS Stock No. 253-831
Mfr. Part No.E-822
BrandSEMITEC
$1.688
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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. 156-5698
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ETS8#TRMPBF
$5.126
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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. 465-0003
Mfr. Part No.E-103
BrandSEMITEC
$2.426
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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. 824-6831
Mfr. Part No.LM334SM/NOPB
$4.316
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Single - 1 40V - - Surface Mount SOIC 8 5 x 4 x 1.5mm 5mm 4mm 1.5mm +70 °C
RS Stock No. 170-5384
Mfr. Part No.PSSI2021SAY,115
BrandNexperia
$0.537
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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. 858-0898
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ETS8#TRMPBF
$6.898
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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. 253-746
Mfr. Part No.E-501
BrandSEMITEC
$2.93
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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. 693-4013
Mfr. Part No.S-153T
BrandSEMITEC
$0.551
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Single 18mA 1 50V - 4.3V Surface Mount SMD 2 2.6 x 1.6 x 0.7mm 2.6mm 1.6mm 0.7mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 168-9550
Mfr. Part No.BCR421UW6Q-7
$0.314
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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. 920-0060
Mfr. Part No.LT3092IST#PBF
$5.126
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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. 168-9539
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-30QP1-7
$0.515
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Single - 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 253-819
Mfr. Part No.E-452
BrandSEMITEC
$1.932
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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. 133-3334
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-30QP1-7
$0.59
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Single - 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
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