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
$4.016
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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. 145-0208
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
$4.759
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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
$7.57
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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. 121-8833
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
$0.666
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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. 921-6813
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-6/NOPB
$1.152
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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 +100 °C
RS Stock No. 253-825
Mfr. Part No.E-562
BrandSEMITEC
$4.016
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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. 761-5476
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-6/NOPB
$2.45
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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. 535-9098
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
$1.508
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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. 693-4022
Mfr. Part No.S-183T
BrandSEMITEC
$3.96
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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. 253-724
Mfr. Part No.E-101
BrandSEMITEC
$3.884
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Single - 1 100V 6MΩ 0.5V 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
$4.016
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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. 121-8832
Mfr. Part No.LM334M/NOPB
$1.51
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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. 464-5326
Mfr. Part No.E-153
BrandSEMITEC
$4.016
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Single - 1 25V 0.03MΩ 4.3V 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
$0.667
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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. 693-4025
Mfr. Part No.S-562T
BrandSEMITEC
$3.96
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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. 168-9539
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-30QP1-7
$0.51
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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. 253-768
Mfr. Part No.E-102
BrandSEMITEC
$3.918
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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. 858-0898
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ETS8#TRMPBF
$8.254
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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. 170-5384
Mfr. Part No.PSSI2021SAY,115
BrandNexperia
$0.58
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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
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Mfr. Part No.REF200AU
$13.32
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Single 100µA 3 40V 500MΩ 40V - SOIC 8 - - - - -
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