Voltage multiplying solution
Jun 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM Thread Starter

#### Navyblue

I'd like to build a portable amplifier using 4x1.2V rechargeable AA. However 4.8 V is kind of low for supply voltage.

Please recommend me some sort of IC (or even discrete solution) that I can double or even quadruple my supply voltage yet small enough to fit into a mint tin? Or if possible I want to use 2xAA (2.4V) and multiply it by 10x.

Thanks.

Jun 28, 2008 at 12:28 PM

#### JamesL

I'm not very experienced, so I'm not going to try attempt the question, but wouldn't it be easier to use a rechargeable 9v battery?
They're basically made of 6 x 1.5v cells in series, and would also fit in a mint can.
You can't draw energy out of thin air, so you'd need to lower resistance or current somehow, and somehow, I don't think thats a good idea.

Jun 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

#### Navyblue

I am not drawing energy out if thin air, I use batteries.
Voltage doubling is a common thing in electronic.

Jun 28, 2008 at 12:39 PM

#### JamesL

Lol right... like i said, don't listen to me.
I'm pretty much only self-taught in electronics, so I'm not one to be saying anything. =x

Jun 28, 2008 at 12:48 PM

#### Navyblue

No problem
, I'm trying to self learn too, thanks to helpful community like this.

I think quite a few commercial amp does voltage doubling somewhere, especially those that uses lithium batteries (not very high voltage), but probably not in a way that I'm planning to do.

Jun 28, 2008 at 6:22 PM

#### Hardcoreckn

You might want to look into something called a "Boost Converter" / "DC to DC Converter" / "Step Up Converter". You'll most likely find stuff that can do 2x. 4x is pushing the bill.

Jun 28, 2008 at 7:42 PM

#### Navyblue

Jun 28, 2008 at 8:29 PM

how much current will you pull? too much and the batterys wont have the discharge rate to keep up with 24v.

Jun 29, 2008 at 1:37 AM

#### Navyblue

I don't know, it's most likely for a CMoy. I guess not a lot? Or depends on headphone being used?

Jun 29, 2008 at 7:28 AM

#### 00940

Maxim has tons of boost converters. See the table here : Maxim - Parametric Search - Product Table

At first sight, the MAX1790 seems to be what you're looking for. It will give 12V regulated with 3 or 4 AA batteries. It's switching at high frequency which is good in your application (the faster the better I'd say). For higher voltages, there's also the MAX1522. Of course, all that stuff comes in smd packages.

Jul 1, 2008 at 7:24 AM

#### error401

Most DC-DC converters are a bit of a pain for DIYers, which is why you don't see them too often around here (I presume).

That said, they're not that hard to apply if you read the datasheets carefully. National even has a web app that will help you design your power supply with their chips, including selecting external components for you. Pretty handy if you don't know how to choose the correct inductors and such.

The easiest solution I've seen is probably the TI DCP02 series - they come in DIP package, have versions that produce both +/-15 (or 12)V from a 5V source, and only require a couple caps for external components. They're a bit expensive, but it doesn't get any easier.

One thing to watch out for with any DC-DC converter is switching noise, which can often be quite bad. You may need to apply a strong low pass filter on the supply, or use a post regulator that rejects high frequency noise (ie. not the 78xx or 317). If your amp has good PSRR you might not need it.

Jul 1, 2008 at 12:08 PM