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 diodes constant 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 drivers and 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. 121-8833
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
£0.336
Each (In a Box of 1800)
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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. 535-9098
Mfr. Part No.LM334Z/NOPB
£0.714
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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. 921-6813
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-6/NOPB
£0.535
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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 +100 °C
RS Stock No. 761-5476
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-6/NOPB
£1.102
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Single 10mA 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. 779-9615
Mfr. Part No.LT3092EST#PBF
£3.36
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Single 200mA 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. 156-5698
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ETS8#TRMPBF
£1.959
Each (On a Reel of 500)
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Single 200mA 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. 535-9082
Mfr. Part No.LM334M/NOPB
£0.862
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Single 10mA 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
£0.894
Each (In a Tube of 95)
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Single 10mA 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. 858-0898
Mfr. Part No.LT3092ETS8#TRMPBF
£3.294
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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Single 200mA 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. 165-8354
Mfr. Part No.AP2502KTR-G1
£0.101
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. 921-0477
Mfr. Part No.AP2502KTR-G1
£0.29
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. 921-6819
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-3/NOPB
£1.173
Each (On a Reel of 1800)
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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 +100 °C
RS Stock No. 761-5472
Mfr. Part No.LM234Z-3/NOPB
£2.254
Each (In a Pack of 5)
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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 +100 °C
RS Stock No. 168-9540
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-50QP1-7
£0.161
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Single 50mA 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 133-3335
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-50QP1-7
£0.334
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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Single 50mA 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 168-9536
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-120QP1-7
£0.182
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Single 120mA 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 133-3331
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-120QP1-7
£0.367
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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Single 120mA 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 168-9539
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-30QP1-7
£0.161
Each (On a Reel of 3000)
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Single 30mA 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 133-3334
Mfr. Part No.AL5809-30QP1-7
£0.334
Each (In a Pack of 20)
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Single 30mA 1 60V - - Surface Mount PDI123 2 3 x 1.93 x 1mm 3mm 1.93mm 1mm +150 °C
RS Stock No. 822-5869
Mfr. Part No.LT3092IST#PBF
£3.62
Each (In a Pack of 2)
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Single 200mA 1 40V - - Surface Mount SOT-223 3 + Tab 6.71 x 3.71 x 1.6984mm 6.71mm 3.71mm 1.698mm +125 °C