This powerful synchronous switching step-up/step-down regulator from Pololu efficiently produces 5V from input voltages between 2.8V and 22V.
Its ability to convert both higher and lower input voltages makes it useful for applications where the power supply voltage can vary greatly, as with batteries that start above but discharge below 5V. The board measures 0.9″ × 0.9″, has a typical efficiency of 85% to 95% and can supply typical continuous output currents between 2A and 4A depending on the input voltage.
The regulator also features reverse voltage protection and an optional enable input that can be used to put the regulator in a low-power state with a current draw of less than 10 µA per volt on VIN.
During normal operation, this product can get hot enough to burn you. Take care when handling this product or other components connected to it.
The S13VxF5 Family
The S13VxF5 family of efficient switching regulators (also called switched-mode power supplies (SMPS) or DC-to-DC converters) use a buck-boost topology to convert both higher and lower input voltages to a regulated 5V output. They take input voltages from 2.8V to 22V and increase or decrease them as necessary, offering a typical efficiency of over 85% and typical continuous output currents between 1A and 3A.
The flexibility in input voltage offered by this family of regulators is especially well-suited for battery-powered applications in which the battery voltage begins above 5V and drops below as the battery discharges. Without the typical restriction on the battery voltage staying above the required voltage throughout its life, new battery packs and form factors can be considered.
The regulators have under-voltage lockout, output over-voltage protection, and over-current protection. A thermal shutdown feature also helps prevent damage from overheating and a soft-start feature limits the inrush current and gradually ramps the output voltage on startup. This larger 3A S13V30F5 has reverse-voltage protection up to 20V.
- Input voltage: 2.8V to 22V
- Output voltage: 5V with 3% accuracy
- Typical maximum continuous output current: 2 A to 4 A, depending on the input voltage (see the maximum continuous output current graph below)
- Typical efficiency of 85% to 95%, depending on input voltage and load (see the efficiency graph below)
- 10 mA to 20 mA typical no-load quiescent current (see the quiescent current graph below); can be reduced to 2 µA to 10 µA per volt on VIN by disabling the board
- Input under-voltage lockout and output over-voltage protection
- Soft-start feature limits inrush current and gradually ramps output voltage
- Integrated reverse-voltage protection up to 20 V, over-current protection, and over-temperature shutoff
- Fixed switching frequency of ~500 kHz
- Compact size: 0.9″ × 0.9″ × 0.38″ (22.9 mm × 22.9 mm × 9.7 mm); see the dimension diagram (294k pdf) for more information
- Two 0.086″ mounting holes for #2 or M2 screws
The step-up/step-down regulator has four connections: enable (EN), the input voltage (VIN), ground (GND), and output voltage (VOUT). The input voltage, VIN, powers the regulator. Voltages between 2.8V and 22V can be applied to VIN. VOUT is the regulated output voltage.
The regulator, which is enabled by default, can be put into a low-power sleep state by bringing the EN pin low. The rising threshold for the EN pin is between 1V and 1.2V, and the falling threshold is at most 160mV lower than that (i.e. the falling hysteresis is 160mV max). This allows a precise low-VIN cutoff to be set, such as with the output of an external voltage divider powered by VIN, which can be useful for battery-powered applications where draining the battery below a particular voltage threshold could permanently damage it. The quiescent current draw in sleep mode is dominated by the current in the 475kΩ pull-up resistor from ENABLE to VIN and in the reverse-voltage protection circuit, which altogether will be between 2µA and 10µA per volt on VIN.
The regulator has two sets of through-holes: five smaller holes arranged with a 0.1″ spacing along the edge of the board (for compatibility with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards and connectors that use a 0.1″ grid) and four larger holes intended for 3.5 mm-pitch terminal blocks. VIN, GND, and VOUT are available at both the smaller holes and larger holes, but EN is only available on the smaller row of through-holes.
The regulator includes a 5×1 straight male header strip and two 2-pin, 3.5 mm-pitch terminal blocks, and it can be assembled with either the header or terminal blocks, not both. The 0.1″ male header can be soldered into the smaller through-holes. Alternatively, the terminal blocks can be locked together and soldered into the larger holes to allow for convenient temporary connections of unterminated wires (see our short video on terminal block installation). You can also solder wires directly to the board for the most compact installation.
If the terminal blocks are used, a small wire (not included) can be soldered to the enable pin as shown below, so it will not interfere with the VIN terminal block connection.
The efficiency of a voltage regulator, defined as (Power out)/(Power in), is an important measure of its performance, especially when battery life or heat are concerns.
Maximum continuous output current
The maximum achievable output current of the regulator varies with the input voltage but also depends on other factors, including the ambient temperature, airflow, and heat sinking. The graph below shows the maximum output currents that the regulators in the S13VxF5 family can deliver continuously at room temperature in still air and without additional heat sinking.
The quiescent current is the current the regulator uses just to power itself, and the graph below shows this as a function of the input voltage. The module’s EN input can be driven low to put the board into a low-power state where it typically draws between 2 µA and 10 µA per volt on VIN.
Typically the quiescent current of the S13V30F5 is below 20 mA, but for input voltages between about 3V and 3.3V the quiescent current of some units can rise to near 100 mA. Keeping connections short and adding a capacitor of a few tens of microfarads greatly reduces this spike in quiescent current.
|Minimum operating voltage||2.8V|
|Maximum operating voltage||22V|
|Continuous output current||3A|
|Reverse voltage protection?||Y|
|Maximum quiescent current||100 mA|
|Output type||fixed 5V|
|Size||0.9″ × 0.9″ × 0.38″|