Keeping voltage above 3.7 Volt with an lipo

by Phase Xavier   Last Updated January 11, 2019 11:25 AM

iam driving an Audio Amplifier with an 3.7V lipo.

With an Latching circuit in front.

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The problem is, that when iam turning up the Volume, the Voltage drops under 3.7 volt(especially on bass) and the Amplifier turn off for a couple ms.

The Amplifier accepts 3.7 - 5 Volt.

What is the simpleest way to keep it above 3.7 Volt? (i think that is the problem)

I think it needs some sort of voltage regulator.

When i plug in the lipo direct into the Amplifier(without the latching circuit) i can turn up the volume to max. But only as long the Lipo is nearly fully charged.

Thanks .

Tags : voltage ldo

Answers 1

As has been mentioned in the comments, your issue is that the voltage is dropping due to load and the battery voltage dropping.

As your amplifier can take 3.7-5V, and you want it to operate off a battery, you're options are either to change the battery, or change the load.

You could do a new battery set up, using two cells in series to have a voltage of 5-8V ish (depending on cells chosen). then use a buck converter (LDO if you want to keep it as simple as possible) to keep voltage around 4V. This would be the easiest, and probably best method.

Or you could use current battery with a boost converter, to boost the voltage to a constant 4V or so. Assuming the battery can provide the power, and your boost converter is good enough, this will do the job cheaper than the first option. But this is more complicated and more to go wrong. Designing a good boost converter for a sensitive circuit (such as audio) is a bit tricky.

Or you could limit the load by reducing your volume limit, using lower power amplifier and speaker set up. Which you clearly don't want to do as you're asking this question.

January 11, 2019 10:54 AM

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