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#570 MT3608 on a Breadboard

A quick breadboard test of the canonical MT3608 switch mode power supply boost converter circuit.

Build

Here’s a quick demo..

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Notes

The MT3608 (parts also produced as the B6286) is a very efficient boost converter that can deliver up to 24V at 4A. It requires only 6 external passive components, and is readily available as a complete module for as little as $0.40.

In this project, I’m simply building the standard variable converter circuit on a breadboard to verify its performance.

MT3608

  • 2V to 24V Input Voltage
  • 1.2MHz Fixed Switching Frequency
  • Internal 4A Switch Current Limit
  • Internal Compensation
  • Up to 28V Output Voltage
  • Automatic Pulse Frequency Modulation Mode at Light Loads
  • up to 97% Efficiency

MT3608_functional

Circuit Layout

The M3608 comes in a miniscule SOT23-6 package (0.95mm pin spacing). I’ve put it on a SOT23-10 DIP adapter board for use on a breadboard.

Supporting Component Selection

Inductor

The datasheet recommends a 4.7µH to 22µH inductor with low core loss at 1.2MHz. I’m using a 22µH CDRH104R SMD power inductor.

Filter Capacitors

22µF input and output ceramic capacitors are recommended. I’m using SMD 22µF ceramics mounted on a DIP adapter board.

Diode Selection

A low forward-voltage schottky diode is recommended. I’m using 1N5819 SMD mounted on a DIP adapter board.

Feedback Resistors

The feedback voltage-divider with two resistors establishes the output voltage level where Vref is 0.6V:

Vout = Vref * (1 + R1/R2)

I’m using R1 = 100kΩ variable resistor (“rheostat” wiring), and R2 = 2.2kΩ.

This give a theoretical maximum output voltage of 27.9V.

The theoretical minimum output voltage is 0.6V however in practice the lowest output voltage is limited to around 1 diode drop less than the input voltage, hence there is a bit of dead zone at the lower adjustment.

Note: some boards/schematics will wire the R1 variable resistor in a potentiometer configuration, with the wiper connected to the FB pin. The same principle applies, however the voltage divider calculations of course change.

Enable Pin Connection

I’ve chosen not to use this in this build, so it is pulled high to the input power rail (always enabled).

Construction

Breadboard

Schematic

Testing on a breadboard with 5V input and a panel meter to display the boosted output:

Breadboard Build

Credits and References

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