Overvoltage Protection for the LM317

Posted on Sep 3, 2012

This is an add-on Over Voltage Circuit for the LM317 Regulator Circuit submitted by Matthew Hewson. It is a voltage regulator that allows a 6v portable supply to be derived from the 12v car battery. You can add a 6.2V zener diode and a LED to warn you when the input supply is overvoltage. If you could find a relay that would operate from 6.2v right up to 12v that you could connect in such a way that if over voltage occurred, then the relay would automatically switch off the output preventing damage to any connected equipment.

Overvoltage Protection for the LM317
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Such a relay would be quite difficult to find, so I designed this, it is a simple two transistor circuit which will switch off the output should the voltage raise above 6.2v (this can be changed by selecting a different value of zener diode ). Double c

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