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Pchannel FET circuit trouble

Title basically says it all

Postby felixcollins » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:00 am

I have a circuit that is designed to turn on an LED when a battery is removed. When signal is connected to 4v, Vgs is approx 0V so fet is off. When signal is NC, 10MOhm pulls Gate to ground, Vgs is -4V and fet turns on. Led is between Drain and ground.

  signal(4v or NC)             power (4v)          |                            |          |                      S     |          |             pfet --------           ----------------{          |              G   ----- >|-----     10 MOhm                D      led    |          |                              |          |                           30 Ohm               |                              |----------------------------------------ground (0v)

Please excuse the ASCII art. The problem I have is that the fet stays on regardless of the state of signal (gate). The fet in question is an IRLML6402TR.

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

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Postby anneo » Tue Feb 01, 2011 12:00 am

Circuit looks ok.
Short g to s ,LED goes off : batt. too low.
LED doesn't go off :fet mouted the wrong way (s and d inverted) or dead
Also some solder in the wrong place not inpossible
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Postby felixcollins » Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:00 am

Turns out I had the leads plugged into the benchtop power supply around the wrong way! Arrrgh! Obviously the LED was hooked up wrong too. LOL.
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