Step-Down Voltage Regulators

Switching buck converters reduce an input voltage to a lower, regulated voltage much more efficiently than linear regulators. For quick comparison, the following table shows some of the key stats for the regulators in this category. Newer products are at the top of the table and are generally preferred:

Newer and preferred products

Regulator Output voltage (V) Max output current Max input voltage Typical efficiency Size Price
D24V150Fx family 3.3, 5, 6, 7.5, 9, 12 15 A 40 V 80% – 95% 1.25″ × 1.7″ $39.95
#2851: D24V50F5 5 5 A 38 V 85% – 95% 0.7″ × 0.8″ $14.95
D24V22Fx family 3.3, 5, 6, 7.5, 9, 12 2.2 – 2.6 A 36 V 85% – 95% 0.7″ × 0.7″ $8.95 to $9.95
#2866: D24V90F5 5 9 A 38 V 80% – 95% 0.8″ × 1.6″ $27.95
#2865: D24V60F5 5 6 A 38 V 80% – 95% 0.8″ × 1.6″ $19.95
D24V10Fx family 3.3, 5, 6, 9, 12 1 A 36 V 80% – 95% 0.5″ × 0.7″ $7.49
D24V5Fx family 1.8, 2.5, 3.3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 15 0.5 A 36 V 75% – 95% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $4.95
D36V6x family 3.3, 5, 6, 9, 12, 15
2.5 – 7.5
4 – 25
0.6 A 50 V 60% – 95% 0.4″ × 0.5″
0.4″ × 0.6″
0.4″ × 0.6″
$4.95 to $6.95


Older products (generally not recommended for new design)

Regulator Output voltage (V) Max output current Max input voltage Typical efficiency Size Price
#2849: D24V25F3 3.3 V 2.5 A 38 V 80% – 95% 0.7″ × 0.7″ $10.95
#2850: D24V25F5 5 V 2.5 A 38 V 85% – 95% 0.7″ × 0.7″ $10.95
#2852: D24V25F6 6 V 2.5 A 38 V 85% – 95% 0.7″ × 0.7″ $11.95
#2853: D24V25F7 7.5 V 2.5 A 38 V 85% – 95% 0.7″ × 0.7″ $11.95
#2854: D24V25F9 9 V 2.5 A 38 V 85% – 95% 0.7″ × 0.7″ $11.95
#2097: D24V3F3 3.3 V 0.3 A 42 V 80% – 90% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $3.95
#2098: D24V3F5 5 V 0.3 A 42 V 80% – 90% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $3.95
#2099: D24V3F9 9 V 0.3 A 42 V 85% – 95% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $3.95
#2100: D24V3F12 12 V 0.3 A 42 V 85% – 95% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $3.95
#2106: D24V6F3 3.3 V 0.6 A 42 V 80% – 90% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $5.95
#2107: D24V6F5 5 V 0.6 A 42 V 80% – 90% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $5.95
#2108: D24V6F9 9 V 0.6 A 42 V 85% – 95% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $5.95
#2109: D24V6F12 12 V 0.6 A 42 V 90% – 95% 0.4″ × 0.5″ $5.95
#2103: D24V6ALV 2.5 V – 7.5 V 0.6 A 42 V 70% – 85% 0.4″ × 0.6″ $9.95
#2101: D24V3ALV 2.5 V – 7.5 V 0.3 A 42 V 70% – 85% 0.4″ × 0.6″ $7.95
#2104: D24V6AHV 4 V – 25 V 0.6 A 42 V 75% – 90% 0.4″ × 0.6″ $9.95
#2102: D24V3AHV 4 V – 25 V 0.3 A 42 V 75% – 90% 0.4″ × 0.6″ $7.95


Subcategories

These compact synchronous buck voltage regulators take input voltages up to 36 V and reduce them to a lower fixed output voltage while allowing for a maximum output current of 500 mA. They offer very high efficiency and very low dropout voltages.

This family of small switching step-down voltage regulators efficiently generates lower output voltages from input voltages as high as 50 V with a maximum current of 600 mA. They have low dropout voltages. Various fixed-voltage and adjustable-output versions are available.

These compact synchronous buck voltage regulators take input voltages up to 36 V and reduce them to a lower fixed output voltage while allowing for a maximum output current of 1 A. They offer very high efficiency and very low dropout voltages.

These compact synchronous, switching step-down voltage regulators generate lower output voltages from input voltages as high as 36 V. They offer typical efficiencies of 85% to 95% and continuous output currents over 2 A.

These powerful synchronous buck voltage regulators take input voltages up to 40 V and efficiently reduce them to a lower fixed output voltage while allowing for an available output current of around 15 A.


Products in category “Step-Down Voltage Regulators”

Pololu item #: 2851
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This small synchronous switching step-down (or buck) regulator takes an input voltage of up to 38 V and efficiently reduces it to 5 V. The board measures only 0.7″ × 0.8″, but it allows a typical continuous output current of up to 5 A. Typical efficiencies of 85% to 95% make this regulator well suited for high-power applications like powering motors or servos. High efficiencies are maintained at light loads by dynamically changing the switching frequency, and an optional shutdown pin enables a low-power state with a current draw of a few hundred microamps.

Pololu item #: 2866
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This synchronous switching step-down (or buck) regulator takes an input voltage of up to 38 V and efficiently reduces it to 5 V with an available output current of around 9 A. Typical efficiencies of 80% to 95% make this regulator well suited for higher-power applications like powering motors or servos, while high efficiencies are maintained at light loads by dynamically changing the switching frequency, and an optional shutdown pin enables a low-power state with a current draw of a few hundred microamps. The regulator’s output voltage setting can also be lowered by adding an external resistor.

Pololu item #: 2865
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This synchronous switching step-down (or buck) regulator takes an input voltage of up to 38 V and efficiently reduces it to 5 V with an available output current of around 6 A. Typical efficiencies of 80% to 95% make this regulator well suited for higher-power applications like powering motors or servos, while high efficiencies are maintained at light loads by dynamically changing the switching frequency, and an optional shutdown pin enables a low-power state with a current draw of a few hundred microamps. The regulator’s output voltage setting can also be lowered by adding an external resistor.

Pololu item #: 2849
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This small synchronous switching step-down (or buck) regulator takes an input voltage of up to 38 V and efficiently reduces it to 3.3 V. The board measures only 0.7″ × 0.7″, but it allows a typical continuous output current of up to 2.5 A. Typical efficiencies of 80% to 95% make this regulator well suited for powering moderate loads like sensors or small motors. High efficiencies are maintained at light loads by dynamically changing the switching frequency, and an optional shutdown pin enables a low-power state with a current draw of a few hundred microamps.

Pololu item #: 2850
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This small synchronous switching step-down (or buck) regulator takes an input voltage of up to 38 V and efficiently reduces it to 5 V. The board measures only 0.7″ × 0.7″, but it allows a typical continuous output current of up to 2.5 A. Typical efficiencies of 85% to 95% make this regulator well suited for powering moderate loads like sensors or small motors. High efficiencies are maintained at light loads by dynamically changing the switching frequency, and an optional shutdown pin enables a low-power state with a current draw of a few hundred microamps.

Pololu item #: 2852
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This small synchronous switching step-down (or buck) regulator takes an input voltage of up to 38 V and efficiently reduces it to 6 V. The board measures only 0.7″ × 0.7″, but it allows a typical continuous output current of up to 2.5 A. Typical efficiencies of 85% to 95% make this regulator well suited for powering moderate loads like sensors or small motors. High efficiencies are maintained at light loads by dynamically changing the switching frequency, and an optional shutdown pin enables a low-power state with a current draw of a few hundred microamps.

Pololu item #: 2853
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This small synchronous switching step-down (or buck) regulator takes an input voltage of up to 38 V and efficiently reduces it to 7.5 V. The board measures only 0.7″ × 0.7″, but it allows a typical continuous output current of up to 2.5 A. Typical efficiencies of 85% to 95% make this regulator well suited for powering moderate loads like sensors or small motors. High efficiencies are maintained at light loads by dynamically changing the switching frequency, and an optional shutdown pin enables a low-power state with a current draw of a few hundred microamps.

Pololu item #: 2854
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This small synchronous switching step-down (or buck) regulator takes an input voltage of up to 38 V and efficiently reduces it to 9 V. The board measures only 0.7″ × 0.7″, but it allows a typical continuous output current of up to 2.5 A. Typical efficiencies of 85% to 95% make this regulator well suited for powering moderate loads like sensors or small motors. High efficiencies are maintained at light loads by dynamically changing the switching frequency, and an optional shutdown pin enables a low-power state with a current draw of a few hundred microamps.

Pololu item #: 2097
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V3F3 switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 4.3 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to 3.3 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 300 mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2098
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V3F5 switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 7 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to 5 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 300 mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2099
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V3F9 switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 11 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to 9 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 300 mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2100
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V3F12 switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 14.5 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to 12 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 300 mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2106
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V6F3 switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 4.8 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to 3.3 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 600 mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2107
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V6F5 switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 7 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to 5 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 600 mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2108
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V6F9 switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 11.5 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to 9 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 600 mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2109
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.5″) D24V6F12 switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 15 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to 12 V while allowing for a maximum output current of 600 mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2103
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.6″) D24V6ALV switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 4.5 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to a lower, user-adjustable voltage. It has a output voltage range of 2.5 V to 7.5 V and a maximum output current of 600mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2101
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.6″) D24V3ALV switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 4.5 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to a lower, user-adjustable voltage. It has a output voltage range of 2.5 V to 7.5 V and a maximum output current of 300mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2104
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.6″) D24V6AHV switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 4.5 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to a lower, user-adjustable voltage. It has a output voltage range of 4 V to 25 V and a maximum output current of 600mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

Pololu item #: 2102
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The compact (0.4″ × 0.6″) D24V3AHV switching step-down (or buck) voltage regulator takes an input voltage between 4.5 V and 42 V and efficiently reduces it to a lower, user-adjustable voltage. It has a output voltage range of 4 V to 25 V and a maximum output current of 300mA. The pins have a 0.1″ spacing, making this board compatible with standard solderless breadboards and perfboards.

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