1.4-7V, 3.4A Fine-Adjust Step-Down Voltage Regulator D30V30MAL

Pololu item #: 4873
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Price break Unit price (US$)
1 16.95
5 15.59
25 14.35
100 13.20

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Output voltage range Typical max current output1 Input voltage range2 Low-voltage cutoff
1.4 V – 7 V 3.4 A 3.3 V – 45 V none

1 Typical continuous output current at 30 V in and 3.3 V out. Actual achievable continuous output current is a function of input and output voltages and is limited by thermal dissipation. See the output current graph on the product page for more information.
2 Input voltage must be higher than the output voltage and is subject to dropout voltage considerations; see the dropout voltage section of product pages for more information.

Alternatives available with variations in these parameter(s): output type Select variant…

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The D30V3x line of synchronous buck (step-down) voltage regulators generates lower output voltages from input voltages as high as 45 V. They are switching regulators (also called switched-mode power supplies (SMPS) or DC-to-DC converters), which makes them much more efficient than linear voltage regulators, especially when the difference between the input and output voltage is large. These regulators can typically support continuous output currents between 1 A and 4.5 A, depending on the input voltage and output voltage. In general, the available output current decreases as the input and output voltages increase.

D30V3x line of step-down voltage regulators. From left to right: D30V30Fx, D30V30MASx, D30V33MASx.

This line consists of the D30V30Fx family of fixed output voltages ranging from 3.3 V to 15 V and two families of adjustable versions that allow the output voltage to be set with a precision 11-turn potentiometer. Each adjustable option is available with or without an adjustable low-voltage cutoff (also set through a precision 11-turn potentiometer on the versions that have it). The adjustable families are the D30V30MAx, which is the more compact of the two thanks to its double-sided assembly, and the D30V33MAx, which includes larger through-holes for terminal blocks and can do slightly more current thanks to its larger surface area. The following table shows all of the members of the D30V3x line:

Regulator Output voltage Typical max
output current1
Input voltage2 Adjustable
Size Price
#4891: D30V30F3 3.3 V 3.7 A 3.3 V – 45 V 0.7″ × 0.8″ $12.95
#4892: D30V30F5 5 V 3.4 A 5 V – 45 V $12.95
#4893: D30V30F6 6 V 3.3 A 6 V – 45 V $13.95
#4894: D30V30F7 7.5 V 3 A 7.5 V – 45 V $13.95
#4895: D30V30F9 9 V 2.9 A 9 V – 45 V $13.95
#4896: D30V30F12 12 V 2.8 A 12 V – 45 V $13.95
#4897: D30V30F15 15 V 2.7 A 15 V – 45 V $13.95
#4873: D30V30MAL 1.4 V – 7 V 3.4 A 3.3 V – 45 V 0.6″ × 1.0″ $16.95
#4872: D30V30MALCMA $19.95
#4875: D30V30MAS 4.2 V – 15 V 3 A 4.2 V – 45 V $16.95
#4874: D30V30MASCMA $19.95
#4853: D30V33MAL 1.4 V – 7 V 3.8 A 3.3 V – 45 V 0.9″ × 1.2″ $17.95
#4852: D30V33MALCMA $20.95
#4855: D30V33MAS 4.2 V – 15 V 3.3 A 4.2 V – 45 V $17.95
#4854: D30V33MASCMA $20.95
1At 30 V in. Actual achievable continuous output current is a function of input and output voltages and is limited by thermal dissipation.
2Operating voltage must be higher than the set output voltage and is subject to dropout voltage considerations.

The regulators have reverse voltage protection up to 40 V, input under-voltage lockout, over-current protection, and short-circuit protection. A thermal shutdown feature also helps prevent damage from overheating and a soft-start feature limits the inrush current and gradually ramps the output voltage on startup.

If you need higher input voltages, consider the similar D36V28Fx family, which works up to 50 V in, and if you need more output current, consider the similar D36V50Fx family of step-down voltage regulators.

We manufacture these boards in-house at our Las Vegas facility, which gives us the flexibility to make these regulators with customized components to better meet the needs of your project. For example, if you have an application where the input voltage will always be below 20 V and efficiency is very important, we can make these regulators a bit more efficient at high loads by replacing the 40V reverse voltage protection MOSFET with a 20V one. We can also customize the output voltage. If you are interested in customization, please contact us for a quote.

Details for item #4873

This item is the D30V30MAL, which has an adjustable output voltage (1.4 V to 7 V) and no low-voltage cutoff (see the D30V30MALMCA for a version of this regulator with no low-voltage cutoff, and see the D30V30MAS for a version of this regulator with a higher output voltage range):

1.4-7V, 3.4A Fine-Adjust Step-Down Voltage Regulator D30V30MAL, top view.

1.4-7V, 3.4A Fine-Adjust Step-Down Voltage Regulator D30V30MAL, bottom view.


  • Input voltage: 3.3 V to 45 V (Note: input must be higher than the output voltage and is subject to dropout voltage considerations; see the dropout voltage section for details)
  • Output voltage: 1.4 V to 7 V (precision-adjustable using built-in 11-turn potentiometer)
  • Typical maximum continuous output current: 3 A to 4 A (see the maximum continuous output current graph below)
  • Typical efficiency of 80% to 95%, depending on input voltage, output voltage, and load (see the efficiency graphs below)
  • Very low dropout voltage
  • Switching frequency: ~700 kHz under heavy loads
  • Power-save mode that increases light load efficiency by reducing switching frequency
  • Low quiescent current (see the quiescent current graph below)
  • Enable input with precise cutoff threshold for disconnecting the load and putting the regulator into a low-power shutdown state that draws approximately 10 µA to 20 µA per volt on VIN
  • “Power good” output indicates when the regulator cannot adequately maintain the output voltage
  • Frequency spread spectrum operation that lowers peak EMI noise
  • Under-voltage lockout protection
  • Soft-start feature limits inrush current and gradually ramps output voltage
  • Integrated reverse-voltage protection up to 40 V, over-current and short-circuit protection, over-temperature shutoff
  • Compact size: 0.6″ × 1.0″ × 0.355″ (15.2 mm × 25.4 mm × 9 mm); see the dimension diagram (296k pdf) for more information
  • One 0.086″ mounting hole for #2 or M2 screws

Using the Regulator


This regulator has six connections: power good (PG), enable (EN), input voltage (VIN), output voltage (VOUT), and two ground (GND) connections.

The “power good” indicator, PG, is an open-drain output that goes low when the regulator’s output voltage either rises more than 7.5% (typical) above or falls more than 9% (typical) below the voltage it is trying to maintain (with hysteresis). An external pull-up resistor is required to use this pin.

The regulator, which is enabled by default, can be put into a low-power sleep state by reducing the voltage on the EN pin below 0.85 V (typical; the actual threshold can vary between 0.65 V and 1.05 V from unit to unit), and it can be brought out of this state again by increasing the voltage on EN past 1 V (typical). The shutdown current draw in this sleep mode is dominated by the current in the 100 kΩ pull-up resistor from EN to VIN and in the reverse-voltage protection circuit, which altogether will be between 10 µA and 20 µA per volt on VIN. (Note that for high input voltages, the shutdown current draw when it is disabled can be greater than the quiescent draw while enabled; see the quiescent current graph below for more details.)

A low-voltage cutoff can be set by adding an appropriately sized external pull-down resistor between EN and GND. This resistor and the on-board 100 kΩ pull-up would together form a VIN voltage divider with the output connected to EN. We also have a version of this regulator with an adjustable low-voltage cutoff built-in.

The input voltage, VIN, powers the regulator. Voltages between 3.3 V and 45 V can be applied to VIN. When the output voltage is greater than 3.3 V, the effective lower limit of VIN is VOUT plus the regulator’s dropout voltage, which varies approximately linearly with the load (see below for graphs of the dropout voltage as a function of the load).

VOUT is the regulated output voltage, which can be set between 1.4 V and 7 V with the output voltage adjustment potentiometer.

Setting the output voltage

The output voltage is controlled with an 11-turn precision potentiometer that allows for an output range of 1.4 V and 7 V. Turning the potentiometer clockwise increases the output voltage. The regulator ships with a the voltage set to around 1.5 V by default.

Included hardware

The six connection through-holes are arranged on a 0.1″ grid for compatibility with solderless breadboards, connectors, and other prototyping arrangements that use a 0.1″ grid. A 6×1 straight male header strip and a 6×1 right-angle male header strip are included with the regulator.

Typical efficiency

The efficiency of a voltage regulator, defined as (Power out)/(Power in), is an important measure of its performance, especially when battery life or heat are concerns.

Maximum continuous output current

The maximum achievable output current of these regulators varies with the input voltage but also depends on other factors, including the ambient temperature, air flow, and heat sinking. The graph below shows maximum output currents that these regulators can deliver continuously at room temperature in still air and without additional heat sinking.

During normal operation, this product can get hot enough to burn you. Take care when handling this product or other components connected to it.

Quiescent current

The quiescent current is the current the regulator uses just to power itself, and the graph below shows this for the different regulator versions as a function of the input voltage.

Typical dropout voltage

The dropout voltage of a step-down regulator is the minimum amount by which the input voltage must exceed the regulator’s target output voltage in order to ensure the target output can be achieved. For example, if a 5 V regulator has a 1 V dropout voltage, the input must be at least 6 V to ensure the output is the full 5 V. Generally speaking, the dropout voltage increases as the output current increases. The graph below shows the dropout voltages at several different output voltages as a function of output current:

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