Building a 3-channel, high power RGB LED driver

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Hey guys,

I built another board, which is a 3-channel (RGB) LED driver based on an inexpensive chipset called PT4115 (you can find them on eBay or Aliexpress).

The circuit is very simple and looks like Sparkfun’s PicoBuck. However, I used beefier components and a different chip. You may say it’s pretty much the same thing, but I made it to learn some more about PCB design.

Datasheet here. LED current is set through a sense resistor. The output current I is equal to 0.1/Rs. I wanted ~300mA for each channel so I chose a 0.33 ohm resistor. If you want 350mA, choose a 0.27ohm resistor.

Each channel can be controlled via PWM (you can solder male/female headers on the board), for example with an Arduino.

You can input up to 30V and control 3W/10W/20W LEDs.

The PCBs.

Needed components:

  • C1, C2, C3: 22uF tantalum capacitors (DigiKey part number: 399-3781-1-ND)
  • D1, D2, D3; Schottky diode 2A SMA package  (DigiKey part number: B240A-FDICT-ND)
  • L1, L2, L3: 68uH power inductor, 0.7A (DigiKey part number: PCD2117CT-ND)
  • R1, R2, R3: 0.33ohm resistors, 0805 package.
  • 4x screw terminals, 3.5mm (bought mine on Tayda Electronics)
  • 3x PT4115 drivers.
  • 1x 4-pin + 1x 2-pin male or female headers.
Fully assembled driver. Bad soldering job but I only had a 60W iron, ugh.

PCBs available here (already sold out, actually!) and on Tindie soon.

Github repo here.