Features and Benefits

  • Charges 220µF to 320V in 3.7 Seconds from 5V (LT3420)
  • Charges 100µF to 320V in 3.5 Seconds from 5V (LT3420-1)
  • Charges Any Size Photoflash Capacitor
  • Supports Operation from Two AA Cells or Any Supply from 1.8V to 16V
  • Controlled Peak Switch Current:
    • 1.4A (LT3420)
    • 1.0A (LT3420-1)
  • Controlled Input Current:
    • 840mA (LT3420)
    • 450mA (LT3420-1)
  • Uses Standard Transformers
  • Efficient Flyback Operation (>75% Typical)
  • Adjustable Output
  • Automatic Refresh
  • Charge Complete Indicator
  • No High Voltage Zener Diode Required
  • No Output Voltage Divider Required
  • Small 10-Lead MSOP Package
  • Small 10-Lead (3mm × 3mm) DFN Package

Product Details

The LT3420/LT3420-1 charge high voltage photoflash capacitors quickly and efficiently. Designed for use in both digital and film cameras, these devices use a flyback topology to achieve efficiencies up to four times better than competing flash modules. A unique adaptive off-time control algorithm* maintains current-limited continuous mode transformer operation throughout the entire charge cycle, eliminating the high inrush current often found in modules.

The LT3420/LT3420-1 output voltage sensing scheme* monitors the flyback voltage to indirectly regulate the output voltage, eliminating an output resistor divider or discrete zener diode. This feature allows the capacitor to be held at a fully charged state without excessive power consumption. Automatic refresh (which can be defeated) allows the capacitor to remain charged while consuming an average input current of about 2mA, at a user-defined refresh rate. A logic high on the CHARGE pin initiates charging, while the DONE pin signals that the capacitor is fully charged.

The LT3420/LT3420-1 are available in 10-Lead MSOP and (3mm × 3mm) DFN packages.

*Protected by U.S. Patents including 6518733.


  • Digital Camera Flash Unit
  • Film Camera Flash Unit
  • High Voltage Power Supplies

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