5 Items You Need to Know About Diodes

Ⅰ Introduction

diode is a semiconductor device that functions as a one-way current switch. It allows current to flow freely in one direction while severely limiting current flow in the opposite direction.

Because they convert alternating current (ac) to pulsating direct current (dc), diodes are also known as rectifiers (dc). Diodes are classified based on their type, voltage, and current capacity.

Diodes have polarity, which is determined by an anode (positive lead) and a cathode (negative lead) (negative lead).

Catalog

ⅠIntroduction

Ⅱ Diode Related Video:

Ⅲ How to Tell Which Way Round a Diode Should Be?

3.1 Examining the Markings

3.2 USing a Multimeter

Ⅳ How to Check the Direction of a Diode?

Ⅴ How to Check if a Diode Is Bad?

Ⅵ How to Test a Diode Rectifier?

Ⅶ How to Test Diodes with a Digital Multimeter?

7.1 Diode Test Analysis

Ⅷ FAQ

Ⅱ Diode Related Video:

Diodes Explained - The basics how diodes work working principle pn junction

Diode Video Description: Diodes Explained, in this tutorial we look at how diodes work, where diodes are used, why diodes are used, the different types. We look at diodes in half and full bridge rectifiers to convert AC to DC.

Ⅲ How to Tell Which Way Round a Diode Should Be?

A diode is a two-terminal electronic device that conducts current in one direction while blocking current in the other. A diode, also known as a rectifier, is a device that converts alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC). Because diodes are essentially "one-way," it's critical to understand how to tell which end is which. You can usually tell by looking at the markings on the diode, but if they've worn off or don't exist, you can test the diode with a multimeter.

3.1 Examining the Markings

Figure1: P-type

Understand how a diode works. An N-type semiconductor is joined to a P-type semiconductor to form a diode. The N-type semiconductor serves as the negative end of the diode and is referred to as the "cathode." The P-type semiconductor, also known as the "anode," is the diode's positive end.

The diode will conduct current if the positive side of a voltage source is connected to the positive end of the diode (the anode) and the negative side is connected to the negative end of the diode (the cathode). The current is blocked if the diode is reversed (up to a limit).

Figure2: schematic symbol

Discover the meaning of the diode schematic symbol. On schematics, diodes are represented by a symbol that explains how to install the diode. An arrow points to a vertical bar with a line extending from it. The arrow represents the diode's positive side, while the vertical bar represents its negative side. Consider the positive side flowing into the negative side, with the arrow indicating the flow direction.

Figure3: large band

Seek out the large band. If the schematic symbol is not printed on it, look for other items such as a ring, band, or line. A bulk of colored bands will be printed near the diode's negative side (cathode) on the majority of diodes. The band will wrap completely around the diode.

Figure4: Recognize the positive end of an LED

Recognize the positive end of an LED. An LED is a light-emitting diode, and the legs usually indicate which side is positive. The positive, anode pin is on the longer leg.

Examine the LED's outer casing if the pins have been trimmed. The negative, cathode pin is the one closest to the flat edge.

3.2 USing a Multimeter

Figure5: Recognize the positive end of an LED

Recognize the positive end of an LED. An LED is a light-emitting diode, and the legs usually indicate which side is positive. The positive, anode pin is on the longer leg.

Examine the LED's outer casing if the pins have been trimmed. The negative, cathode pin is the one closest to the flat edge.

Figure6: Connect the diode

Connect the diode to the multimeter. Connect the positive lead to the diode's positive end and the negative lead to the diode's negative end. The meter's display should show a reading.

If your meter has a Diode mode, the voltage will be displayed on the meter if it is connected positively to positive and negatively to negative. Nothing will be displayed if it is entered incorrectly.

If your meter does not have a Diode mode, connecting it positive-to-positive and negative-to-negative will result in very low resistance. If you go the wrong way, you'll encounter a lot of resistance, which is sometimes expressed as "OL."

Figure7: Examine an LED

Examine an LED. A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor that emits light. Set the multimeter to the diode function. Place one of the positive leads on one of the pins and the other on the other. If the LED illuminates, the positive lead is in contact with the positive pin (the anode) and the negative lead is in contact with the negative pin (the cathode). If it doesn't light up, it's because the leads are touching opposite pins.

Ⅳ How to Check the Direction of a Diode?

Electronic circuits are designed to collaborate with other circuits to form a unit that performs a specific task. Many circuits, such as power regulation circuits, have to be safeguarded against power "spikes" and accidental polarity reversal. A diode is an electronic component that allows electricity to flow in only one direction while preventing potentially harmful reversals from reaching the sensitive circuit. The current flows into the diode's "cathode" (negative side) and then out the "anode" (positive side) toward the protected circuit. When installing a diode, you must be familiar with electronics standards.

Understand the circuit's schematic diagram. Trace the electrical polarity as it passes through the circuit until it reaches the point where the cathode (negative side) of the diode is to be soldered to the board. In a schematic, a diode glyph has a vertical line on one side and a solid black arrow pointing to that line. The diode's cathode is represented by the vertical line. That end of the diode must face the direction of the negative current flow.

Examine your diode thoroughly, using a magnifying glass if necessary. On the cathode (negative) end of every diode, there is either a colored dot or a band printed. On the cathode end of a black plastic diode, a white band will be painted, whereas glass diodes will have either a white or a black band.

In the absence of polarity markings, use a digital multimeter to test the polarity of a diode. To measure "Ohms," simply turn the meter unit on and turn the dial. Connect the black (negative) test probe to one of the diode's metal legs and the red (positive) test probe to the other. Reverse the probes if there is no reading or only a "1" displayed on the meter. When you get an actual ohm reading on the display, make a note of which side the negative (black) probe is on. That is the diode's cathode (negative) side.

Tips:

  • The small white band on the cathode side of a glass diode may be difficult to see. To make the white band move visible, place the glass diode on a dark piece of paper or fabric if necessary.

  • On some types of diodes, the band colors can vary, but never the positioning. A diode's band is always on the cathode side. The color of the band is unimportant.

  • Additional bands on some specialty diodes, such as Zener diodes, represent tolerance and voltage values. Even so, the polarity band is the first band at the end.

Ⅴ How to Check if a Diode Is Bad?

Tools

  • Digital multimeter

  • Soldering iron

  • Desoldering braid

  • Pliers

  1. Set the multimeter to diode test mode, which is indicated by the circuit symbol for a diode, which resembles an arrow. Set the multimeter to the lower end of the resistance range if it does not have a diode mode.

  2. Place one multimeter probe on one of the diode legs and the other probe on the other leg. Take note of the reading, then swap the probe positions and take note of the new reading.

  3. Interpret the results. If you get an open circuit in one direction indicating the current is blocked, and a low resistance reading in the other direction, the diode is good. If there is an open circuit in both directions, the diode has failed with an open circuit. If there is low resistance in both directions, the diode has failed with a short. In both cases, the diode should be replaced.

Ⅵ How to Test a Diode Rectifier?

Testing a Rectifier With the Diode Function

If your multimeter has a diode function, one of the dial settings will have a symbol that looks like a diode. When this option is selected, a voltage exists between the meter leads, and when you touch them to the diode terminals, the meter records the voltage drop. The voltage drop in the forward direction is usually in the range of 0.5 to 0.8 volts. Because no current flows in the opposite direction, the meter either reads 0 or OL, which stands for open loop.

To begin the test, ensure that the circuit is unplugged and that all capacitors in the circuit have been discharged. You do not need to remove the diode from the circuit if you do this. Begin by connecting the negative meter lead (usually black) to the cathode of the diode and the positive lead (red) to the anode. Keep a close eye on the meter reading, which should be between 0.5 and 0.8 volts. If it's close to zero, the diode is faulty. Reverse the leads now. If you get a reading of 0 or OL, the diode is fine. If you get nearly the same voltage reading, the diode has shorted and is no longer operational.

Conducting a Diode Test With an Ohmmeter

When performing a resistance test, the diode must be removed from the circuit. Before you begin, turn off the power and discharge any capacitors in the circuit. This is especially important when testing a microwave diode because the microwave's high voltage capacitor can cause a severe shock.

Set the multimeter to measure resistance () and connect the black (negative) and red (positive) leads to the cathode and anode, respectively. The diode is forward-biased in this configuration, and you should get a resistance reading between 1 K and 10 M. Change the leads to the opposite terminals. Now that the diode has been reverse-biased, the reading should be infinity or OL. If the readings in both directions are the same, the diode is faulty.

Ⅶ How to Test Diodes with a Digital Multimeter?

  • The Diode Test mode is almost always the best option.

  • Resistance mode is typically used only when a multimeter lacks a Diode Test mode.

  • Note: In some cases, removing one end of the diode from the circuit may be required in order to test the diode.

  • Things to keep in mind when testing diodes in the Resistance mode:

  • It is not always possible to tell whether a diode is good or bad.

  • When a diode is connected in a circuit, it can produce a false reading and should not be taken.

  • After a Diode Test indicates that a diode is bad, it CAN be used to verify that the diode is bad in a specific application.

Figure8: Diode Test mode

The Diode Test mode on a multimeter generates a low voltage between the test leads. When the test leads are connected across a forward-biased diode, the multimeter displays the voltage drop. The Diode Test is carried out as follows:

  • Ascertain that a) all power to the circuit is turned off and b) there is no voltage at the diode. Voltage may exist in the circuit as a result of charged capacitors. If this is the case, the capacitors must be discharged. Set the multimeter to measure alternating current or direct current voltage as needed.

  • Set the dial (rotary switch) to Diode Test. It may share a dial position with another function.

  • Connect the diode's test leads. Take note of the displayed measurement.

  • The test leads should be reversed. Take note of the displayed measurement.

7.1 Diode Test Analysis

For the most commonly used silicon diodes, a good forward-based diode has a voltage drop of 0.5 to 0.8 volts. The voltage drop in some germanium diodes ranges from 0.2 to 0.3 V. When a good diode is reverse-biased, the multimeter displays OL. The OL value indicates that the diode is operating as an open switch. A faulty (opened) diode prevents current from flowing in either direction. When the diode is opened, a multimeter will show OL in both directions. In both directions, a shorted diode has the same voltage drop reading (approximately 0.4 V).

Figure9: Diode test analysis

When the positive (red) test lead is on the anode and the negative (black) test lead is on the cathode, the diode is forward biased. A good diode's forward-biased resistance should be between 1000 and 10 M. When the diode is forward-biased, the resistance measurement is high because the current from the multimeter flows through the diode, resulting in the high-resistance measurement required for testing. When the positive (red) test lead is on the cathode and the negative (black) test lead is on the anode, the diode is reverse-biased. On a multimeter, the reverse-biased resistance of a good diode displays OL. If the readings in both directions are the same, the diode is faulty.

Figure10: resistance

 

The resistance mode procedure is conducted as follows:

  • Ascertain that a) all power to the circuit is turned off and b) there is no voltage at the diode. Voltage may exist in the circuit as a result of charged capacitors. If this is the case, the capacitors must be discharged. Set the multimeter to measure alternating current or direct current voltage as needed.

  • Set the dial to Resistance (). It may share a dial position with another function.

  • After the diode has been removed from the circuit, connect the test leads to it. Take note of the displayed measurement.

  • The test leads should be reversed. Take note of the displayed measurement.

  • When testing diodes in the Resistance mode, compare the readings to a known good diode for the best results.

Ⅷ FAQ

1. What are the 3 main uses of diodes?

Application of Diode

  • Rectifying a voltage: turning AC into DC voltages.

  • Drawing signals from a supply.

  • Controlling the size of a signal.

  • Mixing (multiplexing) signals.

  • As freewheeling of the inductive energy.

2. Are diodes AC or DC?

It allows current to flow easily in one direction, but severely restricts current from flowing in the opposite direction. Diodes are also known as rectifiers because they change alternating current (ac) into pulsating direct current (dc).

3. What is diode made of?

Today, most diodes are made of silicon, but other semiconducting materials such as gallium arsenide and germanium are also used.

4. What is diode resistant?

Hence, diode resistance can be defined as the effective opposition offered by the diode to the flow of current through it. ... Ideally speaking, a diode is expected to offer zero resistance when forward biased and infinite resistance when reverse biased.

5. How diodes are formed?

A diode is formed by joining two equivalently doped P-Type and N-Type semiconductor. ... At the point of contact of the P-Type and N-Type regions, the holes in the P-Type attract electrons in the N-Type material. Hence the electron diffuses and occupies the holes in the P-Type material.

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