Zener Diodes — WSU

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Zener Diodes A zener diode acts just like a standard diode except it will allow reverse current through it under certain circumstances without damaging the diode. A zener diode is an excellent voltage regulator. Zener diodes can be made to allow reverse current at predetermined zener voltage levels like 5.0V, 12.0V, etc. A zener diode is designed to be placed in a circuit reverse-biased. When the zener (or reverse) voltage is reached, the diode will allow reverse current and the diode will drop the zener voltage across it, any additional voltage will have to be dropped across a series
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