Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month
The LM2596 is an excellent IC. The output is quite steady and clean. I'm using it with a pack of batteries to feed servos (5V) and the output remains around the same voltage throughout the life of the batteries. It may have a slight variation, but it's ok for common electronics.
My unit came with a broken potentiometer. I desoldered the original and placed a similar one (same resistance value). It looks nice, but the quality is not top notch.
Keep in mind that you must feed more voltage than the desired output. It's not a step up converter!
A nice regulator if you don't want to tinker with a particular IC yourself! It's easy to use.
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