Review/Test of LD-30 Boost 1/2*AA cell Circuit board

Review/Test of LD-30 Boost 1/2*AA cell Circuit board

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Note: This driver exist in a 5 mode (This review) and a version with two groups with 2 modes and 4 modes, please check description at IO for actual version when ordering.

Official specifications:

  • Suitable for 1 or 2*AA batteries
  • Input voltage: 0.9-3V
  • Output current: 650(1AA), 900mA (2AA)
  • PCB Diameter: 17mm
  • Total height: 8mm
  • Cathode brass pill diameter: 5mm
  • Modes: High - Low (10mA), High - Medium (100mA) - Low (10mA) - Strobe
  • This driver does not use PWM
  • Low voltage protection: The light will step down to low mode and start flashing
  • Reverse polarity protection
  • Tinned leads

You can change between the set of modes by turning on the flashlight on low mode for about 3 seconds, the light will flash once, then quickly turn off the flashlight and then turn it on.


Tested with: Cree XP-G2
Max. height: 8.2mm
Diameter: 17mm.
Strobe: 15Hz
The driver has high, medium, low, strobe and sos.
The driver has memory, the actual mode is stored when the light is off for a short time.
A short off/on will select next mode, I did not find more than one mode set.
Driver is boost only

2V is test for single cell (Scope traces are done at 1.2 volt).
3V is test for two cells (Scope traces are done at 2.4 volt).


This driver is boost only, this means that the maximum battery voltage must be lower then the led Vf. The rating of the driver says 3 volt and I stayed with that.
The output drops when the voltage is about 2 volt and at 1.8 volt the output starts flashing. This is way to high for a single battery, but the driver is smart (see below).
Note: The efficiency calculations are not correct when the driver is flashing (Current and voltage are not measured at exactly the same time).

When starting at 2 volt instead of 3 volt, the driver assumes single cell operation and the battery warning changes to a lower voltage.

Starting from a low voltage and slowly increasing voltage does not work. The driver starts at about 1 volt and will immediatly go into low battery warning. This warning will not disapper, even when voltage increases.

When driving the output at full current, there is some high frequency (>20kHz) noise in the output.

The low battery warning is slow flashing.


Medium uses a lower current and has the same low voltage limit.

Single cell operation uses same brightness as two cell operation on medium.

There is less high frequency noise in the output at medium.


Low is using a very low current (Meter says 16mA) and due to noise my efficiency calculations are a bit jumpy.
The current increase at 2.75 volt is the driver going into direct drive, because the voltage is above the led Vf. This is not dangerous, but means that the low mode will not work with fresh alkaline batteries or lithium batteries.
The low battery indication will increase current consumption in low mode.

In single cell mode the led current is also 16mA.

At this current the output for two cells is small flashes at a high frequency, for one cell the output is smooth.


The brightness of strobe depends on the number of batteries, two batteries are brighter than one. The frequency is the same.


SOS uses same brightness for both single and dual cell configuration.


This driver is a good driver for one or two batteries, it has a good efficiency and low loss in driver (Except on high with one cell).
Only "problem" is loss at low mode in some circumstances and not all people like a 5 mode driver.


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Thanks for the review, looks like a nice and wery efficient boost driver.

Looks pretty good. High could have been a bit higher though.. Love the efficiency. Thanks for the review.

Im looking forward to use my LD-30, I wonder how the modes are on mine compared to the review sample and description. I have not used it yet.. Anyone have experience with it?

Interesting review, thanks.

Thanks for the thorough review. It is really nice to see some drivers being tested the way you do, a great service to the diy flashlight community!

Has anyone tested or ran this driver with a lithium battery? I was wondering whether it would go into direct drive like some other AA drivers and live or whether the voltage would just kill it.

I just put one of these in my ThorFire TG06, world of difference, used an XM-L 6000K emitter on a 16mm board. The light puts out over double what it did stock.

I got the three mode LD-30 and the emitter from BangGood, and the board had to be filed to put it in the TG06 pill. My driver did not have the raised battery contact, so I improvised one out of the end of an old fuze. Works and I am happy…

Thanks again HKJ, as always, a great review…

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