Transistors .. “Typical” parameters which may be provided in SCILLC data sheets and/or specifications can and do vary in different applications and actual. DATA SHEET. Product specification. Supersedes data of Apr Oct DISCRETE SEMICONDUCTORS. 2N NPN switching. Unless otherwise specified in this data sheet, this product is a standard commercial product and is not intended for use in applications that require extraordinary.

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2N / BC / PN / 2N NPN Transistor – NTEAP

The 2N and the 2N are 2 of the most popular NPN bipolar junction transistors in the electronics market.

In case you’re datasheey about which to use, or which one is better or superior than the other, in this article, we compare and contrast the 2 transistors.

Comparing transistors isn’t extensive, as there are only a few very useful parameters that matter. Below is a table of the comparison and contrast of the transistors, with an explanation of what everything in the table means below it.

dwtasheet This means they are both controlled by current applied to the base and provide current amplification at the collector-emitter end. This means that in a circuit, voltage and current are biased to them the same exact way- they both must receive positive voltage to the base and collector terminals in order to operate.


In these ways, the 2N and the 2N are both identical. They are also identical in yransistor amount of voltage they can handle aross the collector-to-emitter terminals- both can handle up to 40V.

In simplicity, this really means that 40V is the maximum amount of voltage that the transistor can tolerate minus the voltage drop across the load connected to the collector. This wouldn’t be acceptable, since it exceeds the maximum V CEO. How they differ is that the 2N can handle greater operating collector current.

The collector current is the amplified current that flows from the emitter terminal to the collector terminal to power on a load that may be connected to the transistor. A datahseet can handle up to mA milliamperes of current flow from the datasyeet to collector terminal.

A 2N can handle up to 5 times that amount, since it can handle up to 1A ampere of current flow from the emitter to collector to power on a load. So in this way, the 2N does have superiority in that it can handle greater current.

However, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the transistor that you should use. Typical components that may require a transistor in order to be datashret are motors, buzzers, solenoids, and high-power LEDs.

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These all normally require much less than mA to be powered on. Motors, for example, typically require in the range of about 75mA to power on.


This means the 2N will suffice perfectly fine for these applications. But, if you wanted to power several of them, for instance, you may need more current, what you would get from the 2N, up to 1A. So the choice ultimately depends on how much current is needed. If you need less 2b3094 mA, the 2N or 2N will work. If you need greater than mA but less than 1A, then the 2N will be the one to use.

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And if you need greater than 1A at the output, then a darlington transistor such as the TIP transistor can be used, which can handle up to 5A of amplified current. And if you need greater current, the TIP can handle up to 15A.

However, when you are dealing with electronics, unless you are in power electronics, you will pretty much never need amperage this high. These really are extreme conditions. Plus, currents this high need to traneistor cautiously used because they can easily be lethal and can cause death. Usually a 2N will suffice for most circuits, but if you need more than mA, then you should use a 2N instead.