Dual Polarity Power Supply

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This dual polarity power supply is easy to build, requires few parts, and is adjustable from 0-15 volts. It is great for powering op amp circuits, as well as other circuits that require a dual supply voltage.


This is the schematic of the Dual Polarity Power Supply


Total Qty.
C1, C222200uF 35V Electrolytic Capacitor
C3, C4, C5, C741uF 35V Electrolytic Capacitor
C6, C82100uF 35V Electrolytic Capacitor
R1, R425K Pot
R2, R32240 Ohm 1/4 W Resistor
BR112A 30V Bridge Rectifier
U11LM317 Adjustable Positive Regulator
U21LM337 Adjustable Negative Regulator
T1130V Center Tapped 2 Amp Transformer
S11SPST 2 Amp Switch
MISC1Heatsinks For U1 And U2, Line Cord, Case, Knobs For Pots, Wire


  1. Since this project operates from 120 (or 220, or 240, etc.) volts AC, it MUST be built inside a case.
  2. U1 and U2 get quite hot and will require heatsinks. A fan is usually not needed.
  3. You can, of course, add a volt and amp meter.
  4. U1 and U2 can only go down to a minimum of +-1.2V. If you need to go lower, you can add two 1N4003 diodes in series with the output of the regulator. The diodes drop about 0.6V each, which will allow the supply to go to 0. Note that this will also decrease your maximum output voltage by 1.2V. (Thanks to Steve Horvath for the suggestion).

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Dual Polarity Power Supply
Monday, May 20, 2013 7:30:52 AM
I simulated the above circuit in Multisim & found the load currents to be very low(about 0.5mA). Can u suggest a way to increase the load current to about 2A.
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Friday, January 13, 2012 10:39:50 AM
Hi,i really need help on how to design a dual channel DC power supply that fulfills the following specifications : 1) Operation - User selection between independent adjustment for positive and negative output voltage, and series tracking mode (slave channel tracks the master channel) 2) Output voltage amplitude : 0-20V� 5% 3) Current limit : 0 - 1.5A� 10% 4) Powered Directly from main supply 5) Indications of power on, constant voltage and constant current mode I really hope you guys will be able to help me and provide me with a schematic to achieve the above specifications..thanks in advance =)
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 2:10:55 PM
Hi perhaps some one could design a pcb for the circuit and layout, it would make the authors design far more superior
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Friday, November 05, 2010 7:37:50 PM
To the guy below. R1 and R4 are potentiometers. It's okay to leave one side unconnected.

(Editor's notes: Sure, if you want noise...)

Dual Polarity Power Supply
Monday, October 18, 2010 10:04:13 AM
The R1&R4 where is it going to connect.. is it short circuit or what please answer
M.Khalid Ansari
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:23:26 AM
I made this dual power supply two times but it doesn't work. Only transformer is heating up. After that I made single power supply by eliminating LM337 and other capacitors then it works properly. Please guide me, why dual power supply is not working?
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Monday, August 16, 2010 2:33:53 AM
Better way to go below 1.2V (well, 1.25 to be exact) is to tie the R1 pot to -1.25V (instead of ground as shown) and R4 pot to positive 1.25V.
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Friday, July 30, 2010 2:32:26 AM
can you please send me a circuit diagram of a dual power supply regulator to supply currents between 0 and 1.5A to a variable load resistor at a voltage of 2 to +12V
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Friday, June 25, 2010 12:02:14 AM
the junction between capacitors: are they connected to GROUND? from the diagram i see a "dot" there, but will that cause any problem? thank you.
Dual Polarity Power Supply
Monday, December 21, 2009 11:11:48 AM
I want to know about the Input, Output and Ground of U1 and U2. I mean what are 1, 2, and 3. Can you reply it to my mail? Thank you.
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