Power regulator for ESP8266 ultra low power applications?

Q: I need to power my ESP with enough juice to meet the high connection sparks, but also be very very efficient for my deepsleep projects?

For several projects I used Microchip's mcp1700. It is actually a little underpowered for the spikes, but just for updating a simple sensor it works like a charm. I had one project powered with 3 AA's running for more than 26000 updates. Not bad ;-)  If you update every 15 minutes it stays alive for about 3,5 months.

Take a look at the Q-item called "Power Saving".


  • 1.6 μA Typical Quiescent Current

  • Input Operating Voltage Range: 2.3V to 6.0V

  • Output Voltage Range: 1.2V to 5.0V

  • 250 mA Output Current for Output

    Voltages >= 2.5V

  • 200 mA Output Current for Output

    Voltages < 2.5V

  • Low Dropout (LDO) Voltage, 178 mv typical @250 mA for Vout =2.8V

  • 0.4% Typical Output Voltage Tolerance

  • Standard Output Voltage Options:
    - 1.2V,1.8V,2.5V,2.8V,3.0V,3.3V,5.0V

  • Stable with 1.0 μF Ceramic Output Capacitor

  • ShortCircuitProtection

  • OvertemperatureProtection


There it is, the black one in the middle:


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