Working on a project that uses the output from the microcontroller, thru a 100 ohm resistor to signal a transistor to act like a switch and allow a high voltage (5v) and amperage(1 amp) to pass thru the transistor to power an LED.
So signal from the microcontroller after passing through the resistor goes to the 'base' leg on the transistor. This is 3.3v. The collector of the transistor has 5v to it, and surprisingly when the base activates the switch, I get only 2.8v at the pins for the LEDS.
Transistor is 2n5306 PDF data sheet: http://www.experimentalistsanonymous.com/diy/Datasheets/2N5306.pdf
I have tried the transistor on a breadboard now, and still the same issue, unless I kick up the 5v to 8v but I still only get 3.3v tops out.
So did I misunderstand what this transistor would do? I am a neonate on this stuff. Thanks for the education.