tvbgone project , why current through ir leds is so low??

hello, my question is about this tvbgone project, I got the code of this online, basically it sends continuous ir pulses to turn off tvs of all the different brands…

I don’t have problem with range, but I am curious why is the current through ir leds so low. The IR leds are rated for 100ma, and according to my circuit, the current should be like 150ma through the leds but when I check on multimeter, it is usually showing varying pulses like 5ma, 10ma, the most it goes is like 20ma. But I added another couple of lines, another code(function) basically to this project of 38khz frequency to jam tv remotes, and when I switch to that code, function, my current shoots upto the steady 100-150ma that it should be according to my circuit whereas with the turning of tvs code, it shows very reduced current that also keeps changing with the pulses. I hope Im making some sense so my question is why is this difference??

Someone on youtube said you need scope to see the high current since the frequency is so high, so then why is that not the case for the remote jammer code since that is also like same frequency.

TVBGone.zip (22.9 KB)

Maybe ask on Adafruit's TV-B-Gone forum.

kashi786:
The IR leds are rated for 100ma, and according to my circuit, the current should be like 150ma through the leds

Perhaps there is something wrong with your circuit, which we can't see.

How are you measuring the current, what is the duty cycle?