Archive for the ‘Joule Thief SMPS DC-DC’ Category:

2018-01-22 Demo Of Wireless Charging

for FB group Electronics Hobbyists The demonstration of a wireless charging circuit that I built uses a Joule Thief circuit with two yellow LEDs in series.  The coil is a hand wound loop about 75 mm or 3 inches diameter.  A second loop of gray wire with a white LED (dimly lit at bottom) is

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2017-08-19 Emitter Base Breakdown Can Damage Transistor 

From YT reply to Neilgn  2017-08-20 Take any NPN transistor and measure the gain, and write it down.  Then put a 1k resistor in series with the transistor’s emitter and connect the emitter to positive and base to negative of a power supply.  Adjust the voltage until 2 or 3 volts are across the 1k

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2017-06-08 AD Has ADP5090

Ever since I’ve been experimenting with Joule Thiefs I’ve done so with the intention of using the circuit for boosting a low voltage source to power a higher voltage circuit.  So I think this Analog Devices ADP5090 is very useful for doing just that: powering circuits up to 200 mW from very low voltage power

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2009-01-10 Experimental Joule Thief

Date 2017-01-12 Link to Experimental Joule Thief

2016-10-18 FM Transmitter Uses Power MOSFET

I watched this YouTube video where the author shows his FM transmitter using a big 60 volt power MOSFET. He also shows a very readable photo of the schematic. The video was made several years ago in 2012. He is powering this transmitter by connecting it to eleven 9 volt batteries in series, totalling 99

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2016-10-04 Joule Thief Powers Field Strength Meter

There are many circuits that are used infrequently that are powered by the usual 9 volt battery. One of these happens to be a field strength meter (FSM), which is used for detecting the power output of a transmitter such as the one a radio amateur uses. Some FSMs are very simple and use no

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2016-09-28 Battery keeps Joule Thief Lit

I put this AA cell, which measured 1.3 volts – ‘dead’ – on one of my germanium Joule Thiefs more than a week ago. It was glowing very brightly for a few days. For the last few days, it has been weakly glowing, and the Kirkland AA cell is still hanging in there, even though

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2016-09-06 Supercharged JT Shutoff

I had a hard time editing the reply to #2 of the comment, besides it’s a good blog. The following applies to my Supercharged Joule Thief. But you really don’t need to use a MOSFET. Any PNP transistor, 2N3906 or BC557, will do the job, and the current will be relatively low. Replace the diode

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2016-06-05 Toroid Cores 10 mm .4 Inch Green

I was on eBay and saw some small green ferrite toroid cores, ten for 99 cents including shipping.  I figured that since I had bought some larger green cores a few weeks ago and liked them, I couldn’t go wrong buying these since they were less than ten cents apiece. They were sent from an

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2016-05-16 Tape Wound Toroid Core From Surplus Sales

Long ago I built DC-DC converters using a toroid made with tape wound core. The cores were about 2 inches O.D. and we used regular 12 AWG solid insulated house wire for the primary windings. Even so, these cores vibrated a lot at several hundred Hz, making a screeching noise. I saw some very small

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