Meyer Micro Energy Lab
11-APR-2001
Late at night, as usual, not even in the lab yet! I'm messing around on the kitchen counter...
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OK, as stated, just seeing what I can see. On left, the mess.
On right, the trace of a pulse coming from the 555 timer circuit. The yellow input lead is connected to the + from battery (4 AA cells) and the green lead is connected to the output from the 555 (pin 3) via a small capacitor.
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Here I added a ferrite core coil (choke?), passing the signal from the capacitor thru the coil to the Vdd (+). My green lead is connected between the cap and the coil.
Again, just to see what happens.
What do you see?
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OK, now I swapped the coil for a transformer (2-coil, was 1:1 but about half the windings removed from one, also the ferrite around the sides broke off - oops.) Connection is the same as above, secondary is open.

Look at that dip after the pulse!

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Now this is weird!
I connected the green lead to one end of the secondary coil, the other end still 'open'.

What do you think of this?
Maybe just picking up interference?

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Now I connect the 'open' secondary to the Vdd (+), really different, eh? 010411-11-setup.jpg (31259 bytes) 010411-12-scope.jpg (18986 bytes)
This time connect other end of secondary coil to Vss (-) instead of Vdd(+).

Looks about the same to me.

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DIFFERENT CIRCUIT:
"Dual LED flasher" (see below)

Very stable, equal length pulses. Scope shows one output, the other is the opposite.

Didn't try a coil on it yet, next time...

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Dual LED flasher:
Uses one 4011, a Quad 2-input NAND Gate.

Very nice output.

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