Joule Thief

There is not much to document in this project. I built a Joule Thief....who didn't ;-)

Mine is powered by a LR44 button cell (1.5V) and it light up a white LED which usually needs a minimum of 3.3 voltes to light up.

I just built it to test how long the LED can light with this one battery (it might be interesting for throwies). 

Will update the blog when the battery is completely depleted.

Power on time: January 14, 2012, 3:30PM

DIY coil, double side tape to attach the battery.

Transistor soldered directly on the battery to make the whole thing a bit stable.

I am not posting the schematics here since everything is already available in the famous internet but if you want to know why this is working then I recommend this

Test failed. After 3 hours the battery was depleted. I don't know why it happens but have to check the windings on the ferrite core...maybe have to put more on...

The circuit is working good. It lit up a white LED with a tiny solar panel by 0.45 volts but failed in the long run with the button cell.

UPDATE Jan. 30:

Strange things happend. After the button cell died i attached the JT to a almost full AA battery and it was working for a whole week with full brightness. Then the LED faded away to a weak glow until it went off. This was just before I left for my holidays on Jan. 21. Now I am back home and the JT was still lying dead in my book shelf. Last night I saw it lit up again...wondering what happend. Then after about one minute the LED faded away, went off and after another 5 minutes it lit again. The brightness to the beginnuing was about 50%. 

It seems that battery is recovering again and again but how long it will last? More to discover ...


Just saw this thread and

Just saw this thread and decided its quite interesting … and was very happy to see it didnt require many parts as i dont have much … luckly i remembered salvaging a ferrite toroid used for winding the wires around … also while looking up other sites on this on the net i discovered a good place to find these are in power supplies  … lucky me just happens to have a old scrap one ( discovered this after i finished making my joule thief) …  which contains a few nice biggish ones … as the one i used to make my joule thief is very small and could only take 7 windings … wasnt sure it was going to be enough.

in mine i used a photo diode (think its called that) it requires 3v to get it to light up … so connected it to a 1.5v battrie and as expected it didnt light up … then connected it too a 3v and it lights up. Then rigged up the joule thief and 1.5v battrie and a lump of tin foil in the shape of a battrie to use the battrie holder and vola … diode lights up. Hope to mess around with this now and see what can be done with this circuit … any suggestions ???

was thinking of rigging it to a solar light and see can it run longer with this connected as i have a little solar light circuit … all i have to do is connect this up to it and it shouldnt be too difficult to do.