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Activated Carbon Air Filter
by Hatty on May 15, 2007 Table of Contents Activated Carbon Air Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: Activated Carbon Air Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 1: Needed materials and Basic Idea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 2: Make the Frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 3: Putting it all together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4: Finish it up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 6

http://www.instructables.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/

Intro: Activated Carbon Air Filter This instructable shows you how to make an air purifier to filter pollutants such as tobacco smoke. pollen. http://www. solder fumes and many other organic materials out of the air that you breathe.instructables.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ .

Image Notes http://www. The picture below is a cutaway view.Step 1: Needed materials and Basic Idea Computer fan Activated Carbon Glue Window screen pantyhose Modeler's plywood Basswood or balsa 12 volt AC/DC converter If you have enough modeler's plywood.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ . The carbon surrounds the purifier on four walls with the fan on the top. The large surface area allows the air to pass through slowly which cleans the air much better.instructables. but to save money. already at my house. I chose to glue my frame together with some balsa wood I had. which you can purchase at pet stores. I had everything but the activated carbon. then you can make the frame out of that. The purifier works by drawing air through the carbon and forcing it out through the top.

1. You may need to cut some small squares of paper to stick in the corners for extra support. I used 1/4x1/4 inch strip of balsa. Step 3: Putting it all together Now that you have the two frames made. make 4 of both the inside and outside walls. which will run through the screen. For the edges of the walls. In the end. While that dries. Next. This will keep the smaller bits of carbon from falling out. After the walls dry. make sure you slide pantyhose over both frames.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ . To support the middle. NOTE: the small hole in the top is used for adding or removing activated carbon after the top is glued on. Activated Carbon 6. Make sure that the window screen is on the outside of the square. During shipping. balsa wood 5. cut a 45 degree angle in two sides of the wall so that the four outside and four inside walls can be joined to each other. lay the window screen out on wax paper. CA glue (aka super glue) 2. I used 1/8x1/4 inch strip of balsa. http://www.instructables. you should have two squares with four walls covered and two left open (for the top and bottom of the filter). But before you do this. clean the carbon. cut each wall away from the sheet of window screen. Let it dry and pour it into the filter. take the bottom part of the filter and glue the frames to it. the fan should fit perfectly into the remaining hole in the top of the filter. Now. from sticking to your table. Computer fan Step 2: Make the Frame This part is critical since it is what keeps your filter from falling apart. The wax paper will keep the glue. small bits of dust will fall off. After the glue dries. 1/8 inch thick modeler's plywood 3. so cut and glue well. Next. Apply a thin strip of glue to one side of each wall and place onto the window screen. Glue the fan in place and you now have a finished air filter. Window screen 4. glue the top on. Clean it by placing it in a colander and running water through it. 12 volt ac/dc converter 7. I just put tape over this to keep the carbon from falling out If all was done correctly. Next. you can put everything together. once its full.

If everything works. all you have to do it tape together a paper tube that will fit over the fan. http://www. you take the two computer fan leads and solder them to the 12 volt power supply.instructables. Lastly. Place your favorite liquid fragrance into a thin medicine bottle and tape it to the center of the fan. Since the fan cannot develop a lot of pressure. Now. if you want the filter to emit a fragrance into the room. To make it. As the air from the fan passes the medicine bottle. To turn it on.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ . it is very simple. it will be very hard to hear it running. If you have ideas then feel free to email me. the only problem with the filter is that the air emitted has a slight smell of carbon and I am not sure how to get rid of this. it will pull the fragrance out of the bottle and into the air. forcing the air through another filter would be difficult. The top is made by cutting vertical slits in the tube and overlapping them to make the paper fold over the top and deflect the air into the room.Step 4: Finish it up The white tube on the top of the filter is there to help spread the filtered air around the room.

2011. Its as simple at that. Hatty says: Jun 30.instructables. 2009. 10:00 PM REPLY This device is exactly what I am looking for.guess and if the fan doesnt work. 2009. switch the wires. If you cant tell which is + and . but one question: How do you attach the 12 volt AC/DC converter to the fan wires? Crapxxas19 says: Feb 8. 1:11 PM REPLY cut the wire open and solder the + to the red and _ to the black. 4:33 AM REPLY There is just a positive and negative wire coming out of the fan and I hook that up to the positive and negative output of the power supply. by IAMSatisfied Illustrated Guide To Reusing A Disposable Aquarium Filter by FunkLiberationFront Cheap and Easy Aquarium Filter by greenleaf35 Cheap and simple litter box odor filter by mackstann Comments 50 comments Add Comment view all 73 comments csatchell says: Jun 29. http://www.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ .Related Instructables Air Filter for your room on the Cheap by Toadman03 Recycle an old power supply into a(nother) fume extractor by lowercase How to refill a "disposable" Brita brand water pitcher filter with activated carbon.

or does all the charcoal stuff come out? Jun 2. GsE-Lance says: 30mA kills a person at 230v. 2010. 1:53 PM REPLY Think of electricity like water. in this case 12v / 1000r (resistance of the skin) Therefore Wally_Z's arguments are invalid. Ampere = Volts/Resistance. 2009. Feb 1. SERIOUSLY!!!! Mar 11. Basically you need some voltage to make amperage effective enough to kill. AMPERAGE IS THE KEY WORD HERE. If you put your finger at the end of the faucet no water flows.killprogram says: Sep 24. Crapxxas19 says: Feb 10.instructables. say for argument's sake the first fan gives you one bar of pressure. Crapxxas19 says: Feb 11.) If you are using a hose. Wally_Z says: Well. 2008. lemonshark10 says: By manually spinning the shaft of a tesla turbine th opposite effect is acheived and pressure is generated Jan 21. the negatitave ion generator can also be use to charge a lyden jar! :D http://www. a second in line would double that to about 2. so there really isn't much danger. 3:47 PM REPLY Crapxxas19 says: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some people need to know what they are talking about. 2:20 PM REPLY You need voltage for amperage to kill!!! I have put my fingers across a 12v 5a source and i didnt feel anything. only downside is that the screen needs to be cleaned every now and then. In any normal case. But anytime you work with electricity you need to take precautions. to the other Hatty says: Sep 24.instructables. 8:10 AM REPLY Crapxxas19 says: Feb 8. Wally_Z says: Feb 10. 2011. 4:50 AM REPLY 12 volts isn't really enough to break the skin and get into the body. Google it if you don't know what that means. when working with 12v and under it is impossible to shock yourself unless you soak yourself in water for a few days. 2010. 7:31 PM REPLY MrHyde says: for more pressure maybe use this http://www. Maybe I'm just browsing instructables too late at night. 2009. 7:03 PM REPLY junits15 says: Oct 15. But if the amperage is high enough. 1:15 PM REPLY 12v cant arc across your body.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ . 6:43 PM REPLY chamunks says: Nov 27. 2011.3 bar of pressure and a third would then daouble that to about 4. 2010. 2011. 2011. 2011. you won't feel 12V. 7:16 AM REPLY you might actually try three fans in line. it'll kill you if you let it arc across your heart. XOIIO says: Can you cut charcoal filters. it'll kill you if you let it arc across your heart". there is some water leakage because the pressure is higher so it means that amps are flowing. 12:55 AM REPLY I'm curious how you would use this turbine to create pressure or apply the turbine to this.6 bar.com/id/Tesla-turbine-from-old-hard-drives-and-minimal-too/ Feb 25. 2010. 2011. 2011. The resistance of skin is too much. 3:52 AM REPLY ah yes but be careful when doing so i would recomend getting all of your connections together and semi-permanently fastened BEFORE even plugging it in and i mean i know it is dc but what if the transformer where to break just then? ill tell you what you would have a positivie and a negative end of AC power going from one hand through your chest and heart. 12:47 PM REPLY If you actually READ what I wrote you will realize that I said "If the AMPERAGE is high enough. This is like low voltage (pressure of water is low) and no amperage (there is no water coming out. You need at least 40 volts with moist skin to even feel anything. 2010. 1:22 PM REPLY an extremely more affective way of making an air purifier is to buy a negative ion generator u can get them here simply put the part with the prongs on it into a continous screen that is wrapped around this. Mar 10. the negative ions attract any type of dirt in the air and cause it to stick to the screen. 2:57 PM REPLY WERNER SLABBERT says: Jun 10. in theory that is. Bad read^.

but surely both HEPA and carbon could be used. I stick my face in front of the fan on the filter and my problems go away. 2007. 12:56 PM REPLY chamunks says: Thank you I definitely appreciate the link fix I will certainly try to incorporate this into something. 2009. but it works. 2009. The only reason I say it works on pollen is because every time my allergies start going crazy. This is less a particulate filter and more an odour / volatile organics filter. Mitten says: Would activated carbon really do anything for the air? It would seem like there would be a lot of gaps around the carbon. Nov 27. one would use three filters. especialy if you have a heart problem. 2007. 2009. 4:33 PM REPLY there are a lot of carbon filters out there. But Ideally if someone was concerned about really purifying the air the DIY method. 7:49 PM REPLY im not sure if it would work as an ion fan. Hatty says: Jul 17. 9:56 AM REPLY That is true. There is probably another explanation for this. 2009. 2009. Some reusable/washable filter Than a Charcoal filter for smell and finally a hepa certified filter for biotic and allergenic issues. http://www. Cool instructable tho.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ . But I wish you good luck anyway! chamunks says: amperage is what you need to worry about as long as its not past . I've never personally played much with these things (I have a certain fear of high voltages) and I dont know how powerfull one would have to be to generate an ionic wind. 10:22 PM REPLY junits15 says: yes but its still dangerous. It also lends a certain interchangability.goldmine-elec-products. Activated carbon works on organic gases.junits15 says: fixed link http://www. 11:13 PM REPLY monterto says: Jul 16. such as the non-prticulate components of smoke. Finally the HEPA Certified Filter will get rid of airborn pathogens and the rest of the superfine dust. L chamunks says: Nov 27. Jul 16. it has a high surface area and a high absorption rate so as particles get sucked through the filter and brush passed the carbon they get sucked into the pores of the carbon. Nov 27. 12:49 AM REPLY lemonie says: Jul 16. 2009.instructables. they are the most effective filters for the price.asp?number=G1783 Nov 27. Nov 28. Nov 27. The Charcoal filter was covered in the comments and article so I wont bother but link you here.com/prodinfo. 2009. The reusable/washable filter would catch big dust and hair that can significantly shorten the lifespan of you're Charcoal and Hepa filters. 1:22 PM REPLY junits15 says: Nov 27. Jul 15. I doubt the effectiveness with pollen. The carbon specifically used in this ible was from the looks of it classified as GAC Granular Activated Charcoal.87 amps I believe its all good. 10:57 AM REPLY JusCoz says: A simple HEPA filter works great. Do you think this generator could be used in an ion fan build of some kind. and is a lot cheaper. the activated carbon doesn't catch particles like a sive. 2007. 1:04 AM REPLY junits15 says: damn i hate it when that happens! Nov 27. 12:59 PM REPLY chamunks says: Broken Link. so I use it. 2007. Brita water filters work the same way. 3:03 AM REPLY Certainly could use a hepa filter in this equation could always put a hepa filter Just below the fan inside the box this would also help prevent you're fan from catching all the really tiny dust particles. 2007. this is why they need to be changed periodically also. 2009. 6:49 PM REPLY Activated carbon has an affinity for organics.

. 3:01 PM REPLY Redgerr says: that was qutie funny Jul 20. 2007. However. Nov 5. 8:48 AM REPLY amddude says: lol Jun 13. 2009. 7:02 PM REPLY You can activate normal carbon. nckballer says: I also forgot to say attach your fan box to the mailing tube Oct 3. 2009. write me back and tell me what you think! gilbert2048 says: this could be good for a solder venting system Aug 23. 2008.tape. if I were to of bought it. it would be a lot shorter because I just dont need that much! Now back to what I was saying you can attach the tube to your carbon filter box right above the fan(attach it anyway you like glue. 5:01 PM REPLY punkhead58 says: Um. Efficiency. 2008. unless you do some nuclear fission or fusion of lighter or heavier atomic nuclei. 2009. 2009. !Andrew_Modder! says: cant you make carbon??? i saw in a science book you add something to sulfic acid and carbon is made :-\? Aug 17. black blob of metal. 2009. if you put sugar into a thing of sulfuric acid. 3:29 PM REPLY Actually. you'd end up with a big. the carbon is already there. Feb 27. Airflow.PacoBell says: Feb 12. 2010. but in this case you need activated charcoal. You just heat it. Wikipedia is your friend :) chamunks says: Nov 27. 1:20 PM REPLY Win7Maniac says: Sep 28. don't activated carbon filters operate on the principle of a_d_sorption rather than a_b_sorption? They rely on their high surface area and the material's surface energy.you can make carbon ash (charcoal) by burning wood. 11:59 PM REPLY For adding another filter instead of using paper to construct a tube just use a 3"x36" Mailing tube you can find it at packaging stores(They are about $5) for this size but get the size you need keep in consideration that I just had the tube laying around. 2:48 AM REPLY You can also aquire a wide range of activated charcoal size grains so from what looks like gravel (used in this ible) to almost a fine powder. 2009. 2009. you can make carbon! thats all :-) Mar 27. .instructables. it drives off the impurities it has collected.whatever)make sure you dont have the tube too big and in the middle of the tube cut it in half this is where you will use some pantyhose and chicken wire to make your carbon filter and at the very take a little cardboard box(or make one) and cut a hole for the fan and mount it on the inside or outside of it and there you go you should now have decent enough pressure to get the air flowing.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ .. you can also reactivate spent activated carbon the same way. 4:28 PM REPLY Actually. 2009. 7:32 PM REPLY http://www.. 12:04 AM REPLY nckballer says: Oct 2. you can have any of these two options but you sacrifice the third. 2008. 2:18 PM REPLY Geekmandude says: Jan 17. Not much you can or would want to do with that. Its kind of a pick two scenario. Shadowfury says: Or you could just burn some wood. 2008. !Andrew_Modder! says: oh i remember. Of course you will have to choose your screens accordingly and airflow can become lessened the finer the powder you choose. 7:59 AM REPLY ci857s7 says: Mar 27.. the chemical reaction just separates it and takes it out of the sugar.. Purity. 11:29 AM REPLY I dont think you can make carbon. Carbon is an element. I have done it.

and only use a . most of the fumes just go straight to my nose. 2008. I can't believe I didn't think of that! Sep 28. and big enough to catch all the fumes. This would allow for a much greater airflow and.. since I don't solder much. the air velocity through the filter should be 200 feet per minute. or whatever amount is necessary.. .. 2009.. 11:22 PM REPLY increase venting CFMs (cubic feet per minute. Mar 3. quick calculation Andrew Heine says: gilbert2048 says: thank you for that. GREAT IDEA!!! I've been wanting something like that for a long time. after going through the filter. If I wanted to make one. the fumes going to your face are harmless.instructables. 4:29 PM REPLY Hatty says: Dec 31. 5:15 AM REPLY Instead of 4 inlet vents try limiting it to 1 so that the air pressure is not 'diluted' and you will have greater suction towards four soldering station. I think I can do without it. flow rate) by making a grid of four fans to draw the air. 2010. But. The only problem is that it doesn't suck in air at a high enough velocity to make it effective. And also. use a converging nozzle into the fan.com/id/Activated-Carbon-Air-Filter/ . hopefully. Even though it does suck solder fumes in and filter them very well. . pull the fumes away from my face. 2009. 7:10 PM REPLY view all 73 comments http://www. 2009.25" thick wall of carbon. 2:48 PM REPLY It actually does work as a solder venting system. and yes i would use a funnel as well Jan 11. Chowmix12 says: Jun 10. I would probably only have one side of carbon.Win7Maniac says: Hey.

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