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2n3055 flyback transformer driver for beginners
by Alex1M6 on September 19, 2011 Table of Contents 2n3055 flyback transformer driver for beginners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Intro: 2n3055 flyback transformer driver for beginners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 1: Mount the transistor onto the heat sink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 2: Preparing the flyback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 3: Putting the circuit together . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 4: Check everything . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 5: Safety first! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 6: Powering the circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 7: Finding the high voltage return . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Step 8: Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 2 3 3 5 5 6 6 7 7

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com/id/2n3055-flyback-transformer-driver-for-beginners/ . Some enamelled magnet wire. To mount the transistor to the heatsink I just used some spare screws and nuts I had in the garage. I just bought the cheapest heatsink maplin sell.com/user/Alex1M6 Intro: 2n3055 flyback transformer driver for beginners What you will need: 1x Flyback transformer 1x 2n3055 transistor + heatsink 1x 220 ohm 5 watt resistor 1x 22 ohm 2 watt resistor (Note: The resistor values do not have to be exact. single core bell wire also works well too. Say if you had a 33 ohm and a 200 ohm resistor they would still work fine for this circuit). http://www.instructables. A fast diode.youtube. You can use an insulator pad if you want but I just used a small amount of old thermal grease I had lying around. The 2n3055 is a TO-3 case style. Although this is not needed for the circuit to work. +Some way of connecting the components such as alligator clipped cables or wire and solder. The heatsink is a must as the transistor gets hot. Step 1: Mount the transistor onto the heat sink Mount the transistor onto the heat sink. Make sure that the pins do not touch the heatsink. it protects the transistor from back emf spikes and can help prolong the life of the circuit.Author:Alex1M6 Visit my YouTube! My YouTube http://www.

com/id/2n3055-flyback-transformer-driver-for-beginners/ . Using a sharp knife carefully scrape away the enamel coating from the very ends of the magent wire. Step 3: Putting the circuit together Connect all of the components together as shown in the images above.Step 2: Preparing the flyback Using some enamelled magnet wire wind two coils around the core of the transformer in the SAME DIRECTION. Image Notes 1. You do not need to worry about finding the HV return pin yet. This fast diode is not needed but I do recommended it to help protect the http://www.instructables. 11 turns primary and 7 turns feedback is a good starting point but you can try more or less windings to see what gives the best results.

Remember to mount the transistor onto a heatsink. http://www.instructables. Image Notes 1. Emitter to ground. Collector from primary coil. 4. I am only doing it like this to show you. 3. Base from feedback coil.transistor.com/id/2n3055-flyback-transformer-driver-for-beginners/ . 2.

instructables. 12v 3. Base 6. Image Notes 1. To feedback coil. which is a 1 foot long minimum insulating stick of some sort. This fast diode is not needed but I do recommended it to help protect the transistor. 5. To collector Step 5: Safety first! You should never touch the high voltage wire or any of the flyback base pins when the circuit is turned on. I strongly urge you to make a chicken stick. You then tape an electrode of some sort onto the end of it. a sharp pointed nail of some sort works well for low power drivers. Emitter to ground. Some people use wood but when damp wood can become a conductor at high voltages. Ground (to the power supply or battery's negative terminal). You can then attach a wire of some sort to the chicken stick. PVC pipe is very good for this. To base 9. http://www. the other end will be attached the the ground return pin on the flyback transformer. 4. 8.com/id/2n3055-flyback-transformer-driver-for-beginners/ . 2. 12v from power supply/battery positive. Collector 7. Feedback 10.Step 4: Check everything Check to make sure that your circuit is connected up correctly Image Notes 1.

Bring the chicken stick close to the base pins on the flyback and go past each one individually. In the image below is quite a large arc for the 2n3055 driver. If you don't here this noise then go to the trouble shooting page at the end. AA battery's in series can be used but they will not last long and the arc length will get smaller and smaller as they drain.instructables. Some of them may give a slight spark but one of them should give a solid constant HV arc.com/id/2n3055-flyback-transformer-driver-for-beginners/ . A 12v lead acid battery is a very good way of powering this circuit and what I personally use. 2 6v lantern battery's can be used and will power this circuit nicely for a decent amount of time before the arcs start getting smaller.Step 6: Powering the circuit To power the circuit you can use any 12V source that can supply a minimum of 2 amps. this will be your HV ground. You should hear a high pitch noise. Have fun and remember not to run this circuit for periods longer than 1 minute as the transistor gets hot fast. A power supply can also be used. most flybacks will only give around a 1-2cm arc on 12V input and upping the voltage only increases heating on the transistor in my experience. I do NOT recommended 9v /PP3 battery's as they will not last long at all and even when new are unable to provide the current needed. as a rule. http://www. You should now disconnect your chicken stick from the HV out and connect it to the HV ground pin instead. Step 7: Finding the high voltage return To find the high voltage return first attach your chicken stick to the high voltage out (the big thick red wire) and turn the circuit on.

instructables. Remember that 2cm is the maximum arc length you are going to get out of this driver. If it works but the arc is small try reversing both the primary and feedback coil connections. If nothing happens and you cannot hear any high pitched noise from the flyback transformer then try reversing the connections to the primary and feedback coils. Usually this resolves that issue. Sometimes people will forget to remove enough enamel on the magnet wire primary and feedback coils and there will be no electrical connection being made. and 1cm may also be the maximum on some flybacks.com/id/2n3055-flyback-transformer-driver-for-beginners/ . if you still get nothing try just changing the connections on one of the coils. If you have tried that and still nothing then you should check the circuit and make sure all connections are secure and nothing is shorting out. Related Instructables 2n3055 flyback jacobs ladder (video) by Alex1M6 2n3055 flyback drivers by morphic cu ion re(updated) Simple flyback driver by Alex McCown X-ray flyback driver by morphic cu ion Flyback plasma speaker with 555 by Glenn781 How To Build A Simple But Powerful Flyback Driver by Plasmana http://www.Step 8: Troubleshooting Ok so you have made the circuit and it either does not work or it does not work very well.