Joule Thief w/ 555 timer
1. Am I correct in assuming that it's a bad idea to try to run a TLC555 timer chip from the output of the joule thief? Without a load, it seemed to be pumping out at almost 80 volts.
2. I tried building the circuit so that the two rechargeable 1.2V batteries would power the 555 directly, and then the output would sink and source two transistors alternately, which in turn would switch the LEDs alternately, using the output from the joule thief, which was also powered directly from the battery. That resulted in no LEDs lit and some very hot transistors... Bad idea.
The TLC555 chip is supposed to run on a supply voltage of 2-18V, but when I tested it with the 2.4V coming from the batteries, it would source, but not sink...
Is there any way to build this circuit so the 555 could blink 2 LEDs alternately while the LEDs are powered by the joule thief?
The only alternative I can see that might work would be to power the joule thief from the output of the 555 and just blink all of the LEDs at the same time from the joule thief's output.
Any help would be appreciated!