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The Astable Multivibrator is a really important circuit in electronics. This circuit deploys a signal back and forth between transistors. This circuit can be used for example in emergency lights. The circuitry presented in this instructable shows the symmetric characteristics of this circuit. 

You will need two 10KΩ, two 1KΩ resistors, two LEDs, two 47µF, two 2N2222 transistors, 9V battery, breadboard and jumper wire. 
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Step 1: Connecting power

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Configure your breadboard to have the power from battery.  Connect positive with positive lines and if you want you can connect a LED and resistor to the main input just to make sure there is power as seen in the photo.

Step 2: Connecting transistors

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Connect the transistors as seen in the image. Please connect them vertically, remember horizontal lines are connected. 

Step 3: Connecting transistor

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Connect bottom N type end of the transistor to negative as shown in the photo.

Step 4: Connect Resistors

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Connect resistors to the other N type end and to positive, also connect resistor to P type to positive. 

Step 5:

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Put everything together. 

The video of the circuit  working :) 


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clintonR16 months ago

Not sure if the author still active, but i am trying to learn about electronics as a hobby.

I have looked this concept and it is confusing me. I get the fact that while one bjt is off the other is on, and the charging/discharging cap will then "flip" the states of each bjt respectively.

However in two examples (this one and http://www.learnabout-electronics.org/Oscillators/... they use 2 of the same bjt's.

I am trying to understand how it is possible for two transistors of the same type to be in different states when power is supplied?

pfred21 year ago
One of my favorites. I wrote an article about it for here a couple of years ago. But I gave my article a funny title. It is the same circuit though.