Hi, i wanted to have a continuity tester (my multimeter doesn't have a buzzer) so i don´t have to look away from the circuit I am testing to see the multimeters display. Although i wanted a buzzer i also added a LED and an on/off switch for late night tinkering "stealth mode"
I don´t have any engineering or electronics background (actually i am a surgeon), but i love to make stuff and i am self teaching electronics with the help from Google and instructables.com . This is my first instructable and English isn´t my native tongue, so bear with me please...
DISCLAIMER: If following this guide anything/anyone/yourself damages i shall not be held responsible.Do it at your own risk. Take all the safety measures (goggles, gloves, etc)
Step 1: Bill of materials:
-Highlighter (worn out)
-0.01uF ceramic capacitors= 2
-1uF electrolitic capacitor = 1
-180 k resistor = 1
-56 k resistor= 1 (i did it on the weekend with no opened stores, so i used 47k + 10k series resistors)
-Piezo buzzer= 1 (i used a Hycom HY-07 that i took from an old modem)
-Button cell batteries= 3
-Battery holder (from a cheap-o pen/flashlight i had)
-hot glue gun
Step 2: Let the stripping begin..
First of all, i took apart the highlighter, threw away the tip and the ink cartridge by cutting the back end with an xacto knife. And i did the same to the flashlight/pen in order to take the battery holder away.
Step 3: Test 1,2,3
I found a buzzer circuit ( http://electronic-circuits-diagrams.com/alarmsimages/alarmsckt5.shtml ) the easiest and simple circuit i could find and tried it on the breadboard. It worked out fine, except i changed de 10k resistor (pins 7 and 8 of the 555 IC) for a 180k resistor because i liked the tone better.
Step 4: Avengers Assemble
i soldered all together over the 555 directly trying to make it as compact as possible (although i had plenty of room inside the highlighter, i did that way just in case i want to house it in a smaller pen someday)