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Hi all,
I like to show you my very small Expedition Light.
I use the same circuit like I show you in my Steampunk Plasma Bulb with Clock Gear.
If you want you can say it’s only a Mod but I think it’s a completely different project.
First of all you need some parts:
1x Flashlight circuit out of a disposable camera from Fujifilm.
2x AA-size battery holder.
1x small energy saving lamp.
1x small switch.
A box big enough to store all these components.
My box have the dimension of 7cm x 7cm x 4.5cm
The two AA cells are able to supply power for 30-36 Hours


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Step 1: Prepare the Engery Saving Lamp

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When you find a nice energy saving light you must remove the complete electrics from the bulb.

Attention!!!
If you broke the glass of the energy saving light the dust out of the lamp is highly toxic.


The bulb on the pictures is different to the used one but it depends on the same procedure of handling.

If you are not sure you can remove the electronic safely put all into a closed freezer bag and work with a screw driver which is stick through the plastic.

Open the plastic housing and disconnect the 4 small wires to the bulb from the circuit.
Now drill the 2 pairs of wire together like shown on the picture.
Solder a longer wire to every pair of drilled wires.
Later you connect these wires to our circuit.
The bulb is ready to use…




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Wyattr551232 years ago
You forgot "remove the battery" cheap camera circuits I have found recharge very easily
Wyattr551232 years ago
I love steps that involve risk of 320v 0amp shock and loud electric pops
tutdude982 years ago
can i use this circuit??
where i need to connect battery and bulb
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I was looking at where Admiral Aaron Ravens had connected the CFL in step 4. I imagine nearly all flash units are almost exactly the same. It is a flyback oscillator that charges the capacitor. From the high-voltage of the flyback transformer, it goes through a diode and resistor to the flash capacitor. That's the key part.

If you follow the traces from the large flash capacitor, one will go back to the battery (probably the negative terminal) and the other will trace through a resistor and a diode (either order) before getting back to the flyback transformer. You connect the CFL to that side of the flyback transformer.
so one wire goes to flyback transformer and one to battery (negative terminal)??
That's what it looks like. I can't quite see from your pictures, but if the transformer has 3 wires, then yes. Basically you want your lamp connected in place of the capacitor, and you probably need to bypass the resistor and (although it doesn't really hurt anything to leave it) the diode.
firesirt2 years ago
Actually, sometimes, if you ask nicely(and are lucky) camera places will give you the disposables that people bring in to be developed. I actually got a 1'X1'X3' box of them for free for my projects.

One note, some places have a policy to recycle them themselves, and aren't aloud to give them out
you can make it smaller then that heres one i made
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Very well done!!
i will be changeing the cfl to a mains led light soon when i find the right one as the led one will give off more light
LED are no high voltage, what youre talking about are actually Neon Lamps.
no they are not mains led bulbs are x amount of led in series to handle the mains voltage maybe you should of looked into this bit of info befor commenting
well i was commenting, it aint writing a novel.
you should wire a resistor or a high voltage low uF cap with you're LED, in case one blows up and short it will not burn them all down and cause problem (fire...).

check out this circuit: freeinfosociety@com/electronics/schematics/light/pictures/acled.gif (replace @ by ".")
the mains led units have them parts in of the shelf
Please post if you find a brighter light.
lol i just noticed i still have the brousing and swelling from my fractured thumb
hitachi82 years ago
that is very nice, ive being looking for this project for a long time. i actually saw those photo a while back, am glad i found the owner.
mperes012 years ago
Very Steampunk. Love it. How long will it run on 2AA? What about using a cigar size box and 2D cells?
I run it with 2 AA cells for 36 hours and they still not empty! With 2 D cells i think it's for a lifetime...
que bueno seria un plano electrico para poder conectar mas facil y si es posible hacer el circuito electronico completo por que esta muy interesante gracias
chuckr443 years ago
Neat. Very Steampunk. Is it powered by pixies?
If your only using one camera board, you can connect the bulb before the diode and get AC power. It will make the light a little bit brighter.
Hi,
You are right but I already grab the power before the diode make it DC.
WHY DON'T WE JUST USE THE DISPOSAL CAM FLASH LIGHT?
The same reason why we don't always type in all caps, we overheat and explode...
The xenon flash can't be run continuously. I have tried that before with a small neon transformer, and it will actually melt a hole through the side of the bulb within a few seconds.
Even trying to use them as a strobe light will melt down the plastic lens and reflector around them after a couple of minutes, then melt the solder holding the wires to the bulb.
wobbler3 years ago
Permanently putting two batteries in parallel is not such a good idea as the batteries will self-discharge through each other. You should either use a double pole switch to switch each on or a separate switch to switch between the two batteries.
only one connected the other is there as a spare for when first runs down
Gotcha! ;o)
some times the rechargables dont light the unit stright off and the lamp hast to be held something to do with the resistance of the batterys i think i tend to keep it hucked up to a solaer panel so it charges during day
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the bettery was was something i picked up for a pound last crimbo it tulk 3 aa batterys for running 10 leds so it is very small this yeah im hopeing to get mains led set and run a 100 or more leds
the flash pcb has been cut down cfl was 10 watt i think
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i found if you shorted the switch it worked once then had to be released again for the next charge
got your massage today dont know why i wasent notified by email the board you have dosent work to well for cfl but ok for led's the board i had like yours worked different to how the others did
halzark3 years ago
How long will this run on the two AA batteries?
phinch3 years ago
Powering a CFL with a camera flash charging circuit is very inspiring. I hope to play with this soon.

A good source for cameras to tear apart is photo shops (if you can find a place that still processes film) They will usually give you several used disposable cameras for free. They've removed the film, but the flash circuit and battery are still usually there.
I love the look of this. I might add some foam padding,springs to prevent components getting knocked on my expeditions, but having a unique light in a beautifully carved small wooden box would look awesome.
Great work
Yes! Cool Job! Greetings from the North :-)
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