Introduction: High-Voltage Flyback Transformer Salvage
I show you How to Salvage a Flyback Transformer and other Useful Parts from an old CRT Monitor.
Flyback Transformers are usually used in High-Voltage applications and projects such as in building Tesla Coils or using them to generate Plasma Arcs.
Step 1: Salvage a Flyback Transformer From an Old CRT Monitor
I begin by taking apart this old CRT monitor. The first step is to remove the plastic protective shell.
Step 2: Removing Metal Shielding
I then remove the metal shielding. And then I remove the main control board.
Step 3: Discharge Anode to Ground
It is recommended to drain the anode connection to chassis ground or earth ground. You can do this by connecting a wire to a screw driver and touching the anode. You should power off the monitor at least a week before you disassemble it. This old monitor has been in storage for years.
Step 4: Flyback Transformer
This is the high-voltage flyback transformer we are looking to salvage. I unscrew it from the heat sink.
Step 5: Desoldering the Flyback Transformer From the Control Board
I then begin un-soldering all the pin connections on the bottom of the board. This took forever and I ended up using both my soldering iron and my hot air gun.
Step 6: The Flyback Transformer Removed
I finally got the flyback transformer off the board. After salvaging the flyback transformer, I remove the electron gun assembly in order to salvage the copper wire coils.
Step 7: Useful Copper "speaker" Wire That Can Be Salvaged.
You can find lots of enameled copper wire (ie speaker wire) that you can salvage in these old monitors.
Step 8: More Useful Parts From the Main Board
There are also many other useful components you can salvage from the main board if you so choose.