Laser Printers are treasure troves of electronic goodies from gears to lasers to high voltage power supplies. High voltage is required in laser printing to create electrostatic charges to determine where the toner sticks, creating letters and images on paper. However, modern laser printers with their power saving designs and multiple safety features makes the power supply unusable unless connected to the cpu on the laser printer itself. Today, I will be showing you how you can trick the power supply into giving out juicy high voltage with just a bit of soldering.

SAFETY: Do not touch the circuit board when it is connected to mains voltage. Many heatsinks are live and will give you a dangerous and nasty shock from the mains. This is even deadlier than the high voltage produced by the power supply.

The printer i will be using is a SAMSUNG ML-1670. Its power supply outputs 4 different voltages.
1)Transfer High Voltage (THV+)
- Input Voltage : 24 V DC ± 15%
- Output Voltage : THV+: max +3.5kV ± 10 %,(Duty Variable, no loading ) @ 6.5uA
THV-: -1kV±20% (when cleaning,200 ㏁)
- Output Voltage Control Method : Transfer Output Voltage is outputted and controlled by changing Duty of
THVPWM Signal.

2) Charge Voltage (MHV)
- Input Voltage : 24 V DC ± 15%
- Output Voltage : -1.0KV ~ -1.8KV DC ± 3% @ 26uA
- Output Control Signal(MHV-PWM) : CPU is HV output when PWM is Low

3) Developing Voltage (DEV)
- Input Voltage : 24 V DC ± 15%
- Output Voltage: -200V ~ -500V DC ±3% @ 8.6uA
- Output Loading range : 10MΩ ~ 1000 MΩ
- Output Control Signal (BIAS-PWM) : the CPU output is HV output when PWM is low.

4) Supply
- Output Voltage : -350 V ~ -650V DC ±50 V(ZENER using, DEV ) @ 11.6uA
- Input contrast of the output stability degree : under ± 5 %
- Output Loading range : 10 MΩ ~ 1000 MΩ
- Output Control Signal (BIAS-PWM) : the CPU is HV output when PWM is low.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Tools for tearing the printer apart
-Phillips head screwdriver
-Flathead screwdriver for prying plastic joints apart

Tools for soldering
-Soldering iron
-Short lengths of thin wire about 30 gauge (can be harvested along the way)
<p>Bob, a superb Instructable !</p><p>Good stuff. Now I have to choose between even more options what to do with my laserprinter, but your idea is high on my list. </p><p>cheers, qp</p>
<p>You know what's interesting about this? The printer design you chose is actually a very generic design. It is used for printers from Samsung as well as Dell and probably many others. In fact, your local Micro Center has this printer available for $30- it's the Pantum P2500W.</p>
<p>Thanks for the safety tip. I don't know much about laser printers and didn't know they put out KILO volts. Definitely deadly stuff if your body is anywhere in the circuit! I know better than to touch ANYTHING I don't know the voltage and current of but there are a few folks out there who just might. To compare voltages and deadliness ... the electric chair in most states puts out 2 kilovolts at around 10 amps or so. I know I'm not going to touch anything in that voltage range and you shouldn't either. Have fun with the project and stay SAFE.</p>
<p>I'm not sure how lethal this is. Remember, the static shock you get when you touch a doorknob after walking across carpeting is tens of thousands of volts. But the current is very tiny (pico-amperes, if that) and is exhausted in tenths of a second. Something like this printer power supply gives off micro-amperes (perhaps milli-amperes). I still would not touch it- it might induce a heart attack- but it's nowhere near as dangerous as 2kv at 10 amps.</p>
<p>Hello there. Thanks for this interesting Inst. I love taking printers apart but never thought about getting the power supply to work &quot;on it's own&quot;.</p><p>I'd just like to comment about your step 7 - 3rd item:</p><p>&quot;3) Test the high voltage outputs with your fingers.&quot;</p><p>Even though you say its a joke, we have to be careful as anything we say might be taken literally by some people and YOU would be responsible. OK no-one is going to knock on your door or call the police, but imagine how bad you'd feel if you learnt someone was injured afterfollowing your instructions. Have a nice, safe day! ;-)</p>
<p>Thanks for pointing that out. I just made a comment about the voltages involved. Those same voltages can be interesting to work with if you're safe about it creating things like a Vandegraff generator or Jacobs Ladder.</p>

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