Introduction: Joule Theif

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A joule thief is a self-oscillating voltage booster. It can use nearly all of the energy in a single-cell electric battery, even far below the voltage where other circuits consider the battery dead.

This circuit uses the self-oscillating properties so the output voltage is increased at the expense of higher current draw on the input.

Step 1: Materials

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Wire about 26 and 30 gauge wires
1k Resistor
A Standard transistor
(Capacitor is optional) But the the output will be more steady
Dead battery

Step 2: Follow the Schematics on the Last Step

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Follow the Schematics on the Last step

You don't need any soldering. Just follow the schematics and twist the wires in place.

Now you can use the rest of the battery life with a dead battery.

You can also place this in your electronics to help pull out the remaining bit of electricity that is stored within the battery.


Romyr John AndreiP (author)2016-04-25

is it ok to use any type of

1.) transistor

2.) Resistor?

And is it ok to use a smaller toroid?

MOHAMMAD11 made it! (author)2016-01-15

awesome! I made it!

Volthaus Electronics Laboratory made it! (author)2015-03-30

Good collection of the best examples of how to put together a Joule Thief circuit.

knexpert1700 (author)2014-05-08

I think most (Or even all) of these pictures aren't yours

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