Step 14: Circuitry

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The rectifier circuit template in the PDF should be able to fit right over a standard project board (the ones that require soldering.) This should make a nice, neat converter for AC to DC that you can tuck away wherever you need to.

That being said, start with a solderless bread board.

Either way, the big schottky diodes will need headers or wire soldered to them to fit in. They have leads that are too wide to go in. Regular diodes will fit fine, but they have a higher voltage drop. If you use the diodes I mentioned in the parts list, you lose less voltage with these big guys. Since every volt counts here, I'd highly recommend you deal with the added trouble of the oversize diodes.

When you put the circuit together, follow the rectifier diagram, watching the diode bands and capacitor polarity. Switching things the wrong way will make the circuit not work (or worse.) Attach a multimeter to leads off both ends of the cap and be ready to watch the voltage (start in millivolts for a reading, then work up as you spin it faster).

Attach coil leads by color per the diagram--they go between two diodes. The template should make this pretty clear.
dellmang1875 years ago
i wanna do this one but im really not to good with circuits
mhelo756 years ago
Sir may i ask whats the rating in terms of microfarad and voltage is your capacitor? thanks for the instructibles. im going to build this design of yours so i would have an idea of the basic and build a bigger one.
istifen6 years ago
this is cool ive done mine following this instructable but my only problem is this circuitry set up. please do make an instructable on this. And please make it as simple as possible.