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I found my old serial port, flatbed scanner and decided to do something useful with it. I have seen other scanner Instructables, like this one from jpitz31 and this one from trebuchet03 but nothing like what I had in mind. This is easy to make and versatile. Watch the Test Results in the video.



 
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Step 1: What You Need...

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1. A flatbed scanner. I used an HP 3200C. You can find them all day long at garage sales...
2. 1/2" clear vinyl tubing
3. 2 Project Enclosures (Radio Shack Model: 270-1801)
4. Switch

Step 2: Disassemble the Scanner

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This scanner only had 2 screws and the top came right off. Save it if you want the glass out of it. Remove the carriage assembly off the steel rod. I saved the rod for another day.

Step 3: Remove the lamp and the Inverter

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Remove the Inverter by unplugging the (2) connectors and carefully remove the lamp. Save the AC Adapter, you may need this one.

Step 4: Prep the housings...

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I drilled 2 - 1/2" holes in the ends of the boxes, one small hole in one box for the ac adapter wires and a hole for the switch. I mounted the Inverter in the main box with hot glue. I also used a 6volt - 500Ma adapter instead of the original. (Some bench testing may be necessary to determine the exact voltage required to fully light, yet not blow the fluorescent lamp.) Run the wires from the ac adapter into the smaller hole in the box. Install the switch. Solder the negative ac adapter wire to one end of the switch and solder the other end of the switch to the black wire coming from the inverter. Solder the red wire from the Inverter to the positive side of the ac adapter. You should add some heat tubing and tie a not in the wires from the ac adapter to keep it from pull stress.
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mammasboy1 year ago
is it possible at all to run the lamp without mains power?

Maybe it won't get enough current and glow dim, but if you have a big 12V battery around, try it.

stncilr3 years ago
I finally made one! Now im not too sure what to do with it... Check out more of my projects on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/stncilr
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Ampix03 years ago
Ok now I no longer have the power adapter (which is fine, for what im using this for it needs to be run off batteries anyway) So does anyone know what type of power I should be using here? Battery type?

I tried with 2 double A's and a VERY SMALL portion of the tube lit up.
pdub776 years ago
i just took apart my scanner and i found this. can anyone tell me what it is? tell me the truth. it's a flux capacitor, isn't it?!?! ; ) (the black and silver thing on the circuit board, not the whole circuit.)
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It's the CCD stupid(s)

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You totally missed the point. But thanks for being condescending. . .
Don't believe the lies they tell you about it being a scanner, it IS a flux capacitor, now hot-glue it to the back window of a Dalorian and GO GO GO!!!!
I think you're being sarcastic but if you're not, well it ISN'T a flux capacitator. It's the actual scanning thingy. The lamp is just to light up the page so the thingy can "see" the page.
svrobots awang83 years ago
I agree it is the camera that scans the page
pdub77 svrobots3 years ago
I still prefer the term 'thingy,' but thanks, scrobots.
pdub77 awang85 years ago
i don't want to be rude, awang8, but yes, we were employing a it of playful jocularity. everyone knows that flux capacitors are found in printers!!
mman1506 pdub775 years ago
awang8 is wrong its a flux capacitor
awang8 mman15065 years ago
Why would a flux capacitor be found in printers? It needs like... 1.21 Gigawatts of power. Well, what scans the page if that's a flux capacitor?
mman1506 awang85 years ago
the bar adsorbs power from the earth and stores it powering the axon tube to adsorb the electrons of the ink,its simple really
pdub77 mman15065 years ago
good call mman1506. you really know your scanners!
mman1506 pdub775 years ago
ive been studying the for a whole 3 days now
this is heavy (lol)
glue it in your car and if a cop pulls you over for speeding say you had to reach 88 MPH
sora pdub774 years ago
i do believe it is a ccd charge-coupled device
Argon27 pdub774 years ago
 It's actually a surface mount flux capacitor for your more discrete time travel needs. :D
Plasmana pdub776 years ago
I have one of those in my scanner too, I think It is the actual scanner...
darn i was planning to go to the past and correct all of my mistakes! And to get a computer from the future.
That bit is the actual scanner part. If you look on the big black thing it was enclosed in, you'll see the mirrors converge on a lens right on top of this part.
right on! thanks, man.
A good name4 years ago
Kip you have such a badass soldering iron! I want it!
Plasmana6 years ago

Please, anybody, I really need help here!

I am having a problem here, the inverter has four wires! I don't know which one I should connect to the battery and I don't want to risk damaging the inverter, please help me!

Also, what is that black thing that looks like a "C"?
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I think, not sure but I think, the red wire is where you should solder the positive adapter wire, and the black wire all the way on the far left is where you should solder the negative. Someone wanna double check me on this?
Okay, I used my multimeter to find out which lead goes where... The red wire is connected in series with a very high resistant resistor, and so as the brown wire... The orange and black wire appears to be connected to the circuit, I think those are the wires I am looking for! :) How many volts should I put on this thing? My scanner has no adapter, and it has no voltage ratings signs, so I am left to guess... :(
Id say 12v for a cold cathode light.
what about mine,its from the backlight of a laptop . It looks exactly the same,but i dont know if i should put in 12 volts or 5! becaus the fan of my laptop it 5 volts,the cd rom is 5 volts,floppy,hdd is 5v too so should i put in 5 volts?
If its powered by a yellow cable its 12v, if its red its 5v.
umm...it has like 5 wires they are: Red Black yellow WHITE brown and orange
Try 5v first then 12v. Its probably 12v though.
on what wires?
Derin ReCreate5 years ago
Try red and black first.
ReCreate Derin5 years ago
umm...that's what i tried first,no avail
Derin ReCreate5 years ago
oh
ReCreate Derin5 years ago
Yeah
Yellow and Black and Yellow and white, try those, yellow being the positive. Just a guess though.
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