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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.

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
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senj0h1 month ago

I wish, that at the very beinging, of this article, it said what the purpose of this article is.

Ampix04 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.
you could use a universal ac to dc adaptor
Zombie comments, but what the heck.
2 double A batteries only get you 2 or 3 volt in series. The lowest I have ever gotten ANY ccfl scanner lamp to work with is 7 volt, from a nearly dead 9 volt battery. So for AAs, try 6 in series. Should work, and run the lamp for... 30 hours or so.
A standard 9 volt usually lasts a few hours. A 12 volt sla, even a tired one out of an old ups, runs a LONG time.
Tapping the 12 volt rail of a computer psu works well too (yellow and black wire from the molex connector).
Avoid voltages much above 12 volt though as some of the little chips on the driver board heat up when given too little or too much voltage.
mammasboy2 years 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.

stncilr4 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
pdub777 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.)
what is this?.jpg
It's the CCD stupid(s)

Image for n00bs
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 awang84 years ago
I agree it is the camera that scans the page
pdub77 svrobots4 years ago
I still prefer the term 'thingy,' but thanks, scrobots.
pdub77 awang86 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 pdub776 years ago
awang8 is wrong its a flux capacitor
awang8 mman15066 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 awang86 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 mman15066 years ago
good call mman1506. you really know your scanners!
mman1506 pdub776 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 pdub775 years ago
i do believe it is a ccd charge-coupled device
Argon27 pdub775 years ago
 It's actually a surface mount flux capacitor for your more discrete time travel needs. :D
Plasmana pdub777 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 name5 years ago
Kip you have such a badass soldering iron! I want it!
Plasmana7 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"?
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 ReCreate6 years ago
Try red and black first.
ReCreate Derin6 years ago
umm...that's what i tried first,no avail
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