In this instructable I'll be showing you a super simply way to drive your flybacks! because i know for a fact that I'm tired of transistor type drivers and even the ZVS's are a pain. So get ready for this because I'm sure it'll make you excited as it did for me! heres my video tutorial for some more help.
Step 1: Materials and Important Tools Needed
- A Florescent light ballast: got mine off of amazon. just look for anything called a ballast. very old types done work, they use low frequency. so find a newerish kind.
- You'll need a flyback of course, get a nice big juicy one for some good arcs! and remember, older the better!
- A multi-meter is used to find your HV negative and primary coil in your flyback.
- something to submerge your flyback in. you'll want a sealed container, fill it with mineral oil and use that to insulate your flyback. if you dont do this, your flyback is likely to arc to other pins and will burn out.
- other commons like soldering iron and wire stirppers. you'll also need a 120V wall plug cord for the ballast.
Step 2: Setting Up the Ballast
The Ballast has a few wires that need to be sorted out. On one side you have white and black input wires for 120V AC that can go strait to your mains. so simply attach a power cord to that. On the other side there are two sets of wires that are clearly seperated. dont worry about one set, tie it off because its unused and will only get in the way. now the set you are using(red or blue, which ever you choose, ill be using blue for example) will have two of the same color and 1 yellow.(im basing everything off my philips advanced....) connect both of the blue wires together into one lead, now that one blue lead and the one yellow wire are the wires that are connected to your flybacks primary coil.