Ultra TV-B-Gone





Introduction: Ultra TV-B-Gone

This TV-B-Gone uses a 9V battery to send its signal through a matrix of 20 IR LEDS. This extends the working range of the device to about 90ft (line of sight). Using this in a regular sized room you are pretty much guaranteed to kill the TV no matter where you point it.

Step 1: Get the Stuff

You wont need much to build this, here is a list of the materials:
1 2N3904 Transistor (experiment with what you have around, it will probably work)
1 9V battery
1 9V battery holder
20 IR LED's

As far as tools go here is what I used:
soldering Iron + solder
desoldering pump
hobby knife
wire cutters/strippers

If you dont have the TV-B-Gone already you can get one at the Make Store: http://makezine.com/store/

Step 2: Modify the TV-B-Gone

Take apart the TV-B-Gone and examine the board, you will notice it uses two sets of batteries. The two 3V batteries on top drive the LED's and the bottom 3V battery powers everything else. To save a little space we moved the 3V battery to the top holder and connected the stuff that was connected to the 6V supply to the 9V battery.

To get rid of the lower battery holder you have to use a sharp cutting tool to break the connection on the right side of the top battery holder. Then on the left side solder a wire from the big pad through the hole that is right next to it. Now you can remove the lower battery holder and move the bigger 3v battery to the top holder.

Step 3: Add Wires

Remove the IR LED that is on the TV-B-Gone and replace it with a pair of wires. Then solder wires for gnd and +9V in the two places shown in the photos below.

Step 4: Make the LED Array

Start with two LED's and decide which direction you will stitch. Bend the inside lead towards the second LED and solder it then repeat until you have a string of four LED's. Then repeat the entire process five times.

Now bend the leads of one set to the side and attach another set between the two bent leads. Repeat this until you have filled out the entire grid.

Note: Always check the polarity of the LED's you are soldering. This configuration creates five parallel blocks of four LED's in series.

Step 5: Complete the Circuit

If you are looking at the flat side of a 2N3904 with the pins down the pins are called Emitter, Base, and Collector from left to right. Attach the Collector and the LED- connection from the TV-B-Gone PCB to the negative side of the LED array. Then connect the Base to the LED+ wire. Next connect the emitter to ground on the circuit board.

Now wire the positive side of the LED array to the 9V supply. Finally connect the ground and 9V wires from the PCB to the 9v Battery clip. Attach the LED array and PCB to the battery clip. You can use anything from around, duct tape will work nicely. I had some double stick foam so I used that. The End.



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    i wish u can show us how to make your homemade tv

    it would be awsom

    And i can make my own too. I am working at a german TV company that makes High End TVs^^

    Its possible. A friend from me build a small tube TV and it works fine

    someone said their dad made one. don't remember who, but it would not be a project for people with limited supplies equipment or tools.

    My question is why the hell someone Would Take The Time To Press The Shift Button For Every Single Word.
    My pinky is tired.

    In Germany we are writing so many Words with a capital Letter at the Beginning. Just like this Sentences.

    derin, This Is Not Craigslist, No Spelling Or Grammar Nazis Allowed Here,

    it has a program that has all the tv remotes "off" pattern. Each tv is different ( different modle) and has a special inferad signal which turns it off. The tv-be-gone knows and plays one by one, so it may take a few seconds for the tv to turn off.

    Would these LEDs work? If so, this would be very cheap. http://www.taydaelectronics.com/sensors-transducer/optical-sensor/infrared-led-940nm-5mm-tsal7400.html

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    Is there a limit to how many LED's you can use with a 9v battery? Would the same 20-LED array you have work on this project? https://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-TV-B-Gone-SHP-And-Save-45/

    A word of caution. A friend of mine and I built this over the weekend and tried it out on my 32" lcd tv. It put the tv into a "please run channel auto scan" mode, and all the controls (remote and hardware) became unresponsive. After an hour on the phone with the manufacturer support, they gave up and said "sounds like you need to buy a new tv". I'm a little baffled how this is even possible, but it seems like this device might have a bit of a perma-death aspect