I will redo this Instructable
so it will be easier to read
This is a device that can power a tl tube. (fluorescent tube)
from 1 or 2 batteries depending on how bright you want it.
It can handle up to 40 wats.
this device comes from this page
I am only making the Instructable for it.
Step 1: Get your tools and stuff
1 pair of pliers
1 side cutter
1 camera (does not matter what kind, but not digital)
1 tl tube
1 soldering iron
1 hour time
1 cup of coffee
Step 2: Taking it apart
Keep the circuit board in 1 piece.
When you're done, throw the plastic away unles you used a flash like on the photo.
Keep the lens and other bits for other projects. You do have a junk drawer, don't you?
Step 3: Rebuilding it
You cut the diode at the anode side (assuming that there is 1 diode with the bar at the cathode side).
You unsolder the flash and capacitor and that is about it.
Step 4: Wire it
1. Connect 1 wire to the part of the diode that is still on the board (not the leftover pin but the side with the white bar on it)
2. Solder the on button/switch in a permanent on position.
3. The other connection is to the pin that is connected to the discarge coil.