Flip Flop LED Circuit

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Introduction: Flip Flop LED Circuit

This is a simple circuit based on transistor 2N 2222A and some resistors, there are 2 LED s and when one is on other will be off and this will be repeated in equal intervals of time  

Step 1: Parts List

2 x  2N2222 transistor

2 x 10k resistor (brown black orange)

2 x 390 ohm resistor( orange white brown)

2 x  100uf electrolytic capacitor

1 x blue LED (or other colors u like)

1 x red LED (or other colors u like)

battery ( 3 - 9v)

switch

Step 2: Circuit Diagram

complete the circuit according to the circuit diagram,here i have used a common circuit board, there is a simple way to find the polarity of the LED ie, by looking for the flat part in the diameter of the LED the leg in that side will be negative 

Step 3: Conclusion

 use safety scissors to decrease the length of the legs of components, do not use more than 9v which will make the transistor hot and some times burned,use alligator clips while soldering the transistors which will reduce the heat of the transistor thus saving it,comment if u have any doubts

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    42 Discussions

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    thenerdygeeky
    thenerdygeeky

    Question 3 months ago on Introduction

    Hey I’m wanting to make this but using a 12v power supply and the leds I have are maid for 12v but I want to use them to make this what would I have to replace the parts with to be able to get it to work like this please

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    GuntherM1966
    GuntherM1966

    Question 1 year ago

    Hi I googled for a flip flop circuit but for 12VDC and came out here, the diagram looks ok, but how can I mod this for use with 12VDC? Comming from a open collector output from a Velleman K8055 printboard? Thanks in advance, and thanks for sharing this :)

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    VinayK148
    VinayK148

    3 years ago

    Can somebody please tell me about the dependence of frequency on the capacitance used. does it vary as the root of the capacitance or is there a linear relationship??

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    manicmonday
    manicmonday

    5 years ago on Step 2

    Would someone please explain in detail exactly how that schematic works to produce the flip-flop effect?

    Thanks

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    thakshak
    thakshak

    Reply 4 years ago

    hi friend,

    its called an oscillator circuit.

    the capacitors are the real key to this circuit. The caps alternatively charge and discharge, which causes the two transistors to alternatively turn on and off.

    check this circuit here. for better understanding.

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    HjalteL
    HjalteL

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hello i think your link is broken.

    If anyone want to see how this circuit works i have made a model of it:

    http://tinyurl.com/jn9wcpf

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    NandiniG4
    NandiniG4

    Reply 4 years ago

    in this circuit, can i give a supply of 3.3 V or 5V? if I can then i have to change the value of capacitor and resistor?

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    manicmonday
    manicmonday

    Reply 4 years ago

    I do appreciate your help, but instead of detail you have given me an overview and an animation. The animation shows what is happening in the circuit except nothing about the orientation or state of the capacitors. It doesn't tell me what the graphs at the bottom mean. What it really doesn't show is why these things are happening. Why does one capacitor charge while the other discharges? Why are both transistors not "ON" at the same time?

    I feel this understanding is important to my continued advancement in the electronics field. To understand how is meaningless if you don't understand why.

    I built this circuit and it works, but I still don't understand it.

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    manicmonday
    manicmonday

    Reply 4 years ago

    Which capacitor is charging when the left led is on? Thanks

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    thakshak
    thakshak

    Reply 4 years ago

    consider the circuit from the link in my previous reply. c1 is discharged when left led is on. change the simulation speed(top-right corner of page) in the link for better understanding.

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    clayman987
    clayman987

    7 years ago on Step 2

    I am wondering are the transistors 3904 or 2N2222A because all I have is 3904. And for the 390 ohm resistor can I use 330 ohms, sorry I don't have many parts!:)

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    peterochoa45
    peterochoa45

    Reply 4 years ago

    Yes, I did that... I thing is for the LED's so I think you can use down to 220 Ohms

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    clayman987
    clayman987

    Reply 4 years ago

    Its been a long time!

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    49percentGood
    49percentGood

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    This is a late post but for anyone in the future, yes, you can substitute all of those parts and it will work.

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    Mudbud
    Mudbud

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Those should work, as long as its NPN, (to an extent)

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    AnwarS1
    AnwarS1

    6 years ago on Introduction

    hello..can this circuit use 3v of voltage?

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    peterochoa45
    peterochoa45

    Reply 4 years ago

    Sure, I already tried it

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    wliu3
    wliu3

    6 years ago

    Next time solder the transistors at last as they are quite heat sensitive.