Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Detector With LM358




In this instructable I will show you how to make an Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detector with dual operational amplifier and 2 inductors.

With this device you can hear for example your TV or phone working.

The circuit is relatively simple. For me the hardest part was drilling the enclosure.

Step 1: Parts List

For this instructable you will need:

1x - EMF detector PCB (or you can use perfboard)

1x - 9V battery clip (6f22)

1x - stereo audio jack 3.5 mm

1x - LM358 - or any other pin compatibile dual opamp (TL072 works fine)

2x - 100mH radial inductor (may be labeled as 104J)

1x - LED (whatever color/parameters)

1x - potentiometer 500kΩ stereo linear

1x - 1N4148 or any other general purpose diode

3x - 1kΩ resistor

2x - 10kΩ resistor

2x - 100kΩ resistor

2x - 100µF electrolytic capacitor (any voltage rating)

4x - 2.2µF electrolytic capacitor (any voltage rating)

A few meters of hookup wire for wiring the potentiometer, audio jack etc. - I used 24AWG red and blue


1x - enclosure (optional)

2x - LED holder 10mm

1x - LED holder 3mm

1x - SPDT switch

1x - 8 pin socket

Step 2: Schematic and Board


I powered this circuit from 9V battery although according to datasheet of lm358 you could use a voltage source as high as 32 Volts but then you would have to use capacitors with adequate voltage ratings.

The dual powersupply is achieved with a simple voltage divider.

A changing magnetic filed will induce current in the 2 inductors wich will then be amplified for the headphones by LM358.

To make the schematic and the PCB I used a free program CadSoft Eagle which I would recommend to anyone making schematics or PCBs.

Step 3: Etching the PCB

I did not make the video.

I etched the PCB with i guess "photographic method" - that would be the direct translation from my language. I printed out the PDF file from previous step on transparent foil and then shone through it on photosensitve PCB, then developed it in solution of sodium hydroxide and then etched it in ferric chloride. If you find it confusing just watch the video, It's very well explained.

Also don't forget to orient the transparent foil on the PCB so that you can read the words written on it.

Step 4: Soldering, Wiring and Testing the Circuit

At first I soldered all the flat components and then the higher ones. Then I used hookup wire to attach the potentiometer, inductors, switch, led and audio jack.

If you followed the instructions carefully the circuit should work on the first try. The best way to test it is to bring it near a working wall adapter but be careful with the volume! This circuit is very sensitive.

Step 5: Drilling the Enclosure and Fitting It In

For me the drilling is always the fun part because I often don't have the proper drill bits but when I have them I can not put them into my small hand dril anyway so I drilled most of the holes by turning the drillbits with pliers. Unfortunately I did not take any photos during drilling.

When you're finished drilling you can just screw everything in and enjoy your awesome EMF detector!

Step 6: Conclusion

For me this was a fun project and a good practice in PCB design and soldering.

If you manage to build this project don't forget to post your results into the comments.



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    10 Discussions


    7 weeks ago

    I dont understand the dual power supply. Is negative on the battery also ground? it has to be, doesn't it? Also, how would one use a voltmeter to check it? ground and the +5 supposed to read 5volts, and ground and the -5 is -5volts? what if you try and read the voltage across -5 and +5? should it then be ten volts?


    5 months ago

    can something besides 2x 100mH radial inductors be used instead?


    Question 1 year ago

    is there a way to incorporate 2 antenna to increase the range?


    2 years ago

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I will probably increase the gain/sensitivity because i have a narrowly focused need for this type of circuit. Specifically I need to detect when a haptic feedback motor runs in a piece of gear that i cannot wire to directly. Are the inductors you selected air core or ferrite core?

    Thank you,



    2 years ago

    Can you use potentiometers with less resistance? Can't find any 500kOhm linear stereo potentiometers

    1 reply
    DIY Circuitspandox

    Reply 2 years ago

    if you were to use smaller potentiometers then you would also have to use smaller resistors R3,R4,R5,R6 in order to preserve sound characteristic. For example if you used a 50k pot that is 10 times smaller than 500k then you would have to use 10 times smaller R3,R4,R5,R6.


    2 years ago

    Nice ! Will it detect ghosts? Ha ha


    2 years ago

    Hello, if this device can detect the cable under alternating voltage, hidden in the wall?

    1 reply
    DIY CircuitsZheka163

    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes it can but there must be current flowing so if you are looking for a cable that goes to light bulb you have to turn it on first.