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What does this circuit do? Answered

I pulled this out of a battery powered fluorescent light.  It runs on 12 volts and has a decent transformer in it. What is the purpose of this circuit? Also, how could I turn this into a capacitor charger?


A fluorescent tube produces light by forming a plasma which emits ultraviolet light, this produces visible light by inducing fluorescence in the white-coating inside the tube,
To produce the plasma high voltages are required, and this is what the circuit does. The little black transistor and the transformer convert low voltage DC to HV.
You could just connect the thing to a HV cap', provided that the voltage is appropriate.


I agrre with lemonie. I have a fluorescent tube curciut just like that. from an old hp printer

I believe this circuit produces a AC output so you would need to rectify it to charge the capacitor. I expect that a 1N4007 diode would suffice but it would be safest to check the voltage output from the transformer first.