Recycled Light Dimmer

Recycled PlanetsRecycled Planets wrote 03/13/2020 at 22:52 • 2 min read • Like

You can see my device working in the video:

I ordered a USB solar charger from China. It took a long time to arrive but when it came it was a kit. There were missing parts. There was no wire to attach the solar cell to the USB power supply and the rechargeable battery was missing. I figured I could use the USB power supply if I connect it to wind generator. I could not find a use for the bright LED that came with the kit.

Yesterday I found this article on

Step 1: Design the Circuit

I drawn the following circuit on PSpice student edition:

The method for calculating the maximum LED current is explained in the Instructable.

Step 2: Build the Circuit

I chosen Rv1 as only 100 ohms because my power supply is 3 volts. You cannot see it in the photo because it is behind the potentiometer. Rv2 is an 2 kohm resistor that I had for many years from an old appliance that I taken apart many years ago.

My hobby solder would not stick to PCB tracks and the holes were very small. Thus I used wire wrap wire.

i attached the circuit to foam packaging material piece with high power insulated wires and attached the potentiometer to the packaging foam piece with 2 mm metal wire bits.

You can see that in the video that the connections are not very reliable.

Probably I should have tried drilling the holes to make them wider or using solder flux to allow sticking of solder to the PCB tracks.