This article presents a simple power transistor inverter and MOSFET motor driver:
I designed a more simpler circuit to implement the control system in the following on Hack a Day article:
You can see my circuit working in those videos:
Step 1: Design the Circuit
This is my circuit drawn in the old PSpice software:
Later I modified the circuit to work with a Zener diode:
This is a well known MOSFET motor driver circuit. It is used for H-bridge MOSFET circuits. However, this circuit might cost more money. You also have to be careful to make sure you not exceed the maximum gate voltage, the MOSFET input voltage.
I also replaced the capacitors with a voltage regulator. Some voltage regulators might have a minimum input voltage above 3 V that I specified as a power supply for this circuit. Thus you might need to increase the power supply voltage.
You can google MOSFETs on the internet. There is Depletion MOSFET and Enhancement MOSFET. There is a good quote on the internet about the difference of those two types of transistors:
- Depletion Type – the transistor requires the Gate-Source voltage, (Vgs) to switch the device “OFF”. The depletion mode MOSFET is equivalent to a “Normally Closed” switch.
- Enhancement Type – the transistor requires a Gate-Source voltage, (Vgs) to switch the device “ON”. The enhancement mode MOSFET is equivalent to a “Normally Open” switch.
I used Enhancement Type MOSFET.
Step 2: Make the Circuit
I used a 3.3 V Zener diode instead of 4.3 V Zener diode because this is what I had in stock. The use of a voltage regulator will prevent power loss caused by the 100 ohm Rz resistor.
Step 3: Testing