• Recycled Light Dimmer

    03/13/2020 at 22:52 0 comments

    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 https://instructables.com:

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Colour-Lights/


    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.