7 ideas of 555 DC boost converter circuit

These are 555 DC boost converter circuits.

Why use them?

Suppose you get these problems.

Low voltage! Too high! or need to turn polarity and more.

There may be many ways to solve these problems.

But today let me recommend these DC to DC converter circuits.

All use 555 is key. Did you make an LED flasher using 555?

You enjoy it. me too. We do it easily as it is small and uses a few parts. While LED blinks, it is AC.

7 ideas of 555 DC boost converter circuit

Do you understand DC and AC? We want DC, right? Like 12V, 5V, -5V, and more.

We have known AC change form easily than DC.

Imagine AC signal gets into a rectifier diode. What happens?

The output voltage is DC and has the polarity as we want.

I think some unclear understand.

Look: Below!

7 sample 555 timer DC boost converter circuits wait for you to see.

Ready to get started?

Read first: How does NE555 timer circuit works | Datasheet | Pinout

Isolated DC to DC Converter circuit

This is an isolated DC to DC Converter circuit in digital. In using a digital measurement circuit to connecting with other circuits.

If the primary voltage is 5 V, but you want a higher voltage between 9V to 12V.

This circuit may solve your problem!

It can converter a DC 5V input into DC 7.5V to 12V output at 50mA current.

Important! it is an isolated style makes a good performance.

They include a few parts, a 555 timer, small transformer, Zener Diode, and more in a simple circuit.

It may help you.

How it works

555 DC Converter circuit for digital
Circuit diagram of 555 DC converter for digital

On circuit consist of an astable Multivibrators using a 555 timer. They will control the power supply is on and off. To drives a transformer-T1 through the transistor Q1-BC547.

The output voltage of the secondary coil is rectified by D4 (in half-wave). And filtered with the capacitor C3. Then there is the Zener diode-ZD1 as act regulated voltage.

Warning: Do not use power supply over 15V because of IC1 get damaged.

The chip damaged


How to choose parts in Isolated DC Converter

It is a 1:1 ratio pattern. You can look at these transformers in many using. For example, To control an SCR and a small radio transformer, etc.

Each type of transformer is suitable for different frequencies and pulse width.

  • SCR transformer is suitable for a frequency of 100 kHz.
  • Audio frequency transformers, as well as approximately 0.5 to 40 Hz.

VR1 and VR2
To adjust the frequency and pulse width of the output oscillator.

Then, look at the Figure below. The frequency waveform includes two-time width.

  • Charging Time is controlled by VR1, R1, and C1.
  • DisCharged Time is controlled by VR2, R2, and C1.

While Diodes D1, D2 set a direction of the current each time.

The frequency of the circuit can get by:

F = 1/[0.7C1(VR1+VR2+R1+R2)]
= Hz

How to find frequency of Output DC pulse of 555 oscillator
How to find a frequency of Output DC pulse of 555 oscillator

Zener diode ZD1
To set the output voltage. For example, 7.5V, 9V, 12V max.

Parts you will need

IC1: 555 timer
Q1: BC548, NPN transistor
D1-D4: 1N4148 diodes
C1,C3: 10uF 25V Electrolytic
C2: 0.001uF 50V Ceramic capacitor
0.25W 5% Resistors
R1, R2: 1K
R3: 4.7K
R4: 220 ohms
VR1, VR2: 100K to 1M potentiometer

Notice The transformer must be connected in proper polarity. Do not connect in the wrong terminal.

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What’s more

Doubler Voltage 12VDC to 24VDC using NE555

This is Simple Doubler Voltage circuit, from voltage 12VDC to be 24VDC. Use the IC highly popular number, a NE555 timer. And other a few pieces of devices too.

DC doubler voltage 12V to 24V using NE555
DC doubler voltage 12V to 24V using NE555

It can give current get about 10mA-20mA. The circuit requires a low current and unstable.

The Circuit Principle works

When using Volt input 12VDC give with the circuit will touch filter current smoothly with increasingly.

The capacitors C5 give with IC1. The resistor R1, R2, and capacitors C1.

Which builds the circuit model astable multi-vibrator Square wave generator. At the frequency of about 2KHz comes out the way pin 3 of IC1.

By having capacitors C3, C4 diode D1, and D2. Which build be boost up voltage x 2.

Which will increase the voltage level at the output in the direct current about 24VDC. Or 2 times of the level Voltage input.

Others Doubler Voltage Step-up converter
Using TDA2822
DC Boost Converter circuit

It’s not enough. We need more voltage.

DC to DC converter using NE555

We called the 555 DC boost converter circuit. To increase the output voltage. There can change in output values.

For example, 6VDC to 12VDC converter, 12VDC input to 24VDC output.

DC to DC converter using NE555

Here is the step-by-step process.

When the input voltages get into IC1-NE555. There is the output comes out of pin 3 at a frequency of 1 kHz.

Then, The frequency comes in both transistor Q1-BC547 and Q2-BC557. They are a push-pull amplifier to increase more signal level.

Q1 runs with a positive signal. In contrast, Q2 runs with a negative signal.

With this reason, C2 and C3 capacitors are half-wave alternating works.

When connects the load to use. The voltage from C2 to C3 is discharged out.

It causes the output is a higher voltage about almost two times, less than 2 times.

Because of the loss inside both diodes D1-D3.

That is not all…

Did you want -negative voltage?

Look: Below

Read also: 

9V battery changed to -5V

Sometimes, we want to test the circuits require -5V negative power supply. But we have only the 9V battery.

How to change 9V battery to -5V. Sound good?

Let me explain why this circuit can do?

Look in the circuit

-5V Negative converter from 9V battery

Like the above circuits, NE555 runs a square wave at the output about 6V.

When the output is a positive pulse. Then, C2 charges the voltage through D1 to ground.

And if the pulse is negative. The capacitor C2 will discharge through diode D1 and capacitor C3.

This we get negative voltage is about-6V. And there is Zener diose to keep a stable voltage, -5V. With output current approximately 12mA max.

Negative supply voltage low current

we have an AC adapter for various electronic circuit experiments. But it is a single power supply only positive voltage.

Imagine your circuit requires a negative voltage supply too.

How do this case?

This circuit is an answer. Why?

It can convert the positive voltage from the AC adapter to the negative output.

Look: in the circuit.

Positive to Negative voltage converter using 555

Of course, we use IC1-555 like above circuits with R1, R2, and C1. They are A Stable Multi Vibrator circuit.

And its output is a square wave. It is a positive signal pulse frequency of 2.3 kHz output pin 3 of IC1.

And C3 and D1 connected to the CLAMP circuit. They serve to a positive pulse to a negative pulse signal.

The D2 and C3 act negative pulse signal are converted direct current (DCV) electrical signals in negative. So, the output voltage to a negative DC electrical.

Others: 555 DC boost converter circuit working

Simple Dual Power supply from single supply

I like to try different circuits by using an adapter as a power source.

But it has some disadvantages. Imagine we learn about 741 op-amp works.

We cannot use that adapter. Because the op-amps require a three-terminal power supply, positive and negative and ground.

I want you to try this circuit below.

Although, It gives a low current of power, lower than 10mA.

Let me explain you.

The NE555 in a stable multivibrator circuit produces a frequency rectangular wave about 100 Hz out of pin 3.

This Pulse signal passes C3 and C4 before to rectifies to DC voltage. They have both positive and negative, +9V and -9V.

Positive power supply will work with the rectifier D1 and D2. When a positive signal to be via D2 to the output.

Dual power supply from Single supply using 555

And filtered by C5 to filter the voltage to smooth again. If there is a negative signal, D1 will pass it to the ground.

In contrast, the negative part, Both D3 and D4 the rectifier. When a negative signal to the output signal to be via D3. And will be filtered from C6 to smooth again. And D4 will a positive signal to ground.

Note: These circuits worked well as the video below.

Even more importantly!

555 DC to AC converter circuit


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Apichet Garaipoom

I love the electronic circuits. I will collect a lot of circuit electronics to teach my son and are useful for everyone.
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