Tsukure Mad Labs Voltage Doubler Circuit

Voltage doubler is the circuit where we get the twice of the input voltage, like if we supply 5v voltage, we will get 10 volt at the output. Generally transformers are there to step-up or step-down the voltage, but sometimes transformers are not feasible because of their size and cost. So here is the quick, easy and practical solution to double the voltage, using 555 timer IC.

We can divide the circuit into two parts, first part consist the 555 time IC in Astable mode, to generate the square wave and second part consist 2 diodes and 2 capacitors to double the output voltage.

We have configured 555 Timer IC in Astable multivibrator mode to generate the square wave of approx. 2KHz, this frequency is decided by the resistor R1, R2 and capacitor C1. Below is he formulae for the same:

F = 1.44 / (R1+2*R2) * C1

When the output at PIN 3 of 555 IC is low, Diode D1 get forward biased and capacitor C3 get charged through the D1. Capacitor C3 get charged up to the same voltage at the source, in our case 5v.

Now when output at PIN 3 goes high, D1 get reverse biased and blocks the discharging of the capacitor C3, and at the same time D2 is forward biased and allow the capacitor C4 to charge. Now the capacitor C4 charges with the combined voltage of Capacitor C3 and the input source voltage, means  5v of capacitor C3 and 5v of input supply, so it charges up to 10v (twice the voltage of input source). But in practical we get output voltage less than the twice of input voltage, like in our case we get approx. 8.76v instead of 10v.

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Below you will find a list of bits to gather before hand, followed by a detailed schematic. Using a breadboard lay out the components and connect them together as shown. Alternatively you can purchase this module from our shop and simply solder the components in the places indicated on the quality assured printed circuit boards provided.


What You Need...


2 100 (10pF / 0.01nF) Capacitor (Ceramic)
2 22uF Capacitor (Polarized)
2 PCB Mount 2-Pin Screw Terminal Block Connector (Other)
2 1N4007 Diode
1 555 Timer Integrated Circuit (IC)
1 10K
[ Brown, Black, Black, Red ]
Resistor (0.25 Watt)
1 33K
[ Orange, Orange, Black, Red ]
Resistor (0.25 Watt)

NB: Any resistor colour codes specified relate to 5 band resistor codes, the 5th band has not been shown intentionally. The 5th band indicates the resistor tolerence, we use only the highest tolerence resistors in our products.


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