Martin  Oßmann
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Low-Power LED Flash

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Low-Power LED Flash
This circuit will need just a few micro-amps to make an LED flash. The energy comes from a home made ‘vegetarian’ battery.We have to admit that the circuit shown in Figure 1 appears a bit over the top for an on/off indicator, as the same functionality could have been achieved from a classic combination of an LED and a series resistor. However, the circuit is unbeaten we feel in that it shows how a visual on/off indication may be realised in battery-powered equipment, while using a minimum of energy.
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Gerber file

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Component list
R1,R6 = 1MOhm
R2 = 3MOhm3
R3,R4 = 9MOhm1
R5 = 100kOhm
C1,C2 = 1µ F 16V (see text)
D1 = LED, red, low current
IC1 = TS271C (see text)
T1 = BC557C
T2 = BC547C
K1 = 2 solder pins
2 solder tags
9 copper or coppered discs (e.g. coins, see text)
9 aluminium discs (see text)
Absorbing kitchenpaper (see text)
1 lemon (or pure lemon juice, see text)
1 rubber ring
PCB, available from The PCBShop
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