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On/Off Button

It features at least once in every Small Circuits collection: the 555 timer. In this simple circuit we give the chip a little more attention than usual (refer to ‘The Eternal 555’ in the July/August 2004 issue). It is astonishing what can be built with a 555. Here at Elektor Electronics we are always infatuated with simple circuits using this IC, such as the one shown here. The 555 is used here so that a single pushbutton can operate a relay. If you press the button once, the relay is energised. When you press it again the relay turns off. In addition, it is possible to define the initial state of the relay when the power supply is switched on.
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