This “flasher” is not an exhibitionist, as you might think from the name.
It’s actually a very simple beambot design, one that just flashes a LED.
The tricky bit is getting enough voltage to light up the diode. If you want to power your bot with solar cells or an AA battery, you will need a step-up converter.
There’s many such converters, a quick Google search will give you some ideas.
Ok, maybe try something like “flasher beambot” instead =D
Here’s some of the circuits I’ve tried:
Coil-less 1.5V LED flasher
This is the circuit I used in my “flasher” beambots.
Here’s a schematic (source)):
It’s OK, but needs a bit higher voltage to work right. 1.5V or slightly more is perfect.
Solar garden-light circuit
This schematic is from a solar-powered garden light.
I haven’t tried to rebuild it yet, but it should be a good option for powering beambots in general.
It certainly provides enough voltage and current to light up a white LED.
Adding a parallel capacitor to the output might be a good idea, since there’s going to be some noise from the coils. If you just send it to a motor, you shouldn’t need to worry about this.
I’ve disassembled it and traced the connections on the PCB. Please excuse my drawing skills ^^
Here’s values of the parts:
The solar cell should give around 2V. The garden light used 4 cells in series, those can give about 0.5V each, depending on quality.
I believe the accumulator was a NiMH one, those are rated 1.2V. Any 1.5V one should work just fine, too. A large capacitor would also work, to some extent.
Glow in dark
The garden light harvests solar energy during day, and lights up at night.
If you take out
T2 (and the attached resistors
R1), the “light in dark” feature should be disabled and it’ll work always.
One of my flashers is shown in the header photo.
Here’s my other builds: