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Old Feb 25, 2002, 10:40 PM
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NeonWire on sale at Target

I picked up some NeonWire car kits at Target on sale. 6' kits for $17.

Anyone have a simple circuit to power these off of a 9v battery?

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Old Feb 25, 2002, 11:05 PM
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Hmmm... any idea of what the output specifications are on the included driver?

Shouldn't be too aweful hard to make.

Is the Neonwire pretty narrow/light? (no pun intended)

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Old Feb 25, 2002, 11:23 PM
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It's probably that same as Glowire. 120 AC at 4000mhz. It comes with a 12 DC converter (car lighter plug attached to a transformer.)

Is it possible to take a small wall transformer and reverse it?

I may break down and just buy a Glowire system, but I would like to understand the transformer a bit more.

Thanks,

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Old Feb 26, 2002, 07:35 AM
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4GHz? Seems like that would make a lot of noise..
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Old Feb 26, 2002, 09:22 AM
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4GHz? Seems like that would make a lot of noise..
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No noise, but it would cook any bird who happened to be flying by

Rt, it would be a bit more complicated than reversing a wall transformer, but a 120v to 9v ac to ac transformer might be a good start, if a bit heavy. Then you'd need a way to generate the ac waveform on the 9v side to get the 120v ac on the other side.

Worth looking at, especially if the Target stuff is cheaper than "real" glowire.
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Old Feb 26, 2002, 10:11 AM
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How about gutting a handheld fluorescent lamp?
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Old Feb 26, 2002, 10:28 AM
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Here is a recipie to up your voltage....

A voltage multiplier of many magnitudes can be assembled from arrays of easily obtainable components that are both light weight and cheap......diodes and capacitors. Current ouput is decreased at least an equal magnitude, but with low current devices such as neon-lights (and glowwire?) it works quite well.
All that is required is a pulsed-dc or ac source of about 6volts+, of adaquate HZ (60+) to be able to step up the voltage. The power-source of the multiplier is an easy design with a 555 timer and a transistor amp, or some sort of OP-AMP with a tuned (capacitor/resistor) positive feedback differential.

http://www.gensemi.com/appnotespdf/volt_mul.pdf

Enjoy,

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Old Feb 26, 2002, 12:20 PM
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Oops. 4000hz.

Thanks for the info. I'll have to dig out my electronics books. Hopefully i can still understand the cartoons .

Basic Glowire is about $2 per foot.

The Target sale doesn't seem as good of a deal now.

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