The 555 timer IC is an integrated circuit (chip) used in a variety of timer, pulse generation and oscillator applications. The part is still in widespread use, thanks to its ease of use, low price and good stability. The 556 timer is simply two 555 timers in a single package.

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Multiplexing a Circuit

Frankly, I'm overwhelmed with this circuit that I have to start building in lab tomorrow. Last week we built an octal decoder that takes a 3-bit binary input from 000 to 111 and displays a unique ...
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Solar Charge Controller Function Details

I am planning to make this controller: I would like to understand the way the components work to switch from charging to dumping and vice versa at set points. Note that the 555 timer is not being ...
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Identifying the “Preset” Component in this 555 Monostable Timer PCB

I have a PCB for a 555 monostable timer circuit as shown below: For the most part, the components are clearly labeled (I think the round circle with a + inside denotes a capacitor, but please ...
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Difference between NE555 and NE555xx

I'm going to order the NE555 chip from Texas Instruments (Link) to build a circuit, but they only have NE555P, NE555DR etc. Can I use the NE555xx instead of NE555? What is the difference between them? ...
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Can someone check over my schematic?

This is the first schematic I have made that was not a simple LED. I want to know if it seems good before I go and build it (and buy the parts). Here is the schematic: Here are a few of my ...
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555 and output amplifer with different Vcc supplies

I want to increase the power of the push-pull amplifier in this circuit. The left 555 generates a square wave and the righthand 555 is triggered by it, and the output of both is amplified by the pairs ...
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555 timer boost converter doesn't meet spec

I've been messing around with nixie tubes lately which requires a high voltage source (~150V-200V) to turn on. I searched around for a simple high voltage generator and found this circuit which uses ...
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Driving 555 control voltage with DAC

I have build a stepped tone generator (aka Atari Punk console) which are 2 555 timers connected together (one 555 is configured as a astable oscillator and drives the second configured as a monostable ...
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555 Astable Multivibrator Voltage Spikes

I built a 12V LED dimmer based on (modified from) the circuit below. Essentially I used a TIP31C instead of the Darlington pair, and provide power to 555 with 7805. An oscilloscope gave me the ...
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Floating charge pump for high side N-channel MOSFET bias

This question is derived from this one. I'd like to keep gate on for an indefinite period of time (100% Duty cycle) and for that I'd like to use charge pump since idea with relay is not attractive. ...
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Is this 12 volt LED circuit correct?

I found this "Plant Grow LED light" circuit on the Internet and I wanted to know if: (Please don't feel pressured to answer all my questions. You can just answer a few only if you like.) this is ...
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wiring 555 to disconnect itself from electricity

i had idea for a circuit with 555 and here is the IDEA: circuit is stationary somewhere, it is in "passive state" meaning its drawing no current from battery and pin 3 is set low, then someone comes ...
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Slightly weird astable oscillator in a 555, where does this capacitor discharge to?

In the 555 datasheet, the cap is usually connected to pin 7 (discharge), but in this circuit, it's not: When the capacitor voltage is >2/3Vcc, output will turn off and current will have no where to ...
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Modifications to 555 LED Fade Circuit

I was looking for a circuit to fade an LED on and off using no microcontrollers, and found this nice circuit: http://www.555-timer-circuits.com/up-down-fading-led.html it seems like exactly what I ...
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Boost converter simulation keeps getting fried

In my project I want to use a couple of old russian VFDs. To drive them, I need 28V from a 12V power supply. The plan is to use a DC-DC boost converter as calculated here and here. I've ported the ...
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NE555 Timer Problem

I need help using an NE555 timer to flash an LED. Here is my current set up: All resistors are 220 Ohms and LED is link The capacitor is 10uf and same result happens with 1uf. I am using a 9V ...
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555 timer one-shot 30 second light LED strip, TOTALLY CONFUSED!

I'm working on a personal project and I am at my absolute whits end here. I have a configurable N.O. or N.C. switch (nteinc Magnetic Alarm Reed Switch) so I'm not too concerned with which way I use ...
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I need help in starting this 7segment from 0

I am making a control system as my project. Here i have used 2 555 timers one in monostable and the other sin astable. The monostable outputs when process one button is pushed and this also triggers ...
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Running a 12VDC motor for adjustable interval

I want to set up a timer circuit that will run a high-torque, low RPM 12VDC motor (max 200mA) for an adjustable amount of time. This motor drives an auger in a home designed pet feeder and I need to ...
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555 timer ciruit errors

I have set up a 555 Timer circuit on my breadboard following this diagram. These are the values I use: R1: 1k R2: 1k C: 0.1uf Vcc: 9V The only problem is, on pin 5, I have a 0.001uf capacitor. ...
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Any reason I cannot just switch a transformer from a 555 to generate high voltages?

I had an idea to finally start using my nixie tubes and thought why not just switch a mosfet which switches a transformer to generate required high voltages for nixie tubes from a low voltage supply. ...
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How is 555 astable timing affected by a resistor on Vcc

I am trying to build a circuit that will plug in to a cell phone and let me read the value of a thermistor by generating a tone to the microphone, where the frequency is a function of the thermistor's ...
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Choosing resistor values for a 555 timer

I have to design a frequency counter using a 555 timer as a pulse generator. I included a schematic for part of the circuit, but this is my first time using a 555, so I also included the original ...
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Can you set up a monostable 555 timer so it reverses the output?

I would like to make an alarm that goes off about 1 minute after it has been triggered. To do this, I want to delay the circuit using a 555 timer in monostable, but I can't do this as they turn it on ...
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Why 555 timer IC has three 5k resistances and not any other values?

Why does 555 timer IC has three 5k resistors and not other values, like 10k-10k-10k or something else?
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555 Timer Monostable Mode Self Triggering

I'm working on a simple project with 555 timer. I'm trying to generate a high-state output for 10s when Vcc is applied to the circuit(It is initially off). However, I have not managed to operate the ...
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using one 555 timer to control the pulse of another

tried making something like this Limit Number Of Pulses From 555 Or Similar but it doesn't work. I'm not sure what it needs. I'm trying to make the first timer put out voltage to the second one for ...
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Can I make a step up transformer using these components?

I have a step down transformer that converts from 220 volt to 15 volt. I want to connect the secondary coil of this transformer to the output of 555 IC that produces ( 5 volt / 100 KHz ). Is there ...
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Where does the current in a Dickson Charge Pump come from? Does the oscillator/PWM pin of a microcontroller also source current?

Well, I am making a small circuit which looks like this: When simulated, the load current gets up to about 200-280 mA no problem, so I want to implement this circuit in real life. My only problem ...
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555 timing formula when the diode forward voltage drop is not neglected

(Image Sources) In this modified astable multivibrator circuit the forward voltage drop of the diode D1 is always ignored, and the timing formulas are given as $$ t_1 = \ln(2)R_1C_1, \quad t_2 = ...
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monostable 555 current is bleeding, battery dies

This is likely an obvious question to an electrical expert, but I am only doing my best. My monostable 555 project is currently working: when triggered, an LED gets 5V and stays on for 5 minutes. ...
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I guarantee this one will be fun - Need help putting several circuits together into one

So I did my best to annotate the schematic with what I'm trying to do. Where I'm really running into trouble is past the output of the 555. This is basically a control circuit for a camera's ...
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555 timer: how to set values to take an hour

I'm new (and novice) in electronics. I came to seek your knowledge to see if someone can help me with a very basic circuit. It is a 555 chip, which should light a LED (for about 1/2 second) every ...
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Why does this circuit keep killing my 555 timers?

I have a 555 timer set up in a standard monostable oscillator configuration. Nothing fancy, no modifications whatsoever. I'm driving it with about 12V. If I trigger the 555 with the ground directly, ...
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Analog PWM generator from 0%

I have to prepare easy analog PWM regulator which can operate from 0% (0V). I know that one 555 can't do that... Do you know any circuit that can handle that?
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Generate PWM signal based on 555 for Meanwell LDD driver

I am using a Meanwell Led Driver LDD-1000H. It has a single pin for PWM input for dimming. I have seen many sketches using the 555 to dim a LED but in these cases the LED was part of the circuit. How ...
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Need help with an LED flash circuit

I joined just because I'm having sort of a dilemma. I need to design a flash circuit for a tiny SMD based project, and I have a way of doing it, but I want to see if I can make it better and I haven't ...
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Square Wave input into Transformer

Can a square wave generated using an astable NE555 be used as input of a transformer instead of AC? Say, I generate a square wave of 60Hz using NE555 and a 24V at 6A supply and feed it into a ...
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Control duty time and frequency with different potentiometers using one 555 timer

How can I regulate duty time and frequency of 555 timer output with 2 potentiometers?
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Use 555 for additional 40KHz PWM in Arduino

I need to transmit infra red signals using IR LED from my Arduino device. The IR signals consist of PWM 40 kHz periods and "silence" periods of various length (typical IR remote signals). I know ...
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Monostable and Astable 555 Timer

To begin with, I must say this is kind of a "homework" but I tried to do it on my own and I haven't succeed maybe someone can help me out with this matter. We're learning about digital systems, ...
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Count number of hours elapsed

It's been a long while since I played with circuits, I'd appreciate a sanity check of the following design; I'm trying to count the number of hours since the reset button was last pressed. Ideally ...
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555 timer as a humidity sensor

I want to use a 555 timer to measure humidity using a humidity dependent capacitor which goes from about 300-> 400 pF. This makes the frequency way to high for me to measure. Is there some similar ...
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555 as a Schmitt Trigger and an ON delay timer?

I've scoured the internet trying to find this out to no avail. I would like to use a 555 timer to produce a Schmitt trigger with an ON delay of 20-30 seconds. Is this possible? Or will I have to use ...
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555 timer flashing led circuit

I just have a question about this simple circuit or example: http://www.555-timer-circuits.com/flashing-led.html. I just don't get 1) why do they use 9V battery to power a single red LED light. 2) why ...
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I just fried a 555 timer IC and I'm trying to figure out how

I'm very new and just fried my first ic, trying to learn a lesson from it. Here's what I was building: (also here) on the 6v in I used 6 AA batteries that were reading about 7.5v on my meter, was ...
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Steering Diodes

What are the "steering diodes" next to the pot for? Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXsu29K_Ap4
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How to make 7-segment display count up ?

I've connect 7447 decoder and 74193 counter as shown in the picture but I have not used 555 timer yet. Is there any way to test the circuit before using 555 ? I've connected the pins (up and down) ...
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How do I enable/disable a running 555 astable oscillator with a control signal?

I am going to control a fan using PWM signal. PWM is generated by a 555 IC. The duty cycle rate of the PWM is controlled by a PTC thermistor. And an NTC thermistor decides when to turn on and off the ...
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How can I turn pulsating DC (square wave) from a 555 IC timer into an ac square wave?

I am trying to create build a morse code transmitter. I know that morse code is sent at 500 KHZ so I set my 555 to spit out pulsating DC in a square wave with 9 volt peaks. But I am unsure wether ...