I have a circuit that is usually powered by +9V and -9V (uses two 9 volt batteries), but I am trying to power this from a rechargeable 3.7 V battery. The circuit does not draw much power (can be powered down to about +2V and -2V), but it has op-amps that require both a negative, and positive swing (LF412).
I was wondering if it would be possible to create a dual supply from the battery, and if so, what the most efficient method would be to do this. I have a couple of ideas that i might try:
1.) Use a boost converter to step the voltage up, generate a pulse (555 timer), send it to a transformer, and use a center-tap to create the separate voltages, which can then be filtered.
2.) Follow the steps for idea 1, but instead of a 555, use a micro controller to generate a sin wave (DAC lookup table method), which can be amplified, send this to the transformer, as this would be more efficient for transferring the power.
I would really appreciate the help!!