Questions tagged [555]

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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Astable 555 used for AC to DC Halfwave to DC stable conversion, is what I have done correct?

I have this falstad-circuit: And here it is per request, as a SCH file screen: I'm trying to use a 555 astable to convert a variable AC with maximum of 12V (coming from Bicycle Hub) to 8VDC, ...
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Timer Protection Circuit

I need to create a circuit that sends out a signal only if the input it on for longer than a specified time. Lets say 20 seconds for this example. So if the input to the circuit was pulled high for 10 ...
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555 IC Astable Mode - Does the voltage generally affect the frequency?

Sorry if it's been asked before, I'm asking to satisfy a curiosity. I'm new to electronics, and I'm messing around with the perennial 555 IC. I've been introduced to the following formula which allows ...
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NE555 power controller not working with big motors

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab Backstory: Ok, so I thought that a making a PWM controller would be a fun weekend project, it's been a week now and I still can't ...
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555 timer only works when I disconnect pin 4 from V+ and touch the jumper

I set up a pulse circuit on a breadboard with a 555 timer. Input voltage is 5 V. My values are roughly: C = 100nf R1 = 1K R2 = 1M I'm using this schematic: (Source: https://www.allaboutcircuits....
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Why can't my 555-based DC-DC boost converter supply even 3 milliamps at 12V?

I hope someone can help me. I've been tearing my hair out for the past couple of weeks trying to make a simple DC-DC boost circuit. It puts out a nice 12-ish volts when not loaded, but as soon as I ...
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How to drive lcd display?

I'm trying to figure out the basics of LCD screens in practice. I found a good video which tells it needs negative and positive voltage https://youtu.be/ZP0KxZl5N2o?t=767 I want to drive just one ...
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Simulated 555 timer not working

https://www.tinkercad.com/things/2CN1eOTbmTe I am a beginner in electronics. I've been trying to make an astable 555 Timer in TinkerCAD as an oscillator for my own project of making a clock, without ...
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Why does this Mosfet get Hot?

I have an IRF740 mosfet that doesn't get hot in one circuit but then gets completely hot in another identical circuit and for the life of me can not figure out why. Well the circuits aren't exactly ...
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CircuitLab simulation of 555 timer - OUT HIGH always delivering 5V irrespective of Vcc?

I've scratched together a design for a 555 timer based driver for an IR540 MOSFET. But in CircuitLab the simulator shows the 555's OUT voltage is always 5V when high, for Vcc ranges 3.3V through 24V. ...
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555 circuit acting weirdly

In essense, whatI have are four 555s (2x556) One is a 0.5 s monostable,the other a 147 Hz tone generator. The other is a (30 s) monostable, and a 0.3 s astable. If I run the 0.3 s astable on its own, ...
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Why does this 555 timer not work correctly when I plug in the Z80 CPU ground?

I am trying to build this circuit here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZb4NLXx1aM But instead of using the same timer setup I am using this: When I connect the ground pin of the CPU, the LED ...
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555 square wave generation with frequency feedback

Knowing that 555's behaviour varies according to temperature, I wondered: In an astable configuration, is there some way to measure output frequency, compare it with some desired value, and use this ...
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555 Timer with controllable reset

I have a 555 monostable set up which is triggered when an output from another circuit goes low. This then remains on for 10s. This all works almost perfectly. My issue is that when the output from ...
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How to make a circuit to pulse an output when a momentary switch is released

I need to make a circuit that has a momentary switch and a light (30mW). When the switch is pressed, nothing should happen, but when the switch is released, I want it to pulse the light for a short ...
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Enterprise model blinkers - two fast flashes and pause for 3s and repeat LED circuit (with 555 and/or 556 and/or 4017) [closed]

I'm building a Revell Enterprise Into Darkness model with LEDs and I need help with circuit that makes two fast flashes, pauses for 3 seconds, then repeats. as seen in the movie. I have searched and ...
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Voltage doubler using 555 timer

I found this circuit, a voltage doubler with 555. The duty cycle of the 555 is 50%. Does changing the duty cycle of the 555 timer affect the voltage output like in boost converter? Or does it not ...
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555 timer delay circuit + light sensor?

I am quite new to electronics and I would like to combine these 2 circuits together so that during complete darkness on the LDR, the LED would turn on instantly and when light falls on the LDR there ...
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Help using a 555 timer to increment counter that needs to be pulled low

I need a little help with a project. I'm very new to building circuits. I have this NE555 duty-cycle pulse frequency adjustable square wave generator module, which I have connected to a 12V DC source. ...
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Pull up resistor for 555 Timer IC

https://makezine.com/projects/laser-tripwire-alarm/ I need help determining the pull up resistor needed for this circuit. It uses a 555 Timer IC. The resistor R1 acts as a pull-up resistor for pin ...
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Is it possible to get complementary clock output from a clock generator such as a 555 timer using simple digital logic?

I'd like to get complementary output from a 555 timer. I've seen previous suggestions of using a D Flip Flop, which is a fine suggestion, however that halves the frequency at the outputs of the flip ...
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How is trigger initially higher than vcc/3 in 555 monostable timer?

I get that the trigger must be lower than vcc/3 in order for the comparator to show '1'. But initially how is the trigger higher than vcc/3? In some text it says trigger is initially vcc and so ...
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Variable pulse train generation

I need to generate a pulse train with 12 bit resolution, controlled by an MCU. The duty cycle can be in the range of 30 - 40%, while the frequency (0.5 - 32 kHz) is what needs controlling with 12-bit ...
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555 IC - Transistor Tester

Why are Pins 7 and 5 floating for this 555 IC and how does an NPN and PNP transistor when connected to E B C act a switch? Without the use of Pin 7 surely the capacitor cannot discharge which would ...
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Trouble with engineering project - 555 timers

I'm currently finishing my GCSE engineering project and I am attempting to use a dual 555 timer circuit as a timer. I am using a schematic I copied off Kitronik Alarm Project Kit, but when simulating ...
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Inverting input of 555 timer

The common 555 timer triggers the output when the trigger signal falls down. Although this is not a problem, I want it to do the opposite, which is to trigger when the signal that controls the 555 ...
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Why output is high even though trigger pin is high in Proteus simulation of IC555?

In the below attached circuit of IC NE555 Proteus 8.0 simulation, TRIGGER pin (Pin 2)is set at Vcc. So why the output is high? It should be low since voltage at TRIGGER pin (Pin 2) is more than 1/3 of ...
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555 timer FM transmitter

So online, I found this 555 timer FM modulator circuit. But To make this a working FM transmitter, is all I have to do is attach an antenna to the output modulated signal? Or do I have to also have a ...
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Mono and Astable multivibrators not working when connected together

I have made a monostable multivibrator and an astable multivibrator using 555 timers using a popular circuit design found on the web. The monostable (out via pin 3) is used to control the astable (...
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How to make 555 timer output fall

I am using a 555 timer in the monostable configuration, which means that when I send a pulse to the trigger pin, the falling edge will make the 555 generate a high pulse on the output for some time. ...
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How to change frequency range of this circuit

I need to design a frequency to voltage converter and I found this circuit on internet: I removed the resistor R6 and the capacitor C5 because what I need is the PWM output it gives on the 555 timer. ...
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555 timer square wave LED flasher

Will this circuit work for the purpose of making a high voltage LED flash on and off at 10kHz? I have a NPN transistor to turn the LED on and off. The pad is where the LED will be soldered into as ...
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NE555 and LDR circuit diagram

I have modified a schematic for my project with the following image: Instead of a 20K potentiometer, I use 100K for more precise adjustment. Do I need to add a disk capacitor of 10nf or 100nf to Pin ...
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Capacitor charging voltage showing ripples on scope. Origin?

I have an RC circuit delivering a square signal via a standard 555 timer set in monostable. I am powering the 555 with 4.88V DC directly from the Arduino, which itself is taking its power from the ...
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Hall Effect pulse multiplier circuit

I would like to use a Phase Locked Loop (PLL) to multiply a 4x signal to be an 8x signal, and modify the same 4x signal to be a 64x signal so that all three signals are available as a 5v clean low - ...
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One time blink then turn off circuit

is it possible to change Circuit Diagram for the following example: http://www.redcircuits.com/Page146.htm or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrxdiO1b29A Original: 4 short flashes stay on light ...
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SIMPLE digital control over 555 timer frequency and PWM?

I'm looking to create a sound generator with only simple ICs and components. I believe the 555 timer IC is a good candidate to be at the core of it, but I cannot for the life of me find out how best ...
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touch switch time problem

I was looking for a way to make a touch touch switch and i found this circuit on the internet but the problem is , it goes off automatically after few seconds is there any way that i can control it ...
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monostable 555 timer - buzzer motor and pulsing

I need this circuit to pulse an LED while running a buzzer motor for an adjustable period RV1 and C1 should give me 1 - 5s of pulse, while RV2 and C2 should adjust the LED ramp times The LED will be ...
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PNP Transistor - Use IC 555's internal resistance as pulldown?

I have a circuit that uses a PNP transistor to enable or not the current to flow and turn on a LED. The point is, is it a good engineering practice to conect the base of the transistor to the Vcc of ...
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Eliminate AC noise from DC supply?

I have built an automatic water tank using the circuit given below: But this circuit was working well for 2 days. But after that, it triggers falsely. When a fan in another room is switched on, this ...
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driving a medium power darlington transistor with the output of a 555 timer

Question: What is the limitation on the output of the 555 timer with respect to the requirements of the input of the BDW42G? Can the 555 provide enough current at 5 volts to trigger (sufficiently) ...
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How to convert 8-bit information containing MIDI note, to square wave signal using basic chips and components? [closed]

Using basic electronic components (capacitors, transistors, etc) and/or chips (555, 74 series, etc) how do I convert from: Input: 8-bits containing the binary representation of a MIDI number "...
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Can I use a current divider to protect my IC?

I designed an oscillator circuit using a TLC555 timer IC to create a 2 second pulse, which is used to drive a 12V 6W solenoid via a relay. Both the IC and the solenoid are run off of 12V, but every ...
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Capacitance via 555 timer & resonance. Sources and possible cure?

I apologise in advance if this topic has already been discussed here. I am no EE and have have no choice but to ask experts to move my project forward. I am developing a capacitive sensor via a ...
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What is signal ground

I encountered signal ground symbol while studying 555 IC Please explain why isn't a simple ground connection used and how does signal ground differ from normal ground. I am a first year undergraduate, ...
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555 Timer PWM generator

I have the following circuit for a 555 Timer PWM generator: With 1: GND, 2: TRIGGER, 3: OUTPUT, 4: RESET, 5: CONT, 6: THRESHOLD, 7: DISCHARGE, 8: VCC I dont quite understand the use of R1. Is it ...
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Choosing Common Logic Level HF Buffer

I need help in choosing a common logic level buffer for a 555 timer output that will vary in frequency. I'd like to use n-channel/p-channel MOSFETs though I'm also open to cheap IC buffers. ...
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Why isn't my 555 cascading timer working?

I've made a 555 cascading timer. First stage is approx 90 seconds, second is 30 seconds. The first two led's light up in sequence as expected, but the 3rd doesn't light. I've checked all connections. ...
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Where to connect unused 555 timer ICs pins?

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab This question might not have a close answer since I think it heavily depends on the considered pin and IC. However, consider, for the ...