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Simple DC to DC converter circuits:

6V to 12V DC-DC Converter with Transistors

This converter circuit can provide up to 800mA of 12V power from a 6V supply.

6V to 12V DC-DC Converter with IC

This step-up converter is intended for use in a car, has a 6V battery and won't support a
modern radio that needs 12V. The circuit described here converts 6V to 12V at 1A
sustained load current.

A simple step-up converter.

This step-up converter is intended for use in a '67 Citroën 2CV. This car, and I use the
word loosely, has a 6V battery and won't support a modern radio that needs 12V. The
circuit described here converts 6V to 12V at 1A sustained load current.
It works something like this:
When the switch is closed an extra
current flows through the inductance
and stores energy there. The
capacitor supplies the load with
current during this time.
After the switch closes the capacitor
is charged by the energy stored in the
inductance and an extra current starts
flowing through the load, causing the output voltage to rise (energy is supplied directly
from the input source also as long as the diode is forward biased). During this time, the
system behaves like a RLC-circuit, so, after a while, the current decreases. The switch is
then closed again and the cycle repeats. One could say that charge is pumped from input
to output, increasing the output voltage up to the point where there is an equilibrium
between the discharging of the capacitor while the switch is closed and the charging by
the inductor while the switch is open.
The output voltage equals (ton / toff + 1) x Uin and is controlled by PWM of the switching
action. For more information, see the Wikipedia article.
To implement this, I have used the LM2577T-ADJ from National Semiconductor. It
operates conform the given discription and is connected like so:
Switcher/regulator LM2577T-ADJ

R1 and R2 Voltage devider for 20Kohms pot.
monitoring output (Bourns)
Cin Decoupling 0.1μF, 63V MKS
condensator (WIMA)
L Use a good quality 160μH toroïd (2.5A,
coil! 70mohms, nickel-
iron core)
D Current higher than FR603 60V reverse
output current! breakdown, 3A
Rc and Cc Pole-zero 2200ohms, 5% and
compensation network 1μF, 63V elco
Cout Get a low ESR type! 2200μF, 16V elco
You can download the PCB design here (only 4Kb). It's in CorelDraw 3.0 format (zip
If you want to design a an other DC/DC converter with different specifications, you
might want to take a look at National Semiconductor's site; they have a design tool there
that can design your circuit for you.

6V to 12V Converter
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This inverter circuit can provide up to 800mA of 12V power from a 6V supply. For
example, you could run 12V car accessories in a 6V (British?) car. The circuit is simple,
about 75% efficient and quite useful. By changing just a few components, you can also
modify it for different voltages.



Part Description Substitutions

R1, R4 2 2.2K 1/4W Resistor

R2, R3 2 4.7K 1/4W Resistor

R5 1 1K 1/4W Resistor
R6 1 1.5K 1/4W Resistor

R7 1 33K 1/4W Resistor

R8 1 10K 1/4W Resistor

C1,C2 2 0.1uF Ceramic Disc Capacitor

C3 1 470uF 25V Electrolytic Capcitor

D1 1 1N914 Diode

D2 1 1N4004 Diode

D3 1 12V 400mW Zener Diode

Q1, Q2,
3 BC547 NPN Transistor

Q3 1 BD679 NPN Transistor

L1 1 See Notes

Heatsink For Q3, Binding Posts

(For Input/Output), Wire, Board

1. L1 is a custom inductor wound with about 80 turns of 0.5mm magnet
wire around a toroidal core with a 40mm outside diameter.
2. Different values of D3 can be used to get different output voltages
from about 0.6V to around 30V. Note that at higher voltages the circuit
might not perform as well and may not produce as much current. You
may also need to use a larger C3 for higher voltages and/or higher
3. You can use a larger value for C3 to provide better filtering.
4. The circuit will require about 2A from the 6V supply to provide the full
800mA at 12V.

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william 6V to 12V Converter Friday, June 25, 2010 10:40:32 PM

Hello everyone I wanted to know if this scheme works because I put it in and
throw me out scooter 6 volts alternating and I Servino 12 volts to charge a 12
volt battery always and some neon

Angelo 6V to 12V Converter Friday, June 18, 2010 10:39:41 PM

Hi i am just 12 years old and i made it work. But this circuit doesent seem to
be efficient it only charges the capacitor with the 12 V inverted voltage. So
this project lackks of amps. This is useful to low power 12 V appliances.

anonymous L1 info? Friday, June 11, 2010 7:10:39 PM

Hey could you give me a little more info on L1, such as actual inductance or
what core you used?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Mr.HornY 6V to 12V Converter
10:54:15 AM

Thanks for your stupid circuit, Iv got some problem with reading this... 1- Any
punctual value for darned L1? 2- Why you didn't connect ground together?

wizard 6V to 12V Converter Sunday, August 30, 2009 2:13:38 PM

hello. i am trying to understand how things working.. you said that the circuit
will require about 2A from the 6V supply to provide the full 800mA at 12V... if
you use smaller amperage from 2A like 100mA and convert the current
within the circuit, you cant get 800mA at 12V? i am looking forward for your
reply Thank you

Newton Brawn 6V to 12V Converter Monday, August 17, 2009 1:21:29 PM

It is Working! And the load is 988mA! COULD YOU PLEASE GIVE THE ALL

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 2:45:51

danan 6V to 12V Converter

how to make the coil L1 please give to me the clue

Daniël 6V to 12V Converter Monday, July 27, 2009 9:42:36 AM

I build it and the results are very good, I used the centerring of an old car-
amplifier to make the coil and put 80 turns of 0.8mm D3 became 15V and
the output is 15-16V with an input from 7.5-15V It gives al little noise ... it
works very good with only a few comonents. current is 0.75A

Luca 5V to 12V Converter Friday, July 24, 2009 4:37:04 AM

Hello everyone, Let me know that I have to perform changes to your model,
to build a converter from 5V to 12V. why would I need to take power from
usb port of the laptop and maintenance of an antenna that operates at 12V
and consumes only 6W. Could you help? Thanks in advance. Luke.

Bones 6V to 12V Converter Monday, June 29, 2009 5:43:10 PM

Is there any way to reverse this circuit? to convert from 12V to 6V? i've been
checking out voltage stabilizer circuits and i found a few good ones but i
have no idea what ratings too look for in resistors and diodes etc. any help
would be highly appreciated. thanks,

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