Posted on Feb 2, 2013

Using inexpensive components, you can fit a simple probe circuit into a pencil-sized enclosure. When both LEDs are on, the probe indicates the presence of an ac voltage; either LED alone indicates the presence and polarity of a de voltage. The diode-bridge arrangement allows one-way current source Rl, R2, Ql, and Q2 to light either LED (or both) when the probe is activated by a test voltage.

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Diodes,provide the necessary peak-inverse voltage rating; R3 and Cl provide a spike-suppression network to protect the current-source transistors.

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