Power-line outage flashes red alert

This Design Idea expands on a circuit in a previous one to configure a power-outage detector with a flashing alarm (Figure 1, Reference 1). The circuit plugs into a mains outlet and uses trickle-charged nickel-cadmium batteries. The green-LED monitors the presence of line voltage. The BZV55-C4V3 zener diode, D1 protects the batteries against overvoltage. Voltage bias from R6 and the green LED keeps Q1 off, so the Q1-Q2 RC oscillator remains off.

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