Flash Trigger

Posted on Feb 5, 2014

The following is a (hopefully clear) description of the final version of the trigger used and a circuit diagram for anyone wishing to construct their own. So bear with me while I fumble out some words The initial version of this trigger was a very simple single transistor amplifier, a piezo drum and an SCR. It performed well for quite a while but the need to drive

Flash Trigger
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the flashes directly (rather than from eBay radio triggers) and to have a system of delay and debounce led me to constructing a Mark II. I also did a more permanent job of the circuit by vero-boarding and casing it. There are a few circuits like this out there on the net but overall I found the quality of the designs quite poor some almost like they had never actually been built. So I aggregated a few of the designs, added some of my own stuff and came up with this. Rest assured that if you build this correctly it will work as I have a completed one myself. It is a little over engineered and several components could possibly be discarded but I desiged it with best practices in mind and following all the guidelines in the ICs datasheets. In the BOM I have indicated Jaycar part numbers for the various non R/C components. However the parts are quite common and I am sure they all can be sourced from any decent supplier or from Digikey/Farnell. Pictures of my own implementation follow to give an idea of how you might case the circuit. The case I used is a simple Jiffy type box which has the advantage of a battery compartment for the 9V cell required to power the circuit. Makes for a nice clean unit. The pots are miniature types and linear. Finer tuning in the low end could be achieved if they were logarithmic I guess it depends on your requirements as to weather that would be useful. This is the circuit on veroboard inside the...

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