Feb 19, 2013


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. 



Total Qty.
R1, R422.2K 1/4W Resistor
R2, R324.7K 1/4W Resistor
R511K 1/4W Resistor
R611.5K 1/4W Resistor
R7133K 1/4W Resistor
R8110K 1/4W Resistor
C1,C220.1uF Ceramic Disc Capacitor
C31470uF 25V Electrolytic Capcitor
D111N914 Diode
D211N4004 Diode
D3112V 400mW Zener Diode
Q1, Q2, Q43BC547 NPN Transistor
Q31BD679 NPN Transistor
L11See Notes
MISC1Heatsink 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 currents.
  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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