Square Wave Oscillator Off-Grid

  • Last Post 01 August 2023
Jagau posted this 13 August 2020

Hi all
I would like to share with you this little square wave oscillator which works the same as a function generator and which operated on battery which can vary from 6, 9 or 12 volts DC according to your needs.

The heart of the oscillator is a TLC555 from the CMOS series which has very low power consumption and is completely different from the old NE555.

It has a 10K potentiometer to vary the frequency from 13Khz to 130Khz and another 5K potentiometer to increase the amplitude of the signal at will.


A drawing of the schematic that I present to you freehand

It can be easily changed by changing a single resistor and a single capacitor.

5 ma on 9 volts battery here


The particularity of this oscillator is that the output voltage changes from positive to negative through zero in the center. This is the AC square wave shape.

Most of these freely sold circuits are above zero volts they are only DC square wave and could not be use for experimentation.

Very low or high amplitude at your choice


This way you are isolated from the electrical network and have greater freedom of measurements without ground return.

 I also hope for those who would like to join us and experiment with us and do not have a function generator, this is the ideal opportunity, easy to assemble and inexpensive.


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YoElMiCrO posted this 04 December 2020

Hello everyone.


With that circuit you shouldn't have problems with distortions
below 500KHz, of course this, according to the mosfet driver
you use.
It can be any driver, inverter or non-inverter and 1Apico
Capacitors must have a minimum value, for example
What you should do is put a serial potentiometer between
the output of the driver and your POT, look for the resonance frequency
and then adjust your potentiometer in such a way that I accentuated the peaks
tension that appear at the beginning of your waveform,
once this optim in frequency and impedance you calculate a
inductor in such a way that it possesses the same resistive value as the
potentiometer at working frequency.
This way you wouldn't lose coupling power between your POT
and the driver.
This serial inductor should have a value (Serial Potentiometer Value/(2*Pi*Fr)).
And capacitors should be greater than or equal to 1/(4*Pi*Fr* (Serial potentiometer value/10)).
Any doubt you let me know.


Fighter posted this 01 August 2023

With Jagau's approval I imported this thread from the old site archive.

It took some time for importing it but the operation is now complete.

There are two reasons I did this:

  1. It's a very nice tool to have in our Hardware section, useful for low-power off-grid experiments needing true AC pulses with adjustable frequency and voltage;
  2. I intend to use it with my Don Smith Effect experiments and it's useful to have references/details about it here.

Of course in the meanwhile Jagau came with a new more advanced tool, his Arduino MOSFET Driver, but for now this oscillator is a good candidate at least for the beginning of my experiments about the Don Smith effect.

Of course all credits for this device are going to Jagau.



"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration."
Nikola Tesla
Jagau posted this 01 August 2023

Thank you for the import you have a patience that I do not have. thanks again

And also with the excellent advice of Yoelmicro becomes a must for your lab


Fighter posted this 01 August 2023

Replying To: Jagau

You had the patience to design, build, test and teach us how to build this device.

Importing the thread here for our entire team is at least I can do to thank you.

There are so many threads we should have imported here. Unfortunately the process can be made only manually, it's time consuming and the available time is limited. In time we'll have more information imported here.


"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration."
Nikola Tesla