Four small battery-powered transistor alarm circuits - you can build yourself - using cheap off-the-shelf components.
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Four Small Transistor Alarm Circuits

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Alarm A

Alarm "A" is a practical version of the circuit featured in my Introduction To The Complementary Latch. It has both normally-open and normally-closed triggers. Once activated - the buzzer will go on sounding until the alarm is switched off. The standby current is less than 100uA. This is due exclusively to the value of R1. Depending on the gain of the actual transistors you're using - you may be able to increase the value of R1 - and so improve battery life.

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A Simple Battery-Powered 
Transistor Door-Alarm. The Circuit 
Is Built Around A Complementary Latch

The Support Material for Alarm "A" includes a parts list - a detailed circuit description - a step-by-step guide to construction and details of How To Test Your Finished Alarm.


Alarm B

Alarm "B" is an enhanced version of circuit "A". It too has both normally-open and normally-closed triggers. And - once activated - the buzzer will go on sounding until the alarm is switched off. However, the standby current is much lower - about 2uA. So battery life should be increased 50 fold. Again - depending on the gain of the actual transistors you're using - you may be able to increase the value of R1 - and so improve battery life even further.

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A Simple Battery-Powered 
Transistor Door-Alarm With 
An Enhanced Battery Life

The Support Material for Alarm "B" includes a parts list - a detailed circuit description - a step-by-step guide to construction and details of How To Test Your Finished Alarm.


Alarm C

Alarm "C" is an enhanced version of circuit "B". It too has both normally-open and normally-closed triggers. And the standby current is about 2uA. But the Buzzer output has been replaced by a Siren output. The presence of the relay means that you can safely draw about 500mA from the output terminals. So you can connect a much louder sounder to the alarm.

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A Simple Battery-Powered 
Transistor Door-Alarm With 
A Relay Output

The Support Material for Alarm "C" includes a parts list - a detailed circuit description - a step-by-step guide to construction and details of How To Test Your Finished Alarm.


Alarm D

Alarm "D" is an alternate version of circuit "C". It too has both normally-open and normally-closed triggers. And the standby current is about 2uA. But the moving parts of the relay have been replaced by a transistor switch. The BD136 power transistor will reliably switch 500mA without a heatsink.

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Battery-Powered Door-Alarm 
With Normally Closed And 
Normally Open Triggers

The Support Material for Alarm "D" includes a parts list - a detailed circuit description - a step-by-step guide to construction and details of How To Test Your Finished Alarm.


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