High Voltage, Low Current Power Supply (2000VDC from 15VDC)

Circuit Diagram of High Voltage Low Current Power Supply
This is a high voltage, low current power supply capable to deliver 2000VDC output from 15VDC input voltage. It uses the combination of simple step-up transformer and Cockroft-Walton voltage multiplier circuit. Power supply with very high output voltage is a very useful source that can be effectively used in many applications like biasing of gas-discharge tubes and radiation detectors, etc. Such a power supply could also be used for protection of property by charging of fences. Here the current requirement is of the order of a few microamps. In such an application, high voltage would essentially exist between a “live” wire and ground. When this “live” wire is touched, the discharge occurs via body resistance and it gives a non-lethal but deterrent shock to an intruder.

This high voltage, low current power supply circuit is built around a transistorised blocking oscillator. An important element in this circuit is the transformer. It can be fabricated using easily available ferrite core. Two “E” sections of the core are joined face-to-face after the enamelled copper wire wound on former is placed in it. The details of the transformer windings are given in the Table (check the image above).

In this configuration, the primary winding and the feedback winding are arranged such that a sustained oscillations are ensured once the supply is switched on. The waveform’s duty cycle is asymmetrical, but it is not very important in this application. Please note that if the oscillations do not occur at the “switch-on” time, the transformer winding terminals of the feedback or the primary winding (but not both) should be reversed.

The primary oscillations amplitude is about 24 Volt (p-p). This gets further amplified due to the large step-up ratio of the transformer and we get about 800V(p-p) across the secondary. A simple series voltage multiplier (known as Cockroft-Walton circuit) is used to boost up this voltage in steps to give a final DC voltage output of about 2000V.

The output voltage, however, is not very well regulated. But if there is a constant load, the final voltage can be adjusted by varying the supply voltage. The present configuration gives 2000 Volt for an input DC voltage of 15 Volt. Though higher voltages could be achieved by increasing input supply, one word of caution is necessary: that the component ratings have to be kept in mind. If the ratings are exceeded then there will be electrical discharges and breakdowns, which will damage the circuit.


Power supply is an electronic device that supplies electric energy to an electrical load. The primary function of a power supply is to convert one form of electrical energy to another and, as a result, power supplies are sometimes referred to as electric power converters. Some power supplies are discrete, stand-alone devices, whereas others are built into larger devices along with their loads. Examples of the latter include power supplies found in desktop computers and consumer electronics devices.


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