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An anonymous tipster sent in these great videos: how to hack microwave oven transformers. The first video shows the complete disassembly of an oven using only a screwdriver, pliers, and hammer. Part two delves into the science of how the transformer works, while the third part shows how to wind your own. Parts two and three after the break.

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal



  1. Paul Russell says:

    I have no need for a transformer, but man was this ever a through and good tutorial!
    Obviously took a lot of time and work!
    Pete, an old EE

    1. Matt from MattsAwesomeStuff says:

      % chance that author is a Maker? Hmmm…. about 100.

      Thanks for the kind words Paul. That’s the best kind of compliment. “I don’t even have any use for this or any interest in doing this, but I watched it anyways and it was great!” :)

      They did take a long time. About 100 hours each. All the graphics had to be mspainted manually and I didn’t really know what I was doing. First time I’ve made videos or recorded audio for anything. Hopefully all the future project videos go quicker.

  2. Linus Bravenius says:

    What a coincidence, I scavenged a discarded microwave from the local recycling station just yesterday. Looks like my afternoon is taken care of.

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