Battery-free 5-volt project power

I found this great instructable about hacking dynamo keychain flashlight into a nice 5v power supply. They use a MAX756 step-up DC-DC converter and a few other parts to get it all working. This looks like a really interesting idea for remote applications where power isn’t readily available or a solar panel would be too bulky or fragile.

Now you can have a regulated power supply constantly at your fingertips with NO batteries to replace or recharge! This Instructable shows you how to modify a keychain dynamo flashlight into a lean mean supply that can replace batteries for any projects requiring quick 5 volt direct-current (5V DC) power.

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