Apr 252023

5 to 30 Minute Timer circuit

This 5 to 30 minute timer circuit achieves times ranging from 5 to 30 minutes using the 7555 integrated circuit (CMOS version of the popular 555 timer).

How the 5 to 30 Minute Timer works?

The 7555 IC works as a monostable multivibrator, delivering at its output, a positive pulse for a time set by the values of R and C.

The pulse time is given by the formula: 1.1 x RC. Where R is the series combination of the 8.2M resistors (see diagram) and C is a capacitor of 33uF. Obtainable times are: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 minutes, changing the switch position.

5 to 30 Minute Timer Circuit using the 7555 IC

The 7555 timer output (pin 3) is connected to the 2N2222 NPN transistor through the 4.7K resistor. When the output of 7555 goes high, the transistor passes to the saturation state and activates the relay. The relay can control anything, for example, a radio, a lamp, a small alarm, etc. The type of device that the relay can control, depends on the current the relay can withstand.

It is important to use the 7555 timer and not the typical 555 IC, so you can work smoothly with the 8.2M resistors. The 33uF capacitor should have little leakage. The 1N4001 diode is used to protect the transistor 2N2222 when the relay is deactivated.

Bear in mind that the times of this timer are not accurate due to possible variations in the values of the elements used (resistors, capacitors)

Parts List:

  • 1 7555 timer
  • 1 9V battery (B)
  • 1 33uF capacitor
  • 1 100nF capacitor
  • 1 2N2222 NPN transistor
  • 1 1N4001 diode
  • 6 8.2M resistors
  • 1 100k resistor
  • 1 4.7k resistor
  • 1 9 volt coil relay
  • 1 NO (normally open) push button (S)
  • 1 switch (6 positions)

Another circuits that can be useful for you are: Time delay circuit using triac & 555 or Light push button circuit with time delay


  • The power supply (B) to the circuit can have a value between 5 and 15 volts.
  • The relay voltage must be the same voltage as the source.

Original circuit source by Andy Collinson.

  2 Responses to “5 to 30 Minute Timer Circuit using 7555 IC”

  1. For 7555 CMOS timer, you’d better add a 10nF capacitor between pin 5 and ground, otherwise the noise will likely to turn output into high when you power your switch on, even before you setup your timer switch.

 Leave a Reply