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  • Self Powered Generators

    I think one of the most important things you can have in your gear is a self powered generator, non reliant on fuel, or even sun for that matter. It is the ultimate no fail power generator.

    So far I have found this unit

    http://store.shorelinemarket.com/frwefrfopoge.html

    if you find different or better ones let me know, i'm surprised there are not more of them out there.

    Also looking for cheap hydro generators, would be great constant power source if you could set up next to a creek or river.


    Addition: Found this too
    http://www.windstreampower.com/
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  • #2
    There is this one, but be prepared for sticker shock.
    http://www.windstreampower.com/Human..._Generator.php


    Here is a dude that will show you how to build one.

    http://www.los-gatos.ca.us/davidbu/pedgen.html

    He sounds like one of these rather strange "nutty" enviro types, but he is also kind of creative.
    Last edited by Rustyshakelford; 09-18-2008, 07:41 PM.

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    • #3
      Hydro power is fairly simple, you can use the same basic design to make a wind turbine or even hook it to a bicycle. All you need are magnets to rotate near some copper wiring, also if you run electricity through those wires they will rotate the magnets making a simple electric motor. I found a decent link for hydro power. Also a fun link from thinkgeek.com of a water powered clock, it pulls electrons from any liquid to power the clock. Also I figured I'd put a link to pacwind.net cuz I like their product even though it's not hydro or self powered.

      Hydro-Power
      http://www.otherpower.com/scotthydro1.html

      ThinkGeek
      http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/757e/

      PacWind
      http://www.pacwind.net
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      • #4
        Here is another one but again pricey.

        http://www.humandynamo.net/index.html



        According to this article http://epmediagroup.com/features/190...o-human-dynamo each bike generates 50 Watts at full power.
        Last edited by das; 10-09-2008, 07:04 AM.

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        • #5
          My plan is to use a planetary drive from a small car axel connect it to a gear box or other system to a genny all of which will be turned by animal power!
          The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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          • #6
            it's such a simple concept and device you are basically turning a stator manually it should be cheap or cheap to build... you could prob but your bike on a stand and rig a stator to it somehow
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            • #7
              I am not much of an electrician so have not considered building one. It would be nice to learn more about this. I need to figure out what amount of electricity a person could produce before I made a major investment here. For $50 Watts I don't see how this would be much better than the 25 watts I get from my portable solar panels in relay.

              Maybe I am not understanding something...probable. I could double my portable solar panels for $300. Buying even the cheapest human dynamo would cost MUCH more and produce no more electricity.

              I need to really put my Xantrex battery and solar panels to the test to see what I am getting from them on a consistent basis. Then I can consider alternatives.

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              • #8
                what if it was cloudy rainy, every day and you were in the woods... solar wont help
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                • #9
                  I think the most important question is: What will you power with this electricity? If you only have 50-75 watts at a given time what can you produce that will change or maintain your life style? A fridge? A deep freeze? A microwave? A Satalite TV or radio?
                  PS Diesel
                  When I say animal power, I am refering to Horse Power, no bicycle needed, LOL!
                  Last edited by kenno; 10-10-2008, 09:11 PM.
                  The road to serfdom is paved with free electric golf carts.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                    what if it was cloudy rainy, every day and you were in the woods... solar wont help
                    Good point but luckily I live in the center of the universe, where the sun shines every day...TEXAS!;)

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                    • #11
                      I am going to talk to the University here about a NO moving parts generator soon. It uses 220 volt, 3 phase to energize the outer coils, that are wired in series & the electrons move from one coil to the next, making a mag. field, then collapcing & energizing the next coil. The moving mag. field around the non moving inner rotor coils makes the power & back feeds some to the input side, so the input power is then shut off & it keep generating elec. I will update when more is known.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by QuickChange View Post
                        I am going to talk to the University here about a NO moving parts generator soon. It uses 220 volt, 3 phase to energize the outer coils, that are wired in series & the electrons move from one coil to the next, making a mag. field, then collapcing & energizing the next coil. The moving mag. field around the non moving inner rotor coils makes the power & back feeds some to the input side, so the input power is then shut off & it keep generating elec. I will update when more is known.

                        Is this your invention?

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                        • #13
                          Sounds like some kind of perpetual energy source.......if you could get it to work, I'd start wearing kevlar.....;)
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Big_Saw View Post
                            Sounds like some kind of perpetual energy source.......if you could get it to work, I'd start wearing kevlar.....;)

                            Does not the second law of thermodynamics state "Energy cannot be created or destroyed". Maybe that was the first law. It has been a while since college physics classes.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Rustyshakelford View Post
                              Does not the second law of thermodynamics state "Energy cannot be created or destroyed". Maybe that was the first law. It has been a while since college physics classes.
                              No, that's actually the fourth law of mexican food......
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                              "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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