Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Old school emergency generator

When I was in my twenties, (long long long ago) I built a generator out of an old ten speed bike and an alternator out of a wrecked ford escort. Total price... $20.

Believe it or not, this thing actually worked. If you pedal your ass off for an hour, you'll make just enough electricity to run a tv for about 20minutes. With a small LED, you might get two hours of viewing.

I learned the hard way that the average person can produce about 100watts. And its exhausting to use.

100watts is pretty much nothing as far as electricity goes.

But it was awsome as a piece of exercise equipment for my RV, it slid back into the wall and was out of sight. And it did something productive... if minuscule.

Ah, my 20s...

That was before back problems, failing eyes, when if I had a wild idea I just went out and did it.

Such a long time ago.

In my head, I was thinking that it would be a huge amount of free power. I was going to save SOOOO MUCH gas by making my own electricity :)

Hard to believe I was that nieve. But pictures speak a thousand word.

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