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GENERATING POWER AFTER THE LIGHTS GO OUT

THE LIGHTS HAVE GONE OUT, AND HAVE STAYED OFF FOR SOME TIME NOW WITH NO RELIEF IN SIGHT. HOW DO YOU GENERATE ELECTRICITY TO CHARGE YOUR GADGETS OR POWER OTHER ELECTRIC DEVICES FOR COMMUNICATION, HEAT, AND LIGHT? THE ANSWER, IS A LOT SIMPLER THEN MANY KNOW. THIS LONG POST WILL INSTRUCT ON HOW TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY. BELOW IS A LIST OF CONTENTS: 1)VEHICLE ALTERNATOR / ELECTRIC MOTOR A) DYNAMO BIKE GENERATOR B) WINDMILL C) HYDRO-TURBINE D)CHARGE CONTROLLER 2)SOLAR POWER A)BATTERY IN SERIES B)POWER INVERTER 3)BATTERIES A)LEMON BATTERY B)POTATO BATTERY C)BAGHDAD BATTERY D)PENNY BATTERY 1) A VEHICLE ALTERNATOR AND ELECTRIC MOTOR BOTH WORK ON ELECTRO-MOTIVE FORCE, CONVERTING MECHANICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY BY FORCING ELECTRONS TO MOVE BY PASSING A CONDUCTIVE WIRE OR COIL THROUGH A MAGNETIC FIELD. IT IS THIS PRINCIPLE THAT ALLOWS FOR STANDARD ELECTRIC MOTORS TO BE USED AS ELECTRIC GENERATORS AS WELL AND VICE VERSA. AS A MATTER OF FACT, DUE TO IT'S COPPER COILING, THE STANDARD VEHICLE ALTERNATOR IS ACTUALLY BETTER AS AN ELECTRIC MOTOR. ANY ELECTRIC MOTOR, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, CAN BE USED TO GENERATE ELECTRICITY SIMPLY BY TURNING THE CENTER ARMATURE, WHICH IS THE PART THAT SPINS WHEN AN ELECTRIC CURRENT IS APPLIED. IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT THE ARMATURE SHOULD BE SPUN CLOCKWISE, OR COUNTER-CLOCKWISE WHEN LOOKING AT THE ARMATURE END, SPINNING THE ARMATURE COUNTER- CLOCKWISE WILL GENERATE ELECTRICITY BUT NOT AS MUCH AS SPINNING IT CLOCKWISE. THE VEHICLE ALTERNATOR FROM ANY VEHICLE OR ELECTRIC MOTOR FROM A HOUSE HOLD APPLIANCE OR CHILD'S TOY CAN BE USED. THEY CAN BE USED WITH HOME MADE WINDMILLS, HOME MADE WATER TURBINES FOR MICRO HYDRO-POWER, CONNECTED TO ANOTHER MOTOR SUCH AS A LAWNMOWER'S TO GENERATE POWER, OR CONNECTED TO A BICYCLE FOR DYNAMO POWER GENERATION. THE FIRST PICTURE SHOWS THE ALTERNATOR IN A VEHICLE, THE FIRST DRAWING SHOWS A SIMPLE WINDMILL HOUSING USING A COFFEE CAN, SOME PIECE OF WOOD, SOME SCREWS, AN ALTERNATOR, A BICYCLE TIRE AND SOME BINDING MATERIAL. ANOTHER SOURCE FOR POWER GENERATION IS USING ANY HAND CRANK DYNAMO POWER DEVICE SUCH AS A CRANK RADIO OR FLASHLIGHT TO CHARGE OR POWER OTHER DEVICES. THE NUMBER 3 IN THE FIRST DRAWING IS A HYDRO TURBINE CREATED FROM CUTTING A COFFEE CAN AND THEN SCREWING IT ON AN ALTERNATOR / ELECTRIC MOTOR ARMATURE OR ARMATURE EXTENSION TO KEEP THE ALTERNATOR OUT OF THE WATER. THE NEXT PICTURE SHOWS A SMALL WINDMILL USING A BICYCLE TIRE FRAME AND AN ALTERNATOR ON A TRIPOD. THE NEXT TWO PICTURES SHOW AN ALTERNATOR AND BICYCLE DYNAMO GENERATOR, ONE USING THE TIRE'S RUBBER AS FRICTION TO SPIN THE ARMATURE OF AN ELECTRIC MOTOR WHILE THE OTHER USES A TENSION BELT FROM A VEHICLE TO SPIN THE ARMATURE OF AN ALTERNATOR. IN ALL POWER GENERATING DEVICES THAT ARE USED TO CHARGE BATTERIES IN ORDER TO STORE THE POWER TO BE USED AT A LATER TIME, UNLESS THERE IS A CHARGE CONTROLLER THE BATTERY WILL POWER THE ELECTRIC MOTOR, ALTERNATOR OR PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR CELL INSTEAD OF GENERATING POWER. THE CHARGE CONTROLLER IS SIMPLY A SEMICONDUCTOR OR TRANSISTOR DESIGNED TO ONLY ALLOW ELECTRICITY TO FLOW IN ONE DIRECTION. THE PICTURES BELOW SHOW WHAT THE SEMICONDUCTOR LOOKS LIKE FOR SALVAGE FROM OLD ELECTRONICS. ITS IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT THE DIRECTION OF THE ARROWS ON THE SQUARE TRANSISTORS AND THE PAINTED STRIPE ON THE CYLINDER SEMICONDUCTORS SHOW THE DIRECTION OF ELECTRICAL FLOW. THESE SHOULD BE CONNECTED TO THE POWER LINES RUNNING FROM THE SOURCE OF ELECTRICAL GENERATION AND POINTING TOWARDS THE BATTERIES. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR PROPER POWER GENERATION AND PREVENT POWER LOSS IN PHOTOVOLTAIC SOLAR CELLS WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN. 2)SOLAR POWER RELIES ON ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT BOMBARDING THE PHOTOVOLTAIC MATERIAL FORCING ELECTRONS TO JUMP BETWEEN A POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE JUNCTION CREATING AN ELECTRICAL CURRENT. SOLAR POWER IS USED MORE EXTENSIVELY THEN MANY ARE AWARE. THEY ARE USED TO POWER STREET LIGHTS AND ROAD SIGNS, LAWN ORNAMENTS, HOMES AND OFFICE BUILDINGS. BELOW YOU WILL SEE PICTURES SHOWING SOME OF THE MOST EASILY ACQUIRED SOLAR PANELS. THE LARGER PANELS USED ON THE ROAD SIGNS CAN BE USED TO TRICKLE CHARGE CAR BATTERIES CONNECTED IN PARALLEL FOR LONGER DURATION OF POWER CONSUMPTION AT THE BATTERY'S RATED VOLTAGE OR IN SERIES TO INCREASE THE VOLTAGE BUT NOT THE DURATION. THE PICTURES BELOW SHOWS HOW IT IS DONE, VERY SIMPLE, CONNECT NEGATIVE TO NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE TO POSITIVE FOR PARALLEL AND POSITIVE TO NEGATIVE FOR SERIES. AN EXAMPLE WOULD BE IF YOU WERE TRYING TO POWER A DEVICE THAT REQUIRED 36 VOLTS DC SUCH AS A POWER INVERTER WHICH TURNS DC POWER GENERATED FROM BATTERIES, ALTERNATORS AND SOLAR CELLS INTO AC POWER TO RUN A HEATING COIL OR AIR CONDITIONER. YOU WOULD CONNECT THREE 12 VOLT DC BATTERIES TOGETHER, POSITIVE TO NEGATIVE TO GENERATE 36 VOLTS DC. IF YOU HAD MORE YOU COULD ALSO CONNECT THEM IN PARALLEL DOUBLING THE DURATION TIME OF WHAT EVER DEVICE YOU ARE POWERING. ANOTHER OVERLOOKED SOLAR POWERED DEVICE IS THE COMMON VARIETY SOLAR POWERED SIDEWALK AND GARDEN LIGHTS. THESE USE SMALL SOLAR CELLS TO USUALLY CHARGE A SINGLE 'AA' BATTERY WITH A LIGHT SENSING DIODE TURNING ON THE LIGHT AT NIGHT. THESE CAN BE USED TO CHARGE RECHARGEABLE 'AA' BATTERIES DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS THEN REMOVED FOR USE IN OTHER DEVICES. YOU CAN ALSO CONNECT DEVICE SPECIFIC CHARGING WIRES TO THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT OF THE SOLAR LIGHTS. ALLOWING SUCH DEVICES LIKE A CELL PHONE OR MP3 PLAYER TO BE CHARGED DIRECTLY. NOTE: ALL DEVICES YOUR ATTEMPTING TO CHARGE IN THIS MANNER SHOULD BE TURNED OFF DUE TO THE LOW VOLTAGE OF THE TRICKLE CHARGE OR THE DEVICE WILL NOT CHARGE FULLY UNLESS UTILIZING A MUCH LARGER SOLAR PANEL. NEXT WE WILL COVER POWER INVERTERS, QUITE SIMPLE ACTUALLY, THEY CONVERT DC POWER TO AC POWER. BE MINDFUL OF THE DEVICES YOU ARE ATTEMPTING TO POWER WITH AN INVERTER, IT MAY REQUIRE MORE WATTS THEN YOUR INVERTER CAN HANDLE EITHER NOT POWERING YOUR INTENDED DEVICE OR OVERHEATING AND DAMAGING YOUR INVERTER. DID YOU KNOW THAT ELECTRONICS RUN ON DC POWER AND NOT AC? THE ELECTRONIC DEVICES CONVERT THE AC POWER BACK INTO DC POWER BEFORE IT GETS TO THE DELICATE ELECTRONICS, THIS ISN'T TRUE THOUGH WITH MOST ELECTRIC MOTORS. THE PROBLEM WITH DC POWER IS THAT IT LOOSES STRENGTH OVER DISTANCE DUE TO THE RESISTANCE OF THE WIRE IT IS TRAVELING ON, BUT NOT AC POWER. IF YOU HAVE A LAPTOP, CHECK THE POWER BOX ON YOUR POWER CORD, IT WILL HAVE ON IT THE DC POWER LEVEL THAT YOUR LAPTOP OPERATES ON. IF YOU DID NOT HAVE A POWER INVERTER TO CONVERT THE DC POWER INTO AC, YOU COULD CUT YOUR POWER CORD BETWEEN YOUR LAPTOP AND THE POWER BOX AND CONNECT IT TO A DC POWER SOURCE. JUST MAKE SURE THE POWER SOURCE DOESN'T EXCEED THE OPERATING DC POWER REQUIREMENTS OR YOU MIGHT DAMAGE THE ELECTRONICS IN WHAT EVER ELECTRONIC DEVICE YOU ARE POWERING. YOU CAN FIND SMALL POWER INVERTERS AT YOUR LOCAL GAS STATION, IF NOT THEN GO TO A GAS STATION WITH TRUCKING DIESEL PUMPS AS THEY TEND TO BE MINI MALLS FOR TRUCKERS. YOU CAN ALSO FIND THEM AT YOUR LOCAL WAL-MART OR LOWES OR HOME DEPOT OR ELECTRONICS STORE. THEY RANGE FROM SMALL CIGARETTE LIGHTER PLUG-INS MEANT TO POWER ONE DEVICE WITH A COUPLE HUNDRED WATTS OR LESS TO THOSE THAT POWER SEVERAL THOUSAND WATTS. THOSE ON THE LATTER END TEND TO COST AS MUCH AS A GENERATOR DOES THAT PROVIDES TWICE AS MUCH POWER. POWER INVERTERS ARE EITHER CONNECTED DIRECTLY TO A STEADY POWER SOURCE FOR USE ONLY WHEN POWER IS BEING GENERATED, OR ARE CONNECTED TO A SERIES OR PARALLEL OF BATTERIES FOR A PROLONGED USE WHILE THEY ARE BEING SLOWLY RECHARGED BY WHAT EVER POWER GENERATING MEANS IS BEING USED. BELOW ARE SOME PICTURES OF POWER INVERTERS FOR EASY IDENTIFICATION. IF YOU ATTEMPT TO POWER A DEVICE THAT USES AC POWER DIRECTLY WITHOUT BYPASSING THE AC/DC CONVERTING CIRCUITS OR USE AN INVERTER, YOU WILL JUST BE WASTING YOUR TIME. 3)BATTERIES ALLOW FOR STORAGE OF POWER FOR PROLONGED PERIODS OF TIME. IT IS BECAUSE OF SUCH, THAT DURING ANY DISASTER BATTERIES BECOME HOARDED AND SCARCE. WHEN CAR BATTERIES, SMALLER BATTERIES USED FOR MOTORCYCLES AND OTHER RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, AND SMALL APPLIANCE BATTERIES ARE ALL GONE YOU WILL HAVE TO RECHARGE OR CREATE THEM. BATTERIES THAT HAVE REMOVABLE FILL CAPS CAN BE RECHARGED BY ADDING WATER WHILST OTHERS ARE SEALED AND MAINTENANCE FREE BUT HAVE A LIMITED USE TIME, USUALLY AROUND 5 YEARS . YOU CAN CREATE A SIMPLE BATTERY BY PUTTING A COPPER PENNY IN ONE END ON A LEMON OR POTATO AND A ZINC COATED NAIL OR 5 CENT NICKLE IN THE OTHER AND CONNECTING WIRES. YOU CAN EVEN DO THIS IN SERIES TO CREATE ORGANIC BATTERIES CAPABLE OF POWERING ELECTRONIC DEVICES. YOU CAN ALSO CREATE A BAGHDAD BATTERY BY USING A GLASS, CLAY OR PLASTIC CONTAINER THEN PLACING A COPPER SHEET AND IRON ROD SEPARATED BY NON CONDUCTING MATERIAL, JUST FILL THE CONTAINER WITH ACIDIC LIQUID SUCH AS LEMON JUICE, LIME, GRAPEFRUIT, ORANGE, TOMATO JUICE, VINEGAR OR YOU CAN CREATE YOUR OWN BY DISSOLVING SALT INTO WARM WATER UNTIL NO MORE SALT WILL DISSOLVE AND USE THAT AS YOUR ELECTROLYTE. THEN JUST CONNECT A WIRE TO THE COPPER SHEETING AND A WIRE TO THE IRON ROD. MAKE THESE TO CONNECT IN SERIES OR PARALLEL TO POWER OR CHARGE ELECTRIC DEVICES. AN ALTERNATIVE IS JUST FILLING CUPS WITH AN ELECTROLYTE AND PLACING A PIECE OF COPPER ON ONE SIDE AND A PIECE OF ZINC ON THE OTHERS AND DOING THIS IN SERIES TO POWER OR CHARGE DEVICES BUT THE SCALE NEEDED TO EQUAL TO ONE 'AA' WOULD TAKE UP A LOT OF SPACE AND MATERIALS. ANOTHER BATTERY IS THE PENNY BATTERY, GET PENNYS DATED 1983 OR EARLIER AS THEY ARE MADE MOSTLY OF COPPER, AFTER 1983 THE U.S. PENNY WAS COMPOSED MAINLY OF ZINC AND THOUGH ZINC WILL WORK WITH COPPER, IT WON'T REPLACE COPPER. YOU COULD MAKE A PENNY BATTERY OUT OF OLD AND NEW PENNIES. THE OLD ONES ARE THE COPPER ELEMENT AND THE NEW ONES ONCE SANDED DOWN ARE THE ZINC COMPONENT. OR YOU COULD JUST USE SECTIONS OF COPPER SHEETING FOUND AT YOUR LOCAL HOBBY STORE. NEXT GET AN EQUAL NUMBER OF NICKELS OR SMALL CUT SECTIONS OF ZINC COATED (ANODIZED=ZINC COATED) STEEL SHEETING. SAND THE FACES OF THE NICKELS(ZINC-NICKEL ALLOY) AND PENNYS UNTIL THEY ARE FLAT SURFACES. NEXT, PLACE A FILLER MATERIAL SUCH AS FELT, CLOTH, OR EVEN TISSUE PAPER TO GO BETWEEN EACH PENNY AND NICKEL. STACK THE PENNYS AND NICKELS (OR ANODIZED STEEL PIECES) PENNY, FILLER, NICKEL, FILLER AND SO ON. START WITH THE NICKLE AND END WITH THE PENNY. NOW CONNECT A WIRE TO EACH END, ONE SHOULD BE A PENNY AND THE OTHER SHOULD BE A NICKEL. KEEP THEM TOGETHER WITH TAPE, A GLUE GUN OR RUBBER COATED WIRE AND PLACE EITHER IN A ZIPLOCK BAG OR SOME OTHER CONTAINER OR SOAK IT FIRST THEN WRAP IT UP IN PLASTIC WRAP TO HOLD IT TOGETHER. THE OTHER AFORE MENTIONED ZIPLOCK BAG OR OTHER CONTAINER YOU WILL NEED TO FILL IT WITH ENOUGH ACIDIC FLUID TO KEEP THE FILLER SATURATED AND YOU HAVE YOURSELF A PENNY BATTERY. NOTE: THE COPPER IS THE POSITIVE END OF THE BATTERY AND THE NICKEL OR ZINC/ANODIZED STEEL IS THE NEGATIVE. THE BEST THING ABOUT THIS BATTERY, ARE THE EASILY OBTAINABLE MATERIALS NEEDED TO CONSTRUCT IT.

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