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This project is from the Summer of 2010 and is now archived. Visit the IMA Island page for the next related project.


Lots of progress on the generator today. I think we are ready to go.  Superman Greg Hull helped so much putting this together. He is an electronic whiz so it really helped having him on board.  The site we got the plans from is called Pedal Power Generator. The site is really nice about telling you all the parts you need and how to put them together.  The battery we are using is essentially a car battery charger. At a steady clip its easy to generate 12v. Everything went smoothly except for one little mix up, we thought we were going to charge the battery in the wrong spot and wound up turning our generator into a motor.  I wasn’t expecting this to happen and when the wheels started moving i jumped.  It would be nice if this was a self generating thing, but that sounds too easy.

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