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How do you make a hand powered AC generator?

  1. Jan 22, 2004 #1
    Does anybody know?

    The basics? A procedure? Anything i'll be glad with anybody's advice.

    Thank you.
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  3. Jan 23, 2004 #2


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    Start by looking up information on a car alternator, these produce AC. There is a lot of information available about them so you should be able to get an idea on how to build one.
  4. Jan 23, 2004 #3


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    Take just about any household electric motor (i.e. clothes dryer electric motor that you can find in a junk yard, or you can use a stepper motor out of a printer). Basically, use the input leads for the electrical output. Fashion a crank to the mechanical output shaft for the mechanical input. Voila! Motors and generators are usually reciprocal devices (but there are exceptions).
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