Ok, I'm rather new to electronics as I've only taken a highschool-level electronics class and that was several years ago. Right now I'm trying to put together a low power heater consisting of a length of nickel chromium wire and a DC or stepper motor. What I'd like to do eventually is be able to heat the nichrome wire up to a comfortable temperature (around 50 degrees Celsius) by attaching it to the motor in series and spinning the rotor manually. Here is what I have to work with: - ~ 3.25 feet of nichrome wire at 35 AWG (This is an estimate as the diameter didn't come on the package) - a small motor out of a wind-up flashlight. I cannot find the rating for it but it does have "A6V5" printed on the side (6 amps, 5 volts?) I have already tested a length of 4" nichrome with the small motor, but when I cranked it there didn't appear to be any heating of the wire. My questions are: Is there any way to make a stepper motor more efficient and output more power when the rotor is cranked? How much power do I need in order to heat a 3.25' length of nichrome wire to 50 degrees Celsius? Any input is appreciated, as I am a complete beginner.