The 8008 1753
Well -- I have no clue who Tom Bearden is, but here is what I base my evidence on:
The 8008 1755
The original reason is twofold. First, the magnet material is brittle, and has a tendency to fly apart just when the electricity generation gets exciting. Second, the...
Out in the back patio I have a horizontal-shaft B&S magneto-spark gasoline engine (converted to run on propane.)
Attached to the shaft of said engine is a roughly 25cm pulley.
Some 40cm away is an old Chrysler 100A alternator set up for an external voltage regulator, with a homebrew (not my design) solid-state regulator.
A V-belt connects the two. A big-butt turnbuckle provides adjustable belt tension.
The 8008 1754
The old generators had magnetic polarity. They had to be "polarized" with a big current surge to make sure they generated the correct polarity. I guess there really isn't much...
The regulated output of the alternator goes, via some meters of 6mm copper wire, to three lighting standards, each made up of four 50W automotive style headlamps.
If I wrap the rope around the starting pulley, open the tank valve, prime the propane regulator, and give it a really strong yank, the lights go on, despite an absolute lack of any battery in the circuit.
So, I exactly *DO* light up the workshop.
As for power-tools, they run off of compressed air.
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