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Re: Hand cranked Tesla Coil?
Original poster: fleps <fleps@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
brief trawls through the vast InterNet, source of all that is
fully-referenced and indisputably true, suggest sustained human power
outputs in the range of about 150-200W, for average mostly-in-shape cyclists
and so on. Peak outputs (like in an explosive vertical jump), or
non-sustained (e.g. sprint until you're completely exhausted) are obviously
On the assumption that you'd like to run your coil and then still have some
energy left to stand up and pack your gear away again afterwards, 200W gives
you 1.6A at 120V (also assuming your old bike is frictionless and your
dynamo converts all of your pedalling energy into useful coil-running
electricity and so on)
Hand-cranking output is suggested to be lower again, more like 50W. That's
only 0.4A at 120V.
Looks like you could definitely get _something_ powered, but probably not
all that impressively. Probably enough for a little 4kV NST coil though?
> Original poster: "M G" <gt4awd@xxxxxxxxx>
> Hi again, I would like to know if anyone on the list has built a
> "human" powered Tesla Coil. Be it a hand crank, peddle powered
> generator, etc... For some reason this seems to be of interest to me
> lately, and I can't get it off my mind. Eventually I would like to
> build my own little AC generator. Is this a highly complicated task
> or not so complicated? Be it either of those I would still like to do
> this eventually. I had ran into a website showing the creation of a
> wind mill AC generator, but lost the URL since then. It did not seem
> to be all that complicated, although some special fabrication of
> metal seemed to be needed. The mill would create over 30 amps at
> 120volts with a wind speed of 20mph. I would assume that a peddle
> powered generator (old bike) could be made to move at least 10amps at
> 120vo! lts. A hand crank maybe being able to move about 5 amps at
> Matt G.