How to Build a Generator

November 28, 2008 at 8:46 am

A generator is a machine, which produces electricity. Today, we have a wide variety of generators at our disposal. Coming in different types and capacities, they all work in the same manner. Lets see here how to build a generator.

You will require: four magnets measuring 1 cm by 2 cm by 5 cm, a miniature lamp, 200 feet of magnetic wire, a long nail, a bulb of 1.5 volts and a strip of cardboard or Plexiglas or wood for the box.

To start with make a box out of the cardboard. You can also use Plexiglas or wood. Mark the different sides of the box and fold it along the drawn lines. Let the first folded panel over lap the last panel and secure it with tape.

Generator How to Build a Generator

Make holes at theexact center in the front and back of the box and widen them to allow a nail to spin. Pass a nail through this hole.

Take a length of wire fix it with tape to one end of the cardboard box and wrap the remaining around the middle of the cardboard box.Now tape the other end of the wire to the taped end and leave a length of approximately 10 cm sticking out.

Strip the coating of the loose end and expose the copper line.

Now take the four magnets, place a pair on each side of the nail inside the box. The nail must be able to spin around the magnets easily. Take one wire end of the generator and connect it to the lamp wire end. Do this carefully and make sure the connections do not touch.

To start using the generator, spin the nail as fast as you can. You may also use a hand-crank drill for spinning the nail.

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