Generator Update – 12/12/2010

by Ben N on December 12, 2010

Well, here’s a video showing the basics of how the generator work.

I did get all the sheet metal back on the generator, although I still need 18 more metric screws total. (It amazes me how much more metric screws cost than standard here in the States!) I also need to get a muffler for the generator. The muffler it is supposed to use is sort of a flat, square thing built into the bottom of the NP-40. I think I will try a basic muffler designed for a riding lawn mower. It should be pretty inexpensive, and work OK.

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1 Ty December 16, 2010 at 2:39 pm

good job but what I’ve been told is that your not going to produce enough amps to sustain the electric motor so you should check on that..

2 admin December 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm

On this project, I am not trying to power the car completely off the generator, like the Chevy Volt can. Instead, I am simply draining the batteries more slowly. Imagine if you have a bucket of water with a hole in the bottom and also a garden hose. Water will leak out the bottom. As long as you keep adding water with the garden hose, the bucket will drain more slowly. If you have a hose as big as the hole in the bucket, the bucket will never empty. My hose isn’t that big. The batteries will drain, but not as fast as they would otherwise. I will still need to charge the batteries after my trip, just like I would before. In fact, the Chevy Volt ALSO can not charge the batteries from the generator. You still have to recharge that car from the wall after a trip as well.

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