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The Pringles Wind Turbine (a.k.a. Power Leech or Pleech) is an attempt to turn simple items found at the hardware store and elsewhere into a working l...
You will need:Pringles CanTwo CDsPaper towel holder (preferably metal)12 Aluminum bobbins (NOT steel)Magnet Wire (lots of it, the thinner the gauge th...
You'll need to cut the can into two halves lengthwise. Be sure to mark it carefully. Uneven halves will create an unbalanced turbine. Metal snips h...
In order to make sure all the different parts of the turbine get put into the right place, it helps to write guides onto the CDs with a sharpie. Luck...
The wine cork forms the very simple axle of the turbine. I prefer this over the dowel from my first version because: a) you can make them as snug as ...
The best thing you can do here is to look at the diagram in the PDF from a few steps back. Basically, you need to attach the magnets (glue, tape, epo...
Now you can glue the can halves to the top and base CDs. Make sure each half stays vertical--use a square if you need to. You want the turbine to be...
This is the other half of the "needle bearing" I wrote about. You'd need to make this deep enough so that the turbine stays in place but not so deep ...
This part is crucial. The amount of power you generate pretty much depends on two things: the speed of the wind, and number of coils. Other factors ...
I know, this seems kind of dumb to get its own step, but it's reaaaaalllllly important. The next few steps devolve into tangles and chaos pretty quic...
Follow the wiring diagram. Seriously. Don't even read another word of this, because it will only be confusing. Well, actually, here are some useful...
I made my prototype out of foam core, but this will depend a lot on the size of your coils, the size of your magnets and the shape of the frame. Plus...
Once again, follow the template. This is by far the most confusing part, and I think the template should really help. Lay down one group (e.g. "A"),...
Okay, so I haven't really gone over much in the way of what has been wired up here. What you have now is a Y circuit for a 3-phase alternating curren...
The rectifier circuit template in the PDF should be able to fit right over a standard project board (the ones that require soldering.) This should ma...
No time like the present. Blow on it, put it in the wind, attach magnets to the vertical piece of the frame and tack it up on a AC vent, hit with a S...
That's it! You have a crazy renewable energy source of perhaps dubious usefulness. BUT there is a lot more that can be done. I'd like to throw out ...
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Posted:May 7, 2007
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