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Are there any motors in a typical laser printer that could be used as a wind generator? Answered

If they wouldn't be good for a wind generator, are there any other common uses for these?



Best Answer 6 years ago

Check out this instructable and where it says "scanner" insert "laser printer".

And there are others.

sam D

6 years ago

If you post pics I can tell you. What is your target voltage?

There were 4 motors in the printer. Obviously 3 are steppers, but I'm not knowledgable enough to know about the 4th. Thanks for all your help in advance.

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I haven't pulled the motors out yet.
Of course I'd like to generate as much as possible, but I really expect this to be a learning experience. However, if I can't get ANYTHING useful (energy wise), then I wouldn't even start.
Thanks for your help!

Any chance I could get enough to power a few lights? I already have a small power inverter and a car battery sitting around. I understand the charge time may be extremely long, but would this be possible? It would be free lights in the shed. They're probably not used an hour per week.