Stepper Motor Generator

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Introduction: Stepper Motor Generator

This instructable goes over how to create a generator to power lights, charge a battery or capacitor, etc. with kinetic energy.

Parts:
Stepper Motor (with 4 cables)
8 diodes
breadboard
a load to charge or power

Step 1: Create a Bridge Rectifier Using 8 Diodes in a Diamond Formation

Step 2: Bridge Rectifier Breadboard

Step 3: Another View of the Breadboard With Everything Plugged In

Here is a project that I created using this circuit:

Circuit Board (A board that lights up using the kinetic energy of the spinning wheel)

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15 Discussions

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Spektaft
Spektaft

1 year ago

Can I tie the two coils in series and use only one bridge rectifier? Or parallel?
The reason being that I can then only run two wires from the wind generator way up on the tower.

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GitarthaG
GitarthaG

3 years ago

what type of diode are u using

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aizat0904
aizat0904

4 years ago

is this stepper motor can be use?

stepper motor.jpg
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SkyRanger
SkyRanger

4 years ago

What is the com link? And real photos I can base this off of? I'm a little new to cicrurtry, and I need help sooner than later

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SkyRanger
SkyRanger

Reply 4 years ago

Just did a little research. It's an inductor and the other thing is a capacitor. Specs on those?

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Dick_Knipple
Dick_Knipple

Reply 4 years ago

Sky Ranger - in the circuit diagram the coils on the left are the actual stepper motor. It has two sets of windings (coils) and 4, 5 or 6 wires - com stands for common which is a centre tap on each of the windings and in this example is not being used. Although he shows capacitors in the circuit diagram I cannot see any on the breadboard, and there are none mentioned in the parts list. Make sure you connect the diodes the right way round, they are marked with a line or spot on the negative side. They only allow current to pass in one direction (not the cheesy boy band!) so if you get them wrong the circuit will not work.

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JohnC386
JohnC386

4 years ago

is the stepper motor used for arduino capable of doing this? this is what it looks like:

17HS4401

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StudentBuilds
StudentBuilds

Reply 4 years ago

Yeah it should be fine

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minimeccanica
minimeccanica

4 years ago

Any figure about the V and I you have drawn?

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chadeau
chadeau

7 years ago on Introduction

Just what the Doc ordered-do you have specs on diode and capacitors? Thanks...

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nerd7473
nerd7473

6 years ago

how do I do this with a prototyping breadboard?

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Reply 6 years ago

not the solderless

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RedstoneM
RedstoneM

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

Simply solder it? (solderless ones are better from my opinion)

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Pointy
Pointy

7 years ago on Introduction

Thanks, I've been meaning to get a windgenerator project going sometime in the future. I have some leftover steppers left. *added to favorites*