Charge Your Phone From Wind

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Wind turbine phone charger

What if you could use this abundant source of energy? The wind. This free and pleasant breeze of air can be easily harnessed to charge your electronic gadgets while camping or even at your home garden.

Here is how to make an easy wind turbine phone charger using off the shelf parts(most of them are recycled).

Let's get started.

Step 1: Parts

  • Wind turbine

I made this one myself earlier. You can check it out here to see how to make it or buy yourself a ready made one.

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  • Car phone charger

This is the one used to charge your phone from the car lighter plug. This charger takes 12 Volts from the car battery and regulates them into 5 Vdc with USB output for phones and gadgets.

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  • USB Phone Cable

The cable used to charge the phone from USB ports (it’s a standard USB cable charger port but you can use whatever your phone cable is)

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  • Crocodile clips

Those are clips with crocodile like jaws used for connecting wires and components together.

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  • Wires

Step 2: ​Prepare the Charger

To get connections of the car phone charger I opened its case.

The center connection is the positive terminal and the side connection is the negative one.

Connect the charger I connected wires to the wind turbine and then used crocodile clips to connect them to the car phone charger.

Step 3: ​Test the Charger

The charger has an LED indicator on it to indicate that it’s getting its input voltage and making its proper output voltage.

I tested the wind turbine and the charger by letting them to rotate freely in the wind and it lit the LED indicating everything is working properly.

Step 4: ​Charge the Phone

Connect the USB cable to the charger and then plug it into the phone and let the wind turbine rotate.

Feel the power flowing from the wind turbine into your phone.

Thank you for reading.

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    Pumuggel

    2 months ago

    That's great. Instead of leaving my phone connected to the windmill, I would, however, place a power bank in a waterproof box connected to the windmill. Using two powerbanks, you could always leave one out at the windmill for charging and take one in (your hut, house, campervan, ...) or with you for charging your phone or other devices. In addition, powerbanks usally are less sensible for changing currents.

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    ballardbk

    2 months ago

    I think you are missing the link to see how to make the wind turbine you made. Otherwise, great instructable.