How to Build Floppy Drive Wind Generators




Small wind generators can be very handy in various situations, on camping, fishing, sailing etc. Our DIY wind generator can be used to recharge batteries, cell phones, Ipods or even solar LED flashlight.
Generator is mostly made of stepper motor taken from an old 5.25" floppy drive!
Supply and charging of connected devices is regulated using small electronic circuit (few diodes, resistor, condenser and integrated circuit), everyone who has used soldering iron before can construct it.

When it is windy outside, generator of our small windmill produces electric energy sufficient for one small light bulb or charging several batteries. We have attached USB connector to wind generator which
enables charging of all modern mobile devices (Ipod, MP3/MP4 media players, smartphone...) that are usually charged via PC USB port.

Step 1: 5.25" Floppy Drive Windmill Construction

First, we have opened an old generation PC286 and removed 5.25 inch floppy drive unit. After dismantling the floppy drive unit, we have carefully removed stepper motor.

We have drilled two holes with stationary drill on the shaft and directly attached the turbine (propeller).

Next, we prepared electronics which has a task to rectify alternate current and to filter and stabilize the voltage at 5 volts. You can solder all electronic components directly. Now we have to make the remaining mechanical parts for the wind generator. We need to prepare a bracket and a turbine (propeller). Bracket can be made of aluminum tube diameter 3-4mm, and generator (stepper motor) is most easily fastened directly to the bracket using clamps. You can easily create a three-bladed propeller using the meter, pen and scissors for cutting sheet metal. You will need a sheet metal panel 0.8x0.8m, 0.5mm thick.

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    6 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Your link to download the info is NOT WORKING....


    4 years ago on Introduction

    While there is obvious value to making use of old hardware (keeping landfills low),

    and being thrifty, however, some of these Old/Older have "value" for those that

    are "restoring" and/or "converting" the old 5 1/4" or 3 1/2" floppy's to save their old

    data - from technology upgrades. Of course if it doesn't work it has No value, but,

    most people (and experts) don't have the software designed to work with these old floppy drives.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Could this set up be used to power a bicycle light. Like a dynamo driven by the turning of the wheels?

    3 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Instead of a propeller you could mount an RC car wheel to the shaft, and attach the fd motor to your frame or forks in such a way that the RC car wheel would be in contact with your bike wheel. The trick would be creating a mounting bracket that would hold the assembly in the proper position.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Why not use the floppy motor with a dynamo? must be another instructable on making a dynamo.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    :-) ... generally yes, but I think that it would be too fragile. You should try...It would be interesting idea to post that project here... only use smaller propeller.