Mini Hydrogen Generator

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Introduction: Mini Hydrogen Generator

About: I am a creator and am a ghost and scorpion pepper grower and also like to invent complicated ways for things to get done for no reason what so ever

This instructables is for a friend, showing him how to make a small low cost hydrogen generator. I made this for under 25$ and it puts out about 1 1/2 c a min. After reading many comments on how I could make this better I did.

Step 1: Materials

2" coupling
2" to 1and1/2 inch reducer
2" to 1" threaded reducer
1" threaded end cap
1and1/2" end cap
10 nylon washers
1 nylon bolt with nut
6 stainless steel forks
Poly tubing
Pvc glue and the tools you normally use (drill drill bits etc)
2 stainless steel bolts
2 1/2" end caps
1/2" pvc

Step 2: Next Step

Cut the fork heads off and smash them flat. Discard the all but two o the handles. Drill holes in the fork heads, also in the handles. Bend the ends of the handles and drill holes in the end. Drill holes in the 1and1/2" cap. Put the fork heads on in the order of handle, washer, fork, washer, ect. Bolt them tight then bolt the finished generator plates into the pvc cap. Then drill a hole for the poly tubing.

Step 3: Next Next Step

Glue it together should be self explanatory. Make sure the generator plates fit. (you sort of need them to)

Step 4: The Next Next Next Step

Poor about a tablespoon of baking powder or soda (whatever it says on the box) then add water and screw the lid on. Connect 12v battery (I use a 12v car battery charger you can pick one up from any hardware or auto store). NEVER LIGHT THE END OF THE TUBE. It will cause a flashback and the generator will explode. Submerging the tube in water with. Little soap will work.

Step 5: The Next Next Next Next Step/ Modification to Original Design

After reading what all y'all wrote about how it was dangerous not to have a bubbler. I feel that so I added some easy modifications. First, all the neutral plates in the middle are gone. by bending the fork tips to the outside you can get rid of the neutral plates and make more hho. Second, I added a bubbler onto the generator so that I would be able to add a torch onto it someday. I don't know if you can watch the video but it is just an example of the hho gas in action. NO its not me screaming in the background. Its my mom she didn't know how loud it would be.

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    136 Discussions

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    Phil_S
    Phil_S

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow - what a hornet's nest over a simple electroysis experiment of splitting water into its component elements. Some of the rubbish, errors, mumbo-jumbo, spelling (cunducting), non-science, beggars belief. If folk are going to make constructive comments, at least get your facts right instead of muddying the waters - chlorine = mustard gas??. Here's a little tip from someone who actually worked with the stuff at 300 bar. Hydrogen burns wth an invisible flame (no carbon present) - use a cold mirror and see if it mists up. And another - if you ever get to piping it at high pressures, hydrogen is such a small molecule, it will find leaks that no other gases will find. Cast alloy regulators leak like a sieve, use machined brass or stainless, and Swagelok fittings. Hydrogen is not to be messed with. If it does go, it will be more than your ears popping

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    KellyCraig
    KellyCraig

    Reply 4 months ago

    If you're going down that road, explain the difference between using
    soda vs salt. Don't leave everyone hanging (wondering what you're
    talking about). Use your vast knowledge to give some helpful details to those of us who are just playing.

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    Phil_S
    Phil_S

    Reply 4 months ago

    Silly comment.
    Sounds like you've had too many ice-cream sodas
    Where exacyly did I mention soda or salt?
    If it's taken you five years to get round to compose that rubbish then it's only you doing the hanging around.
    If you don't know the difference between salt and soda the go Google it

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    KellyCraig
    KellyCraig

    Reply 4 months ago

    Let's see, some guy whose only Instructables achievements seem to be a hundred or so troll like comments on other people's posts types "[s]illy comment," then goes on to type silly comments, before making ludicrous comments.

    Maybe you're playing dumb. Of course, it may be sincere. The content and context of your post only offers suggestions.

    That aside, you mentioned chlorine. Inasmuch as you indicate yourself to be far more knowledgeable than some or all those who come here to learn and share, you could have taken the opportunity to mention chlorine can be a result of adding salt to water during the electrolysis processes. You could have explained how those of us who do metal plating concern ourselves with what goes into the plating bath for that and other reasons. You, however, did not, so may not know.

    Since you didn't know, were so consumed with rage against those who didn't, or just have a great deal of trouble typing even a single line, I'll say it for you: Adding salt to water to which an electrical charge is applied can produce the chlorine gas you mentioned.

    Regarding your statement "i]f it's taken five years to get round to compose that rubbish. . . .," are you really unaware Net and Instructable searches are purposed to produce results, and those results often lead to, for example, five year old comments, like yours? If that simple fact is difficult for you to understand, do some experimentation with the search processes, or have someone explain it to you in finer detail.

    Of course, it's possible you attach more importance to yourself than does the rest of the world, and actually believe I or someone else would spend five years working on a response to your rambling response. Be advised, that is not the case. Until the date of my post, I and most the world knew nothing of you. It may be life was more pleasant for both of us that way.

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    Phil_S
    Phil_S

    Reply 4 months ago

    What a very unpleasant, nasty little person you are KellyCraig or Craig Kelly
    You have gone to quite a lot of time time and trouble to to construct your rant.
    Be aware that as some of your published content is libelous, I will be reporting you to the moderators.

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    KellyCraig
    KellyCraig

    Reply 4 months ago

    Merely that something is written does not make it libel. If it's factual or satirical, a legal challenge going down that road could earn CR11 (civil rules of court) sanctions for a frivolous claim.

    Just so you know.

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    Lonnie mcgallion
    Lonnie mcgallion

    Reply 4 years ago

    Good advice. I am a boilermaker. Work in oil refineries and hydrogen is some nasty stuff, hazardous wise.
    Most of the piping is heavywall with flanges being mostly rtj ring gaskets, or ring joint. The flanges tend to be 900# to 1500#. We use freah air a lot or scba packs with 5 min escape bottles which will only last 2 min since you will be scrambling and breathing hard lol. Ussually they will pump in nitrogen to displace oxygen and give you a "window" in time to complete the break in or blinding process. Hydrogen is an awesome product. Lol if there is a leak out there you would be amazed at what droping a wrench or something metal does to you knowing tgat just a spark. Good precationary post and warning.

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    WayneO2
    WayneO2

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Chlorine is one of the prime components of Mustard Gas: C4H8Cl2S

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    JackT16
    JackT16

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    not prime components, A component, there are 4 whole carbon atoms, 8 hydrogens, 2 chlorine and 1 sulphur atom. its like saying oh did you know, you should never eat tuna, one of its prime components is mercury!!!

    or Vinegar (CH3CO2H) it is primarily carbon dioxide! we could suffocate by putting it on our potatoes!!

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    Misty6786
    Misty6786

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I am new to this but the instructions say use what ever in relation to using baking soda or baking powder. I have read the entire document, but can't find what I need. Are you referring to the box in the picture? These instructions seem to be quite poorly thought out. I need to know how to build the generator and would probably be able to do that, but also what to put in it, and baking powder in spite of its similar name is not really interchangeable with baking soda. Once you fill the chamber and hook up the power do you just heat it up? I saw no other ingredients than baking soda/powder.

    At this point, it sounds like the process would make some form of lye, which is made from pure salt and a similar process to what the instructions above say to do.

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    Pyrogenics
    Pyrogenics

    Reply 4 years ago

    Overall it would be better to add sodium hydroxide due to its higher energy transfer compared to sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), also you would not want to heat up the water as heat creates resistance when referring to the transfer of energy.

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    KellyCraig
    KellyCraig

    Reply 4 months ago

    Others more learned than I am say, don't use salt. That is how you make chlorine gas. Stay with the soda.

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    aekback
    aekback

    Reply 4 years ago

    All you need is an electrolyte. Table salt works, but will likely corrode. Baking soda is likely what he is using. The electricity separates the hydrogen and oxygen atoms from the water molecules in the solution, producing the gas. No heating up or anything like that (other than waste energy being released as heat from the generator itself).

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    audit.grbp
    audit.grbp

    1 year ago

    Its better to have video on how it is being done

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    monicapopuri
    monicapopuri

    2 years ago

    can i have the complete information about the project to finish my doccumnetation .plz can u give ittt

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    LabRatMatt
    LabRatMatt

    3 years ago

    Cool project! I might make one with some old stainless steel scraps and some PVC pipe.

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    nyanzu musau
    nyanzu musau

    4 years ago on Introduction

    you guys your technology is money in Kenya

    Can some one show me how to make free energy

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    aekback
    aekback

    Reply 4 years ago

    Free energy doesn't exist

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    bluefringes
    bluefringes

    Reply 3 years ago

    Life on this planet gets free energy from the sun all day long.

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    troy4004
    troy4004

    5 years ago

    I've got one on my 150cc Scooter. aquarium tube to breather so gas goes in air intake and now gets 145mpg.