Go Back   EcoModder Forum > AltModding > Saving@Home
Register Now
 Register Now
 


Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-07-2012, 11:22 AM   #21 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 1,049

Kristin's Impala FFV - '10 Chevy Impala LT
90 day: 26 mpg (US)

XFE Coupe - '09 Chevy Cobalt XFE
Team Chevy
90 day: 42.71 mpg (US)

2010 Cobalt - '10 Chevy Cobalt LT
90 day: 37.05 mpg (US)

Penny's Rogue - '15 Nissan Rogue SL AWD
90 day: 26.71 mpg (US)

Cam's Rogue - '11 Nissan Rogue SV AWD
90 day: 26 mpg (US)

Elantra - '17 Hyundia Elantra SE
Team Hyundai
90 day: 40 mpg (US)
Thanks: 214
Thanked 191 Times in 162 Posts
[ Is there anyway that a charger could be used backwards as an inverter? hook the drill directly to the charger bypassing the battery?[/QUOTE]

Not sure about that, you will need to add a diode(I think - check valve) so the electrity only flow away from the drill, use it to charge a 12v computer battery backup(or just a marine battery and invertor), use that to power your TV or what ever. Just need to peddle fast enough to get 14 or so volts to charge the battery. if 10-18 speed bike is used, friction drive the drill chuck off rear wheel and monitor voltage output to find the best gear.

I'm guessing the charger must have some diodes in them otherwise I would think they would drain the batteries once unplugged.

  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 06-19-2012, 06:24 AM   #22 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
redneck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: SC Lowcountry
Posts: 1,024

Geo XL1 - '94 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Boat tails and more mods
90 day: 72.22 mpg (US)

Big, Bad & Flat - '01 Dodge Ram 3500 SLT
Team Cummins
90 day: 21.13 mpg (US)
Thanks: 157
Thanked 884 Times in 385 Posts
Some good info can be found here.

Low-tech Magazine: Bike powered electricity generators are not sustainable

And.

Low-tech Magazine: Pedal powered farms and factories: the forgotten future of the stationary bicycle

>
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2012, 09:49 PM   #23 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: ellington, ct
Posts: 815
Thanks: 40
Thanked 96 Times in 74 Posts
There is one method of bike riding that makes huge financial sense. That would be acctually riding a bike to get some place as opposed to using gas to carry you and 2 tons of steel to do the same.

I bike commute. During the summer I try to do it most of the time, but, in reality, it's closer to half the time. It's 25 miles round trip and it adds less than an hour to my work day. At 3.50 a gallon, I can hypermile my ranger up to maybe a tad more than 25mpg. So, it is better than 4 bucks saved.

To anyone out there that can bike commute, I really can't recommend it enough. A 12 mile ride first thing in the morning, makes the entire day go better.

As for using a bike to generate power, I can see maybe doing it to directly power a PC or laptop or maybe to recharge various batteries IF you are a geek and can make your own generator. If you have to buy anything, forget it. Electricity really is pretty damn cheap.

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Summer FE options - Scooter, bike assist, etc friedlbug Alternative Transportation 16 02-20-2009 01:41 AM
ten reasons to bike instead of drive johnpr Alternative Transportation 58 07-03-2008 07:29 PM
The Ultimate Commuter Bike NoCO2 Alternative Transportation 13 02-29-2008 12:45 PM
How to make riding a bike more attractive SVOboy Alternative Transportation 12 01-21-2008 09:56 PM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com