Electricity can be generated by any number of ulterior devices not normally used to produce electricity, including magnet motors found in radiator fans old cassette recording devices. Electrical watts can even be produced by stepper motors found in outmoded computer printers from the early 70s and 80s. But the wattage generated by these examples can vary depending on the age of the motor, leaving conversion enthusiasts with the choice to buy 12-volt DC motors to serve as a higher functioning generator.
- The key to this conversion lies in utilizing magnetism to propel the internal motor functions, and through propulsion, to create the kind of three-phase power that is usually only found in motors with three phases of driving coils already manufactured into the device.
- Companies often utilize techniques of magnetism and secondary motors to boost motor outputs into higher phases when dealing with situations when three-phase power is necessary but the the motor itself is lacking, but the conversion process is relative simple, if precise, and can be conducted any a diligent adult or a even a senior science student. But the conversion process has some hiccups.
- The field coil and field coil terminals of a 12-volt DC motor drastically affect the potential for conversion, as more coils are necessary to produce something as strong as a three-phase power output. In some instances a secondary motor might be required to achieve the desired output, as the motor can only be powered by an external drive. Although the process of converting power into electricity has a long and storied history, including utilizing the spinning of small bicycle wheels to power tiny wind generators, modern motor technology has handicapped the usability of conversion by manufacturing smaller and smaller parts, which make it challenging work for precision tasks. Most people are familiar with using bulbs and AC to wire low-tech devices like dynohubs, but 12-Volt DC motors cannot be similarly wired or they will be shorted. Accordingly, the first step is a rundown in proper wiring. The insulation around the given wires must be stripped at last half an inch from both ends to allow proper tying and conduction, but once stripped, the wires should be minded for the dangers of that conduction once electricity is running through it.
- Since the wiring of a 12-Volt DV motor will require at least two wires, color coded wires may be helpful for beginners who want the ease of coding to differentiate one wire from another. Each wire should be cut down to exactly one foot and properly stripped before use. Motor one should be connected to motor two with a workable rubber pipe before beginning the wiring process, as this connection between the motors will aide in producing electricity. Once the wiring work begins, one wire will be firmly placed into the entry terminal of a spare light bulb, which will be used to successfully test whether or not the motor is actually producing electricity. The other end of the wire should be wrapped onto the motor’s negative terminal. The second wire will be implemented through similar terminologies, although instead of connecting to the negative terminal of the first wire, this wire should connect to the positive terminal. This differentiation is important in order to properly relay the electricity and conduction. The positive and negative terminals on the second motor will be summarily connected into the 12-volt DC power supply, which should then be gradually powered. With one eye trained on the light bulb, incrementally turn the power up to 12 volts. The two motors will begin powering together, and the light bulb attached to the first motor should start to power on as the 12-volt DC motors produce electrical currents.