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This article was published on November 4, 2013


    Build a bike generator to stay connected during your city’s next power outage

    Build a bike generator to stay connected during your city’s next power outage
    Emil Protalinski
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    Emil Protalinski

    Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

    As we become more and more reliant on electricity, power outages hit us harder and harder. The solution is simple: build a bicycle generator.

    A magnet DC motor is spun 50 times for each revolution of the bike wheel, a home-built charge controller monitors the batteries for when to kill the charge, and a power inverter lets you take advantage of the accumulated juice. How do you prepare for when technology fails you? Use technology to prepare for the worst.

    Image Credit: Paweł Zawistowski