Magnetofunky - A 1223Studios Production

Grid power to the people!

Magnetofunky is a laid back (and often explicit, you bet your ass...) weekly podzine of extremely eclectic music and progressive politics, with a focus on energy independence for the 99%, the people usually left out of discussions on going off the grid or generating electricity in an emergency. I'm seeking solutions to a simple scenario: how do you charge a battery AND keep your fridge running on day three of a blackout without a solar panel or a windmill?

As of episode 150, I have a potential answer in my 100W demo of a Battery Operated Self-Charging Power Plant, currently undergoing efficiency testing. The device uses conventionally available electronic power components to simulate the battery self-charging process patented by Carlos F. Benitez 100 years ago. 600W and 1000W systems are also being developed.

Physically, I'm in the damn-near completely gentryfied and contentious (and constantly renovated) left coast oasis of art, culture, and social experiment called San Francisco. My current base of operations is in my Mission District sculpture/podcast studio, but metaphorically, I'm perched at the western end of Golden Gate Park near Sunset Beach, where the sunsets are wonderful and scientists, poets, artists and musicians come through and jam to the surf...

The Open Mic Stage accepts submissions of almost any genre from great bands and artists the world over, whether big name or indie, as long as I like the beat and flow.

Send mp3's, press kits to: mfunkyzine "at" gmail "dot" com. Please submit media download links only, no attachments; they'll only get deleted.

Magnetofunky No. 155 - January 20, 2020,    Duration: 34:26

Episode Transcript

Image: Reading the split current through the boost converter; anything over 2 Amps is bad...

"The Baker's Dozen SitRep"

FTP - Bidar Record

Making Mistakes Faster

Image: An intact and a blown 3A fuse...   

Open Mic Stage: Hip Hop Mostly From Iran......

Zirzamin - Mashkook    Lady Medicine - EDRAAK / ادراک    Don't Lose it -  AsEm AK

King Day events on Monday, Anti-War Marches Saturday...

Bucking Horse With No Saddle...

Image: After de-soldering and re-soldering, the 4A boost coverter modules are done and ready for shakedown testing tomorrow morning - the 4A and a 3A fuse in the mini holder...    Image: Half of 3.89A, minus 300mA, is a booster current of 1.645A, more than enough to charge the battery bank...

One More Tune:
Go Shit - The Dutchess

Rocket Power, Kevin MacLeod (
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