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 157, I have a working 100W model of a Battery Operated Self-Charging Power Plant. The device uses conventionally available power supply and battery charging components to simulate the process patented by Carlos F. Benitez 100 years ago. 200W and 1000W systems are also being projected.

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. 159 - Mar 18, 2020,    Duration: 36:14

Episode Transcript

Image: The official sort-of-lockdown notice sent by Mayor Breed today...

"Shelter In Place"

X - Rotersand

Frontcountry, Backcountry, Slackcountry

Image: I found this 5A CC CV DC converter on sale from Hong Kong eBay and ordered two. This will work with 22Ah batteries...    Image: TThe 5A boost buck converters just came in. After wiping down the box it came in, my doorknobs and lock, and keychain, then washing my hands, I opened it up, took the doohickeys out,washed my hands again, then admired the components that have 10A fuses, not 5...

Open Mic Stage: New Cuts...

DEVIL - Then Comes Silence    I Call You - NIGHTCRUSH (from Discovery 2 - unsigned band collection)    She ran so far away that she no longer can be found - Black Tape For A Blue Girl

Closed Until April...

First Gear...

Image: The trunk bag side panels expand into panniers. The velcro straps underneath and in front attaches to the rack, and tie-downs secure the pannier bottoms to the rack frame...    Image: For coffee, I picked the small and lightweight GSI Coffee Rocket, a one-cup pour over unit that doesn't need a filter...

One More Tune:
Tongue Tied - Nubia

Rocket Power, Kevin MacLeod (
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