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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.

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Magnetofunky No. 157 - February 14, 2020,    Duration: 44:30

Episode Transcript

Image: The heat sink did actually help reduce the small amount of radiated heat from the component... -


F.U. - Die Krupps

Bike Stuff First

Image: The bike trailer design, a DIY bamboo copy of the Burley Travoy trailer. While I search for bamboo, I can make a pvc mockup. Source: see YouTube and Instructable 'How to Build a Bicycle & Hiking Trailer with Bamboo - BooTec'...    Image: The first two bamboo poles for the trailer - about 1.5

Open Mic Stage: Tough Love For A Tyrant...

Reprobate - The Holy Ghosts    When You're Evil (2020 remaster) - Aurelio Voltaire    We Lose The Night - Then Comes Silence

02/17-Wake Zuck Up at His House on President's Day, SF    02/22-Beyond Contempt - How Liberals Can Communicate Across the Great Divide, Book on B, Hayward. Photo: Chris Cassell   

It's Baked In...

Image: Calibrating the second converter...    Image: Current set, and a reminder to get another cheap multimeter...    Image: With the phone charger connected, the current draw is 1.8A...    Image: This is the voltage reading of the two batteries while the ammeter is connected...    Image: The final straight-charge test on Wed. began with the topped off 'A' run battery and a practically flat 'B' charging battery...

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Black Forest - Jarguna - Seetyca

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