Dc motor generator

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by stanman11, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. stanman11

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    i'M trying to get a dc motor to un an LED.
    I seen on youtube you can connect the led to the motor and spin it to generator electricity and light it.
    Ive test 5 motors this way and non worked.
    ive even altered the motors but fried the battery some how

    i thought copper coils and magnet and boom?
     
  2. BillB3857

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    What kind of motors are you using? How are you connecting them to LEDs? Are you using current limit resistors for the LED? It all makes a difference as to how successful you are.
     
  3. stanman11

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    dc motors from rc cars.
    and

    copper coil wrapped around plastinc with 2 metal plates 1 on top, one on bottom with fingers that runs around the magnet. this is the most effective method as of yet.
    but only uses 1 coil for small led and makes to much noise
     
  4. stanman11

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    i tried connecting them to the motor posts but nothing, tried using both posts as + and grounded the led and bat to the outer motor but nothing
     
  5. shortbus

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    The direction the motor is turning will make a difference on this. Turning in one direction will make a certain pin positive. Turning in the opposite direction will make the same pin negative. You have to figure out which pin is which for the led to light.
     
  6. jimkeith

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    A coworker once connected a small DC tachometer to a mouse wheel and connected the tach to an LED. The LED would flash on only occasionally when the mouse was really on a sprint.
     
  7. Audioguru

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    A cheap old motor with brushes makes a DC generator.
    An expensive modern brushless motor does not.
     
  8. BillB3857

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    How many wires on your motor? How about posting a picture of your motor and how you are connecting the LED.
     
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