Human-Powered Devices

The following is from Convergence Technology at

“The Pedal-A-Watt stand allows you to drop your bicycle into the stand, pedal and create electricity.  You may store this power using our 600 watt (What is a Watt?) PowerPak.  The PowerPak allows you to plug in small household appliances as it has an outlet on it like you have on the wall in your home.” – Setting Up and Using the Pedal A Watt

As a momma of a very energetic boy, I have often longed for such a product.   Currently, it costs $1,000.


  • – what you need to make your own generator in just nine steps.
  • – June 4, 2010 – Bicycle Generator – “Using an alternator, mountain bike and an inverter, we build a bicycle generator, and make 110 volt electricity, run a human-powered 220 Watt food processor, and more! Ahhh…the power! To see it charge cell phones and power a TV, check out:” – This man does an excellent job of explaining how to make a bicycle generator.
  • –  Oct 13, 2012 – Bicycle Generator: Part 2 – Charge Phones & Watch TV!! – “Using a mountain bike and an alternator, we can create a bicycle generator as our “super charger”, meaning, when the power goes out we can still charge multiple cell phones and even watch TV while we work! More power…more fun! Details on how it works (wiring, etc.):”
  • – Feb 19, 2010 – DIY BIKE HACK DC BIKE GENERATOR LED Lights Light Emitting Diode  –
  • – This video shows the power of permanent magnet motors from DC used in reverse as a generator. The motor is geared so it spins a very high RPMs providing a usable DC current. The Exercise DIY bicycle can power a Recreation Vehicle RV Fan, DC air compressor, cordless drill, LED lights. Light Emitting Diode and Incandescent 50 Watt Light Bulbs. The purpose of the video is to demonstrate the inefficiencies of cordless drill motors and portable air compressors and to illustrate the efficiencies of better constructed motors and LED lights vs regular bulbs.”
  • –  Mar 3, 2008 – Free DIY BYO bike generator plans
  • – “Take a look as this video clip which shows you some steps to make your own bicycle generator and then shows you students at a Coronado school science fair riding the bikes and making electricity. The students are having fun converting human energy into 40 Watts of mechanical energy through a pedal power bike generator out to a Black and Decker yard blower. The yard blower has a ping pong ball floating up and down. Kids Love to do this over and over again, all night long as you will see.”
  • – June 11, 2009 – Pedal powered water pump. 2007. – “Strathclyde Mechanical Engineering student project, 2007.  To build a human-powered water pump that could be used to irrigate farm land.  They used two cylinders, they should have gone for three which would have made it much easier to work.”




About Hemet Sunshine

I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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2 Responses to Human-Powered Devices

  1. Sheri says:

    I have often wanted something like this to run our TV on! Whoever is the coach potato that wants to watch TV can get their exercise while watching! It either acts as a deterrent to watching TV or it keeps the TV watcher active. No more Coach Potatoes!

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