Cheap voltage regulator

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kell
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Cheap voltage regulator

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Post by kell » Thu Nov 13, 2003 4:00 am

I finally licked the overpriced-aftermarket-voltage regulator blues. I got a rectifier ($4) and a regulator from a Delco alternator ($10). Wired 'em up, and bingo.
The rectifier keeps the battery from discharging through the generator's windings. The regulator works the same way on the generator that it does on an alternator.



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Re: Cheap voltage regulator

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Post by Sidecar » Tue Nov 18, 2003 5:09 pm

Kell
Interesting "homebrew"
I am going to order some solid state bridge rectifiers and 5 volt regulators ( along with some caps ) for another project I'm working on. I think I'm going to take a look at some larger regulators and put together a solid state rectifier/regulator rig for a backup.

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Re: Cheap voltage regulator

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Post by kell » Tue Nov 18, 2003 11:40 pm

If you're going homebrew you have to regulate it by controlling the field current. Not like a power supply regulator.

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Re: Cheap voltage regulator

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Post by Sidecar » Wed Nov 19, 2003 2:22 pm

You do have a valid point. I hadn't thought about that.
I have a small supply of n.o.s. 6 & 12 volt generators, buzz coils and relay/regulators for railroad inspection cars that I used to tinker with. I haven't looked at the relays for quite a few years, but they look like the relay on my Pan. I can't say what's under the covers, but they may be mechanically identical.
Now that I think about it, the genny's are probably about the same as the H-D. These are late 40's/early 50's generators. I probably would be in good shape if I was running 6 volt.
Can you control the genny field current with a #47 light bulb like you can with an alternator ??
I'm going to have to start tinkering again !!!!!

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Re: Cheap voltage regulator

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Post by kell » Wed Nov 19, 2003 7:21 pm

I didn't try the bulb trick. You might still need a rectifier to keep the batt from discharging through the windings. The armature provides a very low impedance path to ground that becomes available at low revs or especially when you first turn the key before starting.
Was reading up on buzz coils, very interesting stuff. The original multiple spark discharge!
Speaking of sparks.
The other day I built a little circuit that uses a rudimentary oscillator (kiloherz range) and an audio transformer to charge a cap to several hundred volts. Puts out quite a little snap when you discharge it.

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Re: Cheap voltage regulator

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Post by Sidecar » Thu Nov 20, 2003 2:02 pm

Kell

I'll bet you'd like to have one of those Jacob's Ladders !!! Those things are great !!!!! I'd like to have one myself.
The first Frankenstein movie has the greatest special effects.

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Re: Cheap voltage regulator

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Post by kell » Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:14 pm

Or a Tesla coil. You gotta be pretty dedicated to build one of those things though. I think a Jacob's ladder might be easier.
I'll put up a diagram of the cheap regulator eventually, when I learn how to upload diagrams or photos. Right now I'll be happy to send a diagram by mail for anybody interested in making one..

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