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Having a manual method of producing power is an excellent backup in case there is no wind or sun to charge your off the grid batteries in an emergency situation! A bicycle generator will generate between 50 and 100 watts of usable energy. This will allow you to power small items such as smartphones and laptops when SHTF.
Building your own generator requires a number of items:
- bicycle stand (a way of supporting your bike off the ground)
- bicycle frame
- battery charger
- a car battery, or something similar
- electrical components such as wires
Each of these parts needs to work efficiently in order to generate between 50 and 100 watts of usable energy for your generator. See how to build your own bicycle generator, also this would be a great way to stay fit if SHTF!
This is a great way to generate electricity in the event there is no wind and no sun, even if you aren’t into survival fitness.
Here’s a video on how to set up a bicycle generator using a car alternator as an alternative method.