Thread for my battery shit

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Thought I'd make one. I've been researching two battery cell types over the winter. One which I'll just refer to as a Clarke cell, and the other, a Karpen cell. Karpen is famous for making a battery that's been running for 70 years straight with no signs of corrosion on it. I tracked his patents down and got them translated into english. Guy was nice enough to write a couple of his recipies down and make something that's simpler for somebody who can't afford gold or platinum. He made some big claims due to not having all the info at the time and the scientific community laughed him off as a quack.

Clarke's cell is brass and aluminum sitting in moving or heated water. It's considered a thermo-electric cell. I combined it with Karpen's to see what fuckery I can get up to. I made three cells a month ago. A fat one with sodium carbonate in water that was sealed off. A small one that was concentrated, but could breathe, and one with just plain water that was sealed off.

Here's the two altered ones at the start of the month followed by at the end of the month.




In the large on the aluminum is getting hit by the carbonate, and in the small one the brass is tarnished big time. The big one seems more stable in its corrosion, and sits at 0.5 volts. The small one sits at 1.3 volts.



This is the third one with no alterations but water and an air seal after a month. Hydrogen gas is stuck above the water and it shows no signs of corrosion at all. It demonstrates interesting behavior. On any given day it sits at 0.3 - 0.6 volts. In hindsight I think it's due to the temperature around it. It regenerates its amperage about a minute after you disconnect it from a circuit.

It's not super strong, but if I got it right, it won't decay because everything is sitting in a state of equilibrium and reactions have been stopped. Karpen's cell is suspected to be a thermal cell as well, but it's not known for sure since his can't be taken apart.

It's also easy to make, so some time after a bit more testing I'll see if I can rig more of these up and stack some voltage. I'm also building a generator. I'll drop that abomination in here as I go as well just in case you guys are interested later.


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You're gonna be getting the trace uranium out of fire detectors for a backyard reactor in no time.


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You're gonna be getting the trace uranium out of fire detectors for a backyard reactor in no time.

You're already too late, I've slipped that far for test purposes. It's not going to be a good avenue because of what I'd need to make things work. I'd honestly have faster luck bombarding carbon with ion beams and making it carbon 14. That or raiding a nuclear waste disposal site. I think the closest I'll get is the big brain ape make wheel spin fast with magnets and copper coils.

If I could build a small reactor without getting myself arrested I would, but the goal here is simplicity since I'm building a system I intend to have operating past my death in order to help somebody else out. They aren't tech minded and able to maintain it, so the only option is something that outlasts a person.



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Pulled all this shit out of a scrapyard today. There's gotta be a minimum of 50 or so of those stainless steel plates, which I'll be using to make battery cells with. Their surface area is massive in comparison to my test shit, good results already. Dunked a quarter in water and paired with brass I get a reading of 1 volt and 4 milliamps. Could probably light a single LED lightbulb with that.

The other chunkier shit is what I'll probably be using to mount or hold the wheel of my generator since some of those chunks are about 40-50 pounds.

I also discovered a way to make a battery that produces voltage but zero amperage, which entirely negates the possibility of any galvanic corrosion between the metals.

You can't do much with zero amps unless you build an electrostatic machine, but right now that's outside my range. If I stick all those stainless steel plates up in an array, I will have some actual power to work with.


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We're going big boys. Found this fucker in the metal scrapyard today. That's my generator wheel.


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As little as I understand it, this seems to be very impressive, I wish you all the good luck in your experiments.


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Rigged this up a few days ago. 12 volts depending on how it feels. First stab at feeding it into an inverter to see if I could light it at all. No success given that it behaves a bit differently from usual batteries.

I'm likely going to say fuck it and convert these into charcoal cells, since I rigged one up a few weeks ago and its output is pretty phenomenal for the size of materials. The charcoal will eat both of my electrodes, but being that this is a test and that I need to move my ass on this before winter hits again, I won't get anywhere if I don't try things and take some losses.

Generator project hit a snag. The magnets I got for it work fine, but I'll need hundreds of them to line the wheel, which amounts to thousands of dollars I don't have. So I'll have to downscale things to work with what I've got.


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This is some divine levels of providence that I find this in the garbage at the scrap yard. 9000 watt generator, which basically means this thing can pump out roughly the amount of power my house uses in a day. These things are a nightmare to take apart if you don't have the tools, which I don't, but basically all I need to do is get the copper coils and part of the rotary shaft off, and make them spin to generate power.

So I'm going to start using this as my baseline for the generator project since it'll be able to handle anything I throw at it. I'm debating on whether or not I decouple it at all, as there's a possibility I could turn the main engine block into a stirling engine, or just mount a fat fucking wheel to it and use the inertia to overcome the drag from the pistons.

I've also managed to develop a battery cell that runs on water vapor in the air.


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Here's the infernal binding of salvaged garbage I managed to make today. I think it warrants a todd howard seal of approval for just working.


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Nothing major, just a curve ball. I don't think I can make my generator run for the same amount of time as a grandfather clock because of speed. Grandfather clock mechanisms run as long as they do because they don't need to run fast.

So clearly, the answer to build a self winding pendulum. At first glance, I don't think this crude little sketch violates any laws of physics. As the pendulum arcs outwards, it'll spend some of its energy on pushing against the secondary top spool, winding the weight back up partially.

I could be totally wrong here, but at worst, it slows the fall of weight partially so that I get more run time on things. Self winding clocks and watches already exist, but their blueprints are for lack of a better word, impossible to find.

So I guess my dumb ass has to figure it out without help.