I Survived the Turkey Apocalypse

I’m back. It was good to go up the ridge for a few days. I was attending a smallish gathering of family and friends. One turkey down and no left overs. There was lots of good eats. I spent the last few days getting thoroughly trounced at video games like “The Angry Birds”. My face hurts from laughing and that’s a good thing.

Well, back to the real world. first up is a off the grid charger. For those times when the power is off/out.


Thermoelectric USB charger – off grid electricity.

This strange looking pan is a device to generate power from a low temperature heat source. By using the seebeck effect, it is able to produce enough electricity to charge a cell phone and other USB devices. The best part about this contraption is that it has no moving parts.

The device has a nimh power pack which stores electrical energy for use whenever you need it, the power pack can be detached for use anywhere. The output is 5V through a USB port. This device would work especially well were there is snow available for extra cooling – for example off grid cabins in remote (snowy) locations. It could serve as dual purpose – melting snow for water and producing electricity ? The bigger the temperature difference between the two sides of the peltier the greater the power output.

This idea is not new, it has been around for a long time. See here for some very
old thermoelectric generators


Next is a inventive No Weld bike project.


“beautiful and functional as it is, at zero cost entirely from other peoples’ trash!


The last one was text book Junkyard style. I like that. Now that I’m back home I’ll be getting back to the projects. We’ll see how it works out over the next few weeks.

Later, Dragon


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3 Responses to I Survived the Turkey Apocalypse

  1. Craig Cavanaugh says:

    I like the last one too. Glad you had ya some fun, it’s nice to get away from the madness for a while…

  2. Sixbears says:

    Welcome back from turkey land. Looking forward to more DIY projects. Cool stuff.

  3. Elder Dragon says:

    New radio post over at http://dragon-bottomfeeder.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-radio-worth-look.html . 40 meters DSB rig, Sweet!
    I’m about to flesh out the trike build too. I just love SHTF projects on the cheap.

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