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May 2012

Mylow Project

While surfing the YT fare for Howard Johnson magnetic motor videos I ran into Mylow's channel at Mylow's Channel. His older videos are not there. I wonder why?

Anyway, his newer video shows sort of half the circumference of a drum set-up packed with lined up bar magnets, while the rotor horseshoe magnet has three neodymium magnets on its back. It turns all the way around, then bounces off the starting point.

He should try this set-up with three or four rotor magnets so that there will always be two rotor magnets pushing when a single rotor magnet hits that start point. He has already proved that a bit of excess force will get the rotor magnet beyond the start point...

I write this here because no comments are allowed at his channel site. How can I talk to him?

I just subscribed to his channel. Maybe he will send me a message so I can get his email address?

"Free Energy Magnet Motor"

In between yard and housework duties, and thumb twiddling such as TV watching and playing computer solitaire, I sometimes watch YT videos of the magnetic motor topic. Today I saw two that keep me pretty interested. The latest was posted by "The shiz" with no explanation and often too dark video to make out anything, but "what the hey?" Anyway, its link is "Free Energy Magnet Motor by The shiz." At 0:26-30 seconds on the video you get what seems to be the clearest views of the rotor magnets. It looks ingenious the way the gaps are staggered among the multiple tiers.

What material the drum is made from -- and the base for that matter since it is so dark -- are two questions I have. Why The shiz has no explanation and makes no claims beyond the title of the video -- which I made the title of this entry -- are two more questions.

Where The shiz got the magnets is another question since they must be somewhat round to stay on the drum surface, but appear to taper. With the shadow or lines at the right end of each of the stator magnets I wonder if they are thicker on one end, too, but maybe what looks like shadows are only a marks for where to place the magnets.

[Later Note: Another video has this same offset pattern with the thicker end on one side but it is made from screws at "Free Energy Magnet Motor" YouTube (YT). Another one of these is built by another person and it is labeled "debunked" at YT, but the fellow does not bring his stator magnets as close to the screws as the first, and he spins it in the opposite direction, which is also different from the principle of the first.]

The first video that looked interesting to me today I found using the "10000 challenge magnet motor" Google search string. It resides at IAN5577 and I do not understand the comments. How do those comments get onto the video? Was it ian5577 who put those comments there? Has ian5577 ever tried to build one of these experimental rigs, or is he simply a nay-sayer from the get-go?

Later Note: Here is a dandy video! "Standing Start to 6000 RPM's." I think this one is the best yet! It has the least number of magnets! I hope it is not a fake! krudelta is the handle of this video maker. Like The shiz this video maker seems to make art flicks and has no other videos about magnetic motors.

[Later Comments: The Standing Start to 6000 rpm's video leaves me wondering why krudelta would make it if it is a fake -- which is entirely possible -- other than he has over 100,000 hits on this but far fewer hits on his other videos.

Why the blocks he uses to keep the main plane off the table have all those holes in them makes me suspicious. Certainly video trickery is very possible here because an electromagnet could easily have been strung between those holes in the blocks underneath the main plane, while, since he has made other videos, his video editing abilities could easily have eliminated a portion of his tear-down procedure. Why has he not shown the underside of the main plane while the wheel is in motion? Although, video of that could also be edited together so that no electromagnetic motor underneath would appear.]

I see there are several other high RPM magnet motors posted at YT (You Tube) so I will be looking for them, too. [Later note: But instead, I found the "Perpetual Motion Machines (hypothetical)" YT video.]

Organization Progress

Today I finally got a workbench into my work space, adding to the shelving, tables and drawing table that I already have. Oh yes. I do have one small, coffee table sized workbench that I made back in the 1970's from lumber yard scrap, but now I have a place to set up my drill press and Dremel tool.

Additionally, I am finally separating the generator/alternator from the over voltage shunt -- both of which I purchased -- so that I can start thinking again about building my whirligigs with my own generators, albeit with O.P. (other people's) voltage regulation.

I am on a kick right now to get our house better organized for lots of things, although I still plan on retaining "shipping and receiving" in our living room, by the front door. Unconventional is what it is, but utilitarian.

And I am coming 'round to not rejecting kit plans that call for some tool not everyone has. There are lots of machinists in the phone books that people can have do certain jobs....

Problem Solution

For the last few weeks I have been trying to find, generate, and cogitate ideas for removing excess voltage output from my wind powered electricity generator designs. I tried going to IEEE and found several articles I was interested in viewing but they want over $30 for each. Members get charged a monthly fee for access to the database, then some $10 for each article. I tried to join IEEE and would have been able to join if I had been willing to lie about my "non-commercial use" of the information.

Truly at this point I am only doing research and trying to educate viewers about home brew wind power, but I had hoped at a later date to be able to sell a book about this topic as well as kits for demonstration purposes, so I can not honestly swear that my intents are non-commercial.

I toyed the last couple days with the idea that I could make a brake for a pipe that was spinning too fast in a storm, using centripetal force that would fling chains outward to hit an outer pipe, but it would wear out eventually, even if it worked for a number of years. How would I make people check to see that their brake system was still functioning?

Then I remembered, I have already purchased a shunt regulator. I just haven't used it yet because the generator I purchased with it has too much drag for my whirligigs. Working on making my whirligigs stronger, plus finding out how the shunt regulator works and how I might use it on my generator -- these are my next tasks.

Except that a rabbit is chewing through my deer fencing and eating swaths through my lettuce crop each morning. That is my more pressing task for the moment. I am going to glue hair clippings to the fence at the height where the rabbit bites through the fencing. As it is Memorial Day, I do not expect to be able to find a hair dresser open today....

Not Much Happening Here These Days

Yard work and gardening are my basic activities these days, although I continue to hope some brilliant idea will pop into my frond (see Stargate) on how to get the most power from my generator design without burning it out in storms -- in other words, voltage regulation.

I took the 3-minute tour of IEEE Explore, then linked to the Free Trial option, but at the bottom of the form it says you must have more than one person to qualify for the free trial. Oh well. Back to the library I go. IEEE does let you search their database for free. You just cannot access their publications other than the abstract and indexing information.

Actually, I have yet to request a copy of a pub from them because of my tight budget. And their indexing is not detailed enough to let me know beforehand whether their pub will actually pertain to my situation, or rather apply to large-scale electricity transmission or generation such as utility companies might use, unless, of course, I get good at guessing from abstract descriptions.

I think that once I get our yard and garden in shape for the summer season,  I will be requesting some IEEE pubs through the library, just to see if that is a way to get them.

So, toot-a-loo. I am off to work on the yard before it gets too hot....

Later Note: Actually, I am curious to know if my whirligig set-up has an intrinsic speed limit. Probably the more levels the gigs have, the fewer RPM's that can be achieved, due to that magical nemesis, turbulence, plus weight. I should run some tests to see if there is a speed limit. Having a single ball bearing on top and a single ball bearing on the bottom of the stack of levels would present the most likely cause of speed limiting, especially with 18 fins per level, pulling in not exactly the same direction simultaneously.

Later Still: After going to see MIB3 today I was toying with an idea using mercury to connect to a shunt circuit when it finally dawned on me that thermostats are an old technology and should be readily available. Over voltages should produce heat, no?

3-Phase, Delta Connection Voltage

This morning it suddenly occurs to me that the Delta connection for a 3-phase electric generator is putting each phase in parallel with the other two phases, which gives more stable power, but not an increase in voltage.

Needless to say, I am new at this, folks. Here I was obsessing about excessive voltage while my design makes only a trickle charger. Aiming for higher voltages with my design would require far too much copper and far too much Gauss for my limited budget, not to mention spacial constraints. But I like not getting sued for advocating a potentially flammable design.

I am taking my cue from the Lenz Mini-Gen at Wind Stuff Now dot com. His circuit includes the volt meter as a necessary component. His circuit does not have the generator voltage continuously add to itself by putting itself in series with itself in an infinite loop. So, elenz, I salute you!

This causes, however, a sort of conflict with the All About Circuits policy -- at least I think it is them -- not to create or even talk about a transformerless electric generator. If I put a transformer into the mixture, then I have to have this infinite loop which is a potential fire hazard -- at least that is how it looks to me.

I guess I had better go talk to them about it, but I forget where my ID and password are hiding.... Anyway, a trickle charger isn't all bad, because it lets me potentially talk to people about setting up whirligigs in order for them to familiarize themselves with the wind resources around their homes, before getting into the much more complicated activities of actually generating electricity.

Surfing for Voltage Regulation

Several general and many specific ideas for regulating output voltage of a wind powered electric generator showed up on our computer today. All About Circuits dot com had an interesting little discussion from 2008 and 9 using "wind generator voltage controller" as a search term. gave tons of citations but wants at least $10 for each article. I am going to check the library to see if anything can be obtained for free. I sort of doubt that they could be gotten for free, although you never know what e-files are "lurking" at Amazon, lol. It is kinda too bad that our university library doesn't have access to those online either, but "we does what we ken."

One concept intrigues me a bit: Reactive Power Control from ScienceDirect dot com. Too bad they want $34+ just to see it. I am having fun just imagining how induction could control voltage. But it also brings up the idea that I should build the design that I have and just see what its top voltage turns out to be. Although, at All About Circuits dot com someone said that when voltage climbs then amps decline, which says that a simple fuse will not work to protect the generator from overvoltage events.

I wonder if I could put three batteries in parallel and just let 'er rip? They were talking about having 48 volts (presumably going to a 12-volt battery) but few amps. Of course, a charge controller was assumed to be installed on the battery receiving the too large, 48 volts....

Searching for Voltage Regulation Info

For most of the last 10 or 15 years I have been hugely addicted to Google, but not anymore. And neither did the library supply much help in the field of electrical engineering. But I went back to which came up with oodles of information for me. My life has been one big conundrum lately, trying to figure out how to regulate voltage on a variable speed wind power electric generator.

I now have lots more ideas and leads since I went to They sent links to places such as yahoo,www., and wikipedia, but some of the answers were right there on the page! I am so grateful to because I don't know enough yet to even formulate the proper search strategy on Google, which has seemed to me to be less and less useful as more and more is added.

G'night, y'all!

Variable Wind Speed

Before I can create a productive flow chart for controlling power flow coming from a variable speed generator, I need to map the parameters of productive wind speeds for its upper and lower limits plus average lengths of time for each wind speed along the continuum. Then I need to derive a cost-benefit analysis for capturing maximum power generation capability for each wind speed.

As for range, I was arbitrarily concentrating on the 4 to 12 mph range, setting minimum wind speed at 2.5-3 mph for 7 volts produced but only accounting for a three-fold increase of wind speed at my low-lying niche site. What actually occurs is more often below the 4 mph wind speed, to start with, and so far I have observed a top wind speed of 35 mph during storms. This is actually 10 times the minimum rather than only three times the minimum wind speed.

Trying to figure out how to manage a 10 speed range of wind rather than a three-fold range creates a much bigger, and different set of conditions to deal with, so I think that maybe I should do some more work on cost-benefit analyses of covering the greater range of speeds versus only covering 3.5 - 12 mph before I arbitrarily settle my efforts on the three-fold increase of power parameters for developing variable power output controls for my generators.


Howard Johnson is called the father of spintronics in one publication. I finally understand now why I feel that two whirligigs hanging side-by-side, and that spin horizontally, should either turn toward each other or away from each other, but not both turn in the same direction.

Magnetic poles each have a center which is analogous to the adjacent centerline of a pair of whirligigs that turn on the same plain, horizontally. According to Howard Johnson, the sides of each pole have one vortex for each side. The center of the north pole -- we should imagine -- has a force that points away from the magnet while the south pole center points toward the opposite end of the magnet. So, each side/vortex of the north pole spins away from the center of the north pole while the south pole vortexes spin toward the center of the south pole.

Thus we can think of the two north plus two south vortexes as being simply one set of two vortexes but with top (north) and bottom (south) physical ends manifest as the ends of a magnet.

The point being that when the top pair move beyond the magnet, where they meet at the center of the magnet the forces of each of the vortexes are running parallel to each other. When they meet on the south center of the magnet the forces are also running parallel to each other -- toward the center of the south pole.

This idea informed my intuition about how two whirligigs set next to each other would help rather than impede each other's motion. If the two were spinning the same direction, when they meet at the center (or rather, when the air surrounding each meets at the center), their meeting would be mutually counterproductive. This corresponds to two like magnetic poles repelling each other.

I will keep working on this explanation in order to improve it. Graphics are also called for, but I have another development to report now.


Perfect for Armed Forces Day in the U.S., this movie even brought a sympathetic tear to my eye toward its several grand finales. Although, droning such as Transformers had always puts me to sleep, and I missed the biggest battle, I think. Video gamers probably won't have this problem since it is based on a game by Hasbro.

The hero seems to have been at least partly based on a young James T. Kirk scenario, which works, but is a bit redundant given the very long run of Star Trek episodes and movies. However, this is a very American mind-set, apparently, for good or ill -- you decide which and why.

When I got home from Battleship, Stealth aired, which I enjoy, too, because it deals with moral issues regarding the use of artificial intelligence to completely control an attack fighter, thus trying to replace pilots, which is, of course, a no-no. Technical glitches also interest me as a programmer.

I am finding myself also involved in trying to program a control circuit for wind power. Flow charting is my current phase for this project, although the flow chart will also depend on the devices I finally use. But I envision a set of patterns for circuits from which my actuators will chose, depending on the voltage level of the generator. And if the actuators are magnetism based, they will have to be separated from each other so as to not complicate the logic.

I am still striving for simplicity and sturdiness, as well as safety and efficiency. Lots of considerations to juggle!

Brainstorming Voltage Control, Progress Report

Trying to figure out how to regulate variable voltages so that we get neither too much nor too little, nor have to bleed off excess to go down the drain, I tried to imagine a system of transformers and solenoid(s), but tonight I am thinking that relay switches are a better way to go. Switching from series to parallel, depending on the amount of voltage increase, hooked up to more than one battery might let me switch from giving 14 to one battery via two 7 volt sources in series, to two batteries in parallel at the maximum, or three. I will have to study the variability of speed.

I also have three phases with which to play. All this will ultimately affect how I wire or at least take power from the generator, if I can figure out how to control the switches securely enough. I might have an entirely incorrect notion of how things could work, so stay tuned for further developments.


What keeps me awake at night? Wondering how to regulate the voltage on a variable speed wind turbine. Too much voltage potentially creates a fire hazard while too little means no energy being stored in battery form.

I have begun investigating solenoids and relay switches on the web using Google to search for these terms. TomCat Register online regularly also comes to my inbox, which provide announcements for new products. I began a set of files to store announcements of interest to me in areas so far including LED lighting, switching, aluminum wire, and mini transformers.

As I am getting ready to set up a workspace for making generators for my whirligigs, I must also try to stay on top of switching, transformers, wire, controllers, etc. before electricity starts coming willy-nilly out of my wind turbines.

Dear Diary w/Extra

Gardening and lawn care have been occupying my time these days, although I also continue to consider new designs. I am feeling as though I am getting too far away from my goals sometimes when I try to imagine eight spinning magnets and their accompanying coils because my other design fades from memory. It is good that I made copious notes on the first design.

Once the crop is planted I plan to get back to business, but I have some serious yard work to do first as I pray for rain. Somebody up there seems to like me, though, as rain is seldom far away from this part of Ohio this year. Rain saves me time and money from not having to water the garden, btw, besides giving me time to work indoors where I can play with magnets and such.

Happy Summer, all you Northern Hemisphere dwellers, and Happy Winter for you Southern Hemisphere dwellers!

Later Note: I have decided that my new design endeavors are fruitless. Too many moving parts, connections, wasted wire, phases, instabilities, friction, and too little easily constructed structural support all give this eight power magnet idea a continuum of losing propositions. So, it is ON to building the first design. That's what I am working out details for now in my spare time. It's time to get cracking with more actualities.

Morning Brain Dump

[The title is a composite referencing the brain as a computer as well as being organic. "Memory dump" is a term I used to hear when I majored in Computer Science back in the early 1980's. The brain in this case is my own after sleeping on an organic chocolate cookie, which gives me much more visual experiences in my sleep, as well as when waking. My visualization capabilities are heightened. Also reminiscent of my old blogging days (2002 - 2009) this entry does not conform to any one genre because it resembles much more free association and proto-dream analysis than a formal or well-rounded essay.]

[Another aside is warranted, having to do with the National Public Radio-type of little story yesterday about the effect of unemployment on people over 50. It might have aired on The News Hour especially because I seldom listen to the radio. "Increased suicide rate" is the short of it, and as I have a strong survival instinct, we have, therefore, "warring factions" or natural tension inherent in the following brain dump -- the pessimism of realism versus the optimism of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.]

Long story short: volunteerism versus commercialism; Gipeto/Pinnocio versus Petruccio/Kate; Dorie versus the nasty sharks in Finding Nemo; Polyanna versus Woody Allen.

Reversing the versus pairs I start with the negatives my psyche grappled with last evening:
1. something about FCC regs or some such regarding radio interference. Possibly everybody my age has noticed at some time or other during their lifetimes when some certain car rolls by and an offending, repetitive, little click, click, click is then heard on the radio. Nowadays warnings of computers interfering with radios seem more likely, but the alternators or generators of cars sometimes emit interferences with radio receivers. I am trying to design and build household generators that you can build yourself. 2. Who knows what kind of regulations I am violating when I consider marketing instructions to build an un-regulated generator? 3. Who knows what trouble I could get myself into? I certainly do not, and "ignorance is no excuse" comes to mind regarding the law. 4. What laws? Who-whee! Now there's a conundrum!

5. Then there are the fire hazards inherent in generating electricity on yer kitchen table, so to speak. Lord only knows where you'd "set the thing" or 6. its batteries, when you decide to build your own electricity generator for household use.

Not to mention 7. the bozo who runs off to put batteries all around the house even though he or she has a little one crawling around the place, who often puts a wet hand onto everything and then puts that wet hand or whatever he or she picked up, into his or her mouth.... Or who has boys or boys as neighbors who seem drawn to break everything they can get their shocked hands, elbows, knees, water balloons, or basketballs onto....

No, No! We cannot have that!

But how do we get the gung-ho enthusiast to 8. stop and read the warnings?

K&J Magnetics has a fix for #8. You cannot buy a magnet without first swearing that you read the warning on their website.  #7 requires due diligence from everybody including the manufacturer for making things robustly as safe as possible, #6 applying safety equipment over terminals, educating parents and homeowners to the dangers, encouraging them to educate their kids about dangers and dangers to neighbors' kids, or better yet, not to attempt this when kids live nearby. #5 requires testing during the design processes and afterwards -- shock tests, throwing water onto everything to see what happens, etc.

#4 literature search into the laws and legal articles; talk to engineers #3. #2 is a CFR search. #1 is also CFR, but additionally perhaps popular electronics mags....

So anyway I have plenty to keep myself occupied before I can start selling books telling people how to generate their own electricity using wind power or any other type of power.
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