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Old 11-06-2008, 03:32 AM
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Default Re: Can My Chevy Alternator Run My Bicycle's Cigarette Lighter?

well, there's already a magnet running on the pullstart side. You can customize a coil to run over it. It will generate enough electricity depending on the number of winding and the thickness of wires. Installing an automotive alternator might be more simple, but it's heavy and there are wires there that are sticking out that you don't really need. You would also need a big pulley to drive the small pulley on the alternator to attain the right RPM. And I think you would loose some HP. There are some 6-volt halogen bulbs that are just as bright. I think 5 or 6 of these halogen bulbs would be sufficient. The brightness of the bulbs is not dependent entirely on voltage, but more on the type of bulbs you use.
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