Strong winds (between 8-15+ mph) and it works, with a 100' heavy duty electrical cord ends cut off and affixed to generator wires up top coming down into garage where it will eventually power something, not sure what yet.
Multimeter all over the place, from 0 up to 52 volts, and I was impressed!!!
Now is where I need the help. I wired the cord direct to a small 400watt power invertor, and the fault light came on, so I turned the switch to the off position. Also to the multimeter. But the invertor started literally smoking, so I promptly pulled the wires off. I also tried to hardwire to my automotive 12v headlight, which also burned out. I was afraid to wire it directly to a 12v battery because it has a full charge in in right now. I was also afraid to wire it to an old battery which reads 10 volts, because I don't think it will accept a charge, and concerned also about an overcharge/ explosion? So tell me you wind gurus out there, what can I use for testing in a safe fashion for
the power my windmill can produce when it's spinning. And can it just be up there spinning connected to nothing and not get ruined?
I have a bigger 1000 watt invertor, but don't want to ruin it like the little one. I have purchased a Coleman charge controller, but don't have it yet. I'd like to do more testing to see what I can safely use my 'free' power for. Suggestions? What did you all do, use with your first windmill for testing?
I do have a blocking diode, but don't know if I need it unless I am trying to charge a battery. I have many more questions, but this post it long enough already! Look forward to any/all replys. Terry P.S. Forecast is for strong winds the next 4 days!!! And, Happy New Year to all! :)