I found this USB rechargeable lighter in Walmart and immediately thought about using it as a rechargeable battery for small electronic projects! It’s pretty easy to take apart and remove the heating element, install a switch and you have a neat little 3.7 volt LiPo battery pack for about $6.00!
The engine is nearing completion! This week I take apart the clutch to inspect the discs for wear. A special socket is required to remove the nut that holds the clutch pack in place but I didn’t have one. No problem. I got creative with a 4 1/2″ grinder and a 7/8″ socket and made my own special tool! It worked great as you’ll see in the video.
The starter on an engine is a DC motor that rotates the crankshaft of the engine to get it started. Once the engine is started, the starter must have some sort of mechanism that uncouples it from the engine or else it would spin too fast and be destroyed. Automotive starters have a built in mechanism called a bendix drive that engages and disengages the drive gear with the engine’s flywheel. Starters on motorcycles utilize a one way clutch known as a Sprag Clutch. It will allow torque in one direction only and slip in the other direction.
The alternator is a device that produces an AC electrical current when rotated. The center portion known as the rotor is an electromagnet. It rotates within an outer winding of metal and wire called a stator. Each component functions as an electromagnet with multiple north and south poles. When in rotation, these opposite poles pass by each other and produce and electrical current in their windings via magnetic induction. The AC current output then passes through a bridge rectifier which converts it into a DC current that can charge a battery.
In this week’s video I’ll take a look inside both of these components, test them, and then install them in the engine.