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Jan 11

The Pedal-A-Watt Stationary Bicycle Generator

Posted in Human Power | Pedal Power

Pedal-A-Watt Today’s twin goals of keeping fit while doing something good for the planet by creating electricity without any pollution come together in a product that has been around for over ten years – The Pedal-A-Watt Stationary Bicycle Generator. Use your bicycle along with the Pedal-A-Watt Stand (it takes 15 seconds to drop your bike in) and create anywhere from 100 to 300 watts depending on how strong you are.

Then, use this energy to power small, household appliances. For example, a home office with a laptop and high efficiency LED lighting can be run for almost three hours on just a 30 minute workout.

The kids can “earn” their TV time by pedaling to create the energy needed to watch their favorite shows. Plus, kids will learn the true meaning of a “watt” and how many watts it takes to power their favorite electronic devices. It gives them a newfound appreciation for the cost of energy in physical terms.

And, the user will be helping to stay fit too. The typical adult will burn somewhere between 300 and 700 calories for each 30 minute workout. A few times a week and the calories expended really add up. Plus, the amount of energy created over time is surprising.

People all over the world have used the Pedal-A-Watt to power all kinds of items such a projectors, radios, lights in remote villages, water pumps, small heaters, chicken coops and hundreds of other unique applications.

The Pedal-A-Watt has been donated to schools across the country to help grade school children learn about alternative energy.

  • Aniel

    So where are the plans for making one of these – i haven’t found any on the Internet. If it’s so simple, where’s the help to get more of these made? – if you please

  • Atchi

    Good idea to Generate energy?

    could somebody forward the way to build the model?

  • James

    I’m interested to know where I can purchase one of these.

    I’m involved with the CubScouts and am working on an alternative energy project to teach my kids awareness of their impact on the environment. I recently did a solar workshop. This would be a perfect way to show a different aspect.



  • Larry G

    hello. Aniel, these ARE very simple to build if you are so inclined. they are good quality magnets spinning in a hub. Schmidt makes one of the best dyno hubs on the market. However, this company has the hub assembled to an easy docking frame, sturdily built to hold the bicycle and not damage the dyno. they have been improving this model over the past ten years. it would be worth the price to purchase, as you are paying yourself back with each pedal you take.

  • Gary Schabel

    Ok for educational purposes but actually generate power? A person in good shape can, peddling vigorously, generate about 200 watts. Peddling for 5 hours will generate 1-kilowatt hour of electricity at best. Even here in Hawaii that’s only worth about 25 cents.

    O’boy! that comes out to $0.05 per hour.

  • cody

    i would like to get one of these to have for my class to learn about alternative energy.

  • Jeanie

    Take a look at this book:
    The Human Powered Home ~ Choosing Muscles over Motors by Tamara Dean. Copyright 2008
    I just got a used copy via Amazon. It has plans, user comments, and sources for various pedal-power devices.

  • Randy

    I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this before. I like the idea of using it to have kids earn their TV time. I have five grandchildren, usually all over at the house at the same time. Let’s see, 5 kids… each on for 30 minutes… they get some exercise and I get some electricity. I like it!

  • Jane F

    Don’t buy one of these from Convergence Technologies – I sent my money back in September 09 and it has not arrived yet. Enquiries and requests for some customer service are fobbed off or ignored. AVOID.

  • Leonard

    I’ve seen this about 25 year ago on television when I was a kid. They showed an operating theater light in a developing country. The conclusion was that ordinary bicycle dynamo’s were the most effective

  • June

    I’ve had experience using this exact type of machine. It has excited a lot of people on our college campus especially the triathletes. Only thing is that out of the three that were purchased none work after having them for about three months.

  • Jamie Crouse

    My school also ordered a pedal-a-watt from convergence technologies in February 2010 and it never arrived. They gave us NUMEROUS shipping dates that kept getting pushed back and pushed back. I hope that we get our requested refund. I do NOT recommend them — and now I am on a search to find the products elsewhere. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  • poppy

    I (too) am seeking a place to purchase a recline-bike, the same (ergonomics) as a regular exercise bike, which has the converter, battery, etc. built-in, and donning an outlet, so I can plug my appliances directly into it. Thanks so much for any worthwhile lead.

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