Hydro Power

Started by cockpitbob, September 02, 2017, 07:12:14 PM

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September 02, 2017, 07:12:14 PM Last Edit: September 03, 2017, 02:12:48 PM by cockpitbob
This isn't for everyone, but if you are near a stream on a steep hill, this has potential.

On the AmRRON website store I stumbled across this "Backpacking Hydro Power System".
Here's the manufacturer's site with a video.
{He briefly mentions the KX3 in the video.}

It's also for sale on Amazon, but no reviews.

1.4 pounds with hoses and funnel
Needs 10' head of pressure
12V output:  simple DC generator output.  No regulator
5V USB output:  plug the 12V output into included 12V-5V USB converter

It's actually a nicely thought out system with the funnel to gather the water and collapsible hoses.  It's light and packs small.  Give the video a look.

I have minor doubts about the 10W.  The turbine is rated for 10W but I think it needs more pressure than 10' to get that much power.

OR, you can roll your own.
Here's the turbine he's using($12)
(The link says $14, but it's available on Amazon for $12.  I used the $14 one because it had more reviews.

Here's the 12V - 5V DC-DC he's using($8)

Even if you only get 4W out of it, unlike solar or wind, that's 4W 24/7.  You can charge about 8 18650 cells in 24hrs with that.

Unfortunately, where I live the glaciers sandpapered everything flat 25,000 years ago.  I have to go 75 miles to get to a 500' hill, so I won't be trying this any time soon.


Did you buy one of the mini hydropowers ?
If so, you can test it on a water hose at your residence.


Quote from: lc65 on October 31, 2017, 05:20:54 PM
Did you buy one of the mini hydropowers ?
If so, you can test it on a water hose at your residence.
I really want to roll my own, just for fun, but it's unlikely I'll ever get a chance to use it.  I live in pretty flat country and don't get out backpacking much these days.