An alternator is an electromechanical device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. An alternator is so named because it produces alternating electrical current. This energy can be converted from one voltage to another using a transformer. Thus, the 12-volt AC output from an alternator can be transformed into 120 volt-AC current.
Things You'll Need
- 12-volt alternator
- Electrical transformer
- Electrical wire
- Electrical pliers
- Electronic (rosin core) solder
- Soldering iron
- Ring terminals (2)
Cut four lengths of wire. Strip ½ inch of insulation from the ends of each wire.
Attach one end of the first wire to one of the transformer's primary winding terminals and solder the wire to the terminal. Attach one end of the second wire to the remaining transformer's primary winding terminal and solder the wire to the terminal.
Attach one end of the third wire to one of the transformer's secondary winding terminals and solder the wire to the terminal. Attach one end of the fourth wire to the remaining transformer's secondary winding terminal and solder the wire to the terminal.
Slip a ring terminal over the free end of the third wire and solder the terminal to the wire. Slip the remaining ring terminal over the free end of the fourth wire and solder the terminal to the wire.
Attach the free end of the first wire to one of the alternator output terminals and solder the wire to the terminal. Attach the free end of the second wire to the remaining alternator output terminal and solder the wire to the terminal.
- Georgia State University: AC Generator (Alternator)
- "Electricity, Magnetism, and Light;" Wayne M. Saslow; 2002
- Photo Credit Electricity Turbines image by steheap from Fotolia.com
The Normal Alternator Output Voltage
An automotive alternator generates electrical power to run the engine and charge the battery. An alternator that is putting out a reduced...
Homemade 12-Volt DC Generator
Commercially available 12-volt, or V, direct current, or DC, generators are typically heavy and expensive. One solution you have to the problem...
How to Convert 120 AC to 12 Volt
Different electronic devices are built to run at different voltages and types of current. In the United States, the the voltage of...
How Do I Convert 12 Volt DC to 120 Volt AC?
Converting 12 volt DC power to 120 volt AC power is generally a two-step process. You have to first convert the 12...
How to Convert 110 AC to 12 Volt DC
Converting alternating current, or AC, voltage to a direct current, or DC, voltage will let you power battery powered devices from an...
How to Convert Alternators to 110v
An alternator converts the mechanical energy provided by a vehicle's engine into electrical energy. Through the use of a transformer, this electrical...
How to Wire a 12 Volt DC to 120 Volts
In order to wire a 12 volt DC appliance into a 120 volt AC circuit, it s necessary to use a power...
How to Use the 240/120 Volt Receptacle on a Generator
Portable generators with 120/240V capability typically include a four-prong electrical receptacle for powering 240V appliances, as well as multiple 3-prong receptacles that...
How to Use Car Alternators for House Power
You can use car alternators to power a home. One method of doing this is to use the alternators to recharge storage...