In this overview we aim to give you a good insight in how to set up a working windbelt.
We will show you the list of components, the way to put it all together and show you how to get it to work.
First, let's have a look at the components:
- Magnet (s), best is neodymium magnets
- Copper coil (s), will have to be DIY, see below picture
- Tafeta ribbon (belt), from an old VHS cassette or similar
- Memory element (is better if you use it but not really neccessary)
- Rectifier to get usable DC current from the AC generated electrical current
- Voltage stabilizer to keep it safe to use for charging devices
- Charging cable to get connected
- Body element to put the coil(s) and the ribbon(belt) on, about 40 cm to 1 meter in length
- Nuts, rings and bolts to put the coil(s) down at the body element
- Holder for the ribbon (belt) to get and keep the ribbon under sufficient tension for it to swing properly
In the above picture you see a KidWind basic kit to be used on a tube body element
The below picture shows all needed parts for a complete windbelt of 1 meters, excluding nuts and bolts...
Next to the mechanical parts, a setup is needed to get the electrical A/C current from the coil converted. A working setup is shown in the picture below:
We think that the pink ribbon project is a very beautiful designer's dream.
There is hardly anything to find about this project, just 1 page on the internet.
We tried to get in touch with the designers but until now we had no luck in getting in touch with them.
The design is good, and the presentation fantastic.
However, no products appear to have been made to this design.
Unfortunately, also the Kidwind project has apparanty left the Winbelt path.
Kidwind has moved on to windmills and provides very interesting kits for kids in that area.
The previously developed windbelt kit appears not te be available any longer.
Most practical use of a windbelt would be to have it placed on an existing rod or pole, as is shown in the picture below.
For reference purposes, the picture of an original 'early stage' micro windbelt from the Humdinger company is shown in the above pricture.
As Humdinger is no longer in the windbelt business, these windbelt developments have stopped.
Any way, products are no longer available from their website and Shwan Frayne, the original developer and patent holder of the windbelt concept is no longer working in this area and has informed us that he and his colleagues at Humdinger have moved on to other new developments.