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Author Topic: Solar Powered Steampunk Watch  (Read 2251 times)
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« on: February 02, 2012, 02:22:20 am »

I was skeptical, but it's actually extremely cool.

http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/steampunk-pocket-watch-winds-solar-power.html#mkcpgn=fbdsc17
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 05:17:33 pm »

I'm assuming the "solar fan" charges a capacitor?  Ironic that the site has an "environmentally friendly" theme...guess they don't understand how capacitors and electronics are made. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012, 05:22:32 pm »

Hang on....first it says you wind it and then it says it has a quartz movement...?

and 'spin in the sunlight' ?...eh ?

It looks a lot like a quartz movement in a fairly naff case to me I strongly suspect that the 'turbines' do absolutely nothing.
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012, 05:35:40 pm »

On the topic of 'solar powered steampunk time pieces'..check out this beauty!

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« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2012, 11:23:52 pm »

HAHA nice one Capt. I loled
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2012, 10:23:24 pm »

I took a closer look at a larger picture of the watch - safe to say it's a standard quartz watch, nothing solar powered in the slightest. It's just a bit of steampunky background blurb. Wink

Anyhow, while the sunlight is capable of making little vanes spin around (Crookes radiometer...), it can only do so in a partial / near VACUUM, not in open air. But it has got me thinking, I'm pretty sure I could knock up a solar (photovoltaic) powered watch without too much hassle. A working one I mean. Pretty sure I can get it steampunk too. Don't know how practical it would be though.  Cheesy

I shall see what I can dig up.  HMMMM....Need to find a set of small enough solar cells.... I know where to look, just got to find a suitable size to work with. Wink

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2012, 02:54:18 pm »

<shrug> Start with a Seiko Kenetic or similar, and jimmy up the rotor.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2012, 05:52:08 am »

Yup, pretty much what I was thinking. Only with a self-winding mechanical watch. I was toying with the idea of turning the rotor into a small electric motor powered by the solar cells (probably pulsed via a charging / discharging capacitor, rather than a continuous running motor). Keeping the magnetic field away from sensitive parts of the watch would be the tricky part...

Then again, there is always the quartz watch movement powered via a decent sized capacitor charged directly by the solar cells. Cheap and easy. Just a bit 'yuck' though...  Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2012, 09:32:04 pm »

Not sure how well that would work for a mechanical; you need a fair amount of torque, which would be hard to generate off a solar cell.  I have to imagine that to get a solar cell to wind a self-winding movement, you'd need such a high gear differential that you'd have trouble overcoming the resistance of the gearing.
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2012, 10:26:46 pm »

Nah, just take a leaf out of the BEAM robotics book of thought. Wink  Basically the solar cells generate a small charge, it accumulates in a large capacitor, once the charge reaches a threshold voltage a trigger circuit will dump the stored charge to the motor directly, thus turning the rotor. Then the process begins again. It's a little 'lossy' but nowhere near as bad as batteries for storage.
Even weak light will be useable as it will pass through a simple voltage doubler circuit (the trigger is voltage controlled, so the cap will never overcharge).

For a pocket watch, I would say the only practical way to get it functional is to have the solar cells on the chain / fob where they will be exposed to light in normal use.

I will have to scour fleabay for a suitable (read cheap & working) donor watch for the guts, but I do have a perfect silver pocket watch case to use allready. Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2012, 10:30:18 pm »

How it can possibly work by solar power when it spends most of its time in a waistcoat pocket is beyond me.
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« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2012, 01:49:49 am »

Interesting idea on the capacitor.  At that point, you'd be getting rid of the rotor itself, and attaching the motor directly to the center gear of the winding gear.  Only concern I'd have left is dampening the motor; too much torque too quick will shear off the leaves of the gear, so it has to start slow and then speed up.  Might be easier to just use a manual wind movement, and tack the winding motor directly to the crown gear.  That'll give you more room in the case too.
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« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2012, 02:00:56 am »

Not sure how well that would work for a mechanical; you need a fair amount of torque, which would be hard to generate off a solar cell.  I have to imagine that to get a solar cell to wind a self-winding movement, you'd need such a high gear differential that you'd have trouble overcoming the resistance of the gearing.

That sounds like a job for my good friend... the worm screw! A huge gear reduction in a small package and they don't allow ANY slip.
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« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2012, 04:34:34 am »

Not sure how well that would work for a mechanical; you need a fair amount of torque, which would be hard to generate off a solar cell.  I have to imagine that to get a solar cell to wind a self-winding movement, you'd need such a high gear differential that you'd have trouble overcoming the resistance of the gearing.

That sounds like a job for my good friend... the worm screw! A huge gear reduction in a small package and they don't allow ANY slip.


Indeed, and the worm screw shaft would also facilitate the positioning of the motor away from magnetic sensitive areas of the watch.  Smiley

I'm still tempted to find a way to *incorporate* the rotor as part of the motor. General idea would be to provide the rotor with the same sort of movement it was designed for to wind in normal operation. Also handy as a backup should solar power not be available for any reason (cold weather + thick coat, etc). I'm thinking of something along the lines of that used to drive the pendulum in a battery powered quartz clock (simplest form is a coil of wire repelling a magnet). But this could still pose a problem from the magnetic field from the coil - although it may be small enough that it would not be a problem (and could be shielded with a steel cover)...

Fiddly, but I think it's doable!

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« Reply #14 on: February 14, 2012, 11:39:32 am »

Interesting idea on the capacitor.  At that point, you'd be getting rid of the rotor itself, and attaching the motor directly to the center gear of the winding gear.  Only concern I'd have left is dampening the motor; too much torque too quick will shear off the leaves of the gear, so it has to start slow and then speed up.  Might be easier to just use a manual wind movement, and tack the winding motor directly to the crown gear.  That'll give you more room in the case too.

If you left the rotor in place, would it have enough mass to act as a flywheel and damp the motor's torque?
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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2012, 08:16:13 pm »

maybe...... just maybe  it is using the heat generated by the sunlight to cause the turbine to turn.....

it would have to be VERY little resistance to turning....

along the same lines as this... only tiny.

http://www.hydroponicsonline.com/store/Vintage-5-TIERED-CHRISTMAS-COTTAGE-CANDLE-PYRAMID-Revolving-Wood-Holy-Family_380393661227.html
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2012, 10:52:19 pm »

On the topic of 'solar powered steampunk time pieces'..check out this beauty!

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