Bicycle Generator Power Source

Section VII

No. 10

A 6 volt, 3 watt bicycle generator will set off one or two blasting caps (connected in series) or an igniter.


  • Bicycle generator (6 volts, 3 watt)
  • Copper wire
  • Knife


1. Strip about 4 in. (10 cm) of coating from both ends of 2 copper wires. Scrape ends with knife until metal is shiny.

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2. Connect the end of one wire to the generator terminal.

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3. Attach the end of the second wire to generator case. This wire may be wrapped around a convenient projection, taped, or simply held against the case with the hand.


1. Connect free ends of wires to blasting cap or squib leads.

CAUTION: If drive wheel is rotated, explosive may be set off.

2. Run the drive wheel firmly and rapidly across the palm of the hand to activate generator.

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