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    i know how to make one with a lawn mower and alternator, but theres no time for this.

    i was thinking of using an extention cord, cutting it and hook it up to my 12 volt battery on my car (thats parked in the garage) and use it as a make shift generator. Just start my car and recharge the battery every time battery is low. But i am having trouble with it. im getting no power to any appliances im trying to hook up. Can someone help me? give me any ideas.
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    You have appliances that run off of 12 volt power??
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    Are you serious? your car is 12 volts DC your home is 120 volts AC. It won't work.

    Why are you trying to do this?

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    so i can power some things. like me fishing lights, for light. plan b is just to recharge my other 12 volt with my car to keep the lights going. guess i cant like with the luxery of a genrator, but oh well.

    but there are ways to convert AC to DC. dose anyone know how to do this?
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    If you had a power inverter you could hook it to the car batteries and it would make 120 volts AC.The way you are doing it,you are still only getting 12volts DC.

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    will the 120 AC wire carry 12 volts DC power?
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    yes. But you need to make sure you have the correct voltage going to what ever you're trying to power up.

    Pm me your number and I'll call you later tonight. I can help you, I'm an electrcian.

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    well its almost pointless now. the only useful DC powered things i have are fishing lights and i could just connect those to the car batteries directly. thanks anyways guys
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