Tools from the Nation's Past: Finding and Restoring a Wind Charger

For people who want to generate their own electricity, locating an old, abandoned, but still serviceable wind charger on a remote Great Plains farm is a treasure hunt.

wind charger - Wincharger on tower
A Wincharger, the "Chevrolet" of wind chargers, came in both two- and four-blade models. This is a unit the author found and restored.
Photo by Paul Gipe and Carl Judy