Charged by the Wind

Wind-powered battery chargers provided cheap energy before rural electricity

David Ballinger tweaks a 6-volt Wincharger Model 611, part of his Wincharger display at the 2003 Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. "My dad had always wanted to find a Wincharger, so my brother and I found a 6-volt for him," says David. "At that point, the three of us had been collecting gas engines, but after we found the Wincharger for Dad, I go interested in theme."