Monthly Archives: July 2014

Oh, what a feeling!


The solar-charged fans are humming away, adding such a lightness to the air.spinning fans

It’s been fun showing the blinking lights on the Morningstar charge controller (which, by the way, is a Newtown PA company) to children and adults alike:mattcontroller

  • the sun indicator went from steady, blinking yellow or off meaning it’s sunny, partly sunny or dark!
  • the battery indicator ranges from green, yellow, blinking red or red, which means the battery is fully charged, partly charged, being drained, or fully drained.

The children were wowed, and excited to discover that the future is now.

Last evening the fans spun past sundown, till almost 9 o’clock.  This morning they began spinning at 9:45.

For us at PHEW!, we hope to use the air conditioner much less, what with our most recent bill of over $350, has been a peak usage month for us.

Now to have Matt add an outlet so customers can stop in and top up their e-bike charge! Harvey would like to see it power a coffee pot in the winter months. Thoughts?

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Sun charged fans, now at PHEW!


I’ve enjoyed having my friends Matt & Pete here this week.  Matt Weaver, of Education & Mindfulness, designed the dedicated PV (photovoltaic) system to power 3 ceiling fans.  The panels and charge controller were purchased from the AltE Store.  After several trips to the local hardware store and borrowing a ladder from John Siemiarowski of Electrical Wizardry, the panels were mounted last evening.

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The fans were recommended by our friend Jonas Biers and ordered from Missouri Wind and Solar.  And installed by dear friend Pete Tridish, who’s known for installing low power community radio stations and often climbs radio towers.

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So along with a glass of cold water,  you’ll also enjoy a breeze from our sun charged fans after your electric test rides. Stop on by… at 7153 Sprague St, Philadelphia PA 19119.

happy car independence day


Wishing everyone a happy Car Independence Day, AKA car-free day.  Get out on your bike.  And stop in at PHEW!, your neighborhood electric and folding bike shop.  We’re open Friday July 4th from 11 till 6.

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