Chauncy J. BRITTEN
Atmospheric Electrical Generator
(Lansing, Michigan), December 31, 1930
Inventor Promises Free Light & Power
Electric light and power “as free as air” is the literal
promise of Chancey J. Britten, 73-year old electrical wizard of
Charlotte, Michigan. He is obtaining patents to safeguard his
invention, a device which actually extracts electricity from the
air without the aid of customary generators and motors. It
consists of an aerial, home-made generator, and storage
batteries. Photo shows him in front of his home, which he
lighted for two years without expenditure of a penny for
maintenance. At right is a closeup of the generator. Britten has
defied anyone to explain the inner workings of his plant.
US Patent # 1,826,727 (Cl. 250-20)
(October 31, 1931)
Chancy J. Britten, of Charlote, Michigan, assignor to Britten
Light & Power Company, of Lansing, Michigan, a corporation
This invention relates to improvements in radio apparatus in
the nature of an economizer and clarifier.
The objects of the invention are particularly to economize and
conserve the current and to regulate and to clarify the tone.
Further objects and objects pertaining to details and economies
of construction and operation will definitely appear from the
description to follow.
I accomplish the objects of my invention by the devices and
means described in the following specification. The invention is
clearly defined and pointed out in the claim.
A device embodying my invention s clearly illustrated in the
accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, in
Figure 1 is a detail perspective view of my improvement
designed as an attachment to an ordinary radio set.
Figure 2 is a full size vertical detail longitudinal
elevation view partially ins ection on a central plane.
Figure 3 is an enlarged detail sectional view on line
3-3 of Figure 2 through the body of the main connection.
Figure 4 is a detail diagrammatic wiring view showing
the relation of my apparatus in combination with a radio set.
The parts will be identified by their numerals of reference
which are the same in all the views.
1 is the base which may be of glass or suitable insulating
material. 2 is a metal supporting column secured to the glass
base in any suitable way. 3 is the main connector of my improved
economizer and regulator having a horizontal portion 31 disposed
in proximity to the base and secured thereto by a suitable
welded or soldered button 32. It has an upright portion and
horizontal portion 33 disposed through the upright supporting
post 2. This connector comprises an outer tube or casing 34
preferably of copper, an inner central wire 35, around which is
disposed a coil of wire 36. The coil of wire is embraced within
a layer of mica insulating material 37. The tube is preferably
under partial vacuum. Plugs 38 of insulation are in the ends of
The inner central wire 35 and the coil 36 have their ends
connected to suitable binding posts. The binding post 4 on the
lower horizontal part provides the connection to the radio set 5
containing the usual A, B and C batteries and being
otherwise organized as indicated diagrammatically in Figure
The binding post 6 is provided with connection 7 leading to the
positive terminal 8 of the battery 9. The negative terminal 11
of the battery 9, which is a 4-1/2 volt dry cell battery, is
connected to the lead 10 to the aerial.
The battery 9 is a duplicate of the C battery of 4-1/2 volt
capacity but is not coupled up to act as a C battery but in the
particular auxiliary relation specified herein.
Just how the structure results in the advantages stated is
problematical and applicant is only able to state the results
and define the structure which accomplishes the same without
expanding on the theory by which it is accomplished.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim as new and
desire to secure by letters patent is:
The combination with a radio set comprising A, B, and C
batteries and an aerial of an economizer and clarifying device
comprising an auxiliary battery dry cell, a base with post, a
metallic tubular casing with a horizontal lower part and an
upright and an upper horizontal part disposed through said post,
a central conductor, a coil of wire around the conductor, the
opposite ends of said conductor and coil being connected to a
single binding post mounted on the upper and lower ends of the
tubular casing which casing is suitably sealed at the ends, a
mica insulation between said coil and the casing, a connection
fro the lower binding post to the antenna connection of the
radio set and from the upper binding post to the positive
terminal of said battery dry cell, and a connection from the
negative terminal of the said battery cell to the aerial of said
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand,
Chancy J. Britten
Figure 1: Detail perspective view of improvement
designed as an attachment to an ordinary radio set.
Figure 2: Full size vertical detail longitudinal
elevation view partially in section on a central plane.
Figure 3: Enlarged detail sectional view on line 3-3 of
Figure 2 through the body of the main connection.
Figure 4: Detail diagrammatic wiring view showing the
relation of apparatus in combination with a radio set.