SCAM ALERT: Beware the Power Innovator “Free Energy” Ruse

scamThe cost of electricity.  Arrgh!   It is an essential, but increasingly expensive, commodity in our modern world.  Electric utilities and their regulators have not served the public well so we are all tempted to find ways to reduce our electric bills while still being able to use this valuable commodity to power our homes and lives. We’ve even authored a guide about how to reduce your electric bill. It is this frustrating scenario that unscrupulous marketers, like the alleged Richard Goran, seek to exploit.  In this case, he claims to have fashioned a device that “produces electricity” modeled after Nikolai Tesla’s bifilar pancake coil.   Goran calls it the “Power Innovator Program“.  He claims that “even though many people know about Tesla Coil… and you can find info on a few websites… no one will teach you how to make this work for your home and how to cut your electricity prices by 82% guaranteed by tomorrow.”   Oh, give us a break!

Goran’s pitch is almost a pitch-perfect copy of other such “free energy” inventions such as the “Ambient Vibration Generator” and the “Tesla Fuelless Generator”.  Another one, called Sky4Energy is largely pitching the same scam.   Each of these other schemes charge $47 (not a coincidence) for the details about how to build them.   Goran is charging you $49 for the same bogus information.  Oh, have we mentioned yet that Dr. Richard Goran probably doesn’t exist.   It’s not the only fiction being peddled here;  more about that below.

But first, a short discussion about the Tesla Coil. It operates on the theory that when a high voltage power supply charges up a capacitor  (an electric storage device) and the capacitor reaches a high enough voltage, the spark gap fires.  The spark gap is like a switch.  It goes on when the voltage gets high, and turns off when the voltage gets low.  When the spark gap fires, the energy stored up in the capacitor dumps into a 1:100 step-up transformer.  The primary (L1) is about 10 turns of heavy wire.  The secondary (L2)  is about 1000 turns of thin wire.  10:1000 or 1:100.  So you are feeding in 10,000 volts and from it, you are getting 1,000,000 volts.  It all happens at a rate of over 120 times per second, often generating multiple discharges in many directions.

Goran takes this highly-regarded theory and attempts to make it appear as though you are “harvesting” electricity from the air.  It’s bogus science. Goran is preying upon the difference between “radiant energy” isn’t “energy all around us.”  Tesla was referring to  energy in the form of electromagnetic waves.  In fact, in the patent, Tesla specifically mentioned that “The apparatus being arranged as shown, it will be found that when the radiations of the sun or of any other source capable of producing the effects before describe fall upon the plate P an accumulation of electrical energy in the condenser C will result.”  Tesla admits he isn’t tapping into the air for an unlimited power source.

So why is Goran lying?   There are a number of large warning fraud flags flying all over this scam.  The first one is: “who is Dr. Richard Goran?”   You’ll never find out.  He can’t be located in search engines and apparently has never published anything, except for this fraud-laced coil pamphlet.  But a big warning flag is when a website fails to feature the credentials of the author and/or if a Google search turns up nothing about this person, you can bet this is a marketer-driven product.

Another warning flag: the sales pitch is slick — they spend a lot of marketing money to get it to you.  The so-called “Doctor Goran” turns out to have a trained narrator’s voice” and the video is professional quality.   Who is paying for that?  You are.   And, like so many scammers, they are using Clickbank to sell their ebook so don’t assume you’ll get a refund.  Clickbank is almost always an indicator that the product is questionable.

A third warning flag:  if you look for a review of the product, you are deluged with lots of fake review or “scam” sites that simply direct you to the main sales site or offer some officious pablum talking about how the product is highly rated or recommended.   (such as and   The marketers for this service pay a reported 75-100% commission for any referrals they generate.   So these “affiliate marketers” create create fake review sites which effectively thwart any customer who is looking for real reviews.   It is also a tactic to obscure any customers who have posted complaints or alerts about fraudulent claims.  This affiliate marketing trick makes it very difficult for consumers to detect this and other such scams, like the Niikola Tesa Secret Scam and the Joe’s Wise Generator scheme.   As one persevering blogger has noted, energy scam artists rely upon these fraudulent reviewers to be using tags like:  “does it work?”, “is it a scam?” or “verified review” to suck unsuspecting consumers into this fraud.

If you really want to learn about the Tesla Coil, Kevin Wilson has posted a free description about the coil and how to build it.   To his credit, Wilson isn’t charging you anything for this information.   He’s also made it abundantly clear that this is a dangerous device and must be used carefully….if at all.    Please don’t even THINK about buying into Goran’s pitch until you’ve read Wilson’s blog.   Wilson explains how the Tesla Coil will not harvest “free energy” and urges people to avoid scams like the one marketed by Goran.

One additional warning:  once you give them your money, you’ll be tagged as “meat”.  Once they know that you’ll fall for this pitch, the same marketers will be coming back to you over and over and over for other such pitches.  So understand that if you pay these marketers anything….let alone $49…..they’ll continue to hound you with more slick schemes designed to prey on your fears and concerns.  Our advice: don’t open your door or wallet to them.  If you are looking for ways to reduce your energy costs, we recommend reading our brief energy savings guide or checking out Smarter House for ideas about how to cut your electric bills a smart way.

40 replies
  1. Joan Blockett
    Joan Blockett says:

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  2. ray hinze
    ray hinze says:

    Video shows an electric induction heater (as used for cooking), used with a coil of wire (induction coil) to power some stuff. Good demo of how an induction heater works, ie electric current is induced into the coil (or pot if using this for cooking) and a current is fed to the light bulbs etc.
    The light bulbs are clearly not running at rated power – as they would appear super bright – especially the 500 Watt quartz bulbs on the reflective mounting board. So no advantage is achieved by this stupid setup.
    On the plus side – using an induction cooktop for cooking your soup is more energy efficient than the old fashion radiant hotplate coils, as most of the energy is converted into heat in the pot and little is lost to the surroundings. To read the scam site at your leisure, click on close tab, then when popup says do you want to leave this page, click no – and you get the full text version of the spiel with the video included.

  3. Nack
    Nack says:

    A couple of days a go I had a visit of a tech from a Power Generation Company an when I asked him about Solar Power Generation, He replied that that this solution will cost more than $150.000 for a small house and that the product will not work efficiently ( he was speaking bad because he was trying to protect their business).I mean, we can find people saying that this product works, and other saying it doesn’t, ok… Whom should you believe to? … Let us decide without spending a penny and those who already purchased please share it to test it in real life.

  4. Lars deMitz
    Lars deMitz says:

    Any old CRT TV has a built-in tesla coil. It is just called fly-back
    transformer. The output VOLTAGE is considerably (several times)
    higher than the supply voltages times the coil-coil winding ratio –
    driving voltage builds up a magnetic field over time. When abruptly
    disconnected, the field collapses, inducing the energy back into the coil (and a considerable amount is lost via electromagnetic radiation.
    (Old ship radio transmitters used this “loss” – sparking through a
    resonant circuit coupled to the antenna. Thus “sparky” was the nick-name for the operator…) In the TV fly-back transformer, the “loss” is minimized by a (nearly) closed ferrite
    core, keeping the fluctuating magnetic field inside, recovering
    a better part of the energy for use by the CRT anode. Also keeping
    neighbors happier by NOT interfering with their radio reception!

    Scams and legality: Many scammers use a scheme with the
    legal “point of sale” in countries without regulations, or with
    bank-secrecy legislation defying tracing. The quantum scam
    obviously uses/used a swiss “money-bridge”. Internet IS international. If you’re vulnerable to the sharks, stay close to the

    On privacy: Once a webserver gets control over your browser,
    it’s pretty free to peek at your “favorites’, “bookmarks” AND
    usernames/passwords “conveniently” stored by your browser. Even
    “hijacking” it to force your surfing “their” way. Not to mention malicious software (viruses). I myself use an old laptop to browse
    “suspicious” sites. Formatting disk and re-installing sw from CD
    while I’m cozily asleep… Scamming schemes HAVE GONE SO FAR!!!
    Here in RD I was even approached by a local authority
    representative, who wanted me to “hack” into other peoples
    facebook accounts. “…to look for criminal activities…”

    Beware – it’s soon Xmas – prime time for scammers!

    /Lars, Jarabacoa, R.D.

  5. John
    John says:

    Of course this is a scam but the scam is selling a device based on the Bifilar coil, At best, using a Bifilar Coil in a device might manipulate the Power Factor but I would think that the new electric meters would be able to account for power factors in measuring usage. I have an interest in building perpetual motion machines and other devices that claim to defy Physics. I am too busy right now to spend $50 on a few chuckles.

  6. Tim
    Tim says:

    its very misleading to call either a tesla coil, or bifilar tesla coils (flat pancake) simply a step up transformer.not only are these set-ups much more efficient then a regular transformer, they work through resonance.also i see you didn’t mention that BEMF issues are gone with bifilar pancake coils. now… i’m not saying that these people aren’t scammers, but you fail to mention the magnifying effects that NASA has recently admitted with these coils.( tesla himself claimed in these patents that all negative effects except for ohmic resistance is conquered (which can be easily verified). the fact that these designs have been put on the shelf and regarded as “static producing machines” is pathetic.

    • John
      John says:

      The NASA article is about an amplifier which requires a power supply to create a larger “image” of the input signal.
      Even a magnifying glass trades off light intensity in exchange a larger image. Do not confuse Free Energy with amplification.

      There is no free lunch unless you are selling Free Energy Machines to morons.

  7. George Scazrborough
    George Scazrborough says:

    I have worked in electronics for over 50 years. The premise is that you can cut your electric bill by 82% The tiny device in the pictures does not have the capacity to power a home. A typical home has a max power load of around 90 amps at 220 volts, 19.8 KW, when everything is turned on. A wire that carries that many amps is about the size of a pencil. The tiny coil could not take 20 amps much less an entire home load. Besides they do not tell us where the “magnified” power comes from. It has to come from somewhere. It isn’t going to magically enter the simple coil from the air. This is entirely bogus.

    • Peter
      Peter says:

      Power recovery is cheap, easy, and completely feasible. Whenever you put power into your house — anything, an oven, a computer, a cell phone — that gets converted into thermal energy. That thermal energy can be partially harnessed and reused. You put 5 watts into powering your cell phone. You collect a watt out. There is a fundamental limit on how much power you can recover this way. It’s called the Carnot Cycle.

      I say this not to say Tesla’s device works this way. Simply to let you know that absolute statements such as the one you make are not correct. It is possible to get power back for free from most devices. It’s just not economical.

  8. Richard Boyer Sr
    Richard Boyer Sr says:

    Thank You so much for this. If we had not seen this we may have fell for it and in fact my wife almost did. My son had asked us to see what we can find on the device before considering it. And I am glad we did. Now I understand why Goran keeps mentioning big power comapnies, they are afriad of them because they are onto the scam. There is a site that we found while we were searching and it states the pros and cons of the innovator. It also states that 30,000 people use the device. Until we found this post,we were not aware of the fake reviews.

  9. Russell Thomas
    Russell Thomas says:

    If it was not obvious to you that this was a scam, then you are my new best friend! To this day it confounds me as to how many suckers there are out there in the world. This reminds me of the days of multi-level marketing where some miracle product was offered and the only way to obtain it is to buy from a member of the company. Of all the multi-level marketing scams through the years, there was ONE product that truly in my opinion was a miracle product and that was “Blue Green Algae” sold by Cell Tech. Since coming on the market, Cell Tech got into a lot of trouble about false claims about the products benefits. However, personally, it helped me and that is all it takes. Only one person who believes in a product can create a company, a following, and lots of money. Whatever this guy is selling is silly..perpetual motion device category I guess but still, there are those people out there that will buy anything and given how internet marketing works, even if only 1 in 10,000 people decides to buy it, they can make millions of dollars.

  10. Russ Williams
    Russ Williams says:


    To good to be true
    To good to be true
    To good to be true and on it went, so I started to research then I found this forum,

    Ta Russ

  11. steve
    steve says:

    The power innovator program had a 60 money back policy listed in there video. However, no one can get an email to ether of the two listed. So no refund and no product. total SCAM.

    • admin
      admin says:

      Yes. It would appear that The Power Innovator has been “removed” from Clickbank. However, if you purchased this scam product through Clickbank, you should be able to secure a refund. Currently, this program seems to be sold through a site called “Software Projects Inc” and also has a 60-day refund policy. They also have a phone number listed as 1-800-218-1525. If they are unresponsive, you should be able to get your credit card company to reverse the charge by showing the page with the 60-day guarantee.

  12. April Chivers
    April Chivers says:

    I don’t know who this Richard Goran guy is or what scam he is pulling , but he has somehow been able to use my email to send messages.. . How is that possible???? I’m seriously worried!! I was going through my emails and in my spam folder it had a message sent to me from me relating to an energy saving site or some bs. I’m confused… how is it possible that this person is able to send an email with MY email address, which has a picture of my kids and then sign it????? What do I do? Who do I contact? How does this happen? Is all my personal info now compromised? Who the heck is this Richard Goran??? I don’t take things like this lightly. I’m a single mom with 2 children. What should I do? If anyone has received an email by this guy with the email address:, that’s my email but I didn’t send it!!! Helpful advice…. please!!!!!! I don’t check these sites normally so if you have advice, or an email sent from the email address I stated, please let me know. I’m really concerned for my safety!!!!!! Thanks

  13. Tony
    Tony says:

    Don’t know the Goren guy however, I went to the Library of Congress and found Tesla’s generator. They don’t issue patents for scams. It works.. free power? No, the coil however works in conjunction with another power source and amplifies the energy from that source. The solar industry and other renewable energy companies have now moved to running a home version capacitor and battery source which takes you completely off grid. Meaning; no more power company. Tesla coils are still a little beyond several present electrical engineers in it’s total contributions to energy, and energy conservation. However, solar power can be funded through PACE (property assessed clean energy) and is a government program that allows you to PURCHASE solar for nothing out-of-pocket. Not only that PACE allows you to fund capacitors, HVAC (Air Conditioning), windows, roof etc… under the same conditions (nothing-out-of-pocket). So what i’m saying is there are ways to stop paying your electric bills. If you live in GOP controlled State, they’re doing everything they can to keep you from leaving the Utility for green energy.

  14. qIllIp
    qIllIp says:

    the website has just TWO PARTS …->the first one with some uncontrollable video-player playing sooo sooo lame and silly animated cartoon describing some supcool, hi-tech, grounbreaking and breathtaking almost MAGICAL stuff ….
    -> and the second with a big gold flashing magic button allowing you to buy this magical stuff summarized: webpage just showing a video (made of just a written text =D) describing something incredible with a big BUY button below =D=D=D
    … sorry guys, but for those who bought that i only have this advice: stay away from the Internet =D=D=D for you it’s not safe … ciao;)

  15. Jim B.
    Jim B. says:

    Watching the video, it looks like they use an induction cook plate and a flat pancake bifilar coil to create a kind of transformer. They show that the supply into their system uses about 1625 watts. Then they show that all of the devices add up to 3500 watts according to their rated values (two 1000 watt immersion heaters, a bunch of 100 watt light bulbs and a couple 500 watt lights). What they don’t show is the actual wattage being used by those devices. I suspect that their bifilar coil is reducing the voltage to about 70% of the input voltage, which will allow those resistance type devices to work but with a 50% lower. The combination of induction plate and bifilar coil are reducing the voltage to the light bulbs and immersion heaters such that they will work, but at 50% of the rated wattage. I noticed that the 100 watt light bulbs look pretty dim and the 1000 watt immersion heaters will still make heat and bubbles even if they are operating at 70% voltage. However, beware that a microwave will not work at a lower voltage and if you try to run a refrigerator like this you will destroy the compressor motor. In fact, most all motors will suffer premature wear if run at suboptimal voltage levels.

  16. Jeff
    Jeff says:

    Just to help out in terms of credibility (for ALL contributors and commenters!), the coil in question is a BIFILAR coil (literally, “two filaments” or “two wires”). NOT Bifillar, Bilfar, Biflar or Bifular. Plaudits to John Smith who referenced those who suffer from “not being awake in science class” – and here is some advice for anyone looking to buy a product that relies on science, medicine, technology or ANY field that they are not proficient in… do the research. BTW, reading blogs or checking Yahoo Answers is NOT research. For an easy start, there’s Wikipedia, then you can move on to Scholarpedia. Sounds boring? Suck it up. 10 minutes on these two sites would save anyone here $49. My gosh, that’s a saving equivalent to $294 per hour! Maybe I should have sold you this info…

  17. Dave Mathews
    Dave Mathews says:

    I think you have the wrong tesla coil here. The coil refered to in the sales pitch is the Bifillar coil not the High voltage Tesla Coil you have refered to. The Bifillar coil was called the tesla coil but the reference to the famous Tesla coil that throws out lightening bolts are not the same. I have read the patent info several times and can find no reference by Tesla to the sun in that document, I think you may have an ax to grind here so i don’t concider your review crediable !!!

    • admin
      admin says:

      Dave, while we appreciate that you took time to comment. Thanks for the clarifier — there are indeed two Tesla coils. The bifilar was used by Tesla in his high frequency power experiments and used to eliminate ingress or egress of common mode signals from electronic signalling circuits. However, the one being promoted in this scam is a dual resonant solid-state Tesla coil (DRSSTC) in which the electronic switching of the solid-state Tesla coil is combined with the resonant primary circuit of a spark-gap Tesla coil. This is the one referenced in the Wilson link that offers how to build the coil — for no cost to the consumer. And that’s the point of the article.

  18. Diana Pulbrook
    Diana Pulbrook says:

    Iv been getting emails that appear to be sent from my own email address, when I try to reply the email gets sent to me, there is no return address. I go to the website, not through the link given, and there is no email address there either, just a webform. Iv unsubscribed and asked to be unsubscribed and I continue to get these emails. Also I get emails from 20/20 vision and mindless terrorists, all signed off at the end in a similar way and all trying to sell books. All from addresses in the USA. very annoying.

  19. jacob vanderzwaag
    jacob vanderzwaag says:

    I guess if power innovator really works . it would have some opposition. I don’t mind spending a few buck on the power innovator plans
    considering how much money I spend on my electric bills, I as a consumer need to investigate it for myself , and get my own answers but I assume my comment won’t show up on this site.

  20. John Smith
    John Smith says:

    I think this is about a weakness in human nature and not being awake in science class at school. We want to believe the impossible sometimes to catch up for all the blunders we have made in life. The old adage is so true if it sounds too good to be true it usually is. If its such a great device why is it so cheap. No one gives anything away. Just clever marketing words. As soon as I heard the words about someone else closing it down what a load of horse apples.

  21. Jack Socha
    Jack Socha says:

    I’m a radio broadcasting pro. The minute I heard the voice of the “doctor,” I recognized a voice-over person and not the real thing. That, plus the conspiracy talk, should warn away all but the real suckers.

  22. Richard English
    Richard English says:

    I watched the pitch riight through as I wanted to see what the product actually was. I knew it wouldn’t work since one of the basic laws of physics is that you can’t get out of a device any more energy than you put in. Could you do so you would have perpetual motion – which we all know is impossible.

    Sadly the details of the device that was being sold never appeared. However, this useful site does offer a link and all the device is is a perfectly normal Tesla coil, which I remember reading about in a schoolboy “All about electricity” book around 65 years ago.

    Sadly these kinds of online scams get more and more sophisticated but the old adage still applies: “If it seems too good to be true then it is too good to be true”. That principle has never failed me yet.

  23. Andrea Malcome
    Andrea Malcome says:

    The writer of this post calls this a scam because the website is professionally created? Of course it is and should be. If the product does not work, then it is a scam. Just because it is a slick video does not mean it is a scam.

    • admin
      admin says:

      If our only concern was over the slickness of the pitch, we’d have little concern. As discussed in depth, our concern is primarily that the “power innovator” is a ruse; offering bad science and freely available information at a premium price. If those concerns weren’t apparent, hopefully they are now.

  24. monish
    monish says:

    dear friends,

    When edison was using Direct current this is the same thing told by people at that time ,that physics is that this etc and there is no alternative for this. But tesla found a new AC revolution.We are sticking with the fundamental law of physics till now and iam sad to say that there are lot which is not proved by science till now.
    Example ufo travel so fast with which fuel?ufo break all the theory of physics. Then? Iam not saying that power innovator is good or bad.iam telling that we are not so advanced in physics.

  25. Dennis Traylor
    Dennis Traylor says:

    Every day one or two glossy imaged e-mails arrive, supposedly from large companies like Sony or Apple but if you click on the link associated you are taken to the same Power Innovator site. The scam is quite elaborate. They are putting a lot of money from suckers who buy this deal. Everyone should realize the conservation of energy laws. You cannot get more out of a physical system than you put in. Resistance generates heat and heat causes energy loss so even the most efficient energy conversion equipment will put out slightly LESS than you put in. In other words “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” (TANSTAAFL)

  26. Charlotte Katrina Barkley
    Charlotte Katrina Barkley says:

    Thanks for the information. I unfortunately get “sucked” into the lie! My credit card company saved me and nothing happened!!! YEH!!!!

  27. Bill
    Bill says:

    I hate to admit to it , but this Dr.
    Goran’s pitch got me. I started research
    only after placing my order. Big mistake.
    I only hope click bank will refund my
    money, but after hearing what you’ve
    said , I won’t hold my breath. I knew
    if it sounds to good to be true , it
    probably is. Thanks.
    I only wish I checked
    This out first.

    • brien
      brien says:

      brien … bill, is there anything to build in that info? if there is, I’d try building it, and let you see the results. I do have a technical / electrical / mechanical background. (and I do know physics.)

      • Robbin
        Robbin says:

        Bill, if you’ve paid via clickbank then they do give refunds, nonone can do fraud by using clickbank that’s for sure. If someone does then request for refund & clickbank always there to support customer and refund them, I’m saying based on my experience.

        Secondly, Power Innovator surely seems a fraud I did my research & found there are many sites having the same video intro running them with other names but using some other payment gateway instead olf clickbank may be hey have changed it

  28. Josh
    Josh says:

    Hey, thanks for this info.  I didn't really know what to think, but will hold off and try some of your other suggestions about saving energy.   This deal looked too slick.  Plus, I couldn't find any background on this Goran guy either. 

    • admin
      admin says:

      Thank you, Josh.   And we invite any readers of this blog to help us track down Dr. Goran’s credentials and other publications.   Like Josh, we couldn’t find a thing other than this dubious pamphlet.   That invitation is extended to the notorious Dr. Goran as well — please, show us your energy qualifications….we’ve already shown you ours at

    • David
      David says:

      The big culprit in energy consumption are all the “instant on” products. That is, any product that you can turn on without a mechanical switch. Cable box, computer, monitors, printers, tv, microwave plus the small transformers that stay plugged in even though disconnected from whatever it is they are charging. Cell phone chargers, cordless phones, and the like. If you can plug a bunch of this into a outlet strip and turn the strip on prior to use, you will save money.


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