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How do I know what amp to get for my alternator?

Your alternator should be capable of delivering rated output equal to the maximum acceptance rate of your house battery bank. In other words, the alternator’s rating should be equal to 25 percent (lead acid) 30 percent (gel) or 45 percent (AGM) of your total battery capacity.


How many volts should a 140 amp alternator put out?

Even with a high-performance alternator with a maximum output of 140 amps, like a Powermaster CS130 alternator we’ll use for this example, it’s output will barely cover the amperage necessary at idle to maintain a minimum 13.5 volts to all the electrical accessories.


Is a 160 amp alternator good?

The high amp alternator will give you more replacement juice if you are running any high amp load appliances. The 160 amp is known to be used on emergency vehicles that are at a standstill and still running lots of 12v power thru said appliances.


What does a higher amp alternator do?

You’re able to reduce the depth of a battery’s discharge—also known as cycling. That’s because an oversized alternator produces more output at lower speeds, including idle. That increased output prevents the battery from having to help supply the load—and this keeps it at a more ideal state of charge.


What size alternator do I need for my car?

The amp rating of the alternator is matched to the vehicle’s electrical system. Older vehicles with fewer accessories may only need a 70- or 80-amp alternator, while a newer vehicle with lots of electronics and accessories may need a 120- to 160-amp alternator.

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What size alternator do I need for 3000 watts?

3000 watt / 12V is equal to 250A. A 250A alternator is needed to keep up with it. Since your engine would have to work just as hard as any portable 3KW generator to keep up with the amplifier, you would need a large fuel tank.


How big of an alternator do I need for 2000 watts?

For example, if you installed a 2,000-watt amp, assuming a nominal voltage of 13.5V, you’d add roughly 150 amps of demand to the electrical system.


Do I need a high output alternator?

High Output Alternators provide the current you’ll need for LOUD car audio. To avoid the dreaded red light of despair in the suddenly silent night, you will need to upgrade your electrical charging system. High Output Alternators provide amperage that your stock alternator cannot produce.


What is considered a high output alternator?

Alternator Ratings The term “high-output” for alternators simply means the new, rebuilt, or rewound unit is capable of producing more amps across the board than a stock unit. In the realm of diesel pickups, a high-output alternator produces more than three times the amp output of a stock alternator.


How many amps should my alternator be at idle?

Most late model alternators produce 120 to 155 amps or more. Current output increases with engine speed, from around 20 to 50 amps at idle up to the unit’s maximum output at 2,500 RPM or higher (refer to a service manual for the exact charging output specifications for your vehicle).

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