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Re: Need advice on a small water-powered electrical system?
said by shdesigns:Just figured that an older generator would be better suited to this application thinking it would require less RPM's to produce the necessary charge when compared to a newer alternator.
Why an old auto generator? My Willys had one. After it fried itself the second time (stuck regulator relay) I swapped it for an alternator and never had problems again.
You can get "1-wire" alternators relatively cheap. I picked up a 200 amp one for just under $100. Included the internal regulator. Just connect to battery and provide +12V to the reg.
If you are just charging a 12V batt, that is all you need.
said by UHF:Yeah I know, I have a 50" (though his is smaller 32"-40") and that can pose an issue. I am 75% certain that its an LCD but included the plasma aspect just in case.
If it's plasma, good luck. Those things are power hogs.
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said by george357:More the other way around. My Willys could not charge at idle with the lights on (I had added tail lights.) The alternator had no problem.
Just figured that an older generator would be better suited to this application thinking it would require less RPM's to produce the necessary charge when compared to a newer alternator.
Generators are unreliable, brushes wear and they would have mechanical regulators with relays.
I have yet to see a car that cant do a good charge at idle with an alternator.
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