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Old 06-26-2009, 11:12 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Just got an email back. A 10 watt module would cost $36. If you buy 1000. For 10 at a time it would be $70 ea. Ouch. I think solar remains cheaper? :P

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Old 07-19-2009, 08:33 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I've thought about this alternator issue for a while, did couple of tests at idle and with alternator shut off ( not charging), my load at idle went from 17% to 16%, not much, but it's something. The thing that I would do is I would not recomend taking the alternator off completely, but put a switch on the regulator so it would turn the alternator on when it gets bellow set voltage and whenever the brake pedal is on ( hook it up to stop light switch), another thing is why can't we take out the 12.5v battery and install 14v battery? you would keep 14v with alternator off.
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Originally Posted by nemesis View Post
my load at idle went from 17% to 16%, not much, but it's something.
The alternator doesn't put out much current at idle RPMs.
Try the same test at normal driving RPMs.


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A few months ago I returned home just as my neighbor pulled into his driveway. It was cold (around freezing) with some rain and sleet, and he yells to me: You rode your bike? In this weather?!?

So the other day we both returned home at the same time again, only now the weather is warm, sunny, with no wind. And I yell to him: You took the car? In this weather?!?
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