Wednesday, February 25, 2015


I drove the other day with the headlights on for an hour or so and that ran the battery down to the point that it wouldn't crank the engine. Not good. I put an ammeter into the circuit and found that I was drawing 23 amps and asking a 20 amp alternator to keep up with it.

So there are 2 options: get a 40 or 50 amp alternator (300 to 500 bucks) or reduce the load. I chose the 2nd option and bought these two items:

I'll report back when I get them installed and measure the amps.