Some mechanics after having examined your vehicle may recommend installing a high-output alternator for better-continued performance. Additionally, when you go to a detailing shop and look to add specific power-consuming items like speakers or high-tech internal systems to your vehicle it is quite probable that they will recommend that you install a high-output alternator.
However, this obviously leads to the pending questions regarding what are high output alternators, what they do to your vehicle, and why you actually need one. Let’s dig deeper into this subject and answer these questions one by one.
What exactly is this part?
A standard alternator produces amps for the electrical output of your car whilst it is running. This is the reason why it is generally advised to have your engine on and running when using the radio, air conditioning, or other electronic equipment linked to your vehicle. In this way, your car can produce the amps that you need for the equipment you are using.
A high-output alternator differs only in its capability. Whilst a standard alternator might output just enough to cover your basic usage, a high-output alternator is specifically designed to increase the production of amps so that you have more electrical energy produced and at your disposal.
How much more energy does it really produce though? Well, production can depend on which version and brand you buy but a high-output alternator can produce up to and more than three times more amps than its standard counterpart. That is a lot more energy.
Why might you need one?
You might reason that if your car hasn’t run out of battery yet then you might not need a new alternator with more juice. However, just because you haven’t faced derelict tragedy yet, doesnt mean that you can use your electronics for as long as you wish. You remain limited by the power that you have and you run the risk of expending more energy than your car can produce.
This is why you should consider upgrading to a high-output version. On the one hand, it can ease your mind so that you are not constantly wondering if your car can handle the electronics you are using but also, it gives you the freedom to be able to include a lot more enhancements within your vehicle.
For example, if you wish to connect up TV screens in the back, a high output speaker system, or something of the likes, you will for sure require a high output alternator so that there is enough energy to go around without hindering the functions of your vehicle.