Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Levelland, TX
Year/Make/Model: 1997 Vulcan LTD
And can someone tell me if stators are self exciting?
I believe that the alternator is a 'permanent magnet' type. The regulator simply shunts excess power back to ground. (i.e. it's wasted energy)
Have another look at the 'VSR's (Voltage Sensing Relay). I have worked in the boating industry for many years and you are right, the ones for boats, cars & RV's are waaay too big for your use. A VSR will connect the batteries in parallel only under certain conditions so the main battery is 'protected'. The VSR also has the advantage of no voltage loss like a diode based isloator would so it should be more efficient.
'97 EN500LTD 'Hidalgo'
181,000+ miles so far
SlipStreamer Enterprise II, Vista Cruise,
Fiamm air horns, Cobra Spots, LED Rider ProMod Spots, Drifter solo seat, Pro-Tac backrest, 17/42 sprockets, Darkside rear on 500A rim, ScottOiler, F&S luggage rack ,Throttle Rocker, Viking bags, Victory Vegas handlebars, Kuryakyn grips, LED & HID lighting, 4-gal AUX fuel tank, etc...
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