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Re: Charging time and charger output
As usual, MaineSail has it exactly right!
The information cited from the NOCO site is totally wrong.
- you have a flooded golf-cart battery bank totaling 450AH (4 T-105s in series/parallel).
- this bank is at 50% state-of-charge
- your 120 amp alternator with external smart regulator is putting out 112 amps @ 14.8 volts (about 25% of the AH capacity of the house battery bank)
- you wave your magic wand and switch to an alternator having a 1,000 amp capacity
- this huge alternator is now putting out 112 amps @ 14.8 volts....same as the smaller one
Because, as Maine said and anyone who's experimented a bit with charging voltages and currents can tell you, the batteries will only accept so much charging current at a given voltage and state-of-charge.
It doesn't matter a whit how large your charging capacity is....the batteries will themselves limit the charging current.
It takes hours...sometimes many hours....to reach a full charge.
And, in this example, they won't reach full charge a minute faster with a 1,000 amp alternator than they will with a 120 amp alternator, given the same charging voltages.