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Balmar 614 vs. ARS-5 Regulator

Looks like my old Balmar 512 regulator has bit the dust. I'm seeing anywhere from 15 to 18 VDC when it should be maxed at 14.3-14.4V.

Tech support at Balmar says the internal voltage sensor must be shot and recommended replacing with the ARS-5. Looking at online pricing the difference is only about $20, so why not go for the 614?

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Re: Balmar 614 vs. ARS-5 Regulator

Virtually identical setup as you... chose the 614. Why not have the extra features/programming for the small cost? Have not used the ARS-5, though, so YMMV
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Re: Balmar 614 vs. ARS-5 Regulator

614 can drive a higher field current and voltage (some alts require this). It has a dedicated "volt sense" wire not a shared power/volt sense. It has more programming options and IMHO is worth the $20.00 if for no other reason than the dedicated voltage sense wire.
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Re: Balmar 614 vs. ARS-5 Regulator

Great thanks!

Ordered the 614 will let you know how it goes. Should be a plug & play replacement, in theory that is....
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Re: Balmar 614 vs. ARS-5 Regulator

Just wanted to update this.

The old 512 was shot and the 614 is great, easy to program and works like a champ. The wiring was not plug and play like the factory said, but no big deal to change.

Thanks for the advice, well worth the extra $$
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Re: Balmar 614 vs. ARS-5 Regulator

Hello T37SOLARE, have you used both 512 and 614. What is the variation between 512 and 614 models, which is better from your point of view?

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Re: Balmar 614 vs. ARS-5 Regulator

I have an ARS 5 supporting a series 95 alt. I was going to get a 614 but the yard says it is not needed, the ARS has a very long sable track record.
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