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Hi Output Altrntrs and Regs

I am in the process of upgrading the Main Engine charging system on Pelican, (Morgan 462) and am trying to decide between Balmar ($450) and PowerTap (Ample Power $300) Alternators, and Balmar Max Charge ($265) and Xantrex Max Charge 12 step ($250 - Heart''s new owner) Regulators- The system now has a Xantrex Link 20 and a 100/2 Pathmaker....
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Hi Output Altrntrs and Regs

IMHO, difference between Balmar and Ample Power is like comparing Florida to California sunshine, both companies are excellent choices. That said, I have been very happy with Balmar as I have owned both a single and a dual alternator manufactured by them and also have had two of their voltage regulators the last of which is a 512.

Personally I would stay away from Xantrex until that shake up settles down and the new products are around to stand the test of time.

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Both alternators are fine for the job. The only real plus I see for the Balmar is that it is extremely available. Everyone stocks them. Should you be in a tight spot it would be much easier to replace.
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