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  • Smart Alternator Test - Question regarding instructions
    By : Philip Merlier On March 2nd 2020
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    You state that we are to test the voltage twice. You then say the voltage readings determine what type of alternator we have. Questions 1) Is this for a fully charged battery that has not been sitting --- or does it make a difference? 2) Is the voltage reading result (that determine the type of alternator) that you refer to the first (after initial start) or second (after 5/10 minutes) reading? Thank you

    Replied by : Rayne Admin Hi, Thanks for getting in touch. Both of the voltage readings should be taken with the engine running. The reason we take two is as the smart alternators have a variable voltage, it is possible to take a reading whilst it's in a range which would appear the same as a traditional alternator. By taking two or more readings we lessen the chance of this happeneing. I hope this helps and if you get any more questions, please let me know. Thanks James.

  • Vsr questions
    By : Paul On February 17th 2020
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    Right im getting 13.5v at van battery ,i dident get to take for spin yet ,most likely a smart alternator? And also i bought a durite SMART vsr will this work with both non smart and smart?

    Replied by : Rayne Admin Hi Paul, Thanks for commenting. That sounds like it will be a smart alternator. Do you have a part number for the durite unit, it's not one we stock so I wouldn't be able to say. Most battery to battery chargers are fine to run with both old and new alternators. Thanks James

  • Split charger
    By : Glen On July 23rd 2019
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    Hi, what type of split carving system will I need on my 2014 Mercedes sprinter as I’m doing a van conversion, many thanks Glen

    Replied by : Rayne Admin Hi Glen, Thanks for your comment, I would say that it's likely to be the older style alternator, but I would definitely recommend carrying out the test to be sure. Kind regards James

  • alternator
    By : Mark sansom On April 6th 2019
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    so if you don't have a smart alternator is the ctek charger still ok? or is this for smart alternators only? regards Mark

    Replied by : Rayne Admin Hi Mark, Thanks for getting in touch. The CTEK will work fine with the older vehicles, it's a very good charger and will often charge faster and better than the traditional split charge relays. It's only if you have the smart alternator that you must have the CTEK charger, but it's great for all vehicles. I hope this helps James.