High output alternator designs for extreme audio applications!
The HO high output alternator design is a new technology, self-contained, ultra-compact, commercial duty, engine-driven alternator which can be attached to any engine. This system uses a unique, electrically isolated hi amp alternator, which is built by HO, in the USA, to withstand the extraordinary stresses of hi amp extreme audio.
Design Features Provide Performance Benefits
The typical alternator is just not built like a HO high amp alternator (a key reason why we make this distinction rather than referring to them simply as alternators). Therefore, if quickly charging batteries is important, a HO high amp alternator is an ideal solution.
Unlike standard high-amp alternators most of which are designed to produce hi amps for a relatively brief period, like welding, a HO high amp alternator/alternator has been built to produce higher amps continuously --- an absolute necessity for extreme audio.
High-end audio draws many OEM charging systems to the limit.... massive aftermarket audio systems with megawatt subwoofers and enough amplifier power to shake houses for a mile radius.
Most enthusiasts now are taking audio to the extreme. If loud is good, louder is even better. Some of the audio systems can literally blow the windows out of a vehicle if they're cranked all the way up! At a recent "db racing" event (db stands for decibels), the HO sponsored "winner" recorded a sound level of 180 decibels............... louder than a 747 at takeoff.
How do these extreme audio enthusiasts power their systems? Special hi-output alternators are available for such applications, but most are reman units that require modifications before they can be installed.
HO has a better solution: high output NITRO Series alternators that are 100% new and are engineered to produce maximum amperage at lower rpms. This allows the charging system to keep up with the amplifiers and eliminates battery rundown.
Some of the units in HO's new NITRO Series alternator line can produce up to 300 amps, which is nearly triple the output of some stock units they replace. HO is able to accomplish this by computer analysis of the magnetics and windings for the stator and rotors. The air gap between the stator and rotor has also been minimized to ensure the highest operating efficiency.
To handle the heat, HO high output alternators have housings that are not plated with any coatings. Stators are wound with Nomex insulation, the same kind of heat shielding used in the NASA space program. Welded connections, which do not require coating with silicone (silicone hold sin heat), prevent corrosion and protect against heat and vibration. Also HO certified hi-efficiency diodes are used for maximum durability.
HO high output alternators also have smaller diameter computer modeled steel pulleys. This allows the unit to spin faster at low rpm and gives the unit a custom appearance. Best of all, these units fit the same as the original. No adapters, brackets or other modifications are needed for installation.
HO high output alternators are custom built products and are priced accordingly. But they offer significant savings over the long run when you consider the cost of replacing stock or remanufactured by "alternator-starter remanufacturers", units that fail repeatedly because they can't take the heat. Audio extremists who spend thousands of dollars on sound systems know the power of any system is the alternator and are happy to make a one-time investment in a high output alternator that can keep up with their amplifiers.
Other features of HO alternators:
But, that's not all! While it's definitely NOT a standard alternator, the HO high amp alternator can be used for:
HO makes the best high output DC power generating units in the world. In addition to producing large extreme audio amps, He's high amp alternators can also be used to efficiently produce very high, well regulated battery charging amps -- from 150 to over 800 amps in 12 volt systems, and up to 400 amps in 24 volt applications -- serving as high amp alternators or ultra high amp alternator systems.
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These design features do not, however, repeal any laws of physics, nor do they eliminate the necessity to follow good charging system design parameters. For example, you should not scrimp on the selection of proper voltage regulation and/or system protection components for a given application. Nor should you ignore over temperature protection, manufacturer's recommendations for charging amp/voltage, proper fusing, charge amp limiting/monitoring during bulk charge, etc.
These considerations are especially important if your are planning to charge a large battery bank (particularly a large AGM battery bank -- or battery banks made up of a more than three individual batteries wired in parallel) with a relatively small generating system. Such a system would be defined as one where battery capacity in amp-hours (AH) is more than twice the continuous charging capacity of a given alternator in amps. An example of this would be a 200A alternator being used to charge an 800 AH battery bank.
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One Year Limited Warranty
HO hi amp alternators are sold with a one year limited warranty which does not exclude commercial use. And our guaranteed overhaul / rebuilding cost policy further protects your investment in our equipment.
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