Capacitor

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  1. goodprankfarva

    goodprankfarva I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie

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    What is the life expectency of a capacitor. Or is it something that will take years upon years to start failing?
     
  2. JRock10

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    i've got one in my truck thats about 7 years old.
     
  3. rebs

    rebs shares AIDS OT Supporter

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    hit or miss.
     
  4. FyreDaug

    FyreDaug lolswift

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    Ive had a cheapo one (2 farad 50 bucks) for almost 2 years. Been doing good, holding a stable voltage too
     
  5. sparq

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    Honestly it depends, I havent had any problems with some lasting 5+ years with no problems whatsoever, ive also had ones that shit a brick within 30 days; course can always send em back for replacement under warranty -- but its a bitch to be without em :o
     
  6. goodprankfarva

    goodprankfarva I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie

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    well i was wondering because i have had mine for approximately 2 years. and suddenly my bass cuts out for like 5 seconds then will come back on for 5secs, so on and so fourth after about 10 minutes of steady heavy bass. well im starting to think it is my capacitor being shot because my lights will now start to dim and shit. but then i think it could be my amp taking a shit because it was powering two jl audio w6's for a month or two with no problem. so A)my alternator is starting to get shitty--Hope to no end this isnt the problem...B)my capacitor is now just a piece of shit...(wouldnt mind if this was the problem...C)my amp is having trouble carrying these two subs...hope to god this is the problem because i have a new sub in the maill that will power my subs with no problem.
     
  7. High Voltage

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    your amp is overheating. that is why it is shutting off and turning back on. turn the gain down a bit and move it to a better ventilated for the lights dimming on a scale 1-10 (10 being worse) how bad is it?
     
  8. goodprankfarva

    goodprankfarva I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie

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    the amp dont shut off. the green light stays on. Its verrrry well ventilated. especially when my windows are down. the lights flickering use to be 0 now its about a 3. i mean not to bad, but its noticeable.
     
  9. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    i was told these things are worthless and a waste of money... any truth to this?
     
  10. JRock10

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    some people say so. It's not a fix in a large system (1000+ watts) by any means. But i think it's a useful investment for systems that run between 500-1000 watts that are running stock alternators and stock or stock style batteries.
     
  11. goodprankfarva

    goodprankfarva I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie

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    They are definately not a waste of money. I strongly recommend them actually. read up about them and you will see that they make it much easier on a number of things in your vehicle. mine went bad and i noticed many things that started happening. Headlights will start to dim with hard bass being the number once annoyance in my book. makes it much tougher on your alternator. while they probobly arent worth the money you par for them at best buy, or some other store like that. they are well worth the money you pay for one on ebay. ps. make sure you get the right size capacitor if you get one.
     
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    They are worthless.

    /story.

    -Do the Big3.
    -Replace stock battery w/ deep cycle (such as optima YellowTop)
    -Buy a HO Alternator
    -Add second deep cycle battery

    These are the proper steps in upgrading your electrical system.
     
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    i agree with ngsm, at the very least the big-3 and a deep cycle battery before a cap.
     
  15. goodprankfarva

    goodprankfarva I didn't think it was very realistic in the movie

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    total price for that? and total price for a capacitor.
     
  16. JRock10

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    ~$200+ for wire and battery. ~$100 or so for a cap. I agree with the big 3, in a large or small system. but i also stand by my earlier post, though. i still think that it (cap) can be useful under 1000 watts
     
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    a cap is defintly usefull under 1000 watts. I have just a 500 watt amp and big three done. And i'm running 2 farad to stop the lights from diming
     
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    i have a 100 farad pyle cap, will that make my system hit 200db?
     
  19. twistid

    twistid Banged By Super Models Moderator

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    those are good for 212db, if you hold your knees together... you'd be better off with the fosgate 25 farad.
     
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    they are DEFINITELY a WASTE of money for 99% of systems.

    they actually create a large load on your electrical system and compound the problem. When they discharge (very quick) then they become another burden.
     
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  22. bearsdidit

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    sounds like a plan :noes: lol, i was going to pick up a 25 fard RF cap because I like the way they loo and i would get it for free.
     

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