[QUOTE=richardhula;574721]............Regarding drain on engine
power - this will only be at maximum when alternator
is producing max amps. QUOTE]
Yup. I can feel the power increase after the balmar regulator
gets to the last stage after getting the batteries charged. During bulk load, you can feel the drag.
It is a noticable amount of power...though not enough of parasitic drag that is interferes with normal operation.
Tip of the day... if you have a balmar
alternator/regulator. you should pick up a backup regulator
. Balmar has one that plugs into the balmar plug
in case your regulator dies. Pretty cheap
(maybe $50-60). Good alternative to carrying a full size (and expensive) reguator.
Our regulator died, after about 40 hours of use (but balmar did not replace it, as it was over the warranty period). When we were at a boat show
, the Balmar rep showed me a backup regulator he suggested to carry as a spare...and gave me one after he saw how agitated I was that they didn't replace my regulator under warranty especially with so few hours on it.