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Old 01-10-2004, 16:23   #1 (permalink)
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What are some good brands of capacitors & when would you need to use one? Do Pioneer make one?

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I know Stinger make some of the best capacitors going , thats why I bought a nice one a year or so ago... I didn't end up using it though, but rymers has it in his EA and from what I've heard it has made a massive difference.
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Stinger, got one in the xf and it made a diifferemce.
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sorry for the car audio novice, what do capacitors actually do, ive heard alot about them, but never had it explained, or be bothered to ask
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They store a lot of charge and can deliver it to your amp very quickly, they are stored very close to your amp. When you turn on your stereo the capacitor charges up. When you have big bass music it ensures that there is always plenty of power available to be drawn, whereas there may be problem drawing so much power very quickly from trusty old car battery.
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A word of warning on the big 1+ farrad capacitors... If you wire them in backwards you'll blow a hole the size of a football in the side of your car. So be careful!

They do work and make a big difference, the bigger your sub/amp the bigger the difference. But for the huge cost a dry cell battery can be just as good and more useful.
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A word of warning on the big 1+ farrad capacitors... If you wire them in backwards you'll blow a hole the size of a football in the side of your car. So be careful!
I have seen a very small 12 volt capacitor go bang like a gun shot going off and make a mess, would hate to see a big one go off !!

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Re: Capacitors

Capacitors are somewhat of a bandaid fix on normal (re; not competition SPL systems). Basically they're a fast releasing power storage device.

In a perfect world they hold power and release it to the amplifiers when the going gets tough (electrically speaking).

But in reality for the amount you'll pay for a power cap it is much wiser to get a new gell-cell battery and alternator upgrade. :)
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For me my cap made a big difference as at the time my electrical system wasn;t really upto scratch. I agree that money can be better spent making sure your electrical system is sufficeint. A cap is a quick fix, upgrading to a dry/gel cell and making sure all earths have proper contact should be done aswell...
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"Capacitors are somewhat of a bandaid fix on normal (re; not competition SPL systems). Basically they're a fast releasing power storage device."

As Marty said they are a bandaid fix. Your much better off upgrading your battery/cables/alternator.

Also, if your using one in SPL, get rid of it! In SPL your worst enemy is voltage loss, once the capacitor releases all its power, then it tries to recharge off the battery...not good for SPL.
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