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So the big 3 is going in regardless. Just wondering what would be better ...a second battery ...or a higher output alternator.
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A higher output alternator would give you more amps available when driving, and up the idle current, a battery will give you longer pull time if you do a lot of idling listening to your tune; but if you can't keep up to the current draw when driving, you'll run into trouble as you can't charge the batteries AND listen to your music.

I'd look into your local shops, some may be able to respool your stock alternator to a higher amperage.
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my '09 alternator puts out 160
i run headlights 24/7
when i am on a job, i run 2 orange rotating lights, they are old school lights, no LED or Strobe, some days i run them for 13 hours straight
i also have a CB radio that is cranked up to 25 or more watts & i am on it constantly while on a job
my alternator handles it quite well & my stock battery seems to be doing quite well

most alternators can be boosted from 140 up to 160, when they come in a stock vehicle, they are set at what is considered a SAFE output, to give it a longer life
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How much wattage/amperage are you going to be pulling? Unless it's an outrageous number, the stock system can handle it.
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He's running a 2,000W stereo Randy, he has dimming and obvious power supply issues.
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Ah, ok. Then I would go with bumping up tha alternator output and using a Bat Cap like the ones Jared recommends. http://batcap.net/
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Adding a second battery, what you need to understand
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That's some great info Jared. And I'm with you on this one Randy, beef up the alternator. His Optima has a good reserve and cranking power, but still has the same lag when it comes to sudden current demands.
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I know Jared wants to flame me for this... but you can add a 1 farad capacitor and you'll be good, he's not a fan of caps, and neither am I, but to round out all the possibilities, I put it out there.
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