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The Balmar MC-614H - Features That Matter:
The Balmar MC-614 is one of my favorite alternator
regulators. Why? CUSTOM PROGRAMMING! There is almost nothing in the
MC-614H that can be tweaked and I strongly advise taking advantage of
these programming features.
The Max Charge 614 replaces the venerable MC-612H.
The 614 features an easier to program user interface, a faster processor
and an all new adaptive alternator temp sensing circuit.
Adaptive Alternator Temp Sensing:
When the optional alternator temp sensor is used the
MC-614 will find the maximum output the alternator can safely run at,
for the surrounding ambient temps, and the demand being placed on it.
Other external regulators simply cut the alternator
current by 50% or by 100%, when they are over heating. As such
competitors regulators will ping-pong back and forth off the high temperature limit;
100% Output > Drop to 0% > Back to 100% > Drop to 0%, on and on and on
100% Output > Drop to 50% > Back to 100% > Drop to 50%, on and on and on
This antiquated method of temp sensing digs into
alternator performance and becomes very, very annoying. In contrast the
MC-614's processor decreases alternator current in small increments
until the optimum output is attained to maintain the temp at a safe
level. As the alternator cools or accepted current drops off the output
increases to maintain the highest output possible at all times. Adaptive
Temp Compensation means you get the fastest possible charging.
Dual Battery Bank Temp Sensing:
With the optional battery temp sensor the MC-614 not
just monitors the house bank for battery temp, but can also monitor
your starting battery too.
Belt Manager / Amp Manager:
The Balmar regulators allow you to set the maximum
field potential for current limiting the alternator to allow for better
alternator cooling, longer alternator life or belt constraints. This is
really one of the most useful features out there. For instance if you
want to upgrade your alternator but can't afford the serpentine
conversion right now, no problem buy that 165A alternator and simply
reduce its output to handle your single 1/2" belt. When you finally
install your pulley kit revert to a higher alternator output. Do want to
maximize alternator life because you sail or venture far off the grid?
No problem, buy the next size up alternator and reduce its maximum
potential by 10% or 20%. Your alternator will barely break a sweat.
Remote Voltage Sensing:
The MC-614 features an additional non-current
carrying positive remote voltage sensing wire so it can sense the actual
delivered voltage at the batteries as opposed to the back of the
alternator. When the regulator negative and regulator volt sense wires
are fed directly to the bank being charged charging performance can be
increased by 20%-40% or more when compared to self sensed alternators.
The volt sense circuit allows the regulator to compensate for voltage
drop between the back of the alternator and the battery bank.
-Intelligent multi-stage regulation
-Fully Programmable Including Custom Settings
-Digital Numeric LED display
-Epoxy Encapsulated Circuitry With no Fan
-Includes 54 Inch Wiring Harness
-Enough Field Current to Drive Twin Alternator Installations
-Use with P-Type Externally Regulated Alternators
-Small Engine Mode
-Adaptive Temp Sensing
-Belt Manager / Amperage Manager
-Magnetic Programming Tool Included
-Equalization Charge Capable
-Optional Alternator & Battery Temp Sensors (MC-TS-A & MC-TS-B)