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Stators put out maximum amperage all the time.

If it is not used by the system, the regulator shunts it to ground. Therefore, the excess is wasted and the regulator gets hot.

IF you put more load on the system than the stator can supply, the effect will be to discharge the battery.

Install a good voltmeter and watch to see what happens. Turn on your heated vest, or gloves, individually and see how that effects the battery voltage.

If you are cruising at highway speeds, the battery should be at 13.6 or higher depending on temperature. When cold, or first started, the regulator should allow the battery to charge up to about 14.3+ volts. As the engine/stator/regulator warm up the voltage will decrease down to about 13.6 IF the stator is turning fast enough to produce maximum output.

As the stator RPM decreases the available current produced will drop. As you ride your bike and watch the voltmeter, you will become accustomed to how the system performs in "normal conditions".

~ John


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