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Powermaster supplies Marken Performance with alternators and starters for everyday use or racing. Powermaster's 12si family of alternators is not only a great high output replacement for early GM 10dn and 10si alternators, but they work remarkably well in the generator to alternator conversions. The one-wire alternator, identified by the single post in the rear of the unit, is the easiest to install and wire into an existing charging system. A generator creates energy by rotating a conductor inside a stationary magnetic field. Alternators create their movable energy more efficiently by rotating a magnetic field inside conductors.
3-wire alternators begin working when the ignition switch is turned on whereas 1 wire alternators work as soon as the sensing circuit built in the internal voltage regulator senses rotation of the alternator’s rotor.
A 1-wire alternator has a turn on point (sometimes called “cut in”, which is typically 1200 engine RPM’s). This is the speed where the internal sense circuitry connects the battery to the voltage regulator, thereby turning the alternator on. Once the voltage regulator turns on, the alternator will remain on and charging until the engine comes to a complete stop. Many of the Powermaster one-wire alternators can be used with the OE style plug if the removable cap is removed from the OE hook up slot. The one-wire charging wire is connected in the single pole sticking out of the back of the alternator. To ensure a proper ground it is recommended that you use a ground strap/wire and use the "optional" grounding strap threaded receptacle in the alternator’s rear case.
Suggested charging wire size (4-7 feet max):