Alternators have to turn about 3000 rpm before they start to really produce.
The typical automotive alternator turns three times faster than the engine. If
your engine is idling at 700 rpm it's below the point where the alternator
makes current and your warning light comes on.
If your engine turns 6 grand the alternator is turning 18,000 rpm's! So
Trevor, I think the answer to your question is that the bearings will fail
before the electronics. The output of an alternator is a straight line once it
gets up to speed and stays there throughout the rpm range.
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> On Feb 2, 2015, at 11:39 AM, Larry Macy via Spridgets
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> So how come my waring light comes on when at low RPMâ??s and I have a GM
>> On Feb 2, 2015, at 11:17 AM, tncarnut1 via Spridgets
>> <email@example.com> wrote:
>> If you're thinking that the output of an alternator varies with RPM, you are
>> mistaken. That is the functional difference between an alternator and a
>> generator. Generator output varies with RPM (why lights can go dimmer at
>> idle on some cars), alternator does not. If I misunderstood your question,
>> - David
>> Sent via the Samsung GALAXY SÂ® 5, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone
>> -------- Original message --------
>> From: Trevor Jessie via Spridgets <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> Date:02/02/2015 5:41 AM (GMT-06:00)
>> To: Spridgets <email@example.com>
>> Subject: [Spridgets] How can you kill an alternator
>> My real question is this : assuming the bearings do not fail, how fast can
>> you turn an alternator before it toasts something electronic? Is there a
>> huge margin, or are they engineered near their limited rpm?
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