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Unread 06-17-2013, 01:08 PM   #1
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Currently my voltage reducer(10amp) is hooked up to my lights and is hooked in with my key switch. I want to add a stereo. Do I want to get a separate reducer with a higher amp rating for my stereo?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 02:43 PM   #2
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I would say yes but someone with more knowledge about reducers will jump in
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Unread 06-17-2013, 03:10 PM   #3
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Yes, you will need more amps.
I wouldn't add another one, but rather get a new 30 amp model and hook all your accessories to it. Scottyb on here sells an excellent reducer on his site. If you add a reducer to your existing setup, two reducers will be pulling from the pack which will drain it more quickly.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 03:30 PM   #4
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Sorry, my reducer is a 20 amp. Will this workfor me?


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Yes, you will need more amps.
I wouldn't add another one, but rather get a new 30 amp model and hook all your accessories to it. Scottyb on here sells an excellent reducer on his site. If you add a reducer to your existing setup, two reducers will be pulling from the pack which will drain it more quickly.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 03:34 PM   #5
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Ok, if its a 20 amp, it may work. I don't know how many amps radios pull, someone will know...
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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:31 PM   #6
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Ok, if its a 20 amp, it may work. I don't know how many amps radios pull, someone will know...
I am guessing a straight radio without an Amp will be fine. Doesn't most radios push around 40-50 watts? Could he at least try it and upgrade if he keeps tripping the reducer?
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Unread 06-17-2013, 10:39 PM   #7
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I am guessing a straight radio without an Amp will be fine. Doesn't most radios push around 40-50 watts? Could he at least try it and upgrade if he keeps tripping the reducer?
I honestly don't know what radios pull...
Sure, he could try it, but it wouldn't trip it, it would burn it out.
But I think it would be worth a try.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:12 PM   #8
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Check the fuse rating on the stereo You are thinking of installing. The current draw will be a little less than the fuse rating the radio came with new.
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Unread 06-17-2013, 11:40 PM   #9
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To figure amperage take the total wattage and divide it by the voltage used to power the device. For example a 1500 watt hair dryer in a home with 120V outlet will draw 12.5 Amps
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Unread 06-18-2013, 12:29 PM   #10
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I have a 30 amp reducer and have run headlights, 12v rope lights and the stereo, all at the same time and had no problem. Used the cart to take 4 people around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Used the stereo to play Ray Charles Christmas album. All went well....
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