AlumaPro C.A.P. 5
When discussing the products that you can buy for a vehicles sound system, a capacitor is probably the most misunderstood of the lot. Even when testing them, its hard to prove one better than another or what level of capacitance is needed for what size system. That said, you dont see us do a lot of capacitor reviews or even talk about then much. Thats because, for the most part, theyre really similar in every sense of the word.
Given this aforementioned rambling, why would I be talking about the AlumaPro C.A.P. 5? Well, its simple the combination of the level of capacitance with the design of its package make the AlumaPro C.A.P. 5 the most usable capacitor offered. All one needs to do is check the winners circle at the recent IASCA and USACi World Finals events, and one shall find the AlumaPro C.A.P. used extensively throughout the winners gear lists. Ask any of them, and youll most likely find that they agree with the aforementioned statement. When it comes to the user friendliness, its near limitless display possibilities, and its performance, the C.A.P. is at the top of its class.
Installing the C.A.P.
The Miatas original install utilized two 1.5-Farad capacitors that were terminated with large gold-plated bars. The only place that was available to install the capacitors without taking up precious cabin or trunk space was in the tunnel that connects the front and rear of the car. Since the fuel system was located on the drivers side, the caps needed to be placed on the passenger side tunnel, which was indeed suitable, since it was the side nearest the rear mounted battery. I originally selected 1.5-Farad capacitors because they provided me with the most capacitance that I could fit in the space. Overall, they performed well, but two more issues popped up in light of their install.
After completing extensive testing in my vehicle, I had come to the determination that what I really needed was 6-Farads worth of caps to get the system in peak condition. This was essentially determined by placing the caps in the trunk, and testing the system both sonically and electronically. The overall package wasnt something that would work due to the fact that when I drive this car, I really drive it...I needed something that would fit in the tunnel and be secure. In response, I obtained the 5-Farad AlumaPro C.A.P. 5 and installed it.
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So, what happened? It worked like a champ! I now have no issues with regard to cosmetics in the trunk, and the system maintains a perfect balance voltage-wise - no matter how hard I push it. I no longer experience the sonic annoyance of low voltage, and actually have no drain problem due to the C.A.P. That was the real benefit of the C.A.P., which I did not even realize at first theres no voltage drain when the system is off. It turned out that I had a problem with the original capacitors which taxed my Miatas small battery. Now, with the C.A.P., I have no starting or voltage problems...its always good to have added benefits!
For more information, contact AlumaPro at 630-543-6444, or visit www.alumapro.com.