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I have connected 14V supply terminal from alternator to 12V battery terminal and has taken the load across these terminals . But the load is operating still in 12V, and when measured across the battery terminal it show 12V only. What is happening , why not 14V across the battery terminal.

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    \$\begingroup\$ We don't answer by mail. You post here, you read here. \$\endgroup\$ – stevenvh Aug 10 '12 at 10:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ The battery is a stiff load it takes a while to charge up. \$\endgroup\$ – kenny Aug 10 '12 at 11:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Is the engine running? What is the voltage at the alternator? How is that connected to the battery? Where is the drop? Perhaps re-phrase question Which battery? is there more than one? \$\endgroup\$ – user11355 Aug 10 '12 at 11:33
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Your alternator has a non-zero impedance, which is higher than the impedance of the partly-charged battery in this case. That's what causes the voltage to drop when the battery is connected.

Or, in other words: The alternator cannot deliver as much current as would be required to put the battery's terminals to 14V, so it delivers as much as it can and the voltage drops. - With higher rpm the picture (voltage) will likely change. Besides, note that an alternator -as the name suggests- produces (rectified) alternating current (AC) where peak voltage and RMS may differ, so be sure what you are measuring. (This is, by the way, one of the reasons why you should never run your car's engine without connected battery; the battery, like a giant capacitor, smoothes the system's voltage ripple and spikes away which would otherwise put significant stress on other electric components.)

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