Voltage Regulators with Higher Voltage than Stock

Grant Lenahan glenahan at vfemail.net
Wed Oct 19 15:38:06 PDT 2011

i thought this was for his dash - which IS a TO 220.

This thread is getting a bit old, maybe my memory fades.

On Oct 19, 2011, at 2:32 PM, Helge wrote:

> On Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:33:16 -0400, Grant Lenahan wrote:
>> you can also get a variable voltage regulator in a T0-220 case and set it to your own desired voltage.
> No, you can't. The voltage regulator in an alternator is not a plain
> voltage regulator. It regulates output voltage by adjusting the
> current flowing through the rotor windings. As a result, there is
> almost no power dissipation in the regulator, so it can handle output
> currents at several tens of amps.
> A TO-220 based voltage regulator would cook in an instant.
> -- 
> Helge
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