Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
Dave, do you run your stuff with the engine off? If not, your buddy is missing the point. While the engine is running, the alternator is powering your stuff and the battery just serves as a buffer during the short times your engine rpms are down...while you are at stop lights, for example. The battery is just a "tank" holding electricity. When it is empty it must be refilled...by the alternator. When you're running the battery gets "refilled" and then just floats on line handling short term shortages of electricity such as rpms down for a short time.
[I]"Older people who are reasonable, good-tempered, and gracious will bear aging well. Those who are mean-spirited and irritable will be unhappy at every period of their lives.
"Let each of use properly whatever strengths he has and strive to use them well. If he does this, he will never find himself lacking."[/I]
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