T-Spec Capacitor

3.0-Farad capacitor with red LCD meter

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Smooths out the bass

T-Spec's 3-farad capacitor will help your vehicle's charging system keep up with your high-powered sound system. When the power of the bass threatens to overwhelm the electrical system, this cap quickly provides a jolt of stored power to keep the beat pounding and your headlights from dimming. And it recharges quickly, so it's always ready for the next hit.

Displays the voltage

A bright digital meter displays your system's voltage, so you can monitor how things are going and avoid overtaxing your vehicle's charging system. We recommend this 3-farad cap for sub amps delivering up to 3,000 watts RMS. Distribution-type connections on its top simplify the wiring of the capacitor and your amplifier. Warranty: 1 year. 

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  • 3.0 Farad capacitor
  • 2 Polycarbonate mounting brackets (installed)
  • 5mm Allen wrench
  • 4 Self-tapping screws (5/8" length)
  • Resistor bulb
  • User's Manual

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Overview: This T-Spec v8-series digital capacitor will improve the performance of your car's electrical system by acting as a buffer between the alternator and your amplifier. Stored energy from your car's electrical system is held in the cap and quickly released to the amplifier when needed. High current demand occurs when the music you are playing contains a loud, transient, deep bass signal.

Capacitance: This T-Spec v8-series digital capacitor has a rating of 3.0 farads. While you can never have too much capacitance, it is recommended that you use a capacitor with a minimum of 1 Farad for each 1000 watts of amplifier power.

Distribution Top: The capacitor features an impact-resistant polycarbonate distribution top with two 4 AWG positions on the positive (+) side and two 4 AWG positions on the negative (-) side. You can use 4 AWG or 8 AWG wire when wiring the capacitor into your system. The power/ground wire connections have set-screw terminals that can be tightened/loosened with the supplied 5mm Allen wrench.

Voltage Meter: This capacitor has a digital voltage meter on the top to help you monitor your electrical system's performance.

Reverse Polarity Protection: If the capacitor is wired incorrectly, you can damage your equipment or electrical system. To prevent this, the capacitor has an internal relay system which disables the capacitor and triggers a buzzer to sound.

Resistor Bulb: The capacitor comes with a resistor bulb which is used when initially charging the capacitor, and to discharge the capacitor when removing it from the system. You should keep the resistor bulb in a safe storage location when not in use.

Mounting System: The cap comes with a simple mounting system that lets you mount the unit vertically or horizontally, using the four supplied self-tapping screws.

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T-Spec Capacitor

Written By Jeromy, Chicago, IL on Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Affordable and efficient.

Pros: Easy to hook up and helps a lot when needing the extra juice.

Cons: Installation recommends 5-20 sec pre charge with the included light bulb before connecting. I believe it needs much longer to prevent an arc happening. Perhaps 2 min.

power when needed

Written By Stan, Michigan on Friday, August 15, 2014

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Deffinitley worth the money. I have had multiple capacitors and none of them were really that effective at controlling voltage regulation. Then i got this one and it delivers evertime its needed.

Pros: appearance. installation. quality.

T-Spec 3 Farad Cap

Written By Ed, LA on Thursday, July 31, 2014

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So far this is the one component I haven't had some type of problem with. Been in use for several weeks now and I haven't noticed any symptoms of reduced voltage like headlight dips. Person that helped me install the power amp said he had never seen a cap charge up so fast as this one.

Pros: Appears to be performing it's purpose successfully. The only component I haven't had an issue with so far.

Cons: None so far.

it works

Written By kcurtsinger, spring Texas on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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The product is fine and works. The only complaint is the bolts that hold down the wires won't tighten down properly. Its like they were stripped when I got it!!

Pros: Looks good and helps the lights

Cons: The screw downs are crap!

t-spec 3.0-Farad capacitor

Written By Juan, Santa Ana on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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Worked well lights still dim but at higher volume checked alternator and its going south so need to replace it. Hopefully after that all will be good.

Pros: Has 2 terminals for power and ground no need to buy a distribution block to install

Cons: none

T-Spec Capacitor

Written By Anonymous, IOWA on Friday, March 14, 2014

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Received it with manufacturer packaging old and falling apart. No glue to keep plastic window in place and would've been a good product I think. Bulb was shattered upon arrival. Crutchfield handled my return great and got a full refund.

Cons: Packaging


Written By Dvargas1123, South Plainfield, new jersey on Saturday, February 15, 2014

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My headlights still dimmed, however I had a 1 farad cap on earlier which would drain and shut off my amp, so I had to upgrade to the 3 farad, no longer turned off, so that's a plus. I recently blew my inline fuse however so that's where I'm at now

Pros: No longer drains and shuts off amp

Cons: Headlights continue to dim

T-Spec Capacitor

Written By Anonymous, Lewis Center, Ohio on Sunday, October 27, 2013

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Does everything that is says stops headlights from dimming would definitely recommend to anyone.

Cons: none

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