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T-Spec Capacitor

1.5-farad capacitor with red LCD meter

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Overview

Our take on the T-Spec Capacitor

T-Spec's 1.5-farad capacitor will help your vehicle's charging system keep up with your high-powered sound setup. 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.

Smooths out the bass

T-Spec's 1.5-farad capacitor will help your vehicle's charging system keep up with your high-powered sound setup. 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 1.5-farad cap for any sub amplifier delivering up to 1,500 watts RMS. Warranty: 1 year. 

Great product. It prevents my 93 4Runner from suddenly powering off while listening to my upgraded speakers without having to install and 2nd battery.

Robert, San Antonio, TX

What's in the Box:

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

T-Spec Capacitor Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(28 Reviews)

Damaged and poor terminal connection

Scott from Port Charlotte,Florida on 8/25/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Scary! Don't get me wrong Bill Crutchfield has sold a lot of quality audio components over the years. This product is not one of them! It's a nail biter! I installed this product above my batteries by my amps in my RV. I could not use the resistor provided in package it was damaged. A tech said use a regular resister and emailed me a color chart. The terminals came loose when I toyed to tighten it. The capacitor did not charge up! They are sending me new one but that's three days more before I can finish this. I am frightened that this unit is going to burn down my RV!! Don't buy this crap. Bill needs to discontinue selling these.

Pros: Can't think of any.

Cons: Not sure about manufacturer. Think the quality robot for this company is missing parts.

Worth it.

Robert from San Antonio, TX on 8/19/2017

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Great product. It prevents my 93 4Runner from suddenly powering off while listening to my upgraded speakers without having to install and 2nd battery.

Pros: Power

Cons: The resistor that comes included is small and can easily/accidentally broken due to it being translucent.

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Jordan from Somewhere in NC on 8/4/2017

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The capacitor seems to be working great! I have not noticed any dimming lights or other issues when the amp is hitting it hard. Would be nice if it was a bit smaller or maybe came in a 0.5 or even 1 farad capacity but at the time of purchase only 1.5 and 2 farad were options. Due to it's size and the fact that I was installing in a Jeep there really were no great spots to mount it out of the way and out of site. Also the way they have you charge the cap initially before connecting power is a bit awkward. The resistor which is essentially a light bulb could have used some thicker leads. They were very thin so they just wanted to bend and it made it hard to get a secure touch to the positive terminal of the cap.

Pros: Easy to mount Easy to read LCD display

Cons: Size options not great No protective cap to go over terminals and prevent shorting out Initial charging a little tricky resistor for initial charging needs stronger/thicker leads

Great product.

Vasilis from Lake Zurich, IL on 4/1/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Looks Great. Works Great. Price is Good. Shipping was Fast

Pros: Great Product overall

Cons: Ok brackets but I wish they were stronger

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Jonathan from Pittsfield, MA on 3/20/2017

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Works great and I'm pumping out almost 1200 watts

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Great Product

Ken from Cedar Hill, TX on 2/6/2017

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More than enough for my 900 watt system. I'm able to pound out plenty of bass with this unit.

Pros: plenty of storage

Cons: none

Great product

Claude from Olathe Ks on 10/1/2016

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Worked just perfect, my sub has all the power it needs to preform at peak levels.

Pros: Easy to install Looks great Preformed awesome

Cons: None

Yep Yep

Free2worship from Orlando, FL on 5/31/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I added this capacitor with the initial install of 2 Kicker Comp 12s and a Spirit DNA DNS18 1500W Peak amp. I do NOT do a benchmark test without a capacitor. I can say that I have no issues with sound quality nor with power consumption. On a side note, this thing looks awesome.

Pros: Sound is outstanding. Visually stunning.??

Cons: None. (I did not do a benchmark test without the capacitor)??

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thrax from usa on 4/17/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Well represented. Works as advertised. Volt meter is a neat touch. Reads accurately.

Pros: Large wire terminals. Volt meter.

Cons: Cheesy plastic mounting brackets

Great for a while

Michael from oak harbor, WA on 3/23/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

disconnected battery for a while and discharged it.. now I can't charge it and the display just blinks all the time..

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No more cut offs

Kicker from San Antonio on 3/3/2016

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Works great and easy to install, saved my system from the annoying cut offs from drawing to much power

Pros: Easy install

Cons: A little larger than I expected but more than worth it

Power reserve and cool and useful LED display

MikeM from Virginia on 1/9/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is my third subwoofer installation. I've been an audio hobbyist since the 60's and am a repeat customer at Crutchfield. - T-Spec 1.5 farad Capacitor The LED display/lights are pretty cool and useful and the input terminals are large. I used 4AWG power cables. You will need an allen wrench for the terminals. There was no resistor or light bulb supplied with this product for initial charging. I had to use a large old resistor (100 ohms) to initially charge. Used with: - Pioneer TS-W311D4 12" dual voice coil subwoofer - Sound OrdnanceT Bass Bunker BB12-125S sealed enclosure, 1.27 cubic feet - Rockford Fosgate Power T600-2 - Rockford Fosgate RFK4 wiring kit

Pros: Size, power terminals Cool and useful LED display

Cons: There was no resistor or light bulb supplied with this product for initial charging. I had to use a large old resistor (100 ohms) to initially charge.

Needed with any high watt system

Rob from New Jersey on 12/11/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Looks coola nd functions great. Comes with mounting hardware and directions. Pretty simple to anyone that diy. Keeps y headlight stable when im at max. 1000 watt amp to two kicker 12s

Pros: Voltage reading, leds and mounting brackets

Cons: You have to supply the recomended distribution block (not too expensive and keeps things clean) interior lights still dim at times

What I needed, wrong container

Anonymous from Miami on 10/22/2015

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What I needed just wrong container, a tad too long, had to modify a little the area, but at the end, is doing its job perfectrly

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No bad

MJ from Illinois on 5/31/2015

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Love it my sistem runs like a champ my head lights does not dim down with the bass Playing At max volume this capacitor it looks cool and does his job.

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nickdio from norwich, ct on 4/12/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works great

Pros: Led display, comes with mounting hardware and easy to fillow directions, great price

Cons: Doesnt give accurate voltage reading

Great product

Teka from Texas on 2/19/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Works well and my lights dont dim. Helps stabilize my amp. I have a very old punch 250a2 that draws a lot of current and this help a lot.

Pros: looks great, works great.

Cons:

Works as expected

Brent from Doylestown, PA on 10/12/2014

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The capacitor came with it's own distribution block which made installation a breeze. LED lights look great and the cap works as expected.

Pros: Easy to install, looks great

Cons: None

The service is great. This product helped with the lights dimming,but

Wick from Okc ok on 10/7/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Good but there is better.

Pros: Really does work.

Cons: Lights are still dimming.

Great product

Neno from Mount Prospect, IL on 8/2/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The product works great. LED voltage reading is a nice feature. This unit doesn't have a 3rd terminal, which was something mentioned in another review (not sure if it was on here). It's a 2 terminal cap.

Pros: Does what it should. Includes enough hardware.

Cons: None yet.

Awesome

Bige94 from Wakeeney kansas on 7/18/2014

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This item is great and easy to install comes with everything needed it really improves bass response

Pros: Easy install All parts included Bright led display

Cons: None

Good

Anonymous from Brooklyn NY on 7/5/2014

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Good

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Nice unit

Anonymous from Lincoln Ne on 7/1/2014

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Nice cap, easy to set up, clamps are a bit cheesy. Keeps my lights from dimming.

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Jason from Sterling va 20164 on 4/30/2014

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Looks awesome and does exactly what it needs to do!

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huge

kenp from Bradenton fl on 4/19/2014

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Does what it is suppose to do

Pros: Works well Nice led numbers

Cons: Massive.

cool looking

joe from va. on 3/24/2014

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love the look of this thing,does what it's suppose to.its just the wow factor of seeing it.

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mfolta from Laddonia, MO on 12/16/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I'm certain the capacitor will do the job that it is intended for, just for my application I do not like it.

Pros: 1.5 Farad should prevent the head lights from dimming.

Cons: No protective cover for the power terminals-must be mounted with decent clearance to prevent shorts.

Helps out

Anonymous from Ms on 8/19/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does what it says. Helps out with headlights dimming and keeps voltage up about 1.5 volts more than without.

Pros: Does what it claims

Cons: Big and bulky. Needs to be smaller.

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Product Research

Features

Overview: This T-Spec v6-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 v6-series digital capacitor has a rating of 1.5 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.

Terminals: The capacitor features an impact-resistant polycarbonate cover with two terminals on the top that can be tightened/loosened with the supplied 5mm Allen wrench. You should use power and ground cables that are equipped with ring terminals with 1/4" diameter or larger holes.

Voltage Meter: This capacitor has a digital voltage meter on the top to help you monitor your electrical system's performance. Once current fluctuation ceases, the display will turn off and go to sleep. In order for it to turn back on, it must sense current draw again. 

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 1/2-watt, 1000 ohm 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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

for added power and save battery[ Thomas  Sep 07, 2017 ]
preventative measures during possible power surging[ Matt  Aug 11, 2017 ]
I plan on adding a few light bars to my 4Runner and I don't want my headlights dimming while listening to music.[ Robert  Jul 25, 2017 ]
Adding new amp.[ Alan  Jul 09, 2017 ]
Relieve pressure from main Battery[ Willie  Jun 02, 2017 ]
price and customer service representatives always know how to answer your questions[ Rhonda  Apr 27, 2017 ]
I choose this capacitor due to older car problems I have run into. Yes this Camry is a lot newer but I rather be safe then sorry.[ Daniel  Mar 15, 2017 ]
I bought this to try to see if my power drag would be solved[ Mikhail Salter  Mar 12, 2017 ]
First capacitor i am trying out.[ todd  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Used it before, no issues[ Damien  Oct 28, 2016 ]
I chose the capacitor to take some of the load off of my OEM battery during peak wattage times.[ M  Sep 30, 2016 ]
added another amp so I'm over 1000 watts in power.[ Claude  Sep 06, 2016 ]
M-azing[ jorey  Apr 16, 2016 ]
This met the parameters of the amp.[ Kenneth  Mar 26, 2016 ]
needed one its the only one they carry[ Jennifer  Feb 21, 2016 ]

11 questions already asked

If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer, or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Sep 05, 2017 ]  Staff
The capacitor stores energy, so it will stay lit even when your car is off.[ chris  Mar 23, 2017 ]
I think it's normal. Mine does the same thing. It's under the rear seats and I notice its lit whenever I get in or out of my vehicle.[ KEVIN  Mar 23, 2017 ]
Gauge is wire size. Don't really understand your question but your going to run power wire from battery to capacitor then power wire from capacitor to amp. Then ground wire from capacitor to a good ground & same with amp. Hope this answers your question[ Nick  Mar 05, 2017 ]
Yes you can run a capacitor with this setup. I would suggest installing one on sub amp just to take some load off electrical when sub hits.[ Nick  Mar 05, 2017 ]
Yes you can.[ jorey  Feb 12, 2017 ]
Absolutely[ GEORGE B. VON  Feb 11, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. The manufacturer lists the dimensions as: Diameter: 2.985" Length: 10.25"Hope that helps.[ Kenny  Jun 29, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes. I am running 3 high current amplifiers by Hifonics. 100 watts x 2 @ 15 amps, 140 x 2 @ 30 amps and a mono amp 200 x 1 @ 30 amps. Works great.[ Cyprian  Mar 21, 2016 ]
No. Your capacitor will stay charged as long as your alternator is good.[ DAVID  Sep 26, 2015 ]
Im not an EE, but capacitors store energy and it acts as a buffer between your stereo and the electrical system in the car. If your Battery drains, and/or is replaced, it will automatically store up energy again once you fix your battery. Capacitors are in appliances, computers and a whole bunch of things.[ MICHAEL  Sep 23, 2015 ]
Depends on how long your battery is dead. If you already have it installed, just replace the battery and it will draw what it needs. If you're reinstalling after installing a battery use a 1k-ohm resistor to trickle charge it. honestly you don't have to trickle charge it but you'll get a large spark if you don't.[ ROB  Sep 23, 2015 ]
NO, I had to buy a new battery about four months after I bought my capacitor, alp I had to do was hook up the new battery and I was good to go.[ RICKY  Sep 23, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Feb 22, 2015 ]  Staff
Yes. Run the power wire connection from your battery to a power block, just connect the capacitor to the block and the amps to the block as well (the amps will draw from the cap if it needs current. I bought the capacitor after a lot of research and concerns with my cars electronics. I ran into some power problems that wound up being a bad ground from my amps to the car. Along the way I purchased a new XS power battery which helped a lot. I have an F150 and the alternator kept up with the demands of my system (I have alpine 600w x 1 sub amp, and a 100w x 4 amp). I don't even get a voltage drop out of the capacitor now even if I am running the system and all of my car's electronics. Long story short, I don't know if I needed the cap in my truck with the new xs power batter, but I think it was a smart move .[ COLIN A  Sep 09, 2014 ]
yes it can thats how i have it set up now just get yourself the wire connectors and little extra wire and youll be ok[ AFRIM  Sep 09, 2014 ]
yes it can. the capacitor isnt what is powering the amps but it acts as a storage device and it works great.[ THOMAS  Sep 08, 2014 ]
I installed one after I had installed my system bc of the headlights dimming. It's right next to the amp. Installation wasn't too complicated. My headlights still dim slightly but not as bad as before the capacitor.[ KEVIN  Mar 23, 2017 ]
It should be installed as close to the amp as possible.[ Eric  Sep 30, 2016 ]
What size amp are using too? [ Nick  Jan 11, 2016 ]
You will install this as close to the amp as possible. You will need wiring as big or bigger than your 4 gauge and you will need a distribution block to wire this in. This does not wire in line with the amp. And make sure you read the instructions on hook up, charging and discharging.[ TYLER  Dec 18, 2013 ]
positive[ JOSEPH F  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Positive to battery positive.[ DAVID  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Connect the power wire from the battery to the positive terminal on the capacitor. Use heavy gauge power cable, number 4 car stereo power cable if I'm not mistaken. Run the power cable to the amplifier from the positive terminal of the capacitor. Simply ground the negative side of the capacitor to your chassis, make the ground #4 power cable also and as short as a lead as possible.[ Billy  Dec 18, 2013 ]
The positive(+) terminal hooks to the battery. Take time to read the instructions for this item. One thing I didn't notice is that you will need a distribution block to wire this in. You don't wire this in line with the amp. Hope that makes sense. The instructions will tell you how to wire it in.[ TYLER  Dec 18, 2013 ]
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