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Originally Posted by Ripper
Your battery only provides 4.8 Amps for one hour. However this would not prevent the bulb from lighting up since the battery should be able to provide 9.6 Amps for 30 minutes but because this is outside the battery's recommended rating there is a risk of damage to the battery.
HIDs not my thing either - I prefer to optimize the incandescents with
a) Improved wiring with relays to avoid voltage drop to the lamp
b) more efficient bulb of standard wattage
c) improved lens/reflector.
however 4.8Ah rating does not really mean the battery will supply 4.8A for one hour - nor will it supply 9.6A for 30 mins.
The way Ah rating is calculated is from the maximum current the battery is capable of constantly supplying over a period of 20 hrs before it depletes to 80% depth of discharge; for a 4.8Ah battery that means it would sustain 240mA for 20 hrs.
But for the sake of simplicity I guess, the ratings are calculated on a linear scale, ie. double the current being drawn and you halve the time over which it can be drawn.
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