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Electric power availability question

With the truck in my sig, I power nothing more than stock with the current electrical system. I dont know what the alternator puts out, or if it even says. What I want to do is add a 12v 250-400 watt pad heater to my veg filter and would like to know if I can do this or if I would need a high output alternator. I wouldn't flip the heater switch until after I have started the vehicle so the glows and all would be off. or shoudl i be looking at amps?

Also, what do I wire the heater to, a battery or the alternator? Is it ok to hook it to one battery only?

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1995 PSD, ext cab, one wheel wonder , 297k miles, 30k on wvo. totaled 5/8/11 RIP This truck is for sale as a parts truck (Jason is about to receive forged rods, and drop kick his PMR's)
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You should have no problem running your vegy heater. you can power it off the passanger battery. Iam powering 6 kc lights that way just use a relay and a fuse for protection.

1997 F250 XLT CC PSD 4X4 4.10LS E4OD (AB CODE TRUCK)
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4" TURBO BACK DI EXHAUST
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GAUGES,EGT,TRANS,BOOST,OIL TEMP,OIL PRES,WATER,VOLT
SONNAX VALVE/TRICUMULATER SPRINGS
30,000lb TRANS COOLER:
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QUAD POD WITH EGT,TRANS,BOOST,WATER
140V IDM
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fuse, good idea. ok, so any idea how much available power i have before i need an alt upgrade?

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Late 99 (2/99) Black F250, CC LB 4x4 Lariat 214k. All Stock for the moment...

1995 PSD, ext cab, one wheel wonder , 297k miles, 30k on wvo. totaled 5/8/11 RIP This truck is for sale as a parts truck (Jason is about to receive forged rods, and drop kick his PMR's)
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I think our alt puts out 180 amps,my 6kc light draw 150 watts each,have not had any problems running them.Have had them on the truck for two years now.

1997 F250 XLT CC PSD 4X4 4.10LS E4OD (AB CODE TRUCK)
DFUSER 18K MOD
4" TURBO BACK DI EXHAUST
1705 SUPERCHIP
DIY INTAKE
2" LEVELING
GAUGES,EGT,TRANS,BOOST,OIL TEMP,OIL PRES,WATER,VOLT
SONNAX VALVE/TRICUMULATER SPRINGS
30,000lb TRANS COOLER:
SWAMPS IDM

1996 F250 XLT EC PSD 4X4 4.10LS E4OD
1705 SUPERCHIP
DIY INTAKE
DB EXHAUST BRAKE
30,000LB TRANS COOLER
QUAD POD WITH EGT,TRANS,BOOST,WATER
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wow, thats larger than i thought. any idea what the truck uses stock?

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