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I have 2 x 7 volts. Need to rectify to 14 volts to charge the battery? Yamaha 250cc engine on a home made quad frame.

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You should install a rectifier/regulator.
It's a small cast aluminium block, with a 4wire-connector:
2 to the charging coil ( where you measure 2*7volts ) 1 to the frame ( black ) and 1 wire to your main circuitry ( red )
You can take it from any 12v motorcycle. Sometimes, the aluminiumcasing is the ground ( no black wire ). Check that you allways have a good connection to the frame ( grounding ) in both cases.

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