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2.0 Farad Capacitor

I have a the capacitor in the subject and I am using a Sony xplode xm504z 500 watt amp along with a bt5100 sony head with a hd module as well as a satellite module. I would like to add another possibly 3to 500 watt mono sub amp. Can all the power wires that need to go to the battery directy be hooked to the Capacitors distribution block or is it for one amp only. Can 2 amps be hooked to one capacitor?

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The answer is yes, any amount of amplifiers can be hooked up to a cap. Obviously the more amps you hook up to it the less you are going to nodice the difference with the same amout of farads. The only thing that I am worried about is the wiring from your battery to your cap. As long as you have a decent gauge wire running back you should have no problem. And for this instance I would recommend 0 guage, you might be able to get away with 4 but I would highly recommend 0. Over all I would recommend 0 guage on all installs unless you are going small and don't plan on upgrading. I hope I could help
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