Is your black box an AC or a DC-CDI?
Here are a few tips:

  1. If the bike has no battery then it’s an AC-CDI
  2. What is the size of the CDI? ACCDI are smaller than DCCDI.
    Length=6cm then it’s an ACCDI, around 9cm it’s a DC-CDI.
  3. This method is not 100% reliable, some brands use big boxes for ACCDI

  4. Age of your bike? Old bikes are mostly AC whereas news one are more DC…
  5. Search in your Service Manual Technical Specifications for AC-CDI or DC-CDI mention.
  6. Look at the Wiring Diagram if the CDI is connected to the +12v line or only to the stator
  7. AC-CDI:

    DC-CDI: The Red wire goes to the battery throughout the main sw:

  8. What is the reference or serial number printed on the CDI? Google it
  9. Google your bike with ACCDI and DCCDI key words
  10. The only reliable way is to measure the voltage between GROUND and the POWER source input of the CDI while the engine is running.
  11. Ie: On a GY6 CDI measure between GND pin 4 and Power pin 6
    If 12 to 15volts DC then it’s a DC-CDI
    If 50 to 100volts AC then it’s an AC-CDI
  12. While the engine is running, disconnect the battery and the regulator,
    The engine stall because it has no more +12v then it’s a DC-CDI
    The engine still run because it’s powered by the spinning rotor then it’s an AC-CDI

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