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Unread 11-03-2014, 06:46 PM   #11
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I recently replaced my old “led bar” battery meter with a digital readout type. I wanted a readout that would give me an actual voltage reading indication of the battery pack (36v .. 6 x 6).

The old meter was virtually idiot proof ... just keep it in the “green” led area.

My question is what is the optimal voltage range that I need to be looking for on the digital readout. I’ve been told that a nominal voltage reading for the battery pack is the lowest that you want to discharge to ... in other words, not below 36.0 v on a 36v system ... and not below 48.0v on a 48v system.

Can anyone offer any assistance ... is 36v the minimum reading that I should be discharging to for reliable operation and battery life??

Thanks guys !

I've had my cart for a grand total of 1 day.

First thing I want to add is a volt meter. I'm leaning towards a Prosport round analog gauge but don't want to do this twice. I'd rather get the right meter the first time and be done with it so I can focus on my next mod.

I like the idea of a digital readout vs. the LED type. The LED type doesn't appeal to me at all.

The Prosport gauge is cheap AND is made in USA. I haven't been able to determine what SOC is indicated by the green to red transition area. (If you know it and can tell me that will save me the time to hunt it down!)

The idea of a digital readout that resembles the readout of my Fluke sounds REALLY nice too. (recommendations on model would be appreciated.)

Thanks to reading this post, I now know the voltage readings for SOC. Awesome.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:05 PM   #12
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I've had my cart for a grand total of 1 day.

First thing I want to add is a volt meter. I'm leaning towards a Prosport round analog gauge but don't want to do this twice. I'd rather get the right meter the first time and be done with it so I can focus on my next mod.

I like the idea of a digital readout vs. the LED type. The LED type doesn't appeal to me at all.

The Prosport gauge is cheap AND is made in USA. I haven't been able to determine what SOC is indicated by the green to red transition area. (If you know it and can tell me that will save me the time to hunt it down!)

The idea of a digital readout that resembles the readout of my Fluke sounds REALLY nice too. (recommendations on model would be appreciated.)

Thanks to reading this post, I now know the voltage readings for SOC. Awesome.
Go with a digital voltage meter; nothing else..... Scotty B sells a very nice one.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:23 PM   #13
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Go with a digital voltage meter; nothing else..... Scotty B sells a very nice one.
Excuse my ignorance. Who is Scotty B?

I'm brand new to this forum and to cart ownership.

I dumped a lot of money into my Harley early on going the cheap route that required replacing later with the "right/good" stuff.

I'm not going there with my cart. I want to get the right stuff the first time and not look back.
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Unread 11-03-2014, 07:31 PM   #14
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Excuse my ignorance. Who is Scotty B?

I'm brand new to this forum and to cart ownership.

I dumped a lot of money into my Harley early on going the cheap route that required replacing later with the "right/good" stuff.

I'm not going there with my cart. I want to get the right stuff the first time and not look back.
Scotty B is a forum member here who is also a site sponsor with his very own buggy bussiness.... http://www.cartsunlimited.net/
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Scotty B is a forum member here who is also a site sponsor with his very own buggy bussiness.... http://www.cartsunlimited.net/
Thanks for the link. The price looks great to me.

Back up battery?? Wow, there is so much to learn!! A backup battery strictly for 12v operations like a lighter receptacle and USB chargers would be ideal.

Any chance you could point me in the direction of how to install a backup 12v battery???

It sounds like I need to hold off before ordering the meter with TXT bezel until I learn about having a battery I can use to power standard 12v items. Keep in mind, it's day 1 for me so I have a LOT to learn!!
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Thanks for the link. The price looks good.
You can't go wrong with one of those meters. I have one and love it. Instant reading, water proof, shockproof, etc...
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You can't go wrong with one of those meters. I have one and love it. Instant reading, water proof, shockproof, etc...
It's a done deal. I'm getting one.

I'm guessing since mine is a TXT model, I can't install a backup 12V battery. Keep in mind, I'm a complete noob and learning by the minute.

The ONE thing I HAVE to have as my first mod is a battery indicator. I like the key switch option so the meter only operates when I'm using the cart.

My next mod would be a standard 12v cig receptacle and a 12v USB receptacle. SO much to learn!!

Once I get the meter installed, it's on to the next mod.
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It's a done deal. I'm getting one.

I'm guessing since mine is a TXT rather than a Series, I can't install a backup 12V battery. Keep in mind, I'm a complete noob and learning by the minute.

The ONE thing I HAVE to have as my first mod is a battery indicator. I like the key switch option so the meter only operates when I'm using the cart.

Once I get the meter installed, it's on to the next mod.
Do you mean a battery for accessories, because sure you can add one.

I have mine wired to the key switch, I think it's the best way...
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Do you mean a battery for accessories, because sure you can add one.

I have mine wired to the key switch, I think it's the best way...
Yes!! An extra battery for charging phones, running a laptop, etc. A separate 12v bat that allows me to wire a standard automotive receptacle for plugging in a 12v adapter. I'd also like to install an additional receptacle that has USB ports for 12v charging.

Since I know very little as a 1 day cart owner, where would I install the extra 12v battery on the TXT?

I expect when I'm done with my initial electrical mods that my TXT dashboard will have a volt meter and will also look like a 12V plug in board for whatever items can be charged via 12v cig type receptacles (2) and USB receptacles (2).

The 36V thing has me still scratching my head until I get my head wrapped around it.
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Just mount it in the bag well area. I converted my DS to 8-6V batts . 6 under the seat and 2 in the bag well. I can run all day long with very little battery drain. I got a rear seat w flop bed and I just fabricated a sheet of aluminum as a face plate to hide the battery. It looks professional and batteries are easily serviceable by just flipping the rear seat back.
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