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Unread 08-15-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default 48v CC digital voltmeter install problems

New member here, I've searched several times and I haven't found any mention of this type of issue. Please forgive me if I've missed it in the searches.

Here's what I've got. 1998 Club Car DS 48v and I added one of these digital volt meters off of Amazon. (see pics) I have the voltmeter wired to the battery ground and to the switched part of the key switch so it turns off with the key. I charged the cart fully and turned it on and it's reading 46.4 volts. So I check the batteries with my handheld meter and I'm getting 49.8 volts. I measured the wires going to the new voltmeter with my handheld meter and I also get 46.4 volts, so I know the new voltmeter is accurate.

My question is why would the always hot side of the key switch read 49.8 volts like the batteries and the switched side read 46.4 volts? Is my key switch bad? I don't want to have to wire the voltmeter straight to the battery pack with a toggle switch if I don't have to.

Thanks for the help.

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Unread 08-15-2016, 10:04 PM   #2
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New member here, I've searched several times and I haven't found any mention of this type of issue. Please forgive me if I've missed it in the searches.

Here's what I've got. 1998 Club Car DS 48v and I added one of these digital volt meters off of Amazon. (see pics) I have the voltmeter wired to the battery ground and to the switched part of the key switch so it turns off with the key. I charged the cart fully and turned it on and it's reading 46.4 volts. So I check the batteries with my handheld meter and I'm getting 49.8 volts. I measured the wires going to the new voltmeter with my handheld meter and I also get 46.4 volts, so I know the new voltmeter is accurate.

My question is why would the always hot side of the key switch read 49.8 volts like the batteries and the switched side read 46.4 volts? Is my key switch bad? I don't want to have to wire the voltmeter straight to the battery pack with a toggle switch if I don't have to.

Thanks for the help.

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When you say you have the negative side of the meter hooked to "battery ground", where exactly do you mean? On the actual battery post? Or on a ground block?
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When you say you have the negative side of the meter hooked to "battery ground", where exactly do you mean? On the actual battery post? Or on a ground block?
I've tried both with the same results. I currently have it wired to the ground block under the driver seat.
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I've tried both with the same results. I currently have it wired to the ground block under the driver seat.
I'm not sure of your setup, but the ground block on a DS is typically powered by a voltage reducer (for your lights) on the negative side of the circuit. The black negative wire from your meter needs to be hooked directly to the battery or the "B-" post of the motor controller. Otherwise you're going to be reading reduced negative voltage.

With your multimeter set to 200VDC, Red probe on the green wire on the key switch, and black probe on the MAIN NEGATIVE battery post (Negative post on battery number 6, rear, driver's side battery on DS), what kind of voltage do you see?
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I'm not sure of your setup, but the ground block on a DS is typically powered by a voltage reducer (for your lights) on the negative side of the circuit. The black negative wire from your meter needs to be hooked directly to the battery or the "B-" post of the motor controller. Otherwise you're going to be reading reduced negative voltage.

With your multimeter set to 200VDC, Red probe on the green wire on the key switch, and black probe on the MAIN NEGATIVE battery post (Negative post on battery number 6, rear, driver's side battery on DS), what kind of voltage do you see?
You are THE MAN, David. I just went and checked the switch and I'm getting 49.9v on my multimeter. I'll extend the wire to the negative battery terminal tomorrow after work.
Thanks again for the help.
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You are THE MAN, David. I just went and checked the switch and I'm getting 49.9v on my multimeter. I'll extend the wire to the negative battery terminal tomorrow after work.
Thanks again for the help.


I could see the problem from here.
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