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Unread 09-15-2016, 06:57 AM   #1
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Default Battery wire question. With picture.

On my 48 volt system the first battery in the series has a red and blue wire connected to it. I have tested the voltage of the two wires and it is 12.58v.
Would you use these 2 wires to run accessorys or should I go ahead and purchase a power reducer? The reason I'm asking this is that it seems to me that using the the red and blue wires will only allow current to pull from one battery draining that battery quicker. If I purchase the voltage reducer it pulls power from all 4 batteries.
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Unread 09-15-2016, 07:13 AM   #2
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I am guessing you have a 4 battery 48 volt system. Yes it would operate your 12volt accesssory. Yes, it would place a larger draw on one battery causing a shorter life span. Since you would replace all batteries at once, it seems a no brainer to order a reducer from Revolution or ScottyB. Get a bus bar for Neg grounds and a fuse box. Do it right to start. Cost you about $125.
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Unread 09-15-2016, 07:14 AM   #3
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Default Re: Battery wire question. With picture.

99% of the members of this forum will say use reducer.
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Unread 09-15-2016, 07:27 AM   #4
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To answer you question, as you mentioned yes use a reducer, to pull off the entire pack and charge/discharge them evenly. Make sure to run the negative through the OBC or use the #10 that goes through the OBC so whatever is used off the converter is also counted by the OBC. (There is a extra wire on the back side of the pass through wire)
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Unread 09-15-2016, 08:00 AM   #5
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Reducer puts the load on all of the batteries instead of just one. Much better for the batteries. Reducers are not that expensive.
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Unread 09-15-2016, 08:36 AM   #6
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use a reducer or add another 12 volt battery for accessories only . i use a full size 12 volt battery in my DS . I have heard ppl using smaller 12 volt tractor/lawn motor batteries for accessories for they and easier to fit .
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Unread 09-15-2016, 03:55 PM   #7
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I recommend getting a reducer. However, it's important which accessories you plan on running. Lots of today's LED lights only pull a few amps. If you're gonna run LED lights and only use them every now and then, I'd have no problem running them on a single battery. If you're going to pull a heavy load often, get the reducer.
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I recommend getting a reducer. However, it's important which accessories you plan on running. Lots of today's LED lights only pull a few amps. If you're gonna run LED lights and only use them every now and then, I'd have no problem running them on a single battery. If you're going to pull a heavy load often, get the reducer.
This would be where I stand on advice... While building my cart I just had to have lights and a voltage reducer the whole 9 yards... My lights are still tied to 2 batteries as I use the cart so little at night I see no reason to go through the trouble re-routing the wiring. Oh and I needed a small fuse for the car trailer lights some time ago and the fuse used in the converter was just what I needed. I haven't been bothered to replace the fuse quite yet... Why? Don't need to be powering up the converter I'm not utilizing...
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Unread 09-15-2016, 07:59 PM   #9
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Exactly Teecro, it all depends on how much you use them. I've never run a reducer on any of my personal carts, but I've never owned one more than 4 months at a time. The only thing I use a cart for is deer season. I'll build one in September and sell it in January. I do it every year.
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I'll build one in September and sell it in January. I do it every year.
That's great...
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