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Unread 05-06-2019, 10:31 PM   #1
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Default 48v on 36v Series Cart

Iíve been searching posts for the last hour and havenít seen anything on this.
Charged my batteries today and ran the cart for all of 10-15 mins then check all 6 of my 6v batteries. 4 measured 6.2 the other two were 4.3. Guessing two are bad.
Being that Iím going to have to replace two, Iíll just replace all. What does the congregation think about running 48v (6x8v) on a 36v series cart? Iíve heard it can be done but will generate extra heat at the motor.
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Unread 05-06-2019, 10:52 PM   #2
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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

Resistor or controller?
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Unread 05-06-2019, 10:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

Resistor. I’m a little concerned the resistors may get too hot and cool. But I feel like swapping to 48v could be the leader to an Alltrax and then eventually new motor.
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Unread 05-06-2019, 11:38 PM   #4
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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

I have never done it, but some have. Some say the resistors hold up. Most say they won't. I stayed with 36v.

But if I was going to go to 48v I would convert it to a controller cart.
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Unread 05-06-2019, 11:41 PM   #5
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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

I have had two (2) resistor carts, both friends of mine, and they were made 48v many years ago. One is still running today and the other ran for years until the Hurricane Matthew to it down into the wild blue yonder....

There is someone else active here that is running one that way but I do not remember who it is....
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Unread 05-07-2019, 06:55 AM   #6
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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

The old 36v five Solenoid setup was better for 48v since the Solenoid contacts can make and break DC current a lot better than the VGlide pads.

One way to extend the life of the VGlide at 48v is to run a second Solenoid that completely by-passes the VGlide and resistors board when the pedal is all the way down.

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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

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One way to extend the life of the VGlide at 48v is to run a second Solenoid that completely by-passes the VGlide and resistors board when the pedal is all the way down.
And let's be honest, that's probably the way it's going to be driven most of the time!
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Unread 05-07-2019, 11:29 AM   #8
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I'd do it. Get the 48V batteries. Run it until the toaster coils break and then convert it to a controller cart with an alltrax

Don't forget you will need a new charger too.
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Unread 05-07-2019, 04:53 PM   #9
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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

I’ve got an old resistor Marathon. Had a good battery pack, so I just added 1 more 6 volt to make it 42. Big difference in performance. With my step switch throttle I wasn’t brave enough to try 48 volts. Runs so good I’d hate to melt something.

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Default Re: 48v on 36v Series Cart

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The old 36v five Solenoid setup was better for 48v since the Solenoid contacts can make and break DC current a lot better than the VGlide pads.

One way to extend the life of the VGlide at 48v is to run a second Solenoid that completely by-passes the VGlide and resistors board when the pedal is all the way down.

i wish i understood this diagram more (mainly because im a putz).. id love to do this on mine
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