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Unread 09-07-2010, 07:13 AM   #1
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Default Radio and Light question

I have a neighbor with a 2000 DS 48v. The lights and the stero are connected direclty across two of the batteries and are not run through a voltage reducer. Is this the norm on a 48v system or should they be run through a voltage reducer?
The radio quit working and the shop that installed it did not use an inline fuse on the positive to the battery. I assume they did not use one since the radio is for 12 volts and it was being supplied with almost 17 volts which would have burned it up. I have power to the radio but nothing past that.
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Unread 09-07-2010, 07:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Radio and Light question

Don't know what the "norm" is but I'm being told I should use a reducer to do the same thing vs. running off of the 12v power lead coming off of the 4th battery (mine are 4x12v) to run both because that will put more of a constant strain on a single battery instead of drawing off of the entire pack as a whole.

However, running the lights and radio on a single 12v source vs. a reducer should not kill the stereo. But running the stereo without the protection of a fuse does subject it to things that have the potential to "force the smoke out of it". And once you let the smoke out, they never seem to want to work again. LOL
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