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Unread 06-06-2011, 10:15 AM   #1
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Cool Another Question regarding lights

Recently you all helped me with an issue of the golf cart not charging as we thought it was a fuse issue which became more of a cleaning issue.

Here is what I have 95 Club Car 48 Volt system. When I purchased it a couple years ago I had lights installed. He did this without a 48 to 12v reducer. I recently replaced the batteries. I have tried hooking the lights back up to the batteries to the exact same place which they were hooked up to and the lights still do not work.

I believe the lights are 12 volt I also want to add a horn to this cart is there a way of doing this without spending 140 for a 48v/12v reducer.

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Unread 06-06-2011, 10:25 AM   #2
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Default Re: Another Question regarding lights

Typically you have 6/8v batteries in a 48v cart.
You can get 16v from any 2 batteries in series. The extra voltage will shorten the life of the light bulb and the if you use them often, the extra drain will create a pack imbalance which will shorten the life of the pack ~ Making the cost of a voltage reducer look cheap!
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Unread 06-06-2011, 11:37 AM   #3
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i agree with scotty.......you should be able to find a reducer cheaper than 140 or if its an option put a good 12 volt battery in the cart to run your lights and horn off of.............................
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Unread 06-06-2011, 12:00 PM   #4
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You can buy a 24v to 12v reducer on ebay for less than $20.
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Unread 06-06-2011, 12:21 PM   #5
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i agree with scotty.......you should be able to find a reducer cheaper than 140 or if its an option put a good 12 volt battery in the cart to run your lights and horn off of.............................
That is what I'm planning on doing with mine. I'm using a Marine (boat) battery and leaving the Cart Batteries alone so that I can get the best life out of the battery pack. I'll charge the Marine Battery with a car battery charger when it needs to be charged.

Honestly, like Scottyb said, it's just not worth taking the chance of ruining an expensive battery pack for a set of lights (and a radio later) to me.

Hope this helps,
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Unread 06-06-2011, 01:18 PM   #6
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You can buy a 24v to 12v reducer on ebay for less than $20.
The whole point of using a battery voltage reducer is to draw evenly off of the whole pack. Trojan battery has informed me that drawing off of 2/6s for 12v or 3/8s(24v) for accessory power will cause an imbalance in the pack which will have a negative effect on the useful lifespan of the whole pack.... but hey ~ That's just Trojan Battery Company talking, not me.

Club Car produced carts with a 16>12 reducer in them for many years and the CC guys will tell you that the 2/8v batteries connected to the reducer almost always failed first and drug the rest of the pack down with them... as Shadowman or OLDMEC

Another nasty scenario comes when recharging a pack with 2 batteries that have been drawn down lower than the other 4 ... the 2 low ones take longer to recharge than the 4 not so low ones.... since the charger or OBC is waiting for an overall voltage to turn off at ~ it continually over charges the 4 good ones and leaves the 2 bad ones a little low ........ this happens each time you recharge. It is hardly noticeable at first but, the difference grows with time.
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Unread 06-07-2011, 01:12 PM   #7
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Scottyb, From the wiring of my CC it appears that going in reverse uses only half the batteries. If this is correct, then how does backing up effect the pack?
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Unread 06-07-2011, 02:12 PM   #8
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then how does backing up effect the pack?
it murders them. slowly.
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