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Unread 08-25-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Finding 12V Somewhere on the cart

I posted this as a reply in another thread, but thought I might get more looks here. Instead of buying and installing a separate battery for a small mortocycle amp I am trying to power up, I'd rather just locate 12V somewhere on my cart to tap into. Below is my situation:

Thanks. I was thinking of going that route as well. i just really didn't want to have to charge that acc battery separate - call me lazy, I know. All I want to run is a small motorcycle amp that I have mounted inside a tube, which has two 5 inch speakers mounted on each end. The amp is powered by a 12V "cigarette lighter" style male adapter, which has an inline power switch already. I've mounted a headphone adapter in the tube to plug in an ipod. So, i just need to find 12 volts somewhere on my cart to power the 12V cigarette lighter female adapter, which I plan to dash mount. I hate to buy/mount a separate battery for just that. I checked the voltage coming from the breaker that powers my winch and it's 15V, which i think is a little much for that small motorcycle amp. there's got to be 12V somewhere on that cart.
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Unread 08-25-2011, 11:30 AM   #2
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Default Re: Finding 12V Somewhere on the cart

36 or 48 volt cart? what year?..... if 36 you can just use 2 batteries if they are 6 volt and that will give you your 12 volts..........48 volt cart buy a 48 to 12 volt reducer and install it.....................
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Do you have lights? If so, have you checked the power source for them?
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Unread 08-25-2011, 02:05 PM   #4
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36 or 48 volt cart? what year?..... if 36 you can just use 2 batteries if they are 6 volt and that will give you your 12 volts..........48 volt cart buy a 48 to 12 volt reducer and install it.....................
48V Cart, 2002 DS IQ. I guess I just wondering if the voltage reducer or separate battery were my only options. I just thought somewhere on the cart right now might have 12V I could jump off of. Thanks.
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Do you have lights? If so, have you checked the power source for them?
Yes, I have lights and no, I haven't checked the source. That was going to be my next step. Honestly, I got a little weary of the light's source after I read several posts on here where people complained about feedback. But since i am not using a radio head unit like most do, I don't think motor feedback will be an issue for me. Thanks.
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if you have lights theres a chance it either has a reducer or they are just wired to 2 batteries...........for the price of the extra battery you can buy a good reducer not hard to install and then no extra charging and pack will still be even............................
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Thanks Shadow, I'll check the lights and see what's going on there. If it does have a reducer, can I use that to power my amp as long as there is 12V coming out of that reducer?
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thats gonna depend on what reducer is rated for............................
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How many batteries are in this 48v cart?
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Actually, I'd check and see if the voltage specs were listed on the motorcycle amp. I'd imagine if it's from a motorcycle it's good for at least 14.4Volts due to the charging system on the bike. It may be fine for 16 as well.... See if it's listed.
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