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Unread 12-25-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default 12 Volt Reducer produces 15 Volts?

Hey guy's I hope everybody is having a good Christmas.

This new post kinda follows my previous but this is different. I'm using a voltage reducer that runs off my 2, 8 volt bats that's suppose to produce 12 Volts. It is wired correctly!! and I thought it was producing 13.5 but it is actually producing 15 volt's. I think maybe this has been my problen from the begining now that I'm on my third radio in 3 yrs. Isn't 15 volts a little hot for a 12 volt radio?

Any thoughts? The radio and wires are not getting any extra juice from my other motor windings going out prob.

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Unread 12-25-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: 12 Volt Reducer produces 15 Volts?

does it stay at 15V with a load on it?
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Unread 12-25-2011, 04:23 PM   #3
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What's the voltage under load?
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Unread 12-25-2011, 04:50 PM   #4
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Load? When I'm driving? What if Im just cranking the tunes not driving? My lights are seperate tied into the pack.
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Unread 12-25-2011, 10:56 PM   #5
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driving isn't necessary. what does the voltage read with the cd/radio playing?
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Default Re: 12 Volt Reducer produces 15 Volts?

15 volts is no big deal. A car alternator produces 14-14.5 volts when charging
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Default Re: 12 Volt Reducer produces 15 Volts?

Does anyone find it odd that the op states the converter is running on 2 of the 8 volt batteries and producing 15 volts? Doesn't seem like much converting going on there.

By load they mean hook up a light or radio or something to the converter and then measure voltage with that device operating.
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By load they mean hook up a light or radio or something to the converter and then measure voltage with that device operating.
yes. some regulator designs require a minimum load before they will operate within spec.

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15 volts is no big deal. A car alternator produces 14-14.5 volts when charging
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Unread 12-26-2011, 05:25 PM   #9
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Guy's I will have to check the load, been kinda lazy....
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Unread 12-27-2011, 09:08 PM   #10
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Does anyone find it odd that the op states the converter is running on 2 of the 8 volt batteries and producing 15 volts? Doesn't seem like much converting going on there.

By load they mean hook up a light or radio or something to the converter and then measure voltage with that device operating.
He has a reducer, not a converter. Reducers run off 2 8 volters to produce ~12 volts. It's a cheap way to run lights or other 12 volt devices if your cart only has 8 volt batteries. He should have saved up for a 48 volt to 12 volt converter, in my opinion.

@ OP, check your batteries in your meter, they may be getting old.
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