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Unread 08-12-2008, 09:29 PM   #1
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i want to add lights to my club car 48v, so which voltage converter do I choose? there's many different kinds on ebay at many different prices, and I've read to use one rated at 20 amps, so I guess i just need to find one that converts 48 to 12v (at least 20 A)? i'm not an electrical guy btw, how aboout this one on ebay "Vicor VI-JN1-CX DC-DC Converter 48V to 12V 75W " for $88?

sorry if I'm asking the same questions

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Unread 08-13-2008, 12:08 AM   #2
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Billy don't confuse watts with amps. 20 amp minimum is right. I like this one but, there are many - all about the same? watch the ampere rating!
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWA:IT&ih=022
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Unread 08-13-2008, 10:47 AM   #3
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if your gonna just add lights you don,t need to worry about amps, the ones rated for 15 amps 20 or 25 are for if your gonna put a radio in or CD player things like that.......for lights the one they make for C.C. that bolts to the inner frame rail and connects to the controller is a great reducer..........cost 80 to 100 dollars i think but its simple to install and very easy to understand......if your gonna be adding other things than i would with a minimum of one rated for 15 amps that should be enough.................
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Unread 08-13-2008, 06:42 PM   #4
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Default Re: voltage converter

I agreed with bill-e-boy on the 20 amp converter because you never know where the add-ons will quit. This year lights and next summer a radio and cel phone charger with gps and who knows what else? So I hate when I spend 80 dollars for the minimum thing and then need more which would have only been 20 more originally but now its $100
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Default Re: voltage converter

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I agreed with bill-e-boy on the 20 amp converter because you never know where the add-ons will quit. This year lights and next summer a radio and cel phone charger with gps and who knows what else? So I hate when I spend 80 dollars for the minimum thing and then need more
Good point Scottyb

also when looking at voltage converters pay attention to the type of converter. Some of them are just a rinky dinky resistor setup in a small heatsink block. Then some of them are the much better electronic ones, like the one in the link above, alow you to go from 24-48v some even go more then that. And are much more durable in the long run. Plus some of them have an internal isolator system in them that pervents controller noize from the cart effecting your radio when driving.
Ive used the voltage converter shown above in many carts, and it works great

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Unread 08-13-2008, 08:40 PM   #6
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Default hey guys how about this one for lights

http://cgi.ebay.com/48-TO-12-VOLT-GOLF-CART-VOLTAGE-REDUCER-20-AMP_W0QQitemZ200246086174QQihZ010QQcategoryZ40155Q QssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ebayphotohost ing

this would be for lights and future additional radio

if that link does not work, here is the title
" 48 TO 12 VOLT GOLF CART VOLTAGE REDUCER 20 AMP "
priced at $69.50
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thats a scary price for a voltage reducer rated at 20 amps when most are more in the range of 150 to 200 dollars................................
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Unread 08-14-2008, 07:34 AM   #8
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Default so what do you think scottyb

what do you think about the link to the converter I posted above - is it just as good as the one in the link you posted?

i'm just asking because the other item has ended

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Unread 08-14-2008, 07:43 AM   #9
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That is about 6 amp converter, there are more left of the other in e-bay off that link 3 days left.
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Unread 08-14-2008, 08:53 PM   #10
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Default Re: voltage converter shadowman

hey fishing dude - on the ebay converter I'm looking at it says "The reducer puts out 20 amp 12 volt." Where did you see 6 amp on that item?

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