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Unread 07-28-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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I'm in process of rewoking a 97 CC 48 Volt and using some existing parts. The votage reducer is 12-18 volt input and 12 v 15 amp output. I checked input voltage at 16.9 volts, but the output is still 15.4. Is this too much to run headlights and tailights ? Checked it with test light and it didn't blow. Originally had brake lights and turn signals as well but I getting rid of that stuff. Your thoughts and expertise are appreciated.
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Unread 07-28-2013, 01:52 PM   #2
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15v is fine for lights IMO. Some cars have alternator voltage regulator outputs between 14-15v. They have to be more then 12v to charge because a car battery that reads 12.0v is dead. Measure a cars battery voltage while running and you may be surprised, especially if you give it some gas.
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[QUOTE=JeaneB;912542]I'm in process of rewoking a 97 CC 48 Volt and using some existing parts. The votage reducer is 12-18 volt input and 12 v 15 amp output. I checked input voltage at 16.9 volts, but the output is still 15.4. Is this too much to run headlights and tailights ? Checked it with test light and it didn't blow. Originally had brake lights and turn signals as well but I getting rid of that stuff. Your thoughts and expertise are appreciated.[/QUOTE


is that voltage measurement no load
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Unread 07-28-2013, 10:54 PM   #4
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Yes, Straight off the battery and voltage reducer.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 12:32 PM   #5
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Be better on the pac to get a 48-12v converter.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 12:41 PM   #6
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The votage reducer is 12-18 volt input and 12 v 15 amp output
yep ! thats what some are rated at mainly used for 16v (2x8v) to 12v but will still function if batteries drop to 12v or are charged to 18v

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. I checked input voltage at 16.9 volts, but the output is still 15.4.
i would say that its not working correctly .. output should be 12v no more
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I'm in process of rewoking a 97 CC 48 Volt and using some existing parts. The votage reducer is 12-18 volt input and 12 v 15 amp output. I checked input voltage at 16.9 volts, but the output is still 15.4. Is this too much to run headlights and tailights ? Checked it with test light and it didn't blow. Originally had brake lights and turn signals as well but I getting rid of that stuff. Your thoughts and expertise are appreciated.
I would just go ahead and buy a 48-12 reducer with high amperage (like scottybs). It will be much better for the pack, especially if you will use the lights a lot.
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Unread 08-09-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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Seems to be working ok. Haven't blown any bulbs yet
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It won't blow bulbs. The bulbs will burn brighter and have a shorter life.
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yep ! thats what some are rated at mainly used for 16v (2x8v) to 12v but will still function if batteries drop to 12v or are charged to 18v


i would say that its not working correctly .. output should be 12v no more
Actually not true, all of these converters of this style put out 14-15volts under no load.
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