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Unread 03-26-2014, 12:05 AM   #1
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Default Voltage Converter Questions

I have a simple question for the voltage converters. I want to install one so that I can put a couple of 12vdc power sources. I have a 48 Vdc cart with 6 8vdc Trojan batteries. My question is do I need to put in a 48vdc to 12 vdc converter or can I put in a 32vdc to 12vdc converter just accrossed 4 batteries. I just don't know if this would create any issues with charging or other battery problems.
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Unread 03-26-2014, 06:41 AM   #2
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. . . it is highly recommended to install a reducer that utilizes the entire pack of batteries, in your case a 48v to 12v unit . . . most people install one in the 20-30amp range, depending of planned accessories . . . utilizing a fuse block with separately fused outputs is also recommended . . . there are fuse blocks available that also have a common negative buss for the accessory's negative wire eliminating the need for each accessory to run to the main negative battery terminal . . . only one negative wire would be connected to the main negative battery terminal coming from the fuse block common negative buss . . .
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Unread 03-26-2014, 08:41 AM   #3
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. . . it is highly recommended to install a reducer that utilizes the entire pack of batteries, in your case a 48v to 12v unit . . . most people install one in the 20-30amp range, depending of planned accessories . . . utilizing a fuse block with separately fused outputs is also recommended . . . there are fuse blocks available that also have a common negative buss for the accessory's negative wire eliminating the need for each accessory to run to the main negative battery terminal . . . only one negative wire would be connected to the main negative battery terminal coming from the fuse block common negative buss . . .
+1 that's the only way I did/would do it
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Default Re: Voltage Converter Questions

only thing i would add to Steve's advice is an on/off switch or wire it to the key switch that way it is not on when cart is sitting
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only thing i would add to Steve's advice is an on/off switch or wire it to the key switch that way it is not on when cart is sitting
Yeah most if not all of the good voltage reducers have a switch wire
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I understand that the need for the converter to do many lights, radio, etc. If I was to run just the stock head lights, is the converter really needed? I would essentially be buying the converter just for headlights and I hardly drive the cart at night anyway.
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as long as they are 16v lights ..2x8v = 16v
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I understand that the need for the converter to do many lights, radio, etc. If I was to run just the stock head lights, is the converter really needed? I would essentially be buying the converter just for headlights and I hardly drive the cart at night anyway.
You can as Crash has said, the only bad thing is you will greatly shorten the life of those 2 batteries.
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Unread 03-26-2014, 03:46 PM   #9
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If you don't use the lights that much it won't shorten the life of your 2 batteries significantly! You do not want to use 12V blubs though. They won't last long at all. Better bet is to use a reducer even if you don't use the lights that much.
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Unread 03-26-2014, 03:55 PM   #10
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My cart is 36v with 6v batteries, so I can easily do two batteries and 12v bulbs as they are now.


My cart doesn't go camping, so not like I ride around a campground and need lights. I only would use them if I go ride to my grandparents two houses down, so even then, the lights would be on for only a 1-2 minute drive.
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